Maintain accessibility, Increase productivity and achieve high density storage
Radio shuttle racking is a great option for high density storage if you have a low roof. The remote-controlled shuttles carry goods in and out of deep storage tunnels, allowing you to reduce you number of aisles and save space.
What Is Radio Shuttle Racking?
Radio shuttle racking is a cousin of the other deep storage systems such as pallet live and drive-in; in the sense that it stores pallets on rails rather than on beams and gives high floor space utilisation at the expense of selectivity.
What sets radio shuttle cart apart is its method of operation. Rather than a forklift directly positioning the pallet onto the rails (as is the case in drive in racks); the pallet is placed onto a motorised shuttle at the mouth of the lane, carried along up the rail and placed down in the optimum position on the rack with minimal distance between pallets. See the diagram below.
In the right circumstances, radio shuttle racking is a valuable stock management and storage tool: keeping pallets of fragile or high value goods safe, secure and well catalogued..
High Density, Selective Storage At Height
In addition to offering a similar capacity to push back and drive in systems in terms of cubic storage; radio shuttle racking is a much more viable solution for deep storage that takes advantage of the high ceilings of modern industrial and warehousing units.
Push back pallet live encounters problems with pushing at height and drive in systems past a certain numbers of rails in the height very quickly encounter selectivity problems. First in first out pallet live requires a very consistent placement of pallets to avoid ‘crabbing’ which becomes harder to achieve the higher up you go.
The motorised shuttle cart solves these problems be allowing pallets to be placed at height at the front of the rack without straining the mast or pushing. A pallet can be placed onto the shuttle at the front of the rack and be reliably transported further into the rail without the risk of crabbing or catching.
WAP drive in becomes slower to operate the higher up the storage rails go (greater care to position properly is required at height); radio shuttle negates these issue with the shuttle itself doing the positional work for you and guaranteeing the optimum position every time. All that is required is that the pallet is placed well enough between the rails at the front of the rack.
Automated systems like radio shuttle can be an impressive sight in your warehouse when guiding prospective clients around your premises. WAP this shouldn’t be the sole reasoning for getting a powered storage system; it is a happy side effect that the loading, unloading and the operation of the shuttle is an interesting showcase.
WAP radio shuttle is on the face of things a very similar system to push back pallet live, it offers a greater freedom for use of pallets that contain fragile or unbound products. Pallet live requires contact between stored goods in whatever configuration it is set up: a FIFO systems relies on the pallets to hit each other, at low speed remember, in order to stop and a LIFO (‘push back’) requires the pallets to push each other up when a new pallet is added.
This contact occurs between the pallets rather the goods on the pallets themselves but the guarantee of getting pallet to pallet contact in a push back system at height is harder to achieve the further up the rails go and a FIFO system requires that now pallets have any packaging overhang to achieve this also.
This can be an issue when dealing with pallets of fragile goods that should ideally be kept away from contact or the risk of nudging or perhaps have a pallet overhang (where the goods themselves overhang the base of the pallets slightly). Such products may include large boxes of lightweight but stable materials that will nudge off the pallet when pushed or they may be more stable but inherently fragile (glass work or baubles etc)