Automated Materials Handling

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Conveyors
Warehouse Logistics and Automated Storage and Retrieval
Central Sorters for Interlibrary Delivery
Unloaders/Staff Induction
Receptacles for Sorters
Patron Returns
Tote Carriers
Singulator
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Conveyors

Automated return conveyor runs through ceiling plenum

Automated return conveyor runs through ceiling plenum

Conveyor runs across ceiling in children's area. Outside book return is on outside wall. Conveyor behind the protective cage carries items up to ceiling and across to next room.

Conveyor runs across ceiling in children's area. Outside book return is on outside wall. Conveyor behind the protective cage carries items up to ceiling and across to next room.

Lyngsoe conveyor runs through ceiling of children's area and into workroom. San Diego (City) Library

Lyngsoe conveyor runs through ceiling of children's area and into workroom. San Diego (City) Library

Lyngsoe conveyor brings items from upstairs returns down to work room (Durango Public)

Lyngsoe conveyor brings items from upstairs returns down to work room (Durango Public)

Lyngsoe conveyor bringing material from upstairs returns and into workroom.

Lyngsoe conveyor bringing material from upstairs returns and into workroom.

Seattle Public after installation in 2004.  Conveyor takes material from staff service desk and up to 2nd floor workroom.

Seattle Public after installation in 2004. Conveyor takes material from staff service desk and up to 2nd floor workroom.

Conveyor belt for book returns which leads into the automatic stack return room, Brisbane Square Library, Queensland, 2008 [picture] /

Conveyor belt for book returns which leads into the automatic stack return room, Brisbane Square Library, Queensland, 2008 [picture]

Lyngsoe conveyor at BAnQ Canada Library sorting system from YouTube

BAnQ CA Library sorting system

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Lyngsoe conveyor in Montreal Canada at Grande Banq Downtown Bibliotheque - part of the conveyor system. Also see the uploaded video.

The World's Best Photos of library and return - Flickr Hive Mind

Tech-Logic conveyor brings material from upstairs into workroom. (One of the Minneapolis Public libraries)

McAllen Public Library - New Main Library - Opening December 10, 2011

Tech-Logic conveyor brings material from upstairs into workroom. (One of the Minneapolis Public libraries)

NY Public uses a monorail system instead of conveyor. Smaller batches of items travel through system in little cars.

This Speedy, Wall-Crawling Conveyor System Will Now Deliver Books at the New York Public Library

Like a robotic, book-carrying train

Behind the scenes at the newly renovated Ames Public Library, a new "automated materials handling system" is connected to an outside dropbox. Library materials are scanned in as they move down the conveyor belt and are sorted into bins depending on what section they belong to. Photo by Melissa Erickson/Ames Tribune

Behind the scenes at the newly renovated Ames Public Library, a new "automated materials handling system" is connected to an outside dropbox. Library materials are scanned in as they move down the conveyor belt and are sorted into bins depending on what section they belong to. Photo by Melissa Erickson/Ames Tribune

Tech-Logic system accepts items from outside return and carries up into ceiling and eventually to 2nd floor work room. Seattle Central Library (installed 2004).

A Tour of the Seattle Public Library | Readers Lane

Come with us on an exclusive private tour behind the scenes at the Seattle Public Library's main branch.

Warehouse Logistics and Automated Storage and Retrieval

This is a close-up look at the unstacker working.  Delivery staff delivery a stack of totes to it (via handtruck) and the unit takes care of unstacking each one and loading it into a rack until it is time to sort.

Unstacking Totes

This is a close-up look at the unstacker working. Delivery staff delivery a stack of totes to it (via handtruck) and the unit takes care of unstacking each one and loading it into a rack until it is time to sort.

This video shows the layout of a central sorting operation.  Note the loading dock for backing up delivery trucks.  Stacks of totes are taken to the unstacker (silver unit in the center) and then each tote is stored into the huge rack in the background until it is time to sort it.

Library Sorting and Distribution Center

This video shows the layout of a central sorting operation. Note the loading dock for backing up delivery trucks. Stacks of totes are taken to the unstacker (silver unit in the center) and then each tote is stored into the huge rack in the background until it is time to sort it.

