Equipment News

Trinchero Family Estates: Powered storage

Trinchero Family Estates’ state-of-the-art distribution is powered by an automated storage system capable of handling as many as 4.2 million cases at any given time.

Size: 440,000 square feet, including 180,000 square feet of automated storage

Pallets: 72,300 pallet positions and 65,860 captive plastic pallets

Products: Wine and spirits

Stock keeping units: 750-800 SKUs

Throughput: 22 million cases per year with current production

Shifts: 1 shift per day/5 days a week

Employees: 28 full-time employees in warehouse operations


Click here to learn more about the transformation of Tinchero Family Estates’ distribution center.


In 2015, Tinchero Family Estates, the second-largest family-owned winery in the world, set out to build a winery and distribution center unlike anything else in the industry. The result is a Lean warehousing and distribution operation that revolves around an automated pallet shuttle and storage system with 6,048 rows and 72,300 pallet positions and capacity to store 4.2 million cases at any point in time. All told, the system can handle 250 pallets per hour at surge speed.



Inbound

Receiving: Although the facility does receive, store and distribute some inventory that is produced off-site, most of what goes through the distribution center is bottled at the winery, which is where the receiving process begins. After bottling, cases of finished wine are conveyed to a palletizing area where they are palletized onto captive plastic pallets. The pallet is built and automatically stretch-wrapped. A license plate bar code label (LPN) is generated by the warehouse management system (WMS) and applied to the pallet. The pallet passes through a portal where the dimensions and load integrity of the pallet are automatically verified. Once that is complete, the LPN is scanned and the WMS assigns the pallet to a specific transfer cart.

Putaway: Once the transfer cart picks up a pallet, it delivers it to one of four input conveyors that service the four elevators in the automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS). The storage system software looks for a storage location in an available row that has the same batch and SKU numbers. The elevator then delivers the pallet to the right level. Once there, the pallet is received onto an aisle cart, or pallet shuttle. The cart travels into the module and puts the pallet into storage in the assigned row and then returns to the elevator for its next assignment. The pallet is now available to promise.

Outbound

Staging: Orders that will be loaded and delivered that day are scheduled in SAP prior to the scheduled shipping day. Trucks are scheduled for arrival in advance. When a truck is checked in by traffic personnel, the system receives a message that it is time to stage an order for loading. Aisle carts retrieve and deliver pallets to the outbound side of the AS/RS on the north side of the building. At the ground level, pallets of finished goods are picked up by transfer carts that deliver them to one of 12 staging lanes, with each lane capable of handling a truckload of pallets.

Shipping: When a trailer checks into a shipping dock, a loader scans the driver’s paperwork and scans the bar code label at the end of the staging lane. If the product on the staging lane coincides with the trucker’s manifest, a table at the end of the staging lane lowers, signaling that the order is ready for loading.

Processing mixed pallets: In addition to full pallets, Trinchero builds mixed pallets for some customers and also handles some finished goods produced outside of the winery. In the case of finished product, it is conveyed from receiving into the automated storage system and is then handled like wine produced on the bottling lines. Meanwhile, mixed pallets are assembled manually by associates who pick cases from racks and floor level storage bins to pallets on lift trucks. Once a mixed pallet is assembled, it is manually verified, stretch wrapped and the system generates an LPN. The pallet is inducted into the system just like a full pallet. Once inducted, it is stored and retrieved just like a full pallet of finished product.

System suppliers

Automated Storage & Retrieval System: Swisslog (formerly PAS)

Conveyor & Warehouse Control System: Swisslog

ERP & WMS: SAP

Palletizers & De-palletizers: Emmeti

Lift Trucks/ Order Pickers/ Reach Trucks & Attachments: Hyster

Bar Code Scanning: Symbol and Zebra

Stretch Wrappers: Orion, Lantech and Unisource in the warehouse. Phoenix on the production lines.


Article Topics
Automated Storage   Orion   SAP   Storage   Swisslog   All topics


Comments
You must be logged in to post a comment. Login.

About the Author
Bob Trebilcock
Bob Trebilcock, editorial director, has covered materials handling, technology, logistics and supply chain topics for nearly 30 years. In addition to Supply Chain Management Review, he is also Executive Editor of Modern Materials Handling. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Trebilcock lives in Keene, NH. He can be reached at 603-357-0484.
 
Latest Equipment News
Addressing the Challenges of Scalability in the Ecommerce Omnichannel Warehouse
While ecommerce continues to be the fastest growing segment of the global economy, individual warehouses face more volatility and unpredictability, and intelligent, modular robot-based automation delivers…

5 Ways to Streamline Supply Chain Logistics Operations with Autonomous Robots & Drones
Many companies have already integrated autonomous robots into their supply chain, however, for some companies considering launching an autonomous robot strategy it can be intimidating, here are five examples…

The Difference between a Traditional Warehouse and an OmniChannel Warehouse
The days of an ecommerce-dedicated warehouse are over, and warehouse managers must understand the necessity of new systems and processes to create omnichannel warehouses.

7 Reasons for Using Autonomous Robots in Your Warehouse
Here are the main reasons why your company needs to start integrating autonomous robots into its supply chain in 2018.


 

24|7 Pro Team

The 24|7 Team is your direct pipeline to solutions for your business challenges. It's your opportunity to have supply chain and logistics experts look at your specific challenges and needs, and give you free, no-obligation advice, solutions, and information.

The 24|7 Team will simplify the task of creating a database of likely partners, building your knowledge base, and preparing your Request for Proposal list.

