Material Handling Solutions aid in library automation.

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Library Mate 24/7(TM) automated patron self-service return unit is weather-resistant and operates outdoors as induction point in systems that use automated sortation. With capacity of 660 items/hr, unit supports returns processing using RFID, bar codes, or hybrid combinations. Other library solutions include Ergo Tote(TM) battery-operated tote-lifting device, MiniSorter(TM) modular linear-belt sortation system, and Accuzone® all-electric, 24 V, belted conveyor.

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FKI Logistex Expands Library Product Line

New features add convenience for patrons and ease work tasks for staff

(Frederick, MD: June 23, 2005) FKI Logistex® (, a global leader in integrated material handling solutions, announces that it is expanding its library product line to offer new features and benefits for the library market.

Among the upgrades is a new version of the FKI Logistex Library Mate(TM) automated patron self-service return unit. Named the Library Mate 24/7(TM), the weather-resistant unit operates outdoors around the clock, making returns more convenient for library patrons and staff.

The FKI Logistex Library Mate and Library Mate 24/7 can function as induction points in systems that use automated sortation. The units support returns processing using RFID, bar codes or hybrid RFID-bar code systems, and have a capacity of 660 items per hour.

A second new product addition to the FKI Logistex library product line is the Ergo Tote(TM) battery-operated tote-lifting device. The rechargeable Ergo Tote offers an ergonomic design developed to reduce the strain of tote movement in library circulation workrooms, particularly in the transfer of interlibrary materials.

Also new for FKI Logistex library customers is the addition of the FKI Logistex MiniSorter(TM) to the company's library automated sortation lineup, which also features the Compact Sorter(TM) cross-belt sorter. The MiniSorter, a completely modular linear-belt sortation system scalable for application in libraries of all sizes, becomes the newest member of the FKI Logistex complete line of sortation solutions, which includes industry-leading tilt-tray, double-tray, cross-belt, and linear-belt configurations.

In its conveyor lineup, FKI Logistex has added the industry-leading and patented 24-volt belted Accuzone® to its library offerings. The Accuzone is an energy-saving all-electric conveyor system that eliminates the need for compressed air common to other powered conveyor systems.

Automating library functions with sortation and conveying equipment and devices like the FKI Logistex Library Mate and Ergo Tote frees library staff members to work on other service-oriented tasks. Additional FKI Logistex systems buffer and automate functions such as patron reserve holdings and interlibrary lendings, improving staff workflow and efficiency in those tasks.

"FKI Logistex leads the library market in developing automated material handling technologies that can dramatically improve operations for library managers and staff," says John Kelly, president, FKI Logistex Airport, Post and Parcel North America. "Innovations like the Library Mate, the Ergo Tote, and the MiniSorter illustrate how FKI Logistex is responding to the material handling automation needs of our customers in the library market."

To learn more about FKI Logistex library material handling automation technologies, visit FKI Logistex at booth 4637 at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, June 25-28 in Chicago.

For sales and marketing information, contact Tom Pinkin, marketing manager, FKI Logistex North America, by phone at (240) 629-1413 or by e-mail at

About FKI Logistex North America

FKI Logistex® North America ( is a leading provider of automated material handling solutions, supplying its customers with an integrated set of leading-edge technologies in high-speed sortation, conveyor systems, carousels, palletizing, paperless pick products, AS/RS, controls, order fulfillment systems, RFID implementation, EDS integration, baggage handling systems, warehouse control systems, and total material handling automation.

FKI Logistex provides material handling solutions for airports, postal facilities, parcel distribution, manufacturing operations, library automation, and for warehouse and distribution facilities. With projects that include many of the world's largest and most advanced material handling operations, FKI Logistex has manufacturing, engineering and support facilities around the world. For more information on FKI Logistex, click here to visit the FKI Logistex media center. For general sales information, contact FKI Logistex by phone at (877) 935-4564 or by e-mail at

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