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Supplier: Peacock Bros.
11 December, 2006

Olympus Australia, Australia’s largest supplier of Personal and Medical Digital Camera’s have upgraded their Mt Waverly Medical Camera warehouse with a real-time inventory management system.

The system was developed jointly by Peacock Bros. and Olympus using only “tried-and-true” equipment and software that is a perfect example of a cost effective total barcode labeling and data capture solution.  The end result is an extremely reliable and simple inventory system that tracks barcodes and records all stock in real-time to the main SAP WMS (Warehouse Management System) host.

Previously Olympus was processing all stock movements manually.  As orders were placed the warehouse staff had to be located and personally given customer orders as they were received and the transaction was then manually entered into the computer.  They needed an inventory management system that would not only record the stock movements as they occurred, but could also send the order directly to the warehouse staff via a mobile terminal for fulfillment as they were received in the office.

The solution involved wireless barcode scanners, a wireless network, barcode label printers communicating directly with the Olympus SAP WMS already in place.  The solution also had to be reliable and produce error-free performance.  Peacock Bros. was contracted to develop and install a solution that would take Olympus from pen and paper to real-time data management and on-demand barcode label printing.

The Peacock Bros. Mobile Data Division custom integrated Symbol’s MC9000 data terminals to communicate directly with the SAP operating system, translating and instantly relaying inventory movements and order information.  The warehouse staff now receive customer stock orders from the MC9000’s display screen and as the orders are processed the status information is instantly relayed back to the WMS, eliminating the need for manual communication with the office and warehouse staff.

Barcode labels are printed for the stock being shipped out via direct communication between 4 Intermec PC4 barcode label printers and the host SAP system relaying the required barcode label information to the printer, which then prints the barcode labels for the stock as it is prepared for delivery.

The whole solution is error-free, requires very little user intervention and is extremely reliable and cost effective.  It’s a perfect example of an ideal data inventory solution that would suit thousands of companies in Australia.

Alan Harmer, the Olympus Warehouse manager at the Mt Waverly complex said, “The solution is surprisingly simple to operate and invisible with a massive reduction in the time required in receiving stock and processing of orders.  We have greater stock visibility and increased the productivity of our staff and can provide even faster order fulfillment turn-around.” “The main computer monitors what orders have been filled and what deliveries have been received as the event occurs in real-time.”

Olympus is so impressed with the system that they are also exploring the benefits of incorporating RFID technology to the solution.

The Peacock Bros. Mobile Data Division has been delivering warehouse data management solutions for Australian companies for many years now and this Olympus installation is a great example of how the latest barcode labeling and data management equipment can be used in a practical and cost effective solution, providing immediate returns and savings in operational overheads.

To find out more, please contact Peacock Bros. on: 1300 723 282 or email: pbsales@peacocks.com.au.