Pallet-flow racking, also known as “gravity flow,” is a FIFO (first in, first out) dynamic storage system. The system makes it possible to achieve high density storage (up to 20 pallets per lane) while maintaining product handling efficiency. In comparison to Selective racking, Pallet-flow system eliminates many un-necessary aisles resulting a much better use of warehouse floor space and significant decrease on warehouse operational cost.
In Pallet-flow racking, pallets are first placed onto rollers in loading side, upon which they easily flow towards the dischargeend of the rack system. Once they’ve glided to the front of the system, the pallets rest on pallet stops until they’re unloaded from the pick face. As pallets are removed or unloaded from the system, each of the pallets that were behind them “flow” into the next position via gravity. Pallet speed is controlled by the type of rollers and brakes engineered into the system.
Advantages of Pallet Flow:
Space-saving, high density storage
Customized, tailor-made design and layout
Dynamic “flowing” storage
Fast, immediate access to every product in each lane
Versatile, well-suited to refrigerator or freezer storage applications