Dynamic or Pallet Flow Racking System Facilitates FIFO Methodology

In previous articles we have been covering many aspects of an efficient warehouse storage design. To review again, these aspects are floor space density, vertical space utilization, picking, shipping, pallet racking type and methodologies. Since Pacific Bend Inc. is mainly in manufacturing of pallet racking, we will focus again on pallet racking methodologies. In this blog we will focus on a particular type of products that a warehouse might store and we will analyze how pallet racking design might affect the storage issue.

Consider a warehouse is storing perishable goods such as meats, food or even groceries. Obviously the warehouse manager must sell the perishable good in order they come inside the warehouse. This means the item that was first stored must also be sold first. For example if you received milk yesterday and it is still in the warehouse, you want to put that yesterday’s milk on the shelve today before you place the new arriving milk or which might have arrived today. This is called First-In First-Out warehouse flow methodology. or in short FIFO. What racking system works the best for FIFO? For FIFO to work, if you store a pallet or load a pallet and it goes all the way to the back, this pallet must come out or be unloaded first. So there must be access to the back of the aisle to get this pallet out. Also notice there is simple flow to the storage methodology.

Pacific Bend manufacture a pallet racking flow methodology which when a single pallet is loaded into one end of the rack, the system uses inclined and gravity to slide it to the front of the rack. Since the first pallet that was loaded remains in the order it was loaded, it will be shipped out ahead of all other pallets that were loaded after it. Notice this simple methodology can guarantee FIFO and hence eliminates any need for further inspections by warehouse personnel that correct pallets are actually being shipped first. It also saves warehouse personnel the drive time. In this simple methodology pallets are always flowing to where the trucks are loaded. Warehouse mangers also save man-hours by not having to drive all the way to the end of the warehouse. Why? The first pallet that came in is right there to load onto the truck. This guarantees FIFO.

How is the racking built? The dynamic or flow storage system consist of rack structure and also several flow rails. The flow rails are engineered within the rack structure and have a slight incline. The incline and gravity pushes the pallet placed on one end of the rack to move to the other end of the rack. Self-energizing brakes control pallet speed. Once a pallet is unloaded at the back end, the next pallet moves forward to replace it. With more than 30 years experience in Pallet Racking and warehouse storage, Pacific Bend Inc. is a leading pallet racking manufacturer known for durability,and custom design. Pacific Bend is one of the very first pallet racking manufacturers to pioneer flow storage together with the racks and the flow rails to combine in one system. In most cases warehouse managers had to order the racks and flow rails separately and considering installers who had to put all these together, there is always problems. Pacific Bend treats each project as single turn-key project and guarantees smooth operations and final working system.