Asaca/Shibatsoku has made a splash at several recent conferences with its automated video cassette system. The system, designated the Asaca ACt 3300L, allows random access to as many as 300 video cassettes--Beta or VHS. The basic configuration includes 8 workstations, each with remote control, color monitor, and headset. No one handles the video cassettes or operates the playback decks--a computer and robot arms do the work. Cassettes are selected by punching in a four digit program number from the workstation. When the start button is pressed the video cassette is automatically selected and inserted into a VCR. Lamps on the remote control panel guide the user through step-by-step instructions to play, stop, rewind, fast forward, or end the tape. Usage of each tape is tracked and a variety of reports printed each month. It is possible to increase the configuration to 600 tapes.
[Contact: Asaca/Shibasoku Corporation of America, 12509 Beatrice Street, Los Angeles, CA 90066; (213) 827-7144 or Fax (213) 306-1382.]