Installing Pallet Flow Rails Swiftly and Securely to Pallet Rack
We like making connections at Mallard Manufacturing. Our favorite connections are the ones we build with our customers by providing dependable, productive gravity flow solutions. To that end, we strive to ensure that our pallet flow rack systems are properly connected within customers’ warehouses to function as effectively as we designed them.
The vast majority of our pallet flow rails are mounted onto pallet racking beams (as opposed to stand-alone floor mounted). That’s why Mallard Best Practices is back with important tips to simplify ordering, and installation for this popular system design.
What is a Pallet Flow Angle?
A pallet flow angle is a connector used to secure the pallet flow rails to the pallet rack beams. The angle is either bolted or welded to the flat side of structural beams at the front and rear beams, with the flow rails affixed to the angles with carriage bolts and whiz lock nuts. Tek screws are used to affix the rails to the interior beams.
The angle can be supplied by Mallard (our recommendation) or by the rack manufacturer during the manufacturing process. Allowing Mallard to supply the angle means that we simply provide a punching detail to the rack manufacturer for the beams to be pre-punched to fit the rails as per the system design (see diagram below). All that the installation team has to do then is to bolt the pallet flow rails to the beams to make the connections.
Pre-Punch Beams – 3 Quick Steps to an Easy Connection
- Mallard supplies punching detail.
- Beams pre-punched by the manufacturer.
- Rails quickly bolt to pallet rack on-site.connections.
Pre-Punch – Even More Advantages
- Pallet rack order can commence without engineering approval drawings.
- Eliminate potential bottleneck for engineering teams to coordinate approval for pallet flow angle drawings.
- Beams crate more easily without tabs reducing potential damage.
- More flexibility to fine-tune pallet flow details if pallet specs differ from RFQ
- Minimize rack system manufacturing time.
- Save system engineering time.
Alternatively, the rack manufacturer may choose to supply the pallet flow angle for the job. We can certainly accommodate. However, it will require that we work with their engineering team upfront to supply approval drawings before the rack components are manufactured. It adds an extra step in the process and can push-back materials delivery dates.
Additional Installation Tips
We recommend structural beams for the charge and discharge lane beams so that the pallet flow angle can be easily bolted to the pre-punched holes. The structural beams also provide added protection behind that highly-durable, abuse-resistant structural channel.
Roll-formed beams can be used for all interior beams. The pallet flow rails are affixed with tek screws directly to the beams.
Support from Mallard
The Mallard team is here to help guide you to the best pallet flow rack system to meet your needs and to supply the most cost-effective and simplified process. Be sure to take advantage of our many value-added services, including our blogs, videos, comprehensive product galleries, and of course, our Engineering Testing Lab for challenging inventory processing solutions. Contact the team for system design ideas and a quote.