The high cost of installing imaging has already been offset by gains in productivity and employee morale in Huntington BancShare' check processing shop. And now the company is developing two new uses for its year-old imaging system: providing correspondent banking services for smaller banks and adding the ability to read handwritten amounts on checks.

"Not only has our average for items processed per operator jumped from 1,500 per hour to just under 2,700 per hour, but our employees are much happier," according to George Mackinaw, senior vice president of Huntington Service Co., the servicing branch for Huntington BancShares.

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