A library automation system is required to give staff more time to advise and assist customers. The intention is for books, videos and CDs to be returned automatically by the customers themselves. The systems should be able to process the different media formats without any retrofitting. Media sorting and bookings are also to be fully or partly automated. Among other things, this requires check-in machines that can be installed in public spaces without further safety measures. These machines also have to be harmonious with the designs of the library building. The check-in machines should be accessible to customers even outside the library opening times and therefore have to be suitable for connection outdoors. Automatic sorting systems are required to sort the submitted books. To prevent any disruptions to library operations, the systems must run very quietly and be safe for customers and staff.
The extensive mk product portfolio provides the ideal solutions for these challenges: Suitable book return machines were designed from the modular aluminium profile system, together with appropriate guardings. Thanks to the wide range of available variants, visually appealing designs were found and tailored to the specific conditions at the location. Similar to an ATM, only one flap with an operating terminal is accessible and visible to the public. Behind the scenes, the mk conveyor technology handles all further processing of the library media. Special scanning conveyors with installed RFID antennae can read out and add to the data on the media RFID chips. Thanks to the design and arrangement of the RFID antennae, even stacks of media can be read with multiple detection. That allows the rest of the system to be controlled. Systems with barcode scanners or magnetic strips are also available. Belt conveyors with pushers presort the returned media. The media is pushed off into different sorting carts, which can then be further processed by staff with ease. Inside the machines, separating guardings also ensure that employees have the necessary protection while working with or on the system. Thanks to the mk linear technology, the media can also be transported over several floors (for example, from the first floor to the basement). In doing so, the media is conveyed gently to ensure it is not damaged. Instead of the 70 dB(A) stipulated for machines, special measures such as insulation and belts with additional damping allowed the systems to achieve a sound level of 60 dB(A), as required for operation in their core areas.
Benefits to the Client
> Aluminium profile system
> Conveyor technology
> Linear guides