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Material Handling January 18, 2018


--January 18th, 2018, Edgewater, Florida--Rack & Roll Inc. ( is pleased to announce the launch of its patented FloatingAisle storage and retrieval system that dramatically increases the capacity of warehouses and cold storage facilities. Operators will now be able to use up to 90% of a building footprint for storage, and in many cases completely eliminate the expense of new building construction. They will have access to any pallet in the warehouse within seconds, creating additional efficiencies in retrieval time, energy and labor.

The FloatingAisle is comprised of a racking system on rails with each electrically powered carriage and motor providing lateral motion for vertically stacked pallets in the warehouse's existing configuration. The carriages can move singularly or in a group. This patented feature eliminates the need to move the entire row of racks to access one pallet. A new aisle and access to any pallet can be created anywhere in the storage area in under 30 seconds. The system is controlled by a proprietary hardware and software system managed by a simple, easy-to-use touch screen.

An infrared detection system prevents accidents throughout the system. Sonia McKenzie, Vice President of Engineering, emphasizes the reliability of Rack & Roll's system. "Whenever appropriate we have made use of mechanical and electrical components that have been standard in the industry for thirty years. We have built in redundancies and safeguards that will insure reliable operation in any application. The control system has undergone extensive testing. We are able to offer a reliable product today."

For the cold storage industry savings are particularly dramatic. An existing 100,000 sq. ft. facility (half of which is typically aisle space) can hold an additional 40,000 sq. ft. in inventory with no additional investment in new construction by eliminating fixed aisles. The Rack & Roll system of rails and carriages use the facility's existing fixed racking inventory. New racks are brought in as needed to increase storage density. The $12.4M in new building costs (building cost calculated at the industry standard of $160 per sq. ft.) that would be needed to build out 80,000 sq. ft. is eliminated and dramatic savings in land acquisition and utility costs are achieved.

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Rack & Roll Marine Inc.

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