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
• 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.
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