Flow Racks

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They are built on a vertical slant with rolling tracks that make for efficient movement of the products once they are on the rack, needing nothing more than gravity. Flow racks are often utilized by distribution centers and manufacturing plants. Read More…

Flow Racks Flow racks are specialized storage racks used to quickly move packaged products through a warehouse.

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North East, PA  |  866-479-7225

We create storage racks that are ideal for a full spectrum of industries. Our company offers a diverse selection of storage racks to pick from and there are various advantages with each type of material. These racks are very functional and you will save money when you buy factory direct. Your satisfaction is vital to the growth of our company which is why your needs come first! Give us a call today if you would like to learn more!

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Ridg-U-Rak®, Inc. $$$

Stevens Point, WI  |  800-826-0203

Steel King's Free-standing ClereSpan® Mezzanine Systems are the solution to expanding useable floor space without expensive leases, costly land acquisition or construction delays. ClereSpan mezzanines and industrial warehouse platforms provide full utilization of both floor-level and platform-level space with no cross bracing between support columns.

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Steel King Industries, Inc. $$$

Capitol Heights, MD  |  800-648-2600

In business for 50 years, Advanced Equipment Co. has provided storage and material handling solutions. Our industrial and warehouse steel storage shelving choices include lockers, metal rivet shelving, boltless, wide span, pallet racks, modular drawer storage and more by Penco Products and CUE.

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Advanced Equipment Company, Inc. $$$

Fairfield, NJ  |  973-227-0018

Our products include vertical lifts and mezzanines for production, new or used racks for raw material storage, modular in-plant offices for personnel on the production floor, high-density drawers and cabinets for small parts storage, high-density shelving for files and records and plan tables and blueprint storage systems for jobsite trailers.

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Specialized Storage Solutions Inc. $$$

East Taunton, MA  |  800-564-0152

American Material Handling (AMH) is a full-service-stocking distributor of new and used wire shelving, pallet racks, storage cabinets and other material handling products. AMH Corp, a woman-owned and operated small business, offers nothing less than top quality new and used material handling equipment products at realistic prices.

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American Material Handling Corp. $$$
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Carton flow racks are a live storage system in which cartons are deposited on one side and are driven by gravity to gently flow to the other side. A type of flow rack relying on gravity and specifically designed for the storage of cartons, carton racks provide high-density, dynamic storage for medium or slowing moving SKUs.

Unlike a static storage system that requires much reaching, bending and pulling on the part of the laborer to reposition and restock, a carton flow rack system provides an easy-access, ergonomic way for product to always flow to the front position, a property that is implemented in many types of warehouse racking. Using carton flow racks cuts labor costs by reducing the amount of required pickers by half or more as well as floor space since fewer aisles will be needed to store the same amount of cartons.

Both the backside and the front of carton flow racks are used for storage making them highly useful for high-density storage. As highly-efficient storage rack systems, carton flow racks serve industries such as warehouses, industrial, commercial, distribution, wholesale grocery, electronics, cosmetics, automotive and medical. Typical applications for carton flow racks include storage, material handling, picking, inventory rotation, assembly lines, wash-down and other applications that require the FIFO, or first-in first-out, method of handling inventory.

Similar to conveyors, carton flow racks are loaded on one side by either a worker or, more commonly, a forklift and the carton is then driven by gravity to flow down a framed roller track until it reaches a stopper at the other side of the rack. Rolling racks will typically have lanes in which similar cartons are kept separate by means of shelf guides. Consisting of many individual components, carton flow racks are modular and therefore allow for flexibility and variety of use.

By using “starter” and “adder” sections, rows of carton flow racks can be developed by stringing together different units that befit the specific application. Carton flow racks have two distinct frame styles: square front and layback. Square front carton flow racks are vertical frames with straight shelving and are advantageous for picking full cartons. Layback carton flow racks are vertical frames with diagonal shelving and are beneficial for picking from open cartons. There are also several types of shelving for carton flow racks: straight shelves, knuckled shelves, weld-in trays and reverse knuckled shelves.

Straight shelves are the most common type of carton flow rack shelving. Knuckled shelves are the next most common type and are beneficial when it comes to picking individual items out of cartons. Weld-in trays are very similar to knuckled shelves; however they provide a much larger access space for picking. Reverse knuckled shelves are beneficial for split case picking applications in which the items are picked out of the carton’s front.

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