5 Benefits of Using Flow Racks in Your Warehouse
The goals of every warehouse are the safety and security of products and efficient operations to be able to serve customers better. As a result, more and more companies are adopting the use of flow rack systems. If you are one of the few that have not done so yet, here are 5 reasons to consider using gravity flow racks in your warehouse and the benefits of using such a system.
1. Saves on storage space
One of the factors that can really affect your warehouse operations is how well you utilize the space you have available. To maintain healthy profit margins and be able to store the maximum amount of products possible, warehouses have to find innovative ways to maximize on space.
Flow racks only have two aisles: the loading aisle where goods come in and the unloading aisle where goods come out. As a result, the total amount of aisle space that can be saved is up to an estimated 75 percent. This dramatic increase in space is especially realized by warehouses that used to stack most or all items on the floor.
2. Reduces energy requirements
Flow racks are a system of warehouse storage that utilizes the use of gravity to move inventory. Some flow racks also come with a braking system as well as a speed enhancer to control the rate at which the product moves along the conveyor belt.
Braking systems and speed enhancers eliminate the use of electricity or fuel to power the movement. This will allow you to save immensely on your energy bill. The money saved can then be used to improve other aspects of your operations.
3. Reduces labour requirements
Flow racks are a great way to cut down on your labour requirements and subsequently your workforce. With this flow rack system, workers are only needed in the loading and unloading aisles. This eliminates unnecessary traffic in the warehouse as the distance that the product needs to travel is reduced.
In flow rack systems, product rotation is automatic when inventory is loaded on one end. This reduces spoilage and eliminates the labour force required to rotate products. Due to the reduced number of aisles, forklift drivers are also reduced.
4. Reduced rack & product damage
One of the major problems in warehouses today is the fact that products and racks sustain constant damages. This can be attributed to various reasons such as narrow aisles, excessive traffic, ineffective storage methods and collisions. Damages can be expensive due to the destruction of products being stored and excessive repairs needed to restore the flow racks.
Because the flow rack storage method effectively eliminates human traffic as well as forklift use in the warehouse, it can reduce incidences of rack and product damage.
5. Minimum maintenance
Warehouse owners often complain about how much time and money they spend on repair and maintenance of their storage systems. Such maintenance can take employees away from other important jobs or if you hire externally to maintain the racks can cost money that could go to other things.
Because flow rack systems in warehouse storage operate thanks to gravity, it has very few mechanical parts. This, therefore, means that its maintenance needs are greatly reduced. This translates to saving time and money. By not having to regularly repair and replace rack parts you are able to save money and use it in other areas of your warehouse that may require attention. Additionally, with this system, you spend less time trying to make the system work and more time making it work for you.