The decision to use pallet flow racking over selective pallet rack doesn’t have to be a difficult, but should be made with proper preparation to ensure the best-fit system for your application. The main similarities of the two pallet rack systems are that they both support first-in/first out (FIFO) product rotation. and that they are supported by a system of uprights and crossbeams… but aside from that they are vastly different. Here are the key system definitions, advantages and differences to help you make the right system choice…
Pallet Flow Racking
Pallet flow rack systems are most commonly used for storing a large quantity of pallets of the same
product or SKU. Gravity wheel or roller lanes are mounted within the rack at a slight pitch leading away from the load, or charge end, toward the pick face. As pallets are unloaded from the front of the system, the rear pallets gently glide forward to fill-in the pick position.
Pallet flow racking is an excellent space optimization method because of its deep-lane capacity and easy access to all pallets from the pick face. Fewer aisles are required to store close to double the pallet positions, saving space and increasing productivity found in less travel time to load and pick.
Pallet Flow Racking Benefits:
- Space optimization – double the storage capacity in the same footprint
- Efficient storage of high volume/low SKU products
- Increased productivity with less travel time to load and unload
- Ideal for high-volume, case-pick applications – manual case selection from the front pallet position with reserve pallet positions in queue behind
Selective Pallet Racking
Selective Pallet Rack certainly has its benefits and place in the typical warehousing design but the limitation of depth (max depth is two-deep), minimizes its usefulness in many high-throughput (low SKU/high-volume) scenarios.
Selective Rack Benefits:
- Affordable – reasonable investment and maintenance costs
- 100% access to all pallet locations
- Accommodates a large number of SKUs
The Mallard Difference
Mallard pallet flow products are engineered to perform and manufactured to last even in the harshest warehousing conditions. We offer design solutions for all your pallet flow racking and application needs; Full and Split Roller Pallet Flow, Heavy Duty Magnum Wheel and Skate Wheel. We also offer a full complement of engineered applications and accessories to maximize the potential of your pallet flow system including speed controllers, pallet supports, pallet separators, access ramps and mobile carts.
If that wasn’t enough, there is the Mallard Testing Lab, where Performance is Guaranteed. We can simulate your pallet flow rack system in our lab to ensure positive rates of flow for the long haul. We’ll examine pitch, pallet quality, quantity and spacing of speed controller as well as wheel configuration in each lane. We’ll provide a testing video to ensure 100% customer satisfaction.
When considering a decision of pallet flow vs selective rack, talk to the experts first. Give us a call!
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