How to build the ultimate L-shape flowrack

An L-shape flow-rack is ideal when adapting to tight spaces where every inch counts
Use the following checklist to build the ultimate L-shaped flowrack exactly the way you need it!
Keep in mind to consider the weight and shape of your item in order to establish the right slope

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What you need to complete the project

  1. Ultimate L-shaped flowracks

    build requirements:

    DEFINE YOUR FOOTPRINT

    This is all about utilizing all of the production floors as efficiently as possible to meet employees’ specific needs.

    roller-tracks

     You can choose from the R40-RT96 standard roller track or the R85-RT96 wide roller track.
    It all depends on the weight of your part, box, or item

    Let’s think of the R40-RT96 track as an economic all-around kind of track that can be applied
    in many different scenarios and has proven to “hold its own

    Whereas the R85-RT96 might be geared more for medium to heavy-duty items and
    more specialized flow-racks where it may demand a wider track to carry larger amounts of weight
    Or perhaps an odd-shaped part that sits better on the wider track

    Also, consider the distance it will travel. Think of adding horizontal support along with
    a track mount stabilizer as the span gets longer to correctly support items as they travel down the tracks

    And lets’ not forget the longer the distance between the two, the greater the slope’s incline will have to be
    So the container’s starting point will be very high up and its destination, very low

     

    TRACK MOUNTS –

    Depending on the type of roller track you choose you will have different options
    but generally speaking, you need a starter mount and a stopper mount

    Another option is to create your own stopper by doubling up the pipes 
    (something to consider if you are low on inventory and need to get the job done).

     

    GUIDES –

    Whether you choose plastic guides or to make your own the idea is the same
    ” Keep parts in place while in motion”

    Add a strip to the side and create your own to fully customize your flow-rack
    Any surface will do so long as it covers the span of your track

    here is a great example of a model drawn in Sketch-Up using the creator extension

     

    SURFACES-

    An L-shaped is all  about changing direction while in motion and
    this is where adding a surface can be  advantageous, as the added
    surface area allows for any part, bin, or box to transition and land safely

    A typical set up combines a  1/4″ HDPE (surface) with a 1/8″ Motion Mat on top
    the idea is to create a slope steep enough for it to slide down to the stopper

    For this type of application, you can screw from the top
    through all of the surfaces, ao-shim, and pipe
    using a flat-head decking screw to finish flush with the surface

     

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    ERGONOMICS

    Let’s not forget the vital role that ergonomics play when building a custom flow-rack

    The input of the individual who will be using this L-shaped flow rack is absolutely necessary
    in order to create the best possible environment for workflow and overall employee satisfaction

    The sooner you get the structure on the floor
    the sooner you get the feedback from the employees
    the sooner you can modify, adjust, and fine-tune the design

     

     

    Here are great examples drawn in Sketch-Up using the creator extension

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Esteban Solano - Webinar, Design & Assembly Specialist

Esteban has assembled more than 250 Flexpipe structures. He is a woodworker by trade who built his house from the ground up! Originally from Costa Rica, Esteban grew up in Florida where he studied industrial design. Esteban speaks English, Spanish, and French fluently and he has garnered work experience in several countries.