According to OSHA, the leading cause of compensable workplace injury is manual material handling. This concept is not difficult for warehouse managers and teams to understand. With workers performing manual tasks of lifting, bending, twisting, stretching, pushing, pulling, and reaching there’s a great likelihood of physical strain. However, looking for solutions is what we’re all about and we’ve got a simple, cost-effective approach to reducing worker strain from one of the most common repetitive functions, carton picking.
Picking cartons and totes from carton flow rack is already an excellent start. Carton flow rack allows for ready-reserve cartons and totes to be stored in ergonomically positioned, organized SKU lanes. The separate load and pick aisles keep congestion to a minimum and the automatically replenished pick face means that SKUs are always at the ready. Installing skid plates in the lane slows the cartons and creates a natural separation between the front and rear cartons, producing a safer, enhanced picking application.
Here take a look at how the skid plate works to provide a natural separation between the cartons.
When Separating is a Good Thing
The natural pitch of a gravity flow lane and the combined weight of the rear cartons builds pressure behind the discharge carton or tote. That pressure can make it more difficult to lift the carton or tote from the unload zone of the lane. Therefore, eliminating that pressure improves worker safety while still meeting storage efficiency and productivity goals.
Skid plates are flat, steel plates that lock into place on wheeled or roller carton flow tracks using the rounded top and bottom edges. The skid plate is placed in the lane behind the front carton position in the unloading zone. As cartons are loaded and flow down the lane, the skid plate acts to slow them and provides a separation between the front two cartons. This little gap is the pressure reliever that can make a marked difference in worker safety.
Skid Plate as Carton Separator for Carton Flow Rack
- Isolates discharge carton or tote from rear pressures in the unload zone
- Slows heavy cartons for controlled flow
- Quickly drops into place to easily accommodate changing inventory
- Installs on wheeled and roller carton flow
- Easy to order and customize for perfect fit
Put Gravity to Work for You
Back pressure is real, and it can pose a genuine safety concern that can also affect your productivity and ultimately your bottom line. This simple solution is ideal for your carton flow applications. For full pallet or case picking from pallet, Mallard offers an entire line of pallet separators dedicate to eliminating back pressure in all pallet flow configurations. In these larger applications, it is important to isolate front pallets from the rear pallets to remove the back pressure whether you’re extracting full pallets with a forklift or case picking from a gravity flow lane. Our Mallard gravity flow rack experts are here to help you design the best storage and picking solution no matter what type of inventory you’ve got. Give us a call today to talk about creative gravity flow applications and let’s put the power of gravity to work for you!
See how skid plates in Cart-Trac roller carton flow lanes help to provide safe and consistent flow for a variety of totes and inventory weights.