NYPL Automated Storage and Retrieval System

Konecranes Agilon material handling and management system - coming soon to a library near you?  I hope so!  Stay tuned!!

Konecranes Agilon material handling and management system

Konecranes Agilon material handling and management system - coming soon to a library near you? I hope so! Stay tuned!!

Dematic has developed a range of warehouse logistics and material handling system solutions, which can be configured to meet each customer's specific needs.

Dematic has developed a range of warehouse logistics and material handling system solutions, which can be configured to meet each customer's specific needs.

I'm pretty sure this is the FIRST public library to implement an automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS).  Some universities have one UChicago, Sonoma State, CSU Northridge, but no other public libraries have one....yet!

I'm pretty sure this is the FIRST public library to implement an automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS). Some universities have one UChicago, Sonoma State, CSU Northridge, but no other public libraries have one....yet!

Central Sorters for Interlibrary Delivery

The Aarhus Library sorts 1.7 million items each year with a 50-bin sorter configured with stacking carts for material that stays at Main and totes (stackable up to 3 high) of material for distribution to other libraries. Requires only 1-3 people to staff it (lots more to do shelving).  Oh, and the library is amazing (Google Dokk1)

Aarhus Libary Sorter

The Aarhus Library sorts 1.7 million items each year with a 50-bin sorter configured with stacking carts for material that stays at Main and totes (stackable up to 3 high) of material for distribution to other libraries. Requires only 1-3 people to staff it (lots more to do shelving). Oh, and the library is amazing (Google Dokk1)

This is a new Lyngsoe sorter going in for the Cincinnati library.  All totes.

Library debuts $2.8M distribution center - Cincinnati Business Courier

When you check out items from the library, you likely don’t think much about the process taken to get those materials to the proper branch and into your hands, but a brand new distribution center is expected to make those logistics run much more smoothly.

The 50-bin sorter at Aarhus Library has two arms with about 25 sort destinations on each arm. This is the arm for the central delivery. Items are sorted into totes.  Each destination can hold up to three totes.  When one tote is filled, staff press the button to lower it and add another tote on the stack.  When all three totes are full (or they are done with the daily sort), the entire stack can be moved.

Indexing Totes on Aarhus Sorter

The 50-bin sorter at Aarhus Library has two arms with about 25 sort destinations on each arm. This is the arm for the central delivery. Items are sorted into totes. Each destination can hold up to three totes. When one tote is filled, staff press the button to lower it and add another tote on the stack. When all three totes are full (or they are done with the daily sort), the entire stack can be moved.

This is one arm of the sorter at Aarhus Library.  All of the sort destinations have a ready-to-shelve cart. As they fill up, the carts can be taken directly out to the library for shelving.  There are 25 sort destinations with these carts.  The other arm has another 25 sort destinations for totes.

Ready to Shelve Carts on Aarhus Sorter

This is one arm of the sorter at Aarhus Library. All of the sort destinations have a ready-to-shelve cart. As they fill up, the carts can be taken directly out to the library for shelving. There are 25 sort destinations with these carts. The other arm has another 25 sort destinations for totes.

Check out the video on this page showing the path of a book through sorter at DOK1 Library in Aarhus.  Multiple elevators bring all material down to the main sorter.

Central Sorting

Check out the video on this page showing the path of a book through sorter at DOK1 Library in Aarhus. Multiple elevators bring all material down to the main sorter.

Library debuts $2.8M distribution center - Cincinnati Business Courier

When you check out items from the library, you likely don’t think much about the process taken to get those materials to the proper branch and into your hands, but a brand new distribution center is expected to make those logistics run much more smoothly.

Self service is popular @ Dayton (OH) Metro Library

Self service is popular @ Dayton (OH) Metro Library

Lyngsoe sorter at Cincinnati Public

Lyngsoe sorter at Cincinnati Public

Great collection of photos from PBCLS.  And they name each sorter.  This is Annie All Start at the Annex.  The site also has lots of great info about care and feeding of their sorters.

