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CALIDUS WMS optimises hazchem warehousing and distribution for Hanson Logistics


07 March 2013

Third-party logistics specialist Hanson Logistics is benefiting from standard off-the-shelf wireless warehouse management software from OBS Logistics. The sophisticated CALIDUS WMS simplifies the warehousing of hazardous and non-hazardous chemicals, including flammable products along with other goods.

The system makes it easy for Hanson Logistics to manage a wide range of goods, including lubricants, paints and surface treatments, optimising warehouse space and ensuring that they are stored safely according to strict Health & Safety standards in its top tier COMAH warehouse and flammable storage areas.

Using the system, Hanson Logistics has eliminated the hard work of ensuring that none compatible materials are segregated in the 55,000-sqft warehouse as well as in the flammable storage and sampling areas. The system also ensures batch traceability so that when a customer has tested a sample and agreed to order the product, the required quantity is taken from the correct batch.

"With CALIDUS WMS we are able to make the most efficient use of our warehouse space while working with the constraints of managing hazardous and non-hazardous products. Our chemical warehouse operation requires the complex algorithms that the system provides to ensure the stock is held in the right areas, keeping it safe as well as ensuring batch traceability. The system also ensures we run the fleet of forklifts effectively by having the option of 'dual cycling' so that we can maintain a very efficient operation in terms of storage and service," says Paul Pheasey, Managing Director, Hanson Logistics.

CALIDUS WMS uses a number of unique separate algorithms to manage warehouse space so that chemical warehousing companies can run at a very high fill rate without compromising safety, flexibility, accuracy or service.

Dave Renshaw, CEO of OBS Logistics says, "With CALIDUS WMS we find we can run at well over 90 per cent, even with hazardous and non-hazardous products within the same facility. The system has full Hazchem functionality and will ensure that products are stored in the correct hazard area while optimising the available space. It also allows new customers to be catered for so that the company can develop its business without fear of compromising its service levels."

OBS Logistics will be exhibiting at IMHX 2013 to meet with industry specialists at stand 17S91, facing Richard Noble's 'Bloodhound SSC.'

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