Malte Haaning Plastic A/S, the company behind the world-famous HAMA® plastic beads, exported to more than 50 countries around the world, faced the challenge of ensuring full production traceability from receiving the raw plastic granulate to shipping the finished products to shops. Malte Haaning Plastic chose a solution where the production workers use handheld terminals with Mobile WMS to work directly with the data in Dynamics NAV.
The decision of using Dynamics NAV for traceability was based on recommendations from the Danish Institute of Technology, and it is a decision they are happy with today explains Sales and Marketing Director Birgitte Gregersen: “Our products are a complex composition of many simple components in many different colors, so we need help from computers and barcodes in order to keep track of all the necessary data, and today we are confident that we made the right choice”.
Mobile WMS is very user friendly which means that even workers who are not used to work with IT have no problems using the handheld terminals
It was important for Malte Haaning Plastic that the solution was user friendly as their production workers were not used to work (comfortably) with IT. The application for the handheld scanner should present the necessary information in a way that was relevant and easy to understand, and at the same time assist the employees with their work processes.
It was therefore decided that Mobile WMS could be configured so to match the production routines exactly, Birgitte Gregersen explains: The application has been well received by the production workers, as it is made to fit the procedures they already followed, and now the handheld scanners actually help them in their daily routines”.
Besides production traceability, Mobile WMS also meant a step up in production quality and consistency. As everything is scanned during production, the end-user can be confident to receive exactly the right product. Of course, the scanning procedures are adding steps to the work processes, but the extra work is more than compensated by the use of Mobile WMS.
When working with the handheld terminals, production workers always have easy access to information in Dynamics NAV. This saves them the long walks back and forth between the stationary PCs and printers in the production facility. Problems and breakdowns with the system are nonexistent, and whatever fears some might have had of a slow and tedious system proved to be wrong, Birgitte Gregersen explains: “Posting and reporting of finished production runs works perfect and are executed immediately”.
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