Very exciting this week – in the small world of Library circulation automation that is an integral part of my existence : – )
On Wednesday QLS arrived to install our new automatic trolleys on the ERC Library 5 bin ARS (Automated Returns Sorter). It’s been working for awhile now happily with bins, however some funds were made available to trial a trolley that loads itself. Will be good to do some actual real evaluation on time savings, manual handling benefits, staff feel etc as opposed to emptying bins onto manually loaded trolleys.
We bought 2 trolleys and a stacker (bit you plug them into on the ARS) and will be using it only on 1 return slot, alternating trolleys whilst one is being taken downstairs to be unloaded. Remaining 4 slots will have bins.
Pro’s: Don’t have to load from bin to trolley; it works! no books on floor yet.
Con’s: Only 1 shelf – as opposed to when manually load trolley can have 4 shelves – so more trips up and down in the lift; Fairly loud bang when a heavy book drops onto the shelf (will try and get some sample video next week); you can’t have a trolley where the exceptions bin is. (We had planned to use it there, but are trialling it on another section now : – ))
Anyone want to come and see it let me know : – ) firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ll make sure the estimable Robert (poor guy I draft in as my implementer for my flings with technology) is available to answer technical questions, whilst I dance around going “Look, look, it’s new, so cool, press this button”.
I thought I had a video of the books actually coming out of the return slot and landing and stacking but apparently not. Will get one next week or go check out the QLS webpage on the unit we bought – the Libretto ARS