Datalinx Blog

Welcome to the Datalinx blog. Here we cover a range of posts and conversations based around our experiences of warehousing, barcoding and Sage software.

Wireless Scanning

Wireless Scanning and scanners should not be confused with a wireless network, there is a subtle difference between the two.
Ok, so when you work with wireless scanners you provide your warehouse team with more flexibility. They can collate and/or pack orders as they are moving around the warehouse, which speeds up the dispatch process and they won't need to connect the handheld to the computer to transfer the data from the transactions they have just completed to your software package.
When it comes to receiving stock into your stores your team can scan the barcode location (bin) as the product is put into it. Giving you accurate (and true) information which you wouldn't necessarily get if the handheld couldn't be taken around the warehouse and you were assuming the product ended up in the correct location.
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EU Falsified Medicines Directive 2018

EU Falsified Medicines Directive 2018

 

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The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that up to 1% of medicines available in the developed world are likely to be counterfeit and when applied globally this figure increases to 10%. With many of the medicines used in the UK manufactured overseas, this multi billion pound marketplace is attractive to those who would exploit and sell dangerous and counterfeit products into the supply chain.

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Don’t forget the little things when setting up your warehouse management solution.

So, you have decided to set up your warehouse to enable barcoding and you will be thinking about a host of issues but don’t forget about the barcode label – it does a very small but vital job for you, and it could be costly if you get it wrong.  

In my opinion there are three factors you should consider when choosing the media for your label.
Firstly the type of printer you buy will determine the range of labels you can use. 

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Naming and labelling warehouse bins and shelves

b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_6318.JPGA warehouse management system (WMS) requires the warehouse bin locations to be barcoded for efficient usage.  Barcoding eliminates the manual entry of data and the inherent risk of typing mistakes; scanning barcoded data is much faster than typing.

The naming of the bin locations should be designed to give a ‘grid map’ of the warehouses / yards / storage areas so it is clear where each bin location is situated within each branch.

Any ‘guidance’ that will be given during picking operations in the WMS will normally use an alphanumeric bin sequence. Therefore, when designing the bin code format, thought also needs to be given to the most efficient ‘walk’ around the warehouse when typically picking stock.

Two common examples of a naming convention are described below.

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10 minutes with James Pearcy

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A sneak peak into the creation of Datalinx, company goals and industry challenges through the eyes of James Pearcy MD of Datalinx Computer Systems...

I trained as an electro mechanical engineer, but moved in the early days of computerised manufacturing systems to material requirements planning (MRP) within a large manufacturing company. After some years in industry it was a logical step, to becoming a consultant within the computer industry and director of a software house. However it was not until 1989 the opportunity occurred to form Datalinx. The first product was a barcode based “Work in Progress tracking and costing system”, that front ended many popular ERP systems, this quickly led to warehousing and a long term relationship with Sage.

Why was Datalinx founded?

After working for various software providers of ERP and MRP systems, 2 friends identified a gap in the market for automated data collection, which in today’s world, we would call Mobile Systems. These were used for Warehousing plus Work in progress tracking and labour costing. With time the focus shifted to Sage and their customer needs.

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