The pallets were not flowing as intended within the rack system. Even worse, the pallets were actually damaging the rack system components. The system was rated to support much heavier weights, but something was causing higher than expected stress between the loaded pallets and the flow rack.
Tech Center Evaluation
During our evaluation, we keyed in on one main area where these two components did not “match” - the middle of the rack.
The outside skate wheel rails were directly under the rigid pallet stringers (2x4’s). The outer skate wheels were not over stressed, and these rows were not damaged. The middle rail, however, was under deckboards only and between the rigid stringers. These deckboards were bending under load around the middle skate wheels. This resulted in the rack component damage and a system that did not flow as intended.
We suggested two recommendations to fix this issue:
- Use two center skate wheel rails, rather than one, so that the pallet is supported by wheels under each of the four stringers.
- Convert to a three stringer pallet with a middle stringer directly over the middle rail.
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Post by: John Clarke, Technical Director