Raw materials for manufacturing and assembly lines are always at the ready in a pallet flow rack system. Simple to operate and congestion-free load and pick means ready-reserve inventory can be kept stocked to keep operations moving.
When your operation requires custom-configured pallets, it’s particularly important to let us test the pallet flow lane configuration to confirm it will most effectively handle the load and to mitigate any potential hang-ups. The Mallard in-house Engineering Testing Lab is a resource that we make available to customers prior to finalizing gravity flow system orders.
As you can see in this recent test video, the team examined pallet flow effectiveness for custom metal pallets loaded with metal rods used in automotive parts manufacturing. Having the customer’s pallets and sample loads help to ensure that the pallet flow lane will work as designed in the field. The test was specifications were as follows:
Pallet Flow System
- Magnum wheel 2.9” diameter
- 3-rails set on 3”/2”/3” centers
- Drop-in speed controllers
- Rail spacing – 25” out to out
Pallets & Inventory
- Full metal pallet – flat bottom & built-in bumpers
- Size: 26”w x 20”d
- Load weight – 1000 – 1025
- Metal rod inventory – overhangs pallet on both sides
Full Metal Pallets Pass the Test
The test proved that the pallets worked very well on a 3-rail wheeled system. The flat metal bottom of the pallets provides excellent contact with the pallet flow wheels to ensure safe and reliable flow. Wheeled pallet flow options include standard polycarbonate wheels or Mallard Magnum wheels. The Magnum wheels are .125” wider which provides more pallet contact for better control and tracking. They are also guaranteed with a lifetime abuse warranty against splitting and cracking saving customers downtime and replacement costs incurred when using lower-grade wheels.
The addition of drop-in speed controllers at 28” intervals within the center rail works to keep the pallets in control throughout the journey down the flow lane. The lane is complete with bolt-on ramp stops at the end to ensure the pallet stops safely and is held in the lane until removed by forklift.
Overall, these pallets are well made with no challenges for functioning well in the pallet flow system. They are even equipped with rubber bumpers to prevent them from hanging up on one another in the flow lane. Lastly, the overhang of the inventory does not provide any significant challenge to the effectiveness of the gravity flow lane.
You could say, “All systems go” on this project. What inventory challenges is your operation facing? We encourage you to contact the Mallard team today to see how we can harness the power of gravity and put it to work for you.