The system, which was commissioned by Avery to speed up shopfloor jobs, comprises a WiFi network using Dolphin scanner-microcomputers from Hand Held Products.
Barcoding.co.uk’s first task was to perform a wireless survey to ascertain how the technology would perform relative to the site topography.
Colin Moir, Avery’s systems support manager, said: ‘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.’
The system reduces the need for shopfloor staff to walk to and from fixed-position terminals or to carry paper-based systems around. Barcoding.co.uk claims that productivity has been boosted as a result of a quicker, more responsive and more accurate working environment.
Moir said that the new equipment and software has enabled the staff to do two jobs in one.