start-up-checklistThis topic was covered earlier in the year, but we felt it earned a well-deserved encore as it answers one of our most frequently asked questions… “What information (data, specs and application details) do I need know to place my pallet flow order?”  It can be a bit daunting, especially if you’re under pressure to expedite the project quickly. And isn’t that usually the case?

We can help. First and foremost, Mallard’s sales and design teams make your project a priority – we do what it takes to get you answers when you need them.  We’ve also created the following Pallet Flow RFQ Essentials defining exactly what we need from you to design the right system and complete the quote quickly and accurately.

Our online Pallet Flow RFQ is also a big time-saver.  Just enter your specs – hit send – and our team will get to work on your quote ASAP.  If they have any questions, they’ll let you know.  Don’t worry if you don’t have all the answers.  They can help on that front as well.

Mallard Pallet Flow RFQ Checklist  

  1. Identify Pallet Type and Quality – The pallet is the single most critical design factor in a pallet flow system, effecting everything from track and wheel types to pitch and braking systems. The more we know about your pallet, the more accurately we can design your system for optimal product flow.  Essential pallet characteristics-

    • Type of pallet (see chart below)
    • Bottom board orientation 
    • Pallet characteristics 

      • Dimensions – length, width and height
    • Load  Weights – min/max and average
    • Pallet condition – The better the pallet, the better the flow; but we know ideal conditions aren’t the norm.  If you’re using less than perfect pallets, don’t worry, just give us as many details as possible OR, even better – let us test your pallet in our in-house testing lab to ensure you get the best design for your particular pallet and load.  See our blog on Mallard’s In-house testing lab.

    Pallet Type Chart

  2. Tell Us About the Product Stored – We realize you may have a broad range of product types, but details regarding minimum and maximum weights, shapes, packaging, load overhang, etc., will help the designers create the best system design.
  3. Distinguish the Type of Flow System You Need – This information will dictate the direction of flow, braking requirements and push resistance.

    • Flow-through (FIFO)
    • Push-Back (LIFO)
  4.  Provide Project Specifications – We’ll need to know a few more important details in order to develop a full system proposal.
    • # of lanes
    • # of pallets per lane
    • # of bays
    • # of levels
    • # of pallet positions (total)
    • If you’re not exactly sure how to determine these specs, don’t worry – our pallet flow specialists can help you design the optimal layout based on available space, inventory requirements and throughput goals.
  5. Describe Warehouse Environmental Factors – These items are simple enough to answer and can have a direct impact on system design.  For example, wheel types used for cooler and freezer environments will be different than those used in ambient rooms.

    • Warehouse environment – dry, freezer, cooler
    •  Available floor space
    • Ceiling height restrictions
    • Fork lift restrictions
    • Send us your design plans, drawings or facility layouts.


Don’t forget to try out out our new form  – the easiest way to order your next pallet flow system. If you have
Mallard’s Online Pallet Flow RFQ Form. 


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