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In-CarPC helps Allied Glass improve productivity of forklift trucks

October 2014

Note - our current recommended on-board computer solution for Forklift Trucks is:

Allied Glass is a supplier of luxury glass packaging, creating beautiful and ground-breaking containers for a raft of international brands.

Storing most of its stock in a Leeds warehouse, the products are moved by forklift truck. Currently the loading of each product onto a forklift truck is recorded by the driver scanning the product's barcode using a wireless barcode scanner. This device transmits the barcode information to a PC on-board the forklift truck, which runs a bespoke internally developed program that processes the data and transmits it to the company's back-office servers, in real time, over Wi-Fi.

Allied approached us because they were unhappy with their existing on-board computers, which were tablet based. The main issue was that the tablets had very poor Wi-Fi performance, resulting in frequent network dropouts as the forklifts moved around the warehouse. This caused delays in goods reaching their intended destination which was having a negative effect on the site's productivity.

Our solution was the N81 on-board PC combined with dual high-gain Wi-Fi antennas mounted on the forklift's roof, with a 10.4" touch sensitive display mounted in the cab. Russell Bavester, Information Technologist at Allied Glass, said "We are very pleased with In-CarPC's solution, which has significantly improved our Wi-Fi connectivity. In-CarPC's computer outperforms our existing solution even when the same antennas are used, and our existing barcode scanners work seamlessly. We have also been able to free up a bit of room in the cab, as the previous tablet was very bulky. In-CarPC's lead times for new units are a fraction of what we were used to in the past."

Allied Glass Forklift with In-CarPC computer