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3M unveils two upgraded workstations

3M Europe : 23 June, 2007  (New Product)
3M Library Systems has unveiled two workstations with new features that make them fast, reliable and easy-to-use RFID products in the library environment. They were introduced here today at the American Library Association
Rory Yanchek, business manager, 3M Library Systems said ďThese new workstations significantly extend the large productivity gains that radio frequency identification technology brings to library operations. 3Mís RFID products are helping library staffs provide more services to meet growing public demand, even in the face of budget constraints and the need to accommodate burgeoning nonprint collections.Ē

3M Staff Workstation Model 946 offers an improved desensitizing rate, and a significantly lower false-alarm rate compared to its predecessor model. The system links to the libraryís existing ILS, so no additional computer is required, which means less space is taken up.

Like its 3M predecessor model, the 3M Model 946, with its ergonomic design, performs checkout or return in one step, combining RFID item identification and Tattle-Tape Security Strip from 3M in the same operation. The system also can perform bar code-to-RFID conversions for new acquisitions and smaller scale collections. For visual and audio media, it enables staff to verify that the case and item within match, without opening the case, and can confirm the presence of a sensitized Tattle-Tape Security Strip by means of a verifier light.

Also introduced today was the 3M Conversion Station Model 812, an improved self-contained portable system for rapidly scanning bar codes and converting the data for RFID. Compared to its predecessor model, it contains a larger touch-sensitive screen, an easier-to-load 3M RFID tag dispenser, and the capability of converting all 3M RFID tag formats.

Similar to its predecessor, 3M Model 812ís sophisticated laser scanner is effective for virtually any bar code location or orientation, and provides a visible scan line that helps the user place items correctly. Because it does not require connection to an automated circulation system, the workstation can be easily moved on its cart for use in the stacks. The station also can reprogram RFID tags as items change.

Both new workstations meet the European Unionís Restriction of Hazardous Substances directive. RoHS restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, including that sold to the library market. To learn more about how 3M Library Systems products meet the EU RoHS directive, visit and click RoHS compliance.
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