Are Gravity Flow Racks Right for Your Operation?

Gravity flow racks are designed for first-in, first-out (FIFO) inventory management. This means that the first piece of inventory placed into the system is also the first item picked for an order. This option is ideal for locations where inventory has a shelf life: food, fashion, technology, etc. The goal of FIFO racking is to ensure space is efficiently utilized and profit is maximized.

Using gravity flow racks for your FIFO inventory management is a cost-effective option due to the fact that gravity does a lot of the work for you. Inventory is loaded into one side of the racking system, and gently moves to the other as inventory is removed from the system for order fulfillment. There are two types of gravity flow racks: carton flow and pallet flow. Read on to learn more about each style and help decide which is right for your warehouse or distribution center.

Carton Flow Rack

Carton flow racking provides excellent volume utilization for high volume case pick or piece pick applications. Its ability to be configured in many different variations makes it an invaluable tool for warehouses that utilize FIFO inventory management. Customers can ? carton flow roller tracks into various size racks, from a stand-alone system, integrated with various pallet rack types, to within a multi-level pick module.

carton flow rack product flow

How do I know which carton flow roller track type is right for me?
Carton flow rack systems can be configured with three styles of rollers based on the size of the cartons being stores. Full bed polycarbonate wheels are best varying carton widths, while full width steel rollers and polycarbonate wheels are ideal for storing consistent carton widths.

Carton flow options

Pallet Flow Rack

Pallet flow racking systems provide superb volume utilization for pallet storage applications. Accessory options for pallet flow rack include entry guides, ramp stops, and “brakes” that provide speed control.

pallet flow rack product flow

How do I know which pallet flow roller track type is right for me?
Pallet flow rails are available in three styles: polycarbonate wheels, and full or split steel rollers. Polycarbonate wheels are ideal for loads over 3,000lbs and would be the best choice for freezer storage applications. Full and split steel rollers are ideal for all light or medium weight pallet types, as they allow for easily changing pallet configurations.

Pallet flow options

REB Storage Systems International offers engineering services on projects large or small when you purchase the racking from us, including gravity flow rack systems. To learn more, visit our rack engineering page or fill in the contact form to the right.

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