Gravity Flow Shelving Specification
A flow rack works by uses gravity to improve your picking speed by as much as 75%. Your cartons are loaded on the rack and when the front carton is removed, gravity moves the cartons forward over the roller racks to the front. This First In First Out method is popular in retail and hospitality, where turnover is fast and products are dated (like food).
Polycarbonate wheels are used for loads over 3,000 lbs or have varying widths. They’re great for freezer storage on pallets. If your pallet or carton width is consistent, full and split steel rollers create fixed lanes and can be easily changed for different pallets. These are better for light or medium-weight pallets.
Accessories are available to improve loading efficiency and time, such as entry guides, ramp stocks, and brakes that control speed.
Push back rack systems
Push back is the opposite of the flow rack discussed above. Instead of First-in, First-Out, the pushback employs a Last-in, First-Out system. Each pallet is loaded from the front of the system and pushes any previous pallets back. If you have a high-volume business with products that aren’t dated (like food and drink), a push-back rack system is for you.
Benefits of Gravity Flow Shelving
Installing gravity flow racks in your warehouse doubles the storage capacity compared to choosing selective racks. Each rack can store up to 7 pallets deep, allowing you to more stock - especially products that are high turnover.
Achieve 100% SKU selectivity per lane with this warehouse racking system. With more pick faces available to your employees, you can hold more stock in fewer aisle - great for small spaces.
Picking time decreases by 75% if you choose a gravity flow system. Using the polycarbonate wheels or even the steel rollers, by using gravity to move cartons and pallets to the front of the rack, your employees will always have the next item ready to be picked.
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