Pallet Racking Basics: Pallet Flow Rack
Pallet Flow Rack is a form of dynamic, or live pallet raking that uses a gravity feed rear load design. The flow rack unit consists of inclined tracks or rails of rollers or skate wheels that are similar to gravity conveyors. Pallet flow racks are loaded on one side and the pallets are driven by gravity to flow down the rails until it reaches a stopper at the other side of the rack. As the forklift removes a pallet from the front, the pallet directly behind it slides forward, creating a first in, first out (FIFO) system of stock rotation. Pallet Flow can be used alone or as part of a system that incorporates other elements such as conveyor, selective pallet rack, and multi-level mezzanines.
Pallet Flow is a high density system that maximizes storage and minimizes space and it is best for storing like products in each lane. Floor space is saved because less aisles are needed to reach the same quantity of products and forklift labor is reduced since there is no need for lift operators to rearrange loads. Gravity flow systems are naturally FIFO, which means stock rotation is always achieved, eliminating problems with expiration dates. And last, but not least, gravity flow systems are clean and green.
If you are only using static storage in your warehouse system, you might be leaving money on the table. It’s easy (simple installation) and relatively inexpensive to retrofit existing selective pallet rack with gravity flow rails-and the savings in time, labor and space will give you a quick return on your investment.
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