Every day, technical support teams and engineers seek to find ways to increase efficiency and speed of delivery getting orders to customers. Customers come first and any delays make customers very angry and you may lose customers.
Through these advancements in technology, carton flow systems have been developed.
- Carton Flow for Pallet Rack Systems
This method is used to pick orders that are in either full or split cases. This carton flow rack system is structured in such a way to ensure good storage using a conveyor system that incorporates existing pallet racks maximizing the number of stock stored. Products are always at the optimal pick-up points; front of the rack. This minimizes bending by workers. Inventory is always condensed and this increases the number of SKUs made in every bay.
Building obstacles like flue spaces and columns are addressed by this system. This eliminates the need to change the layout of the rack. Drop-in designs are configured to match your existing structure, providing flexibility for installation anywhere in your facility.
There is spanning between the beams that allows for rear-loading of product and front-picking of product (FIFO), therefore, SKU replenishment never interferes with order picking. The carton flow rack is systematic and the delivery and pick-up process boost the efficiency of work. It ensures fluidity in product rotation especially in large warehousing facilities.
- 3D Carton Flow Rack
This system is also referred to as a gravity rack flow. It is a case storage method that uses wheels and rollers to move cases from one end of the shelf to another. It has bays and each bay can have many lanes of product on different levels. This gives more picking face in comparison to standard shelves. With more pick faces on a smaller area, there is reduced pick paths and increased efficiency of picking cases.
It has systems developed with heavy duty carton flow beds. They comprise of decks of wheels made from plastic or steel and are aligned in a slope downward from the load to the unloading section. A ramp exists at the end of the lane and the pallets as well as cartons stop there. They are then loaded or lifted using forklift systems. They do not require re-profiling when the carton sizes change. They are ideal for canned goods, beverages, or hardware. The ‘bed’ design ensures flexibility between the weight and the box sizes. Rollers convey and accumulate pallets and cartons at the storage module for picking.
Fast moving products are picked directly from pallets while the slow moving ones are stored in static shelving systems.
- Pallet Flow Track
This works with carton flow rack in ensuring that the FIFO inventory orientation is maintained. The product moves forward and picking is made easier. They use skate wheels as well as gravity to minimize the work load and help keep picking positions always stocked throughout all levels. This allows for deeper systems where pallets are stored back to back.
As the department store manager, this would be the best systems that you should adopt in the stores. Despite the increase in speed of picking and product orders delivery, your workers take few days off. Few accidents resulting from frequent bending or having cartons falling on them result.
John Spielman is an engineer well known for advances he has made in the mechanical Industry. He has been at the forefront in broadcasting the use of carton flow rack systems to save companies millions lost in time wastage and employee injuries.