Pallet flow racks consist of pallet rack with roller lanes installed on the beams at a slight decline. Pallet loads are delivered into the rear of the rack assisted by entry guides and the load then flows to the front face via the gravity assisted roller lanes until it reaches the pallet stop. Pallet flow racking utilizes a first in first out (FIFO) system of operations and works best for products that must be rotated due to time sensitivity.
Pallet loads are delivered and loaded into the rear access point of the rack assisted by entry guides. The pallet flow roller lanes are installed at a gradually decline toward the front end which allows the pallets to flow downward to the front face via the gravity until it reaches the pallet stop. Products are then picked from the pallet and typically placed on conveyors for further processing. Empty pallets are loaded onto roller beds called “empty return lanes” which run in the opposite direction, returning them to the rear access point to be reused.
As a general rule of thumb, the most common pitch give to pallet flow lanes is 1/2 inch per linear foot.In other words, if the lane is 10 feet long, the loading end will be 5 inches higher than the picking end. This allows for pallets to gradually flow from the loading end to the picking end.
Pallet flow rack works great with first in first out systems and/or staging areas. Pallet flow rack is ideal for order fulfillment centers and picking module systems where larger items such as cases, boxes or cartons need to be picked from pallets.They are perfect for the food and beverage industry where product is time sensitive.
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