Carton Flow Racks or Case Flow Rack Systems are designed for rapid warehouse order picking areas where single items or cases need to be picked, processed and prepared to be shipped to their customers as quickly as possible. Carton flow racking systems utilize the first-in-first-out (FIFO) method of product retrieval where product (boxes or cartons) are loaded from the back aisle and gradually roll on wheels downward toward the operator who is order picking by hand. Once the front box is empty, simply remove the box and the boxes behind it will slide forward to assume the front position. Once a box or item is picked and scanned, the product is usually placed on a conveyor system that runs down the middle of the system for further processing. A Pick-to-Voice or Pick-to-Light system can be easily integrated into our rack to further streamline the order picking process.
The type of carton flow depends on a number of specifications such as carton weight, carton size, product movement speed, and operating environment are just a few. Ask our experts which style roller bed would best suit your facility.
As a general rule of thumb, we recommend a carton flow system if products are picked in full or split cases at least once a week but not more than half pallet a worth in the same week. Carton flow is ideal in picking operations where single items are picked from a carton or case to be processed such as pharmaceuticals or smaller sized E-commerce items.
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