Before purchasing carton flow racks (or any storage system) for your warehouse, there are a few questions you need to ask first, so you find the right type of shelving and racking system for your operation.
1. Available Space
The first factor that you need to consider is how much space you have available in your warehouse. Ideally, you want a system that can offer high packing density while leaving you with plenty of floor space for movement and handling.
Carton flow racks are the perfect solution as they take up significantly less space than other forms of shelving and storage. Flow racks are stacked vertically and can have multiple lanes of cartons to make the most of your floor space.
2. Warehouse Layout
Your warehouse layout plays a role in determining the optimal configuration of your carton flow racks. Restocking and picking areas provide the greatest opportunity for increasing warehouse efficiency, which is where a carton flow racking system can be your biggest asset. Because these areas are kept separate, and the system uses gravity to propel the cartons, you reduce the time and energy needed for employees to restock items, boosting your productivity by up to 75%.
3. Product Movement
Flow racking is primarily designed to reduce handling times for first-in-first-out operations (FIFO), by decreasing picking times and speed up product movement. This makes carton flow racking ideal for high volume, fast turnover operations, or operations involving perishable products. However, if you handle products that require long storage times, then you may want to consider an alternative form of storage system.
Many businesses aim to expand their operations over the years, and so require a warehouse storage and handling system that can grow with them. Carton flow racking systems are modular and highly versatile so that you can adjust the configuration of the racks or add additional racks and accessories with little additional cost.
At Shelving + Rack Systems, our carton flow racks can be integrated seamlessly into your existing pallet racking system, allowing for both systems to function simultaneously if necessary.
5. Product Type
To ensure that carton flow racking is the right option for your business, you need to think about the type of products that you are handling. There are many different types of carton flow racking options available to suit different types of products from perishables to fragile items. If you have a large variety of products, you may need a flow racking system that requires little to no configuration to handle various types of product.
6. Carton Weight and Number of Cartons
In addition to the type of product you are handling, you also need to consider the overall weight and capacity of the cartons you will need and the number of cartons on the flow rack system at any one time. Miscalculating the number and weight of the cartons can impact the productivity of the line. Be sure to speak with a consultant to help you make a proper estimate before purchasing carton flow racking.
Flow racking systems are a great option for boosting productivity for first in-first out operations. They are simple to install and versatile so that you can easily integrate them into your current storage and handling system.
There are many types of carton flow racks for sale online but be sure to take into consideration the above factors so that you choose the right system for your business.