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At Storage Solutions, we pride ourselves on offering customers a solution for every square foot of their operation. We group our solutions into four main categories. These include simple, dense, picking and specialty solutions.

Simple Solutions

If you’re looking for a basic storage solution to get your facility organized, then our simple solutions might be just what you need. Our simple offerings include pallet rack, shelving, mezzanines and more. Within those categories, we offer a variety of styles, colors and capacities designed to work with whatever your needs may be.

Dense Solutions

Our dense solutions are perfect for anyone trying to decrease their facility footprint. Dense solutions include pushback, pallet flow, drive in/drive thru, and semi-automated deep lane storage. These solutions allow you to maximize your facility storage by using the space you have to the fullest.

Picking Solutions

If your main goal within your operation is to increase efficiency and decrease labor costs, then a picking solution may be the best option for you. These solutions include pick modules, carton flow, and light-duty cantilever. Any of these options will provide the boost you need in your day-to-day operations.

Specialty Solutions

Finally, we have our specialty solution offering. If you have a need that seems somewhat out of the ordinary, then one of our specialty solutions can probably help! These include tube rack, dual load, drive-in and cantilever. These solutions are perfect for high seismic areas, for storing oddly shaped items and more!

Regardless of what your needs are, we have a team of experts in place to analyze your operation and help. We love working with our customers to make sure all of their needs are being met. Learn more about our storage solutions here or contact us today to help you select the best possible solution for your facility.

pallet flow

We’re all looking for a way to work harder and smarter. Pallet Flow gives you the opportunity to make your warehouse more efficient by moving products quicker than ever before.

What are the benefits of pallet flow?

It is easy to use, being a first in first out system (FIFO), which is what makes it different from other types of drive-in racks. Pallet flow also has a different pick and load system.  You get a quicker pick and load time by loading the pallet on one side, and allowing it to slide down the other.

While other types of racking can hold anywhere from about two to five pallets, pallet flow can hold anywhere from twelve to fifteen racks (depending on the model).

Pallet flow is great when it comes to customization.  We all want equipment that fits our specific needs. Customers can tailor this rack to the sizes and weights of their exact pallets.  Pallet Flow is also usable anywhere in your warehouse; on the floor, with basic racking and more!

Pallet flow is one of the most durable, and dynamic systems you can have in your warehouse. With all of these features, it will be the most efficient piece of equipment you have.  Check out our specialty equipment page for more details.

Does pallet flow sound like the right fit for your warehouse? Contact us today and let our experts help you get started!

For Part 1 of this blog, we covered the different components of pallet rack and how to determine which type you need for your operation. Part 2 is going to cover the different types of pallet rack systems!

pallet rack

Types of Pallet Rack:

Selective

  • Most common pallet rack used
  • Efficient when you have a low quantity of SKUs
  • Easy accessibility
  • Least dense

Double Deep

  • Fewer forklift aisles
  • Less selectivity
  • More storage density than selective rack

Drive In

  • Load and retrieve from the same side, creating LIFO inventory retrieval
  • Efficient when you have large quantities of different SKUs
  • Low selectivity
  • Cost effective
  • High density
  • Requires fewer forklift aisles

Push Back

  • Similar to drive in
  • Allows you to store pallets 2-5 deep and still have easy access to different SKUs
  • This system uses steel carts on inclined rails, and uses gravity flow to move product towards the pick aisles
  • Cost effective
  • High density
  • LIFO

Drive Thru

  • Pallet racking system that loads from one side and unloads from the other to create FIFO inventory retrieval.
  • Forklifts can enter from both aisles on either side of the rack
  • Low selectivity
  • High density
  • Excellent option for freezers

Pallet Flow

  • Similar to drive thru
  • This system uses wheels or rollers on sloped beam levels, and uses gravity flow to move product towards the pick aisle
  • It is perfect for fast-moving product with FIFO inventory retrieval
  • High-density

Carton Flow

  • Uses a gravity feed rear load design
  • Merchandise is loaded in the rear of each runway, and as an item is removed from the front, the item behind it slides forward on inclined rails in place of the previous item
  • FIFO

Cantilever

  • Elongated storage, furniture rack, tube rack, lumber rack
  • Single sided or double sided
  • Various heights and widths between uprights and lengths of the arms
  • High selectivity
  • Can use decking to span arms to create a solid level

If you have additional question or would like more information on any racking system, give us a call at 866.474.2001 or contact your sales representative!

As a company, Storage Solutions has been committed to providing our customers with the best in new and used material handling equipment since it all started way back in 1978.  One of the things that enables us to do this is the relationships we have with our partners, including 3D Storage Systems.

Storage Solutions has been proud to partner with 3D Storage Systems for the past several years.  They have grown to become one of the largest producers of dynamic storage systems in North America. 3D offers a wide range push-back products

Our team was fortunate to have a 3D representative come to our facility and teach us some important information about their products.  We thought the information was so beneficial that we wanted to share a few key items with our readers!

Here’s what you need to know…

PUSH-BACK STORAGE SYSTEM

What is push-back?

Push-back storage increases pallet count, while offering many more pick faces than traditional high density storage systems. Each push-back lane is equipped with a pair of inclined rails and a series of carts. The first pallet is placed by the lift truck on the top cart. The lift truck driver then loads the second pallet by pushing back the first load and placing it on the next exposed cart. Pallets three and four are loaded similarly. The last pallet is placed on the rails themselves. When removing product, the lift truck takes out the front pallet allowing the pallets on carts behind it to roll gently to the front of the rack.

Pushback

What’s the difference between a push-back system and a standard pallet rack system?

A push-back system offers less selectivity than a standard pallet rack system, however, it is a denser storage method that utilizes warehouse space more efficiently because it requires less forklift aisles.

How does the cost of push-back compare to standard pallet rack?

Push-back is a greater investment than standard pallet rack because more components are involved, therefore more material, but the square-footage cost per pallet actually decreases because more pallets can be stored in the space.

We thoroughly enjoyed expanding our knowledge on the push-back system with 3D Storage Systems, and hope this information will be useful to our readers.  If you have any additional questions, our online sales team is standing by! Give them a call at 866.474.2001!

Source: 3D Storage Systems

This Week’s Term Of The Week:
Pallet Flow Rack

Pallet flow rack is selective rack placed back-to-back to allow for more storage space. Inclined conveyor wheel sections are installed in the rack, enabling back-loaded pallets to flow via gravity to the front or pick face.

Pallet FlowPallet flow rack consists of:

  • Pallet Rack
  • Gravity Flow Rails
  • Gravity Flow Speed Controllers

How it works:

Flow rails slant towards the unloading side of the pallet rack, using gravity to move pallets from the loading side to the picking side for retrieval.  Flow speed controllers are used to control the speed of the pallet as it moves along the rails. Once one load is removed from the unloading side of the pallet flow racks, the next slides into it’s place.

Why Pallet Flow Rack?

Pallet flow rack is not only designed to save valuable floor space and cut down on labor, but it provides high-density storage with multiple order picking levels.  This system is what we like to call a First-In, First-Out flow system (FIFO), which ensures that the faces along the picking aisle are always stocked.

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Does this sound like something you are interested in knowing more about?  Is it the perfect fit for your warehouse operation?  Give us a call at 866.474.2001 and one of our knowledgable sales representatives will be able to help you get what you need!

We also do customizable warehouse configurations, so if a reconfiguration is in order, definitely be sure to contact us!  Check out last week’s Term Of The Week: Drive-In Pallet Rack here!

Source:  wikiMHEDA.org >> https://www.wikimheda.org/wiki/Pallet_flow_rack