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Robust replacement for plastic roller track

Unreliable and damaged plastic roller track shelving can be replaced quickly and cost-effectively with the robust and durable Span Track full-width roller carton flow track system. The modular Span Track units are available from The Live Storage Company, a new company which has signed an exclusive UK distribution and installation agreement with US-based manufacturer Unex. The Live Storage Company will be targeting existing roller track installations where a more robust and reliable solution is required and new applications where customers want to convert pallet racking and static pick faces to dynamic live picking environments with minimal disruption to ongoing operations.

“There are hundreds of installations out there where plastic roller racking has simply not done the job,” says Paul Boyce, Managing Director of The Live Storage Company. “Span Track replaces these unreliable units with something that is better and lasts longer.”

The Span Track system is widely used for full case and loose item picking. Units can be installed in conventional pallet racking or shelving, in many cases without the need to re-configure the system. They are supplied in exact lengths to install between (rather than on top of) beams so that the maximum space is available for storage and picking. The simple drop-in design ensures that units can be installed or repositioned quickly and easily without tools.

Span Track can also be used to create new storage and picking environments. It is ideal for converting ground and first-beam level locations into highly efficient dynamic live order picking faces where pallets are stored immediately above for rapid pull-down replenishment. Converting static picking faces into dynamic roller installations in this way supports greater productivity and more efficient use of available space.

In each scenario Span Track ensures items always move to the front of the face at the optimum position for picking. Staff do not have to stretch or lean into racking to retrieve items which means picking is safer and more efficient with improved ergonomics.

“Span Track allows customers to convert conventional pallet racking into highly efficient dynamic picking faces cost effectively and with minimal disruption to their ongoing operations,” says Paul Boyce. “We'll provide advice and support to ensure customers achieve the best possible results.”

Span Track is designed to take the abuse of busy warehouses and assembly plants. Full-width rollers ensure total support for cartons with up to 300 per cent more product contact than traditional plastic wheel tracking. They also help reduce snagging to maintain throughput and increase overall picking productivity.

Each unit is manufactured using tempered aluminium rollers with full-length axles mounted on durable galvanised steel side channels. This creates a strong unit that requires no intermediate support to carry loads up to 75kg per metre (50lbs per foot) on a 3 metre (10 foot) span.

Span Track can be installed in about one third of the time taken to fit traditional live storage beds. The strong and durable design promotes life-long reliability and reduces maintenance and ongoing replacement costs.

“When it's installed as a replacement item customers can put the cost through their maintenance budgets so there is no capital outlay,” says Paul Boyce.

A number of options are available to enable users to create optimised picking and storage solutions. A “knuckle” unit allows the addition of 15 degree angle section to the front of the track face for improved visibility and access for even better picking accuracy and efficiency. Low profile and 3-D versions are ideal for heavier loads or where available space is at a premium.

The Live Storage Company offers flexible order picking and storage solutions based around the modular Span Track range of full-width roller carton flow track. The company provides consulting, installation and engineering support services to ensure customers achieve the maximum return on their investment.

Paul Boyce, The Live Storage Company LimitedT: 01295 709020E: sales@live-storage.comW: www.live-storage.com

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