This is one of those times when you think you’re at the finish line, but you hit a bit of a snag before you get across. Thankfully, all it took was some creative thinking and the Mallard forklift separator to bring it all home.
Pallet Flow System Design
A pallet flow system was designed for a specialty food products company to provide deep-lane pallet storage and support their FIFO (First-In/First-Out) inventory rotation. The pallet flow system was 3 levels high and fitted with proper fire sprinklers as was required.
The local building and fire code inspectors reviewed and approved the system as installed, but a surprise came from the insurance inspector who required that a longitudinal flue space of at least 6” be maintained at or near the center of each pallet flow lane before a certificate of occupancy would be issued.
If you orient yourself to the face of the rack system, the longitudinal flue space would be the space between each back-to-back row of pallet rack that runs perpendicular to the direction that the pallets are loaded.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), pallet rack flue space is defined as clear vertical lines of sight from the floor up to the ceiling. Open flue space is critical in the event of a fire to contain it from spreading across the bays and instead vent it upwards allowing the sprinklers to be most effective.
Pallet Flow System Specs
- 9 pallets deep
- 3 levels high
- Speed controllers
- In-rack fire sprinklers
- *Forklift separators – added per insurance requirement
Who You Gonna Call?
With the pallet flow system already installed, adding the required flue space in the center of each lane was a bit of a challenge. Luckily, Mallard was able to retrofit the existing lanes with our Forklift Separator, which satisfied the flue space mandate.
As you can see in our demonstration video, the forklift separator is installed in the middle of the pallet flow lane. Due to the fact that this is a retrofit application on a tight timeline, you will notice that the separator creates a greater gap than required. However, we were able to satisfy the need and get this system up and running quickly.
For more information on the safety and productivity benefits of Mallard pallet separators please visit our website.
Pallet Flow Lane with Retrofit Forklift Separator
Keeping the Product Flowing
The Mallard team was happy to help this project cross the finish line. This challenge is a good reminder about upfront safety design considerations and the ability to pinpoint a helpful and dependable solution. Our gravity flow specialists are just that… gravity flow specialists. If you are looking for pallet flow, carton flow, and gravity conveyor systems and products, you know who to call. Contact the Mallard team.