DSL Systems have installed a warehouse stock tracking system at
Dalton Seeds, Cambridgeshire, UK. Using extensive use of
barcodes, the system is simple to operate yet provides all the
facilities which operators and managers find so valuable.
- Up-to-date knowledge of exactly what stock is where in the
- Simple "ship to truck" option which checks that only the
correct stock is shipped to customers.
- Tells operators where stock is at all times.
- Prevents bags from blocking other stock which will be needed
The system consists of a Pen Mobile rugged tablet PC for each
Fork Lift Truck (FLT) together with a long range barcode
scanner. There is also a network of fast wireless access
points so that each FLT is always in range and kept up-to-date.
When each bag or pallet of small bags is produced, a barcoded
ticket is attached to the bag. When the bag is to be stored
in the warehouse, the Fork Lift Truck driver scans the
barcode. DSL's stock tracking system then recommends the best
bay to put the bag and the FLT driver can accept this or enter the
actual bay where it is placed. Bay numbers are painted on the floor
and are numbers like 5122, 1234 etc.
The long range barcode reader has a range of over 2 metres and
allows the barcodes to be wanded without the FLT driver even
leaving his seat. This makes it fast and simple to
When it comes to shipping an order, order details are
transmitted directly from the office IT system to DSL's tracking
system. The FLT driver only has to enter the order number and
the requirements with locations are shown on his screen. When
collecting each bag or pallet the driver just wands the
barcode. Any incorrect bags are highlighted to the FLT driver
thus preventing mistakes and the system even allows many drivers to
load the same order at the same time.
The main benefit is for the FLT drivers to know exactly where
stock is and this saves time searching for stock, especially as
sometimes stock may be hidden behind other bags. The system also
prevents mistakes and office staff find it invaluable knowing what
is in stock at all times.
Products in Use
Bar-code tracking system for warehouses
Stock tracking system to track products in warehouses to make it easy to locate goods and see current stock levels. Wireless tablet PCs with long range bar-code readers are used in Fork Lift Trucks to provide the information to the driver. The system will exchange information with commercial systems.