PALLET FLOW RACK SYSTEM
Pallet Flow rack system is driven by gravity. It is perfect for a fast-moving product with first-in/first out (FIFO) stock rotation. Heavy-duty skate wheels on sloped shelves allow palletized loads to flow forward for picking. The high-density storage utilizes space with fewer aisles. Pallet flow can send pallets through standard pallet rack or to carton flow systems consisting of multi-level picking modules to split loads into boxes or piece parts.
Unlike in static systems, such as drive-in racking, pallets are loaded from one side of the racking and selected from the other. As each load is removed, the load behind moves forward automatically to the picking position making it accessible to the operator eliminating the need for the forklift to enter the rack system.
Smooth rolling metal skate wheels on sturdy rails come preassembled so that installation only requires dropping them into bays and securing with a Tek screw. The in-line wheels come on 2″, 3″ or 4″ centers and staggered wheels are available for heavier loads on 1-1/2″ or 2″ centers. Flow lanes are easily created by dropping the track into the bay which fits securely in the step of the beam and a nylon stop at the end keeps the pallet in the bay. This system is ideal for rotating perishables or date-sensitive inventory.
Cooler and freezer warehousing is expensive, with costs as much as 10x more than ambient storage. To ensure the lowest operating cost per pallet, freezer storage area requires an optimized storage design with maximum pallet density. Pallet flow will do just that – delivering the highest system density, up to 15 pallets deep, with FIFO inventory rotation for food items and perishable goods. Pallet flow can increase freezer and storage potential by up to 60%.
Be careful, looks can be deceiving – not all pallet racking systems are built for freezer-cooler applications. You need a system designed to survive the harsh, frigid environment for the long term. While many systems are configured to look the same, their functionality is not.