White Bear Lake, MN -June 12, 2007 - Three libraries of Douglas County Libraries, an eight-branch library system in Colorado, will enjoy the ease and advantages of Tech Logic's Automated Material Handling (AMH) systems.
Purchasing the systems is part of Douglas County Libraries' 2007-2009 master plan, created to handle the by-product of the library's success. That success has been reflected a 95 percent increase in circulation volume over the past five years, according to Bob Pasicznyuk, Douglas County Libraries Associate Director of Virtual Services. "Douglas County Libraries required tools and strategies to handle this growth without increased staffing," he said. "The library also wanted to use those same tools and strategies to mitigate staff workplace injury."
Beyond meeting the practical needs of a growing library system, Douglas County Libraries sought a material handling system that would "maintain service excellence by investing staff labor in direct patron contact, both inside the libraries and through strategic community outreach efforts," Mr. Pasicznyuk said.
Tech Logic's systems demonstrated a competitive advantage in the areas of patron, staff, and vendor experience, thus supporting Douglas Counties' ability to fulfill its master plan goals, Mr. Pasicznyuk said. "Tech Logic's AMH system provides patrons with a hassle-free return experience - no rules to follow or system to learn," Mr. Pasicznyuk said. "And only Tech Logic's system is able to mitigate the staff labor required to unload materials from bins, and to seamlessly integrate with a number of courier configurations. And Tech Logic has more installations than other vendors, demonstrating a return on investment. Tech Logic stands behind the product they sell."
Parker, Castle Rock, and Highlands Ranch libraries will implement Tech Logic's bin sorting system. (In 2006, the combined circulation of the three libraries was over 2.2 million items.) The bin sorting system relieves the physical strain of sorting normally demanded of staff. It puts items back into circulation quickly by checking in, and then sorting by collection code for placement into Smart Bins. (Tech Logic's patented Smart Bins include self-adjusting floors.)
Each library's Tech Logic system will have an exterior and interior Hands-Free book return. Also included will be automated loader/unloaders, which eliminate the need for human assisted induction of transits from library to library.
The three libraries will integrate Tech Logic systems with their existing 3M RFID self-checkout systems.
Tech Logic will provide all engineering, design, manufacturing, installation, training, and support for this project. "We are honored to be chosen by Douglas County Libraries for this exciting project," Tech Logic Executive Director Gary Kirk said. "The leadership at the library understands Tech Logic's unique concept of automating material handling while minimizing physical strain and injury to staff, gently handling library items and creating a very friendly and enjoyable experience for library patrons. I appreciate their confidence in us."