Storing and handling large, heavy products and parts presents a unique set of challenges. These include maintaining ergonomic and safety procedures, keeping work areas clean and organized, presenting parts in an orderly and efficient orientation, and minimizing floor-space usage while maximizing storage quantities to match productivity rates. One solution designed for handling large and heavy items is an easily adaptive flow rack structure from Creform Corp. This structure combines a heavy-duty handling and storage capacity with simplistic gravity-fed, point-of-use part/container conveyance.
The new heavy-duty flow rack is built using Creform System components, which consist of plastic coated steel pipes, joints, and hardware accessories. A major portion of the structure uses newer 42-millimeter pipe sections that are up to 2.5 times stronger than the standard, more commonly used 28millimeter pipe of comparable lengths. This results in a flow rack that has a 1,500pound capacity and a simpler design with longer spans and less bracing. The construction also creates a flow rack that is more rigid. The rack is secured to the floor with stanchion mount feet, which assures consistent placement, alignment, and stability.
The standard heavy-duty flow rack measures 66 inches wide, 33 inches deep, and 63 inches tall. It features four supply levels consisting of three lanes across per level and empty container return lanes overhead. The flow lanes are ergonomically angled to position containers and parts for easy presentation and retrieval. Each of the lanes is built using Creform's heavy-duty skatewheel conveyor sections and installed with complementing 42-millimeter conveyor mounting brackets. The design includes intermediate support beams that provide further reinforcement to the conveyor lanes.
Customers may also request customdesigned configurations to meet specific application needs. For example, units can be made to handle an array of container sizes. They also can be designed to be wider with additional supply and return lanes or more compact to fit in tight locations. Optional lane dividers may be installed along with side guiderails to ensure containers are properly positioned within their lanes. Customers can also choose to include label holders, hooks, clipboards, document holders, and lighting brackets. Leveling feet or casters for mobility are also available.
Company: Creform Corp.
Company URL: www.creform.com