Carton Flow Racking

Carton Flow Racking

Carton flow racking, also known as gravity flow racking or dynamic flow racking, is a storage system designed for organizing and retrieving cartons or cases in a high-density and efficient manner. It is particularly suitable for order picking operations where inventory rotation and quick access to products are crucial

Here are the key features and workings of carton flow racking:

Gravity Flow System: Carton flow racking operates on the principle of gravity flow. It consists of inclined roller tracks or wheel beds that are set at a slight decline from the loading end to the unloading end. When cartons are loaded at the higher end, they move under the force of gravity along the rollers or wheels towards the lower end

Dynamic Flow Lanes: Carton flow racking typically consists of multiple flow lanes within each storage level. Each lane is dedicated to a specific product or SKU. The cartons are loaded into the back of the lane and move forward as cartons in the front are picked or removed.

FIFO Storage: Carton flow racking is designed for First-In, First-Out (FIFO) inventory management. The inclined flow lanes ensure that the oldest cartons are positioned at the loading end and are the first to be accessed and picked. This is beneficial for products with expiration dates or those requiring strict rotation.

Roller Tracks or Wheel Beds: The inclined tracks within the racking system are equipped with individual rollers or wheels that facilitate smooth and controlled movement of the cartons. The rollers or wheels reduce friction and allow for easy gliding of the cartons along the flow lanes.

Flexibility and Customization: Carton flow racking can be customized to accommodate various carton sizes and weights. The flow lanes can be adjusted to suit specific carton dimensions and loading requirements. The system can be configured to handle different load capacities and adapt to the needs of the operation

Easy Access and Ergonomics: Carton flow racking ensures quick and ergonomic access to products. Cartons are easily visible and reachable, which improves order picking efficiency and reduces reaching and bending movements for the operators. It streamlines the order fulfillment process and enhances productivity.

Safety Considerations: Safety features such as lane dividers, flow brakes, and safety stops are integral components of carton flow racking systems. These measures help maintain separation between cartons, prevent carton collisions, and ensure smooth and controlled flow

Carton flow racking is widely used in various industries, including distribution centers, warehouses, and manufacturing facilities, where efficient and organized order picking is essential. It offers advantages in terms of space utilization, inventory rotation, and order fulfillment speed. Proper design, installation, and regular maintenance are important to ensure the system operates safely and optimally.


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