Intermec increases accuracy in ordering and inventory control at Canadian Dry Storage

Intermec CK31ex handheld computers allow for wider range of scanning requirements and resolve challenges with distance scanning in bulk storage areas

Canadian Dry Storage (CDS) has installed EX near-far imaging technology from Intermec (NYSE: IN) to increase ordering accuracy and inventory control at their new state-of-the-art warehouse facility.

The CDS system, consisting of Intermec CK31ex rugged mobile computers and an RF system from Intermec partner, Interan Wireless, allows CDS management and warehouse workers to quickly expedite the receiving process and to keep track of the movement of products throughout the facility.

Flexibility in scanning is essential for CDS. It has over 100,000 square feet in its new facility, with approximately 14,000 double-deep racked positions. It is a high-density system where pallets are stored in bays two deep and 30 feet high. With Intermec EX near-far imaging technology, CDS now has the ability to resolve challenges that come with scanning in such high-density areas, meet a wider range of scan requirements and prepare for the development of enhanced scan programs for their warehouse in the future.

We have seen a number of increases in accuracy in both ordering and inventory control as a result of implementing Intermec EX technology, said CDS Operations Manager, Chris McWilliam. Our transactions take place much faster and are more accurate, we need less time to process information which increases worker productivity, and Intermec EX technology gives us the ability to link an image online and capture data in real-time which provides us much faster access to valuable business information.

The rugged CK31ex rugged mobile computer integrates breakthrough auto-focus area imaging technology and enables users to quickly scan any type of bar code, in any orientation, from six inches to 50 feet away, opening up new efficiencies and application opportunities across the warehouse. With the CK31ex, users can scan 1D, 2D, composite and postal codes; capture images, signatures and documents; read at near and far distances; and successfully cope with damaged, poorly printed or partially obscured codes in variable lighting conditions.

About Intermec

Intermec Inc. (NYSE:IN) develops, manufactures and integrates technologies that identify, track and manage supply chain assets. Core technologies include RFID, mobile computing and data collection systems, bar code printers and label media. The companys products and services are used by customers in many industries worldwide to improve the productivity, quality and responsiveness of business operations.

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