Central Systems & Automation and Belgravium sign strategic solutions agreement

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Central Systems & Automation Ltd (CS&A), provider of the warehouse management and control solution Autostore, has established a partnership with Belgravium Ltd, a manufacturer of rugged mobile communications devices.

CS&A will now offer its manufacturing and logistics customers a complete radio frequency (RF) communications solution - based on Belgraviums high quality terminals - to streamline fulfilment and distribution operations.

CS&A and Belgraviums combined RF-enabled warehouse management solution is proven to increase customer satisfaction and profitability significantly through enhanced accuracy and efficiency in the warehouse. Although the two organisations have prior experience of working together on various warehouse automation projects (including Great Bear Distribution), the formal agreement is particularly gratifying for Belgravium as CS&A has extensive experience of most of the major RF vendors.

As Andrew McKaig, Commercial Director at CS&A comments : We have worked closely with many RF manufacturers over the past decade or so. Obviously, its important to us that the hardware component of a warehouse automation project matches the inherent performance and reliability of our software. The majority of our clients are running time-critical logistics operations and the hardware has to provide real-time capability and, more importantly, sustain that level of performance. Those customer sites where we have specified Belgravium hardware have performed exceptionally well and we were delighted to formalise our relationship.

Belgraviums rugged hand-held and truck-mounted RF terminals present warehouse operatives with real-time instructions, such as: goods-in procedures, pick assignments, put-away instructions and replenishment duties, directly from CS&As Autostore warehouse management  system. When these activities are completed, the RF terminals immediately provide data back to Autostore to facilitate real-time inventory.

RF-enabled warehouse management is a very exciting development for many of our customers as the improved accuracy and productivity in the warehouse is proven to yield huge savings and increase profitability, said McKaig. We are committed to offering the very latest in functionality and technology to enable clients to gain real competitive advantage and, as a leading provider of high-quality RF hardware, Belgravium is a key partner for our business going forward.

Mike Turner, Belgraviums Group Marketing Manager, is similarly enthusiastic: In the logistics sector we rely upon third party software products to complete the total client solution. Our own reputation is directly influenced by our choice of software partner and clients can be assured that our criteria are very stringent. We are delighted to be working with CS&A because of the quality of Autostore and the companys overall professionalism.


About Central Systems & Automation Ltd

Founded in 1988, Central Systems & Automation Ltd is one of Europe's leading software development and integration companies for the intermodal and logistics industries. The Company  has a network of international Autostore partners throughout the EU and Middle East. Central Systems & Automation operates major Autostore sites throughout the UK and Ireland to France, Scandinavia, the Baltic and Saudi Arabia.

Autostore is a strategic, powerful and flexible software solution that delivers maximum value to supply chain operations. Blending 20 years of inventory management excellence with a practical, business-led approach, Autostore optimises resources, enhances operational productivity and improves return on investment.

About Belgravium Ltd

Belgravium designs, manufactures, markets and supports Radio Frequency Data Communications (RFDC) and mobile computing systems. The companys ability to integrate its wireless technology to all types of business management system has enabled a steady growth since its foundation in 1982. During this period the product range has expanded to include; hand held mobile computers, vehicle mount terminals, full screen terminals, high speed pick by light systems, wireless LAN infrastructure, voice recognition systems and RFID tag reading hardware.

Belgravium is widely considered as a leading manufacturer within the data capture industry and has a large and varied customer base to reinforce this. With well in excess of 500 site installations throughout the World, Belgravium's customer base includes many household names in manufacturing, retail and distribution. Some of Belgravium's major users include Corus, Toys R Us, John West, Virgin Atlantic, Air Berlin, Coca-Cola, GSK and most of the prominent names within the Third Party Logistics sector (Wincanton, P&O, TNT etc).

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