WMS installed at Island Steel UK

Island Steel implements barcode system for stock control using Peoplevox warehouse management system

After 10 years of having their products barcoded but not using them within their operation, Island Steel, a leading steel stockholder and processor based in Newport South Wales, successfully implemented a warehouse management system from Peoplevox.

Island Steel trades in and processes steel in wide coil, slit coil, de-doiled sheet and sheared blanks. Operating from its purpose built site on Alexandra Docks in Newport, South Wales, the plant operates as a service centre for the processing of customers own materials as well as for complete material supply to their customers full specifications.

With demand increasing for its services, the company needed a resilient inventory management solution to enables issuing, receipt and stock take using barcode enabled handheld mobile computers. From this rich reporting would be available real-time and the system must integrate into Sage.

Project benefits experienced

Island Steel 80,000 square feet facility in Newport, South Wales
Island Steel 80,000 square feet facility in Newport, South Wales

• Ability to dynamically book in goods received by scanning barcodes, removing manual process, paper and duplication, and ultimately reducing data entry errors.

• Automate issuing of stock, knowing what went to who and when, through the use of scanning barcodes.

• Ability to rapidly do a stock take, cutting down on labour time and errors, plus giving you an accurate report on what stock is where. This went from 20 hours to just 2 hours with improved accuracy.

The project steps

Step 1: Site survey – 1 day for 80,000 square feet factory/warehouse.

Step 2: Requirements gathering of 2 days including areas such as the operation of receipt, issuing and stock take.

Step 3: Plan implementation, confirm exact equipment requirement and write up software specification for approval.

Step 4: Configure software application to Client requirements.

Step 5: Pre-configure equipment, load application and complete full testing.

Step 6: Installation, testing and training


Total time for completion was only 6 weeks and the system has been 100% stable since going live in September 2009.

For the video case study of Island Steel: http://bit.ly/pvxcsislandsteelpvxNews

Peoplevox stock control case study - Island Steel UK Sept 09