Forklift terminals still hold up to heavy use for City Furniture

Furniture distributor rests easy with trusted rugged computer provider.
By Josh Bond, Associate Editor
October 02, 2012 - MMH Editorial

City Furniture had been using the same reliable forklift terminals for more than nine years at a distribution center supporting its 15 stores and nine showrooms. When the time came to evaluate newer models from the same vendor against two competitive offerings, the company tested all three systems in the live environment of the DC.

The company ultimately upgraded to newer models of the reliable but aging terminals. The new rugged industrial computers keep the company’s state-of-the-art distribution center running at peak efficiency.

“Support issues around the warehouse pickers have dropped tremendously, allowing us to focus on other aspects of the company,” says Ricky Maharaj, network administrator for City Furniture. “In a fast-paced, rugged environment, operations depend on equipment that is durable, able to sustain rough usage, and can maintain superior efficiency.”

The customer and supplier worked closely to design a customized interface on the new operating system, which works seamlessly with the existing warehouse management system (WMS). The interface reduces configuration, maintenance time, and the risk associated with moving to a new operating system.

Whether employees are pulling product for pick-up or delivery, assembling a showroom display, or putting away new merchandise, the system maintains an accurate, real-time inventory. The customer was also able to eliminate licensing costs for anti-virus software it no longer needed. The terminals also feature battery technology to enable uninterrupted operation of WMS applications during forklift battery changes.

Glacier Computer
866-724-6257
http://www.glaciercomputer.com

Read more Casebook 2013



About the Author

image
Josh Bond
Associate Editor

Josh Bond is an associate editor to Modern. Josh was formerly Modern’s lift truck columnist and contributing editor, has a degree in Journalism from Keene State College and has studied business management at Franklin Pierce.


Subscribe to Modern Materials Handling magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Find out what the world's most innovative companies are doing to improve productivity in their plants and distribution centers.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

Process improvement leads the way for understanding how automation can reduce human effort and intervention. Yet 39% of companies have not performed process reengineering in the last year.

New division to provide turnkey material handling systems for warehousing and distribution, post and parcel, and industrial markets.

The year 2015 marks a major milestone for the industry, MHI is celebrating its 70th anniversary at ProMat 2015, held March 23-26, 2015.

Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation's monthly confidence index at 66.3 in February, up from 66.1 in January.

Actuators and mechanical systems had a strong year, increasing 12% to $467 million.

Comments

Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.


© Copyright 2015 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA