Potter Logistics, a leading specialist in multimodal transportation, has enhanced its warehouse management system with new Container Management functionality from OBS Logistics. The Container Management Module for CALIDUS WMS interfaces with the warehouse management software to manage ISO containers that arrive daily by rail and road at the company’s 62-acre distribution centre and rail freight terminal in Selby, Yorkshire.
The Container Management Module controls all of the unloading and loading activities in real time over a high-speed 150 mbit/s backhaul mesh wireless network. The containers are stored according to dispatch date and some may remain at Selby for several days before they need to be dispatched.
The Container Management module ensures the accuracy of placing the right container on the right road vehicle or rail wagon. As with all OBS Logistics solutions, this paperless system is easy to use and cost effective having only two parts: a desktop computer system in the site’s weighbridge office to manage movements of the containers and booking in lorry drivers, and large in-cab touchscreen radio-data terminals for the container handler drivers.
The fully electronic system eliminates paper documentation, directing the container handler drivers through their shifts and ensuring containers are stored and loaded accurately. The system also captures road vehicle drivers’ signatures for proof of receipt of the containers.