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  • Good afternoon. My name is Harold Nielson. I am the distribution manager for the Kimble

  • Chase Rockwood location. Kimble Chase Life Science and Research Products is a manufacturer

  • of culture tubes, pharmaceutical testing vials and pipettes. The facility operates a manufacturing

  • facility and distribution center that is a total of 236,000 square feet under roof.

  • The facility operates at 7 days, 24 hours. The productivity level of shipping is 108

  • million pieces per month.

  • The Kimble Chase Group was looking at warehouse management systems for quite a long time.

  • The current situation was that we had just a paper process and an MRP system but no way

  • to communicate back with the transactions or flow of products.

  • Prior to having this system, it could take 2 days to get finished goods into inventory

  • for them to be able to be allocated and picked for a customer's order.

  • The current system puts inventory into our MRP within an hour. As soon as it is removed

  • from the manufacturing facility and brought to the floor, that inventory is captured in

  • our system.

  • Hello. My name is Joe Jones and I am the IS manager for Kimble Chase Rockwood. At the

  • beginning of the RFID process, we knew that a lot of changes would have to take place

  • at the facility. First and foremost was how to set up the facility for a wireless infrastructure.

  • So we actually had coordinated through SATO to do an on-site survey. They told us how

  • many wireless access points we would need, laid out our warehouse, gave us the locations

  • of the access points and then we used that once we installed the wireless infrastructure.

  • The operators will bring a pallet up to the portal to process through iTRAK. They will

  • let the RFID system scan the pallet and then they will go and validate their pick ticket

  • information to what iTRAK system has posted. If the information is correct, then they will

  • go ahead and click the accept button. At that point it applies that inventory against the

  • customer's order, it prints out a pallet label and a packing slip, an individual packing

  • slip for each pallet. And, at the end of picking everything, they should get a shipment complete

  • prompt from the iTRAK system that lets them know that the entire order has been successfully

  • completed.

  • When the carrier comes to pickup the freight, the first step is to scan the customer information

  • which is the customer ID number and the ship to zip code and it will populate the shipping

  • information, scan the pallet ID and, at this point, the system should say that the shipment

  • is complete and the operator can go ahead and load the pallet onto the truck.

  • iTRAK system works so well that if the wrong products are on the pallet or the wrong products

  • are mixed on the pallet from manufacturing when they come down, the system will error

  • out and force you to correct the problem and give you a description of what the problem

  • is that is found.

  • The inventory accuracy prior to the iTRAK's RFID system was pretty poor. Nearly every

  • order that was picked, there would be an issue with insufficient stock being in that location

  • when we would go to pull the orders. After putting the system in and it getting up and

  • running, we have no situations where we have insufficient stock when we go to a bin. Our

  • cycle count accuracy of finished goods is at 99 percent.

  • We worked together with SATO to conquer some of the problems we had with the close proximity

  • of RFID labels so we designed the system to work both with RFID and bar code scanning.

  • That way we didn't have scatter or pickup of labels we were not trying to target while

  • we were putting away products or picking customer orders, loading customer orders.

  • We make private label and we make our product here. Our private label customers chose not

  • to have labels placed on the outside of their packaging, so we place an RFID label inside

  • of the carton. It is inconspicuous; we can still read everything, scan it thru the system

  • and process it normally.

  • The host integration part of the project was key. So by working with SATO's integration

  • staff, we were able to take the transactions from the host system, the iTRAK system, and

  • pass them on to our ERP system via XML uploads. The XML uploads were smooth, were easy to

  • track and really helped us in this situation.

  • One of the biggest benefits of this entire project from my standpoint was the single

  • turnkey solution. From a technology standpoint, you want to be able to handle all you stuff

  • with one vendor if possible. SATO gave us that possibility. They handled the printers,

  • they handled the iTRAK software development, they also handled the interface uploads to

  • our ERP system. I have dealt with other vendors in the past and a lot of the other vendors

  • in the past have different outsourcing that they do for each step. By having SATO with

  • one in-house source, I only had one area that I had to focus on and that was for SATO to

  • get the details accomplished on the schedule that we had to accomplish them in.

  • Well, we were very pleased with the service that we have and the solution that we have

  • in operation right now. We look forward to possibly growing this technology in to other

  • locations in this company. We are very happy with the SATO organization and glad to be

  • in partnership with them.

Good afternoon. My name is Harold Nielson. I am the distribution manager for the Kimble

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