We often get asked if pallet shuttle systems are competitive products to our push back systems, after all, both products allow you to achieve high-density storage within your warehouse. While the density characteristics of the two products may be similar, the operational needs of pallet systems are significantly different from push back systems.
Most of you know that 3D does not manufacture racking; we only manufacture pushback, pallet flow and carton flow components to fit into somebody else’s rack structure.
Two ongoing trends have been causing headaches for warehouses utilizing bulk storage or drive-in racking – the first is the move to lighter packaging, and the second relates to ever increasing product types (SKU) with smaller and smaller lot sizes.
With lighter packaging, products that were once able to be stacked 3 or 4 high may now only be able to be stacked two high, or not stacked at all. Facilities that have large sections of bulk storage are finding their height utilization severely restricted, and may end up storing half of what they used to store in a given area.