BEC (Systems Integration) Ltd., the UK-based supplier of data capture solutions for supply chain logistics and manufacturing, it has won a Voice-enabled Warehouse Management Solution (WMS) contract with Horseware in the US.
With a North American base in Kinston, North Carolina and headquartered in Dundalk, Ireland, Horseware is one of the world's best known manufacturers of riding wear, leisure wear, horse rugs, equestrian products and accessories. This new contract follows on from BEC's recent success in installing its eSmart Voice WMS solution at Horseware's Irish manufacturing and warehousing facility.
Tom MacGuinness, Chief Executive at Horseware, comments "Due to rapid business growth, our Movex ERP system and the paper-based method that we are currently using to record the movement of goods around the warehouse are not providing sufficient functionality required to cope with new levels of demand. As a result of the eSmart Voice WMS solution with Honeywell's Vocollect Voice software which BEC implemented at our facility in the Republic of Ireland, and the positive impact it has had on the business as a whole, we have decided to roll it out to our North American facility. The new system will be used in our picking, put-away, stock movement, dispatch and replenishment operations."
In a Voice-directed warehouse system, operators use a wearable computer with a wireless headset to receive Voice-enabled instructions. The Vocollect Voice solution integrates with Horseware's Movex ERP system over a wireless network, and the worker confirms his or her actions verbally back to the system in real time.
Philip Jarrett, Director of Sales and Marketing at BEC, explains, "Conceptually, Voice-directed technology is very similar to traditional RF scanning, but prompts are delivered and responses are provided verbally. The Vocollect Voice solution can help businesses increase worker productivity by up to 35 per cent, while reducing errors by up to 50 per cent."
With a proven and trusted track record in supplying and implementing Voice technology within a range of warehousing and distribution centre applications, BEC is a specialist provider of future-proof and innovative Automated Data Capture solutions designed to integrate seamlessly into any host ERP system to fulfil business and commercial requirements. Its WMS has been developed with Voice technology at its core, rather than as an add-on feature, allowing Horseware to use the benefits of Vocollect Voice software throughout its warehousing facility.
Jarrett concludes, "We are delighted to have been awarded this additional contract with our existing customer Horseware – which has now enabled BEC's first US system implementation – demonstrating a true ability to deliver our solutions not just in Europe, but on a true global basis. This new project is going really well so far, and we are looking forward to continuing to work with Horseware in the future."