Clayton Glass, a manufacturer of sealed double-glazing units for windows, has saved £25,000 in the first year after implementing a wireless barcode inventory control system.
The system, from Barcoding.co.uk, links wirelessly into Clayton Glass's production software from anywhere in the warehouse, reducing costs by improving efficiency in making up orders and eliminating paper documents.
Orders are displayed on handheld terminals, and as each barcoded item is scanned in the picking process, it is added to the order and deducted from the warehouse stock, ensuring orders are complete and stock levels are accurate.
"We have gained speed, accuracy and real-time information with the added benefit of comprehensive reporting," said Richard Teasdale, financial controller and systems administrator at Clayton Glass.
The company plans to extend the system to generate delivery notes based on the actual delivery and improve traceablity outside the factory to reduce lost-unit claims.
Teasdale also plans to use the barcode system to improve the company's quality control process.
"We will be able to transfer handwritten records of failed units directly into our management system simply by scanning the label," he said.