In the cellars of the Moselland winegrowers’ cooperative, at the heart of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region, Westfalia integrated a fully automatic warehouse system in 1999. The company’s needs resulting from its constant growth are now also accounted for in terms of warehouse logistics. The warehouse now serves as a raw materials store for new glass and also stores finished goods intended for shipment.
The ten metres high 2-aisle Satellite® storage system at the 2,300-square-meter cellar can hold 6,100 Euro pallets and industrial pallets. Two AS/RS equipped with Satellite® as the load handling device store and retrieve pallets. The warehouse management system is specially designed for the particular requirements of winemaking.
Tailor-made to requirements
The warehouse is tailored to the winegrowers’ requirements right down to the last detail. It includes a flexible centre block that enables the channel depths to be defined so that bottled goods can be stored according to the quantities produced. Special system redundancy offers a storage strategy where if one storage and retrieval machine is out of order, the entire central block can be served by the other machine.
Vertical conveyors project three meters above the cellar ceiling to connect the storage location to the shipment zone, which is one storey higher, by means of an 80 metres long buffering conveyor.