Odlums - Inventory Management Solution

 

The Challenge Faced

The Odlums plant located in Dublin is specific to milling purposes only and it is here where raw product is turned into various flours that will be used for Odlums own use or wholesaled as ingredients to third party end users. The plants at Cork and Portarlington deal specifically with end products that will be distributed to the retail channel.

Odlums have to-date been using Intermec products to facilitate their barcode requirements for wholesale and retail products. Upon inspection of their manufacturing plants it was recommended to retain the Intermec brand as this would allow common engineering as seen in sister plants which come under the Origin Enterprise PLC umbrella throughout Europe.

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Solution Overview

VisionID suggested a suite of Intermec hardware that would allow seamless integration of incoming and outgoing products to backend management systems. Within the warehouse environments the Intermec CV60 would prove invaluable as the in-cab mounting systems allowed seamless processing on-the-move without having the operator to stop, dismount and process. The CV60 computer excels in the most adverse environments with full PC functionality. The CV60 terminal, either fixed or vehicle mounted, puts wireless supply chain management right where the data is, at the dock, on the warehouse floor, in the trailer or in the yard, for the toughest material handling applications.

Across the manufacturing facilities the SR60 hand held scanners were deployed and the seamless integration of new Intermec products from old was achieved without any hindrance. Intermec’s SR60 is a tethered, handheld industrial strength laser scanner designed to meet the needs of users who require extra long range scanning. The SR60 scanner is designed to enable users to quickly and easily scan barcodes near and far, from as close as 27 inches (71 cm) to 36 feet (11 meters) away. This scanner is ideal for industrial applications including warehouse management, work in process, and in-transit visibility applications this is why VisionID chose the SR60 for the Odlums requirements.

To accommodate the need to produce printed barcodes an Intermec PM4C was installed and commissioned. The multi-function PM4C printer gives the reliability, ruggedness and performance that is expected in a barcode printer from Intermec.

Return On Investment

Key for the Odlums production facilities was to install and integrate up-to-date state of the art hardware that will adhere to the every day challenges thrown at them by a busy production facility. VisionID engineers were quick to identify suitable solutions that would integrate with existing back room processes and deliver a realistic ROI.

About Odlums

In the nineteenth century, three Odlum brothers were involved in separate milling operations. The mill that operated in Portlaoise was opened by William Odlum in 1845. It was this mill that formed the basis of the present business. He was succeeded by his two sons, William P. and Richard - hence the company name at that time, W.P.& R. Odlum.

By the end of the 1920s the company was operating, in conjunction with various other milling interests, a total of nine mills. In the 1960s, rising standards of living led to a fall in flour consumption and a number of milling operations went out of business. Odlums found that in order to remain competitive, it was necessary to rationalise production. Some of the smaller mills were closed. The company now operates 3 modern flour mills in Dublin, Cork and Portarlington and a specialist oatmeal mill in Sallins.

Up to 1988 Odlums was a family owned and managed company. Today it is wholly owned by Origin Enterprises PLC.

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What our clients have to say

“VisionID helped us significantly improve our warehouse operations by enabling us to capture data and feed it into our ERP in real-time. After a consultation and Wireless Site Survey, VisionID implemented a secure wireless network for real-time data capture using Extreme Wireless infrastructure and Zebra MC9200 mobile computers. We now have improved inventory control and increased productivity within our warehouse.” – Stella Glavin, IT Manager

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“We trust VisionID for all of our printing and scanning needs. VisionID supply us with the best in class scanning and vision systems from Cognex, these systems are used to ensure product traceability throughout the plant, and really are an invaluable asset when it comes to production. The support offered by VisionID’s professional service team is second to none, they offer us both remote and onsite maintenance for all of the technology that they deploy” David Lally, Buyer-Engineering, Boston Scientific Galway.

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