The Crush / Press Loads feature is disabled by default. If you need to manage the crush or press of multiple blocks of fruit within the one individual load then this option is for you. Contact us if you would like this feature enabled in your version. This feature is ideal for white-dominant producers that have a number of presses with complicated blends to manage.
The reason a Crush/Press load makes things easy is that you select the Crush/Press load for an extraction work order ahead of the fruit coming in, which will print and clearly show the blocks / fruit required for the load. It also has its own easy to use management console available under Consoles > Crush/Press loads that allows you to manage to the loads and report on the planned receival of bins versus the actual.
For example, for sparkling wine producers you may wish to crush 3 t of Pinot Noir with 2 t of your Chardonnay in the one load to create your base sparkling wine. You can create separate bookings for each block or blocks of fruit (i.e. book in the arrival of the Pinot Noir as one booking, then Chardonnay on another) but, more importantly, you can link these to the same Crush/Press load.
When creating the booking you will see a table that allows you designate which Crush/Press loads the fruit is destined for. You can designate all of the fruit delivery to a single Crush/Press load or across multiple. You may need to have multiple designations if you receive 11 t of fruit but your press can only hold 5 t at any one time.
The Crush /Press load details can be managed accessed from the operations menu.
Click Add line to make each of these designations.
You can select from an existing Crush/Press load by using the search option or simply click the New button to add a new one.
Load# – If using Crush/Press loads the system can automatically generate an incrementing code to reference the load which may be as simple as a number starting from one. Contact us to configure an appropriate automatic naming convention.
Crusher or press – Select the appropriate crusher or press being used for the load
Date – The date for the load. By default this will assume the same date as the linked booking.
Instruction – this can be used as a brief instruction that will appear on the Extraction cellar note / work order. As an example it may say “Heavy press to T11, Free Run to OF2”. Or may be as simple as “See winemaker before start”. It’s up to you how you use it.
Click Save to create the new Crush/Press load.
Once you have created or selected a Crush/Press load you can optionally indicate the number of bins expected to fill the load. This is only an estimate at this point based on what you expect to come in.
Crush/Press Load(s) tab
If this feature is enabled then this tab will be available in the fruit intake screen to confirm the designation of bins or total weight received at the scales for the nominated Crush/Press load. If weighing individual bins then this section will be filled out automatically for you. If you’re entering a total gross/tare/nett (net) weight then you can simply click the All fruit option in this window to copy that across or manually specify the weight designated for a particular load.