Encore Wire is a leading manufacturer of copper and aluminum residential, commercial, and industrial building wire. Over the past 29 years, they have grown from a 68,000 square foot warehouse building to over 2 million square feet that stretches across 425 acres. That is a lot of space to keep track of inventory! Encore Wire has been a customer of AML for 15 years, using our legacy M7220 Wireless Computers and our Triton Terminal Emulation devices. The Triton excelled in their environment and was appreciated for the easy set-up, ease of use, and basic functionality. Eventually, Encore Wire came to the decision that it was time to upgrade some of their operational procedures, including upgrading their business software to cloud-based. This decision led to a need for a different mobile computer with access to a web browser.
AML’s Scepter Enterprise Mobile Computer was chosen as the new device. Encore Wire utilizes barcode scanning in conjunction with their inventory, picking & shipping processes. Their products are carried to their distribution center via an automatic cart system and the products receive a scan of the UPC barcode. Encore Wire also scans the same UPC barcode when orders are fulfilled for shipping. The Scepter’s features have made a big impression, notably the large 5″ capacitive touchscreen, full alphanumeric keypad, and hot swap battery feature. The larger screen was able to show more information to their workers in the plant and the zoom capability is priceless. The Scepter Enterprise Mobile Computer is a reliable, rugged computer designed for all-day, everyday use in warehousing and distribution centers. “Forklifts don’t run on carpeted floors, so when a device is dropped it has to be able to bounce right back, so to speak!” says Don Spence, Sr. System Administrator for Encore Wire.
The Scepter was a perfect fit for use in the Encore Wire distribution centers. It provides reliable scanning, easy-to-read screens, and a rugged form factor. Don Spence states, “Overall, the quality of the products is superb and [AML] support is second to none. When we went live, we needed a special function and the engineers at AML took care of it within days. Lastly, these scanners are built right here in Texas - basically just a couple of cities away.” The new cloud-based software integrated seamlessly with the Scepter and was an easy product transition overall.