When are flow systems right for your warehouse?

Pallet Flow 1.jpgWhen you need a first-in-first-out warehouse pallet storage solution, Flow Rack Systems may be the right material handling option for your facility.  Pallet flow rack systems provide very high-density storage in applications that must have first-in-first-out (FIFO).  With pallet flow rack systems, the pallets are loaded into the back end of the warehouse storage system and flow to the front end on wheels or rollers.  On systems over 3 pallets deep, a braking system is typically provided.

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Pallet Flow Racking:

Pallets are loaded into a storage lane from the loading aisle and flow downward on rollers towards the pickup aisle.  When the pallet reaches the bottom, it is held by a pallet stop.  As a pallet is unloaded from the bottom of the rack system, the next pallet flows down into place.  Pallet speed is controlled by the rollers and brakes.

Pallet Flow Advantages:

  • FIFO (First-In-First-Out)ALGB_2464-9.jpg
  • High Storage Density (25+ Pallets Deep)
  • Efficient Picking and Unloading
  • Immediate Access to Product

Pallet Flow Disadvantages:

  • High Capital Investment
  • Requires Good Pallet Quality
  • High Maintenance Requirements
  • Limited SKU and Selectivity

Pallet Flow Applications:



Carton Flow Racking:

In addition to pallet flow racking systems, Advance offers carton flow racking.  Carton flow storage racks are used for low volume case picking and for high volume split case picking.  Cartons are loaded individually at the back side of the rack system and flow to the front (FIFO - First-In-First-Out).  Carton flow racks can be installed as stand-alone units or as a component of a larger pallet rack or pick module application.

Carton Flow Advantages:

  • Very High SKU Slot Facing
  • Carton Flow.jpgCan Support Both Full Case and Split Case
  • Relatively Inexpensive
  • Very Flexible
  • Efficient Picking

Carton Flow Disadvantages:

  • Requires Double Handling of Cases
  • Not Well Suited to High Volume, Full Case Applications

Carton Flow Applications:


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Project Management

Project ManagementAdvance Storage Products’ qualified Project Management Team is ready to assist with every aspect of your warehouse pallet racking project.  From quote estimating and freight coordination to installation supervision and permit sign-off, our Team of rack system professionals is known for their quality service, responsiveness and customer-friendly approach.


Full Quote & Estimation of your warehouse pallet storage project, including:

  • Budget pricing for quick estimating
  • Current, real-time pricing that includes steel surcharges
  • Layout and elevation drawings
  • Preliminary seismic calculations done in-house and in minutes, by any member of the Sales, Project Management or Engineering Staff
  • Gantt Chart & schedule to show estimated timeline for fabrication, shipping and installation
  • This Gantt chart will be used throughout the project to track progress and ensure deadlines are met.

Engineering and Estimating

Customers are the first priority for Advance’s experienced Engineering and Estimating teams.  With an average tenure of over 10 years with the company, Advance engineers and estimators are experts at designing the most appropriate pallet rack system to accomplish what each and every customer needs to efficiently and effectively manage their pallet rack storage (all within budget).  Armed with superior AutoCAD skills, in conjunction with an integrated bill of material and manufacturing system, the engineering team allows for multiple refinements to a customer’s plans without affecting a tight deadline.

Safe, Accurate, On-Time and Innovative.

Advance’s engineering technology allows any of the Engineers, Estimators or Sales Staff to produce preliminary seismic calculations within minutes, at their desk, for U.S. and Canada locations.  Custom software generates exact, real-time pricing and removes the guesswork from your project planning.

Advance is committed to continually improving product offerings as evidenced by 9+ U.S. patents.  The continued focus on improvement has led to Advance’s industry leading Lo Pro™ Pushback System, welded bed frame Structural Pallet Rack and multiple other product innovations Advance customers enjoy.  Advance is 100% committed to always meeting or exceeding our customer’s needs and expectations.