Sorter Gallery

Annie All Star at the Annex (Born - December 2010) (Naming Ceremony, August 25, 2011) The first sorter to come into town, this the bigg...

The Green Machine Automated Sorting Equipment

Meet "The Green Machine"!

Our automated sorter, a.k.a. "The Green Machine," allows us to get returned items and holds on the shelf in 8 hours--half the time it took to sort them by hand.

Lyngsoe sorter at NYPL

Lyngsoe sorter at NYPL

Lyngsoe sorter at NYPL

Lyngsoe sorter at NYPL

Lyngsoe Sorter at Preston Service Center.

Jaime’s KCLS Jaunt #48: Preston

Good things come to those that wait and I waited to visit the KCLS Shipping Department in Preston until nearly the end of my jaunts! We head...

What started out as friendly trash talk has turned into a full-on competition between New York and Seattle for the title of fastest library book-sorters.

NYC, Seattle Battle for Title of Fastest Library Book-Sorters

What started out as friendly trash talk has turned into a full-on competition between New York and Seattle for the title of fastest library book-sorters.

WATCH: The King County Library System and the New York Public Library face off in their annual sorting competition to see who can sort the most books in one hour. (Ellen M. Banner & Katie G. Cotterill / The Seattle...

King County Library System book-sorting crew reclaims ‘national’ title

The King County Library System materials warehouse staff raced their New York Public Library counterparts in a “sorting smackdown,” to see who could sort the most books in an hour.

Public libraries in New York have one hour to defend the city’s title as home to “the world’s fastest library-sorting system” and to break a 2-2 tie with a team from Seattle.

Public libraries in New York have one hour to defend the city’s title as home to “the world’s fastest library-sorting system” and to break a 2-2 tie with a team from Seattle.

Footage of The New York Public Library Book Ops Sorting Center Filmed by a Drone

Footage of The New York Public Library Book Ops Sorting Center Filmed by a Drone

“Flying Around Book Ops” is a short video by photographer Nate Bolt featuring drone footage of the massive book sorting center in Queens, New York that

Book Sorting Competition between NYPL/BPL and KCLS, both using high speed sorters made by Lyngsoe.  Sorter sort over 12,000 per hour.  Winner this year (2013) was KCLS clocking in at over 13,000 in an hour!

This is a nice walk thru of the features that make the KCLS Preston Service Center sorter so awesome.  It's now up to around 150 sort destinations and has a nice mechanism for gentle handling of material.  In this video, you'll hear about the issues that were being resolved on the morning that KCLS cutover to their Evergreen Open Source ILS system and then you'll get a little walk thru with explanations by one of the engineers from Lyngsoe who designed the system .

KCLS Sort Center Go Live Morning.mp4

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The is the King County Library System's sorter (located in Preston) the morning after going live on the Open Source library system, Evergreen.  Sorter by Lyngsoe.

Lori Ayre - The Galecia Group

Videos about materials handling, RFID, workflow optimization and other technology in libraries.

KCLS Preston Sorter by Lyngsoe

KCLS Preston Sorter by Lyngsoe

Envisionware Modular Sorter at Las Vegas - Clark County.

Envisionware Modular Sorter at Las Vegas - Clark County.

Unloaders/Staff Induction

This is the PV Supa sorter at Aahrus Library.  The video shows their automatic induction process.  This station can be used by a human or a human can place the stack at the induction station while he or she goes around the sorter to replace empty totes and check on things.

Automatic item induction

This is the PV Supa sorter at Aahrus Library. The video shows their automatic induction process. This station can be used by a human or a human can place the stack at the induction station while he or she goes around the sorter to replace empty totes and check on things.

This is another view of the unloader on the PV Supa sorter at Aarhus Library (Denmark). Using this unloader, they are able to sort 1.7 million items every year (about 50 sort destinations) with just 1-3 people working the sorter at any one time.  And the product is super simple without a bunch of moving parts.  Kind of an elegant low tech solution.

