The Elk Grove, Calif. public library can rest easy knowing they have an automated handling system that checks in and sorts returned books by reading an RFID tag inside each of the covers.
The new $400,000 machine sorts 1,000 books per minute. It is more efficient, places less stress on employee’s bodies and enables them to focus their attention on the customers.
The sorter runs during the night and over the weekends, pushing books down a series of rollers before placing them into six sorting carts. If one fills up, it simply dumps them into an overflow bin.
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