Explaining the ENTRYP parameter to control aspects of the presort differently for different Entry Points. (Pertains to BATCHP also) when using MailStream Plus

Product Affected:   MailStream Plus™, All Platforms
ENTRYP allows you to set different values for some presort settings for different entry points using  MailStream Plus™(MSP).  It works by assigning entry points to groups, indicated by a 2-byte number.  Then for certain parameters you can set presort values that will only be used for entry points assigned to the same number.

ENTRYP (and BATCHP) can be used with the following parameters:
  • QP AMT
  • QU AMT
For what the above parameters are each used for, please refer to the current MailStream Plus Guide. The MailStream Plus Guide also contains more information on ENTRYP and BATCHP usage.  The BATCHP parameter is similar to the ENTRYP, except with BATCHP the settings affect the presort based on the batch of mail instead of the entry point.  

Example 1:

BG MAX is used to control the maximum size of a Tray or Sack.
Say there are 2 entry points in a flats mailing job, entry points 'A' and 'B'.  ENTRYP could be used to setup the job so that Entry Point A's sacks have a maximum sack weight of say 40 lbs, while entry point B's maximum sack weight is a value of 50 lbs.  These parameters would be used-

ENT PT     A         20706 PBS - LANHAM MD                     
ENT PT     B         98102 Seattle Wa
ENTRYP 01 A         A
ENTRYP 02 B         B
BG MAX 3                   40.00                                      01
BG MAX 3                   50.00                                      02
  • The first two lines say there are entry points A and B in this mailing.
  • The two ENTRYP lines say entry point group 01 is for the ENT PT 'A' mail, and group 02 is for the ENT PT 'B' mail.
  • The two BG MAX lines say that for #3 sacks, the maximum weight is 40 lbs for entry group 01 (position 71-72), and the max weight is 50 lbs for group 02.  (#3 sacks were indicated because they are what is used by default for Standard Mail flats.)  


Example 2

This usage example is a Standard letter mailing job.  Say we are using an NDC PT parameter to have MSP enter the mail at each NDC.
By default, an ORG level pallet will be made if there are at least 18 2-ft trays of letter mail at the ORG level.  But in this example we do not want to make any mixed-NDC (ORG) level pallets at the NDCs. Instead we want to roll the non-palletized mail so it will be entered at the locale default entry point, and have any ORG pallets be made there.  

To accomplish this, we can use an ENTRYP parameter so that at the NDC entry points (only), the minimum number of trays to make an ORG pallet is a very large number, like 49999 trays, effectively causing no ORG pallets to be made at the NDCs.

ENT PT     C         20706 PBS - LANHAM MD                             Y
ENTRYP 01 B001      B999
CP FRC ORG               49999                                        01
CP MIN ORG               49999                                        01
CP MAX ORG               99999                                        01
EP ROL                     Y                                         Y
  • NDC PT with a Y in position 8 tells MSP to initially assign the mail automatically to the appropriate NDC, based on each mailpiece's ZIP Code.
  • ENT PT is the default entry point 
  • The ENTRYP parameter says group number 01 will be used for any entry point with a code from B001 through B999. The Bxxx numbers are the NDC entry point codes that MSP generates due to the NDC PT parameter.  So all of the NDC entry points are now in group 01.
There is always a Default entry group besides any that are created using ENTRYP.  Since the ENT PT's code 'C' is not in the range B001-B999 it was not assigned to 01, and stays in the default group.  Also note that every entry group starts off with the same MSP-assigned values for a normal presort.  So group 01 *starts* with all the same presort values as the default entry group.
  • The CP FRC and CP MIN tell MSP that to make an ORG level pallet it requires 49999 2-foot trays minimum for entry points in the 01 group.
  • The CP MAX says that for ORG pallets in group 01, the maximum number of 2-foot trays that can be placed on it is 99999.  This is needed just because the CP MAX has to be at least twice the FRC amount. 
  • EP ROL with Y in position 28 says to roll all non-palletized mail from NDCs to the next-level entry point.  The Y in 70 tells MSP to automatically determine what the next-level entry point is.  Normally, as in this example, the next-level after an NDC is the ENT PT.
  • So no ORG level pallets get made at the NDCs, because they are in group 01, where it takes 49999 trays to make one.
  • The EP ROL parameter moves the non-palletized mail to the ENT PT parameter.
  • ORG pallets *are* made at the ENT PT, because it is using the normal ORG pallet minimum of 18 2-foot trays.
UPDATED:  March 25, 2019