I scream, you scream… are you wondering what all the screaming is about? It’s officially spring and that means that warehouses across the country are gearing up and reconfiguring to meet the demand for those warm weather foods. Mallard’s Cart-Trak carton flow rack is an easy to install, versatile and dependable warehousing solution that keeps SKUs moving while improving order picking accuracy and productivity. That may sound like a tall order, but we’ve got a recent test that shows how well carton flow “goes with the flow” even with a tall order.

Cart-Trak Carton Flow Rack - Mallard ManufacturingContainer Specs:

  • Round Cardboard Ice Cream Bucket
  • Dimensions – 10” diameter x 14” tall
  • Weight 15 – 16 lbs.
  • Flat bottom

Test Lane Specs:

  • 12” Cart-Trak roller carton flow with bearings
  • 2” wheel centers
  • Tall outer frames for guidance of tall packaging
  • 8’ carton flow lane
  • 3/8” pitch

Cart-Trak Carton Flow Rack Test - Mallard ManufacturingCart-Trak is a roller carton flow product perfect for consistently-sized packaging. Take for example these 10” round ice cream containers. They are ideal candidates for Cart-Trak, not just because of the sweet treat that they hold but because the durable construction is ideal for flat-bottomed, mid to heavily-weighted, consistently-sized cartons like these ice cream tubs. Plus, the galvanized finish prevents damage and rust in food/freezer applications.

Mallard manufactures Cart-Trak rollers in two options – with bushings and with bearings. The rollers with bearings used in this application provide a smoother, more consistent flow for products like these ice cream tubs. It also requires fewer rollers and is mounted with only minimal slope saving vertical space and allowing for more carton flow levels and therefore more SKU facings. We offer both our bushings and bearings Cart-Trak rollers in four widths 6″, 9″, 12″ and 16″ to best match the container size with the carton flow lane to be able to maximize rack space.

 Cart-Trak with Bearing Rollers - Mallard ManufacturingCart-Trak Carton Flow with Bearing Rollers:

  • Increased Efficiency – smooth, consistent, faster flow with fewer hang-ups
  • System cost savings – fewer rollers needed
  • Less Pitch – frees vertical space to allow more carton flow levels & increased number of SKU facings

Despite the fact that the ice cream containers didn’t come filled with product, the Mallard Engineering Testing Lab considered this test a success. As you were able to see in the test video, our team tested out multiple pitches for the lane configuration in order to land on the best carton flow solution. We urge all our carton flow customers to test the desired application with cartons/totes/packaging, etc.  to determine optimal pitch and roller spacing.  The Mallard team is here to ensure the right gravity flow system for your needs and your budget. Just give us a call.