Learoyd Packaging Ltd, Burnley.
One of the UK’s leading manufacturers of high performance flexible packaging, with customers including Warburtons, Muller and Marks & Spencer.
Connectivity Solutions and Wireless. To deliver a new wireless system over two sites – factory and warehouse – including multiple networks (vians), complete with firewall and wireless controller.
Learoyd Packaging had a major project to fulfil – the total replacement of its wifi infrastructure. The company had found problems with its old network, not only in unreliability, but also in on-going expenditure. The directors took a decision to upgrade and requested advice from Holker IT on how best to go about the task. Learoyd Packaging opted for the installation of a sophisticated system able to link the firm’s 100,000 sq ft factory and warehouse. But there was another issue – it had to be done in record time in order to coincide with the arrival of a new £2.5m press, a key part of the firm’s development. Additionally, there were the complexities of the two sites (office and warehouse separated by a loading yard) to overcome…not to mention ensuring wireless coverage for the forklift truck drivers and some 24 transmitters. Holker IT deployed a team of engineers on the installation and managed completion on time and on budget. The day-to-day smooth running of the business was largely unaffected throughout.
We desperately needed the wifi upgrade, for all sorts of practical reasons, but we thought the timescale was something approaching a mission impossible. Our previous supplier had said it would take three months – Holker IT did it in one. It was a big gamble for we needed the system safely installed and working to capacity in record time. When Holker IT initially said they could hit the deadlines we were a little sceptical, but nothing seemed to faze them. There were a few teething problems, but that was only to be expected and they were sorted with fuss or delay. It was all very impressive indeed. The new wifi system immediately enhanced our performance. For example, we had found it difficult to get reception/service in the warehouse, due to the steel racking and foil in there, but after the improvements our forklift truck drivers were able to use hand-held, barcode scanners linked to the wifi – a major step forward for us.David Burke