First in, first out systems can be beneficial in a variety of industries. Many products benefit from a first-in, first-out (FIFO) method for storage and picking. The FIFO method is especially critical for items such as fresh or frozen foods, beverages, drugs and other items with an expiration date, such as sterile medical supplies, high-volume consumer goods or batteries. For items like these, a FIFO pallet racking system increases operational efficiency, makes the best use of available warehouse space, and reduces the potential for inventory write-offs due to expirations. FIFO flow racks also help ensure that customers always receive fresh goods.

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A FIFO pallet flow storage system can double or triple the capacity of a warehouse and is an ideal alternative to drive-in, static racks or storing pallets on the floor, as well as allowing for FIFO stock control. FIFO warehouse racking systems are one of the most efficient types of warehouse storage racks.

In the FIFO pallet flow system, pallets load at the top end of an inclined rack, which allows them to glide at a controlled pace to the other side of the storage rack. These pallet rack systems ensure that the face along the aisles always remains stocked, maximizing the available storage space and using available vertical space to minimize the overall footprint.

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Advantages of a FIFO Pallet Flow System:

  • Automates FIFO inventory control.
  • Minimizes warehousing and handling costs.
  • Maximizes warehouse capacity/cubic storage space.
  • Operates in temperatures ranging from minus-30 degrees Fahrenheit to 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Standard flow rails are constructed from 4-inch-by-1-inch galvanized steel, with flow wheels mounted in a single- or double-staggered configuration.
  • Cast aluminum flow wheels are available for impact protection.
  • Centrifugal speed controllers have steel gears to maximize performance and life of mechanism.
  • No springs or mechanical adjustment required — Westfalia Technologies’ brake tire maximizes pallet engagement by compressing and taking the shape of the bottom board surface, conforming to the shape of warped or cracked bottom boards.

There are many types of industrial racking systems, from single pallet storage racks to drive-in/drive out to pallet flow rack. In fact, warehouse design and specifying the best warehouse racking can be extremely complex. The right storage racking system for your space and product mix can improve the efficiency of your entire warehouse operation, while other industrial racking options can slow down the picking and storage process, resulting in damage or excess obsolescence.

Combining different types of warehouse pallet racking — including a FIFO pallet racking system, along with traditional industrial racking systems and an automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) integrated with a warehouse execution system (WES) — may offer optimum efficiency and use of available floor space. As a result, you will reduce the costs of managing inventory, including damage, obsolescence and carrying costs.

If you would like to learn more about FIFO pallet racking systems, or any type of warehouse storage racks, contact Westfalia Technologies for more information.

FIFO Pallet Racking System Case Studies:

Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc.

Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc.

Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc.® (Martin’s®) is a family owned and operated bread and roll manufacturer dedicated to delivering extraordinary taste, quality and customer service that represents their legacy of cherished eating experiences....

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