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EquipU, formally known as Greater Glasgow Independent Living, supplies vital equipment to assist the physically challenged in the Glasgow area, achieve as normal a life as possible.
Operatives need to register delivery of equipment to the client and ensure the correct product is supplied. Goods are identified by the part number, if it is misread or similar to another on the same delivery list errors can and do occur. They need to reduce errors and make every delivery count. It was also desirable for the drivers to carry just one device, which incorporated, mobile phone, barcode reader, GPS, Camera and mobile computer for the gathering of data.
Central Peripherals was challenged first to supply the printers and media to bar-
Central Peripherals offered many alternative devices for testing and finally the
MC35 from Symbol/Motorola was decided on as the unit that came nearest to providing
the best solution. Although these have now been in use, successfully, for several
years, it was found using the Camera/Wedge program on the MC35 was difficult and
the users tended to key in the serial numbers instead of reading the barcode, resulting
in errors. When Motorola launched the MC55, EquipU made the decision to trial it
and as moved to this unit, but they continue to update their equipment and have now
added the MC45 and MC65 to complement their portfolio. The MC45s and MC55s are used
within the warehouse but the MC65, being the most robust is used out on the road
where they make full use of the on-
All of the units are easy to use making it unnecessary to enter data manually, therefore improving efficiency. Clients are better served and complaints are fewer. Unnecessary repeat journeys are eliminated, fuel consumption is reduced and time freed for other calls. The durability of all three units combined with the efficiencies gained quickly result in a great Return on the Investment and reduced Total Cost of Ownership.
How Does System Work?
All stock is identified by a bar-
Central Peripherals will continue to work closely with EquipU to ensure that the hardware they are using is always the best solution for their needs.
Based in Clackmannanshire, Benkert (UK) Ltd is a leading producer of tipping paper to a global marketplace.
"Previously Benkert (UK) Ltd operated a manual system for recording pallet loading. This system was prone to error and these errors could be very expensive".
On average 3000 paper bobbins are shipped every week, staff loading these bobbins
onto pallets would manually record the order, pallet and bobbin numbers. Central
Peripherals were tasked with finding a way of unobtrusively bar-
A short pilot project was started to investigate the best way of attaching and then scanning a barcode on each bobbin. Using many years of experience in the data capture industry, Central Peripherals custom built a complete solution combining the best and most suitable hardware from a number of manufacturers with bespoke software.
"The introduction of the bar-
Having seen the benefits a bar-
And, says Neil Sharpe, Financial Director of Benkert (UK) Ltd, it doesn't stop there, "The system will continue to be refined as further opportunities to improve efficiency are identified".
The system was first installed in 2002 and has been evolving ever since.