Flow racks otherwise known as first-in-first-out racks, cartons flow, gravity racks or gravity-fed rack. The flow racks basically enable containers, plastic bins or even loose parts to flow from back to front thanks to the inclined racks where gravity naturally forces parts to be consumed on a first-in-first-out basis. There are five types of flow racks roller racks system that are able to increase the efficiency of your production line and reduce cost in several ways.
Ideal for Kanban and lean manufacturing
The flow racking system are very ideal for Kanban system and Lean manufacturing. These types of structures are able to operate without any stoppage that would typically occur when restocking employee workstation. Implementation of gravity racks therefore increases productivity.
Flow racks can be used as return lines for empty containers as these racks are used to move empty containers from the production side to the supply where the necessary parts can be replenished. This increases efficiency as the employees do not need to move to the production zone to load or unload containers.
Supermarket or marketplace racks are usually high-density flow racks which are strategically located on the production floor so as to create mini stockrooms. They are able to reduce transportation time between the production line and the storage area.
As much as most of the flow racks are designed to be in a straight line some of them are built to be in a L-shape. This type of configuration aids in reducing the need of workers making repetitive and unnecessary movements. They are widely used in automotive industry to bring parts as close as possible to the operator’s machine. They can be used in any type of industry to improve workers efficiency and safety.