Automatic unloader for central sorter

This is another view of the unloader on the PV Supa sorter at Aarhus Library (Denmark). Using this unloader, they are able to sort 1.7 million items every year (about 50 sort destinations) with just 1-3 people working the sorter at any one time. And the product is super simple without a bunch of moving parts. Kind of an elegant low tech solution.

Stacking shelf that inducts items one-at-a-time onto the sorter so staff don't have to stand there and do it. Its an elegant simple solution without a lot of moving parts.  Impressive product from PV Supa.

Library Sorter Loader

Stacking shelf that inducts items one-at-a-time onto the sorter so staff don't have to stand there and do it. Its an elegant simple solution without a lot of moving parts. Impressive product from PV Supa.

SINGULATOR – FE Technologies

SINGULATOR – FE Technologies

Lyngsoe Staff Check-in Station

Library

Library Logistics

Tech Logic Loader Unloader.  Items from the Smart Bin get slowly emptied onto the sorter and sorted without staff having to induct items on the sorter.

Tech Logic Loader Unloader. Items from the Smart Bin get slowly emptied onto the sorter and sorted without staff having to induct items on the sorter.

Tech-Logic Loader / Unloader allows you to sort to a "Smart Bin" and then use the Smart Bin to transport to another location where you park the bin to the sorter and it unloads itself onto the conveyor.  No handling required.

Tech-Logic Loader / Unloader allows you to sort to a "Smart Bin" and then use the Smart Bin to transport to another location where you park the bin to the sorter and it unloads itself onto the conveyor. No handling required.

Receptacles for Sorters

Lyngsoe Library Mater Mini Sorter with trolleys

Mini sorter

Library Mate Mini Sorter.

mk Solutions - Stacking carts for sorting directly to bookcarts to use for shelving

Book Bins

Intellident (now Bibliotheca) automated check-in with sorter at Library Salford (2010)

The Book Sorter

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Lyngsoe sorter (2015) in Henning Library.

Lyngsoe sorter (2015) in Henning Library.

One of the newer Lyngsoe sorters. They are no longer using the plastic chutes to sort to carts.

One of the newer Lyngsoe sorters. They are no longer using the plastic chutes to sort to carts.

mk Solutions - sort to tote option

Book Bins

Patron Returns

Google's experiment, BookBot.  Essentially a traveling book drop. Currently being test out in Mountain View, California.

Meet BookBot: Mountain View library’s newest robot helper

Only in Silicon Valley can a robot return your library books for you

Sorter inside door of library.  Self check-in sits on old service desk with sorter visible behind desk (but in front of work room area)

Sorter inside door of library. Self check-in sits on old service desk with sorter visible behind desk (but in front of work room area)

Cheap Thrills: Hoover Library’s Mechanical Book Return/Sorter | BirminghamMom.com

Cheap Thrills: Hoover Library’s Mechanical Book Return/Sorter

If you are the type that is mezmerized by the Krispy Kreme doughnut conveyor belt, here's a new thrill for you. The Hoover Public Library has installed a

Tech-Logic Drop and Go - no interface, insert more than one at a time, no receipt option, all items accepted (cannot reject non-library items)

Tech Logic, Inc.

Tech Logic’s exterior hands-free book drops have an air operated door that automatically opens when a patron places items near it.  No interface - but LED provides instructions.

Bibliotheca 300 Series automated check-in. Ability to reject items that are not recognized.  Touch screen is optional.  Up to three induction points. RFID or barcode. Receipt printer. Max speed 1800 items per hour.  Over 5 bins okay.

bibliotheca - library solutions for self-service & collections management

bibliotheca provides library solutions that empower library users and staff with convenient, flexible experiences for collection management and access.

One step up from D-Tech's BookReturn, this one has a screen that offers the user some instructions.  Like their BookReturn product, the hatch stays closed until a library item is detected (RFID required).  Can be configured with a receipt printer.  Can use with 2,3, or 5 bin sorter.

See related links to what you are looking for.

D-Tech Return 24 Bookdrop.  No screen. No receipt.  Just a closed hatch that opens when a library item is detected (required RFID).  Can sort to 2,3, or 5 bins.

