Ryerson, a leading distributor and processor of metals in North America, operates service centers in cities across the United States and Canada and serves an international customer base through joint ventures in Mexico, India, and China. Last year, Ryerson sought to enhance operating efficiencies in a 40,000-square-foot warehouse in Laval, Quebec, where metal coils, slats, and similar inventory is stored.
Ryerson needed a better way to track and identify inventory positions, says Carl St-Hilaire, the facility's director of operations. "Delays and mistakes in shipping the correct material to the right customer are not acceptable and can be quite costly," he says. Tracking was seen as the key to eliminating both situations. Based on previous experience, the company also knew that an RFID-based solution would be its most appropriate choice, because it would yield warehouse management access to real-time inventory information without human intervention.
Source: Integrated Solutions, http://integratedsolutionsmag.com
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