FE Technologies Sort Assistant Software package is a unique Library RFID product that minimises the returns and sorting time required in a returns room without the use of an automated materials handling solution. It allows library staff to process multiple items in the returns room in a single step. You get all the benefits of the unique Sort Assistant at a reduced cost, by installing it on your existing PC, and using your existing Circulation Assistant.

The Sort Assistant is the ultimate tool to streamline the processing of returns. It will automatically print on hold slips and transit slips for items to be sent to other branches. This means that the sorting of returned items is reduced from a series of tedious one-by-one sorting steps to simple one-step process. An optional thermal printer is available, or you can use your The Sort Assistant uses a sophisticated colour based destination sort interface which also handles all exceptions in one single process. Multiple returned items are placed on the Sort Assistant’s RFID pad, and the system displays the sort criteria for each item via colour-coded bars.

You can customize the colours of each sort destination via the Management Console, which is used to configure, monitor and report on all the RFID equipment. It allows libraries to completely customize how their returns system will work day-to-day. The various sort criteria include the following:

• To be shelved in this library
• Return to another destination (with destination details and optional transit slip)
• On Hold for a patron in this library (with on optional hold receipt printing)
• Sort by Call Number, Dewey Classification, collection code, location code, media type and/or SIP2 screen message

Even set management is handled for you by the Sort Assistant. The system automatically checks that
all sets are complete and if any parts are missing this is reported as a separate colour.