One of Australia’s large privately owned cold storage complex, Oxford Cold storage (Oxford) launched its Freezer 11 Super Store in December 2006. The expanded freezer now accommodates storage for 52,000 pallets under the one roof.
This has increased capacity of the Store 11 facility by 40% and total site capacity by an extra 20%.Existing narrowband RF network infrastructure needed to be upgraded as the physical size of the building exceeded the parameters of the narrowband system. With the addition of extra data capture terminals into the environment, the old system would have been pushed beyond its capacity.
Oxford undertook this exercise to ensure service levels would be maintained. RTS upgraded Oxford’s wireless network to a 54MB CISCO WLAN. The warehouse management system was also upgraded which included a GUI front-end and a new host computer with new versions of Linux and Oracle.
Within two days of Store 11 going live, Oxford management noticed an increase in productivity which resulted in a higher turnover of pallets from the dock into the freezer. This was facilitated by the increased speed of the new wireless network.
Oxford has now decided to roll the technology out across the rest of the business due to the success of the Store 11 upgrade. The network will cover all freezers which have a total capacity in excess of 110,000 pallets. This will enable the Oxford business to derive productivity gains now and into the future.
According to Oxford, after working on its warehouse management system with RTS for the last ten years, it knew it had an efficient system. Oxford has been impressed and pleasantly surprised with the wireless performance improvement which has enabled it to load and unload more trucks in the peak periods. This is a direct result of the upgrade in the technology platform RTS provided Oxford.
According to RTS, the upgrade project was going to be a challenge. With only a 24 hour period to go live, RTS was satisfied with the successful implementation. The success of the project was down to a collaborative effort, with thorough planning between Oxford and RTS.