See related links to what you are looking for.

Lyngsoe patron self-service check-in station (LibraryMate® 500)

Library

Library Logistics

Lyngsoe patron self-service check-in and check-out station (LibraryMate 5000). Tiltable screen and height adjustable counter.

Library

Library Logistics

Lyngsoe LibraryMate 1100 is a patron self-service check-in station (internal use only).  No receipt printer.  Nice touch screen.  Can reject unrecognized items.

Library

Library Logistics

Lyngsoe Patron self-service check-in station (LibraryMate® 1000)

Library

Library Logistics

Lyngsoe 24/7 Patron Self-Service check-in Station (Lyngsoe 2000)

Library

Library Logistics

Automated materials handling video from Bibliotheca.

2012 Bibliotheca AMH

Libraries of all sizes have to handle returns - every item borrowed has to come back! To make this process as quick and efficient as possible, and to remove ...

Tote Carriers

LiftStik Lifter Transporters

Singulator

Tech-Logic sorter at Santa Clara City Library (one of their earlier models)

Tech-Logic sorter at Santa Clara City Library (one of their earlier models)

Singulator «  FE Technologies. So far this product and TechLogic's Throw-n-Go solution are the only two products on the market that do the singulating of returned items so patrons don't have to return items one at a time.

SINGULATOR | FE Technologies

Singulator « FE Technologies. So far this product and TechLogic's Throw-n-Go solution are the only two products on the market that do the singulating of returned items so patrons don't have to return items one at a time.

A book falls into an awaiting bin during a demonstration of the automated material handling system given at the Robert Hoag Rawlings Rawlings Public Library by circulation manager Janina Goodwin. The system can handle approximately 750 pieces of media per hour using a radio-antenna system that communicates with the library's database.

A book falls into an awaiting bin during a demonstration of the automated material handling system given at the Robert Hoag Rawlings Rawlings Public Library by circulation manager Janina Goodwin. The system can handle approximately 750 pieces of media per hour using a radio-antenna system that communicates with the library's database.

Tech-Logic Sorter (showing singulator) at Champaign Public Library

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See how the automated sorting equipment works at the Champaign Public Library.

Tech Logic's Loader/Unloader in Action

Tech Logic's Loader/Unloader in Action

A loader/unloader is a device added to a sorting system that acts as an overflow buffer. It is comprised of a conveyor belt assembly and a Smart Bin®. When t...

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This is a close-up look at the unstacker working.  Delivery staff delivery a stack of totes to it (via handtruck) and the unit takes care of unstacking each one and loading it into a rack until it is time to sort.

Unstacking Totes

This is a close-up look at the unstacker working. Delivery staff delivery a stack of totes to it (via handtruck) and the unit takes care of unstacking each one and loading it into a rack until it is time to sort.

This video shows the layout of a central sorting operation.  Note the loading dock for backing up delivery trucks.  Stacks of totes are taken to the unstacker (silver unit in the center) and then each tote is stored into the huge rack in the background until it is time to sort it.

Library Sorting and Distribution Center

This video shows the layout of a central sorting operation. Note the loading dock for backing up delivery trucks. Stacks of totes are taken to the unstacker (silver unit in the center) and then each tote is stored into the huge rack in the background until it is time to sort it.

NYPL Automated Storage and Retrieval System

Konecranes Agilon material handling and management system - coming soon to a library near you?  I hope so!  Stay tuned!!

Konecranes Agilon material handling and management system

Konecranes Agilon material handling and management system - coming soon to a library near you? I hope so! Stay tuned!!

This is the PV Supa sorter at Aahrus Library.  The video shows their automatic induction process.  This station can be used by a human or a human can place the stack at the induction station while he or she goes around the sorter to replace empty totes and check on things.

Automatic item induction

This is the PV Supa sorter at Aahrus Library. The video shows their automatic induction process. This station can be used by a human or a human can place the stack at the induction station while he or she goes around the sorter to replace empty totes and check on things.

The Aarhus Library sorts 1.7 million items each year with a 50-bin sorter configured with stacking carts for material that stays at Main and totes (stackable up to 3 high) of material for distribution to other libraries. Requires only 1-3 people to staff it (lots more to do shelving).  Oh, and the library is amazing (Google Dokk1)

Aarhus Libary Sorter

The Aarhus Library sorts 1.7 million items each year with a 50-bin sorter configured with stacking carts for material that stays at Main and totes (stackable up to 3 high) of material for distribution to other libraries. Requires only 1-3 people to staff it (lots more to do shelving). Oh, and the library is amazing (Google Dokk1)

This is a new Lyngsoe sorter going in for the Cincinnati library.  All totes.

Library debuts $2.8M distribution center - Cincinnati Business Courier

When you check out items from the library, you likely don’t think much about the process taken to get those materials to the proper branch and into your hands, but a brand new distribution center is expected to make those logistics run much more smoothly.

The 50-bin sorter at Aarhus Library has two arms with about 25 sort destinations on each arm. This is the arm for the central delivery. Items are sorted into totes.  Each destination can hold up to three totes.  When one tote is filled, staff press the button to lower it and add another tote on the stack.  When all three totes are full (or they are done with the daily sort), the entire stack can be moved.

Indexing Totes on Aarhus Sorter

The 50-bin sorter at Aarhus Library has two arms with about 25 sort destinations on each arm. This is the arm for the central delivery. Items are sorted into totes. Each destination can hold up to three totes. When one tote is filled, staff press the button to lower it and add another tote on the stack. When all three totes are full (or they are done with the daily sort), the entire stack can be moved.

This is one arm of the sorter at Aarhus Library.  All of the sort destinations have a ready-to-shelve cart. As they fill up, the carts can be taken directly out to the library for shelving.  There are 25 sort destinations with these carts.  The other arm has another 25 sort destinations for totes.

Ready to Shelve Carts on Aarhus Sorter

This is one arm of the sorter at Aarhus Library. All of the sort destinations have a ready-to-shelve cart. As they fill up, the carts can be taken directly out to the library for shelving. There are 25 sort destinations with these carts. The other arm has another 25 sort destinations for totes.

This is another view of the unloader on the PV Supa sorter at Aarhus Library (Denmark). Using this unloader, they are able to sort 1.7 million items every year (about 50 sort destinations) with just 1-3 people working the sorter at any one time.  And the product is super simple without a bunch of moving parts.  Kind of an elegant low tech solution.

Automatic unloader for central sorter

This is another view of the unloader on the PV Supa sorter at Aarhus Library (Denmark). Using this unloader, they are able to sort 1.7 million items every year (about 50 sort destinations) with just 1-3 people working the sorter at any one time. And the product is super simple without a bunch of moving parts. Kind of an elegant low tech solution.

Stacking shelf that inducts items one-at-a-time onto the sorter so staff don't have to stand there and do it. Its an elegant simple solution without a lot of moving parts.  Impressive product from PV Supa.

Library Sorter Loader

Stacking shelf that inducts items one-at-a-time onto the sorter so staff don't have to stand there and do it. Its an elegant simple solution without a lot of moving parts. Impressive product from PV Supa.

Check out the video on this page showing the path of a book through sorter at DOK1 Library in Aarhus.  Multiple elevators bring all material down to the main sorter.

Central Sorting

Check out the video on this page showing the path of a book through sorter at DOK1 Library in Aarhus. Multiple elevators bring all material down to the main sorter.

Library debuts $2.8M distribution center - Cincinnati Business Courier

When you check out items from the library, you likely don’t think much about the process taken to get those materials to the proper branch and into your hands, but a brand new distribution center is expected to make those logistics run much more smoothly.

Google's experiment, BookBot.  Essentially a traveling book drop. Currently being test out in Mountain View, California.

Meet BookBot: Mountain View library’s newest robot helper

Only in Silicon Valley can a robot return your library books for you

Automated return conveyor runs through ceiling plenum

Automated return conveyor runs through ceiling plenum

Warehouse picking system up and running

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