Structural-steel storage systems manufacturer Frazier Industrial Co. showcased its latest innovation—the Pallet Mole—at ProMat 2019. This high-density semiautomated system runs underneath the pallet loads on rails, delivering and extracting pallets within a deep-lane rack system. It has the ability to move up to 50 pallets per hour, which allows companies to reduce the time it takes to load or unload a truck by more than 50 percent, the company says.
Using an RF (radio-frequency) controller or Wi-Fi device, the operator can instruct the electromechanical platform to lift, lower, or shuttle pallets to the desired position or program the system to run various predetermined functions. The Pallet Mole is ideal for high-volume, low-stock-keeping unit (SKU) operations; freezer and cooler facilities; food processing and beverage distribution; production staging areas; and deep-lane systems, the manufacturer says.
The Pallet Mole features magnetic latches on its bottom. When a lift truck operator moves the unit at any height from one position in the system to the next, the magnetic latches secure the Pallet Mole to the forklift jacks so the unit will not dislodge. The company also added a flat-deck lifting mechanism to the unit. To ensure that lift performance is not dependent on bottom board strength, the deck lid as a whole will pick up the load so that center stringers or blocks on pallets directly transfer the lifting force to the entire pallet.
For more information, visit www.frazier.com.