1
  Choose a topic for your RFP

Transportation RFP/RFI

The Transportation RFP is your direct pipeline to solutions for your transportation challenges. It's your opportunity to have logistics experts look at your specific transportation challenges and needs, and give you free, no-obligation advice, solutions, and information specific to your request.

Choosing the perfect software or system can be an indomitable challenge. Using this transportation/TMS RFP will simplify the task of creating a database of likely partners, building your knowledge base, and preparing your Request for Proposal list.

Warehouse/DC Management RFP/RFI

The Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) RFP is your direct pipeline to solutions for your WMS challenges. It's your opportunity to have logistics experts look at your specific WMS challenges and needs, and give you free, no-obligation advice, solutions, and information specific to your request.

Choosing the perfect WMS solution can be an indomitable challenge. Using this WMS RFP will simplify the task of creating a database of likely partners, building your knowledge base, and preparing your WMS Request for Proposal list.

Supply Chain RFP/RFI

The Supply Chain RFP is your opportunity to have logistics experts look at your specific challenges and needs, and receive free, no-obligation advice, solutions, and information. It simplifies finding a pool of likely partners, building your knowledge base, and preparing your Request for Proposal list. The companies in the Logistics Planner have agreed to respond to your request for in-depth information and follow-up, and your request is totally confidential.

Software/Technology RFP/RFI

The Software/Technology is your direct pipeline to solutions for your logistics information technology challenges. It's your opportunity to have logistics experts look at your specific technology challenges and needs, and give you free, no-obligation advice, solutions, and information specific to your request. Whether it's WMS, TMS, Mobile or Cloud, our pros can help.

The companies listed below have agreed to respond to your request for in-depth information and follow-up. Your request is totally confidential.

Executive Education RFI

The Logistics and Supply Chain Education RFI can help you identify the schools, coursework, continuing education, distance learning and certification opportunities available from leading logistics educational institutions.

Upgrade and improve your logistics and supply chain skillsets. Whatever route you choose—advanced degree, executive education, certification or distance learning—the time and money you invest in your education today can pay off in continued career success tomorrow. Contact leading universities and professional institutions for the information you need to prepare for the future.

Third Party Logistics RFP/RFI

This 3PL Request for Proposal (RFP)/Request for Information (RFI) can help you find the 3PL and 4PL providers that can meet your specific 3PL service challenges and needs. The 3PL companies below will provide free, no-obligation third-party logistics advice, solutions, and information.

Ask your 3PL questions, you'll get answers. Simply complete the information, and detail your 3PL challenges. Then, check off the third-party logistics companies that you want to review your request.

1. Choose an RFI topic.
2. Enter your contact information and challenge.
3. Select companies and optional categories.
4. Submit.


2

Your Information



Your Challenge, Problem or Request *

3

Select Transportation Companies

  • Select All

  • 3Gtms
  • BluJay Solutions
  • CSX Trans. Intermodal
  • Kuebix
  • Landstar
  • Legacy Supply Chain Svs.
  • One Network
  • Pitt Ohio
  • Purolator
  • Quintiq
  • SEKO Logistics
  • SMC3


Select Relevent Categories

  • Air Freight
  • Intermodal
  • Motor Freight
  • Ocean Freight
  • Rail Freight
  • TMS

Select Warehouse/DC Management Companies

  • Select All

  • 3PL Central
  • Apex Supply Chain Tech.
  • Honeywell Intelligrated
  • Kuebix
  • Legacy Supply Chain Svs.
  • Swisslog
  • Westfalia Technologies
  • Zebra Technologies


Select Relevent Categories

  • Auto ID & Data Capture
  • Automation
  • Conveyors & Sortation
  • Lift Trucks
  • Packaging & Labeling
  • Pallets & Containers
  • Shelving & Racking
  • WMS

Select Supply Chain Companies

  • Select All

  • 3Gtms
  • 3PL Central
  • Amber Road
  • Apex Supply Chain Tech.
  • APICS
  • BluJay Solutions
  • CSX Trans. Intermodal
  • Frontier Business
  • Kuebix
  • Landstar
  • Legacy Supply Chain Svs.
  • Logility
  • One Network
  • Purolator
  • Quintiq
  • SMC3
  • Synchrono
  • TAKE Supply Chain
  • Westfalia Technologies
  • Zebra Technologies


Select Relevent Categories

  • Global Trade
  • Inventory Management
  • Risk Management
  • Sustainability

Select Software/Technology Companies

  • Select All

  • 3GTMS
  • 3PL Central
  • Apex Supply Chain Tech.
  • BluJay Solutions
  • Honeywell Intelligrated
  • Frontier Business
  • Kuebix
  • Logility
  • One Network
  • Quintiq
  • SMC3
  • Swisslog Logistics
  • Synchrono
  • TAKE Supply Chain
  • Zebra Technologies


Select Relevent Categories

  • ERP
  • Sales & Operations
  • Sourcing/Procurement
  • Optimization
  • Transportation Mgmt
  • Warehouse Mgmt

Select Executive Education Choices

  • Select All

  • Graduate Courses
  • Online/Distance
  • Executive Education
  • Certifications
  • Undergraduate
  • Seminars
  • Associations
  • Conferences
  • Tradeshows


Select Third Party Logistics Companies

  • Select All

  • 3PL Central
  • Landstar
  • Legacy Supply Chain Svs.
  • Purolator
  • SEKO Logistics
  • Westfalia Technologies


4
 

24|7 Company Profiles