Barcoding.co.uk has supplied a wireless data collection and communication system to Avery Dennison.
The system has boosted productivity at Avery Dennisons Cramlington site in Northumberland and comprises a WiFi network that utilises Dolphin scanner-microcomputers from Hand Held Products.
Avery Dennison is a global leader in pressure-sensitive technology and innovative self-adhesive solutions for consumer products and label materials. The company contacted Barcoding.co.uk for assistance as it was aware of the organisation's expertise in wireless networking and Barcoding.co.uk performed a wireless survey to ascertain how the technology would perform relative to the site topography.
We had already installed a wireless system in the finishing department and had been benefiting from this for some time. We decided that it was time to implement wireless in the goods-in area and then throughout the site. This was a phased plan that spiralled through the operation, comments Colin Moir, Systems Support Manager, Avery Dennison Materials U.K. Ltd.
The key business driver for Avery Dennison was to speed up shopfloor jobs. The system reduces the need for shopfloor staff to walk to and from fixed-position terminals or to carry paper-based systems around. Productivity has been boosted as a result of a quicker, more responsive and more accurate working environment.
The staff get on well with the equipment; this system has enabled them to do two jobs in one, says Colin Moir. The truck drivers in finishing think that the Hand Held Products Dolphins are wonderful compared with the previous equipment. Moreover, the people involved in stocktaking have quickly taken to the inventory system designed by Barcoding.co.uk, which runs on the handheld computers.
As for an overall view on the installation, Colin Moir says: Barcoding.co.uk has made it easy for us. Support is excellent and I can be confident that I will get a responsive service if ever I need to pick up the phone to them.