FKI Logistex, a global leader in integrated material handling solutions, announces that it has won a contract to deliver a fully automated item handling and sorting system to the Malmö City Library in
The FKI Logistex solution uses three FKI Logistex Library Mate self-service check-in kiosks to automate the returns process for library items in circulation. An FKI Logistex cross-belt Compact Sorter, augmented by FKI Logistex Ergo Carts ergonomic book carts and volume containers, automatically sorts checked-in books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, and VHS tapes for easy re-shelving.
The Malmö City Library chose the FKI Logistex solution because it reduces operating costs and offers enhanced features not available with manual systems or competing automated solutions. The new system reduces construction costs and eliminates the need for
"With the new system, the Malmö City Library can increase efficiency while significantly reducing labor-intensive and repetitive-motion tasks used to manually handle returned items," says Ken Cordes, director, FKI Logistex Library Solutions. "As a result, library staff can spend their time servicing and assisting library users in more meaningful ways."
The FKI Logistex Solution at the
In the sortation room, the FKI Logistex Compact Sorter gently sorts the items and automatically stacks them in the FKI Logistex Ergo Carts. Books, CDs, DVDs, and other items are loaded onto their respective cart with their spine or label facing outwards so that the title can be easily read for re-shelving. As the Ergo Cart is loaded, the bottom shelf begins to automatically descend, ensuring gentle discharge by minimizing the distance the items have to drop.
When a cart is full, a lamp is automatically illuminated to indicate that the items are ready for re-shelving and the cart should be replaced. A library employee then re-shelves the items on the cart, taking advantage of the Ergo Cart's ergonomic frame and low-rolling-resistance wheels, which reduce the force required to move the cart. Once at the appropriate re-shelving point, the Ergo Cart's wheels lock in place and its bookshelf is raised to waist height, eliminating any unnecessary bending or lifting by the staff.
FKI Logistex Offers the
To eliminate battery-changing downtime, each FKI Logistex Ergo Cart automatically recharges its onboard power supply while it is locked onto the sorter. Library staff also have the ability to remotely monitor the system and access each Library Mate kiosk via an intranet or extranet link.
The new sortation system at the Malmö City Library is scheduled to be fully operational by the end of March.
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