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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Chicago State University
Sole Source #0609L

Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase

Award Info
Published Monday February 27, 2006
Awarded to:
Vendor:  Integrated Technology Group, Atlanta, GA
Amount:  An estimated $75,000
Terms:   One-time transaction
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Friday, February 10, 2006
The University awarded a contract for an automated material handling system to Integrated Technology Group, Atlanta, GA for an estimated $75,000.
A MHS installation was requested by CSU for its new academic library opening in 2006. It was put into the building plans in 2001 to work with its ASRS (Automated Storage and Retrieval System). The ASRS is a highly compact storage system with a capacity of 800,000 vols. in bins retrieved by robotic cranes at 70 mph on demand through the ILS (Integrated Library System). The space saved by such a stack management system and compact storage was the equivalent to two floors of new construction. Items in the bins are checked in and out of the ASRS, and subsequently to patrons by the ILS Circulation software, by reading item identifiers optically (bar code) and by radio frequency signal (RFID). Every book, for example, has a unique identifier. The automated transaction time for a circulation is cut to less than one minute, and this technology also allows the new library to use self-check systems such as used in modern department and grocery stores. RFID also allows for real-time check-in at an automated book return. The MLS is a combination in-take and RIF reader and sorter that conveys returned materials along a track that spins them off into separate bins, one for each floor and the ASRS, without human labor. The equipment works with the ASRS and RFID automated systems, must be compatible and integrated, to provide continued cost savings in terms of space and labor as well as improved efficiency and service.
This purchase is only economically available from a single source because the compatibility of equipment, accessories, replacement parts, or service is a paramount consideration.
For additional information, contact:
Nate Tindall
Chicago State University
Cook Administration Building, Rm. 111
9501 South King Drive
Chicago State University
Chicago, IL 60628-1598
Phone: (733) 995-2424

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