What are flow racks?
Flow racking systems are designed to be dynamic storage systems which help the picking and retrieval of boxes or pallets. Using high levels of density, packaged items can be loaded onto the lanes, which are made up of inclining rollers to ensure that the first product in becomes the first out. This is especially useful for those warehouses storing perishable goods, or items with limited shelf life, like certain cosmetic products.
How flow racks can complement other racking?
Unlike ordinary racking, flow racks can make the process of stock rotation automatic, thus reducing the amount of lifting and moving that is often required in warehouses. The way this works is that pallets are loaded onto the upper end of the lane and then roll or gravitate into position to replenish the front end. Also, products are equally accessible using most types of forklift truck, so if a warehouse decides to adopt flow racking alongside its usual storage methods, they won’t need to pay out for any additional handling equipment.
The use of flow racks means that order picking times can be significantly reduced and errors minimised along the way. This is down to the fact that workers know where products are almost all of the time, and this consequently has a positive effect on customer satisfaction. Some say that using this type of storage can increase productivity by up to 150%! You can read more about the various benefits to this picking system and how it can complement your existing structure here: http://blog.shelving.com/warehouse-organization/benefits-and-uses-of-gravity-flow-racks/.
Where to obtain racking in Ireland?
If you own a warehouse in Ireland or beyond, you might be interested in looking at Dublin-based Rack Zone’s collection of pallet racking (http://www.rackzone.ie/). The company specialises in both new and old racking, offering some of the latest advancements in warehouse storage.
A wide range of modular tracks are available to integrate into existing structures, which means that you can find a storage solution that is tailored to your specific requirements. With different options available like heavy duty and split case tracks, you are sure to find racking that can be adapted to your warehouse and products. In addition, selective racking can be installed which means fast-flowing lines can be placed at lower levels, while bulk storage can be kept at height.