warehouse for finish
products with an entirely automatic internal system for material handling

The company
Established in 1925, Modelo Group is a leader in the production,
distribution and marketing of beer in Mexico. Among the top beer
producers in the world, the company owns seven factories in
Mexico, with an annual production capacity of 60 million hectolitres.
The Group currently produces and distributes 12 brands of beer,
which include Corona Extra, the Mexican blockbuster of beer sales
worldwide, as well as brands Modelo Especial, Victoria, Pacíco and
Negra Modelo. Production facilities are settled only in the Mexican
area, even if the company exports all over the world, and is present
in 159 countries.

Problems and objectives

The warehouse, installed by System Logistics inside Modelo’s new production facilities in the State of Coahuila, is one of the
largest of the Group.
Situated in Piedras Negras (in Mexico, near the U.S. border), in
the rst production phase the plant boasts a production of 10
million hectolitres of beer per year, destined for exportation to
the United States and Canada, and the production will be
doubled in very short time. Piedras Negras caters for almost the
entire demand of North America which, after Mexico, is the
most important market for Modelo for the production of three
brands: Corona, Modelo Light and Modelo Especial. The level of
automation here is the highest of all the company’s factories.

The solutions and the results
In response to problems posed by the management of a high
production ow, System Logistics has supplied Modelo with a
warehouse that is capable of handling 400 incoming pallets/h,
which originate from the production and the bottling lines.
The system functions non-stop for 6 days a week, 24 h/day, for
a total of 86,400 pallets handled per week, i.e. one pallet every
6 seconds.
A storage capacity of 71,800 pallets (that correspond to 7 days
of stock), has been achieved on a surface of approx. 19.300 sq.
m., divided into 16 double-depth stocking lanes.
Within the 11 levels of 33.5 Hx120x158 m racks operate 16
stacker cranes of 31 m height, each of them capable of
handling 2 pallets of 1,100 kg at a time.
Entirely automated, the warehouse is connected to another
glassware warehouse through a nger of over 100 m. length,
with 16 entrance bays (empty bottle reception line). The 16
bays for the nished product grant the same outgoing pallet
ow for shipment.
The bays of incoming nished product from the production
and of incoming empty bottles are interfaced with 4-pallet
QUAD automatic trucks.
A re-ghting system with over 20,000 sprinklers has been
installed in the automatic warehouse.
Owing to its high level of automation, the company is able to
process orders in a very short time, with reduced personnel.