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Innocenti Depositi Case Study


“A growing group that knows how to meet with its customers’ needs. Growing by improving. We began our activity in 1948, in Milan. Much has changed since then, but not our leading value: growing up by fulfilling our customers’ needs. Because we want Innocenti Depositi to be the best place for whoever has a project to realize. We believe in a flexible, open and reactive structure whose best allies are people and technology. We have one mission: make your business stronger.” (

Change and improve software without every stopping the plant. In a long-term fiduciary relationship, Beta 80 first built a brand-new warehouse and then renovated an already existing warehouse. Based on its exhaustive expertise in logistics, Beta 80 was able to install its Runner WMS, replacing and modernising the existing and active system, without causing any interruption in the warehouse activities.




½The Innocenti Depositi warehouse consists of 3 automatic pallet infeeds (bays) where the pallets are identified, checked, weighed and associated with the receiving in progress.

If a pallet should have some non-compliant requisite, it is sent to the reconditioning bay.


The compliant pallets begin to go into the warehouse on a set of roller conveyors, 2 elevators and an infeed line going to the 6 stacker cranes.

The IT system calculates the best destination for the material the pallet contains, based on the warehouse loading situation and stacker cranes, during the entire route. The first choice is checked again until the pallet is raised by one of the two elevators. The best location is sought after the pallet enters the stacker crane and it is then deposited there. The stacker cranes are about 30 metres high and the shelving has 13 levels


The goods leaving the warehouse is removed by the 6 stacker cranes and are placed on a ground floor outfeed line going to the shipping bay.
In this case, the choices of pallets to remove also take into account the requested item, but are made to balance the work load between the various stacker cranes in the best possible way. If one is overladen, the system is able to check what can be transferred to other stacker cranes to decrease its work load.


There are 7 bays at the outfeed, each with a display for communicating the data on the outgoing shipment to the operators loading the lorry.

There is also an outfeed that sends the pallets to the picking system for the detopping operations (repalletizing for special destinations).


½Computerize control of operations.   

Beta 80 achieved the WMS and MFC with its Runner system. The main goal was to run the plant while minimising the operator’s work. The heart of the IT system of the plant is a fault-tolerance server on which Runner and all the data are installed: from the warehouse map and pallets in motion to the history of the routes followed by the pallets and the detailed information on every single movement. In this way statistical analyses of the data and flows can be made while checking, if necessary, every single pallet.


Make the operator’s work easier and support it.

The operations the operators have to perform consist of opening the receipts by entering their master data. The plant then automatically recovers everything: item code, batch, weight.

Another operation the operator has to perform is confirm the beginning of the shipment. The shipment data are automatically recovered by the customer’s IT system, but it is the operator who supervises the work load of the shipments and confirms activation. There are many other functions at the operator’s disposal, such as checking the balance of the loads for the stacker cranes, diagnostics, statistics, history of the receipts and shipments.