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Featured Client: Permobil

Permobil has been a leader in the power wheelchair industry for more than 45 years. An innovative and sought-after company, their products are asked for by name and are well known for exceptional quality and reliability.  Permobil proudcts are trusted by therapists, prescribers, dealers and consumers world wide.

Permobil contacted Kendal Kalamaha at SJF last fall with a request to design a high-density storage system for their palletized power wheelchairs. These pallets were unique in that they were a european pallet size, and a bit lighter than is typical for American pallet loads. This meant that for a dynamic flow system, the braking would have to be custom tailored to the application.
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Espace/Max – Product Update

SJF Material Handling Inc. in cooperation with Canadian business partner EspaceMax announced today several new product design enhancements that are scheduled for inclusion during production of its EspaceMax pallet flow rail product line.

Earlier this year,  SJF  announced a strategic  partnership with Canadian manufacturer Espace/Max to become its National distributor for the EspaceMax product line in the USA. The EspaceMax pallet flow system is gaining national acclaim as one of the latest in a new generation of high density pallet flow storage products hitting the market.

According to SJF spokesman Stafford Sterner, the EspaceMax Pallet flow storage system “provides customers all the benefits of traditional pushback racks & pallet flow but without the many drawbacks & limitations traditionally associated with these ageing legacy systems.”

One of the primary challenges EspaceMax originally had which the new enhancements address is the ability to stage pallets into storage squarely onto the rails. This is necessary in order to assure easy stocking and retrieval of pallets without stressing, kinking or damaging the chain. The new design enhancements address this and other concerns outlined below.
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SJF Road Crew: Busy Few Weeks at SJF

The end of April/beginning of May has been a busy time here at SJF.  The last month has brought in equipment from across the board, including conveyor, pallet rack, rack systems, and cantilever.  April started out with a string of local buys.  A large retail store closed multiple locations across the Minneapolis metro, and we were able to jump on some great condition conveyor.  This includes 8 Best Flex conveyors and 500ft of 18” Skate-wheel conveyor as well.

Best Flex conveyor

One of 8 recently acquired Best Flex conveyors.

 

Advance Push Back in-stock at Winsted, MN headquarters

We were very fortunate to have access to a variety of systems lately, and many came into our yard for stock.  Systems brought in this month include the following drive-in rack and push-back rack systems:

  • 3 Deep Back-to-back Ridg-U-Rak Drive In
  • 5 Deep Ridg-U-Rak Drive In
  • 3 Deep Structural Drive In
  • 3 Deep Interlake Push Back
  • 4 Deep Interlake Push Back
  • 3 Deep Advance Push Back
  • 6 Deep Advance Push Back

Needless to say, we are loaded with rack systems!  These are in great shape, and all are in stock now in Minnesota.
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Guide > Drive-in Rack Advanced

High Density Storage Racking Guide

While this guide is meant to assist you in choosing your rack, it is still beneficial to consult with one of our professional solutions specialists. They have been working with this material every day for years and are aware of ALL the tips and tricks concerning drive-in, drive-thru and push back racks. Please feel free to call us at 800-598-5532 to discuss your planned layout.

Drive-In & Drive-Through Rack

Drive-in Rack System

Drive-in Pallet Rack System

Traditional pallet rack is a great solution for many warehouses, but if you have a lot of inventory that shifts on a regular basis, drive in rack or drive through rack is a storage solution you may want to consider. While traditional static rack storage allows for many rows of pallet racking with aisles between the individual rows, drive in and drive thru racking allows for a much denser arrangement of your stored product. Both drive-in and drive through rack systems allow more efficient use of available space than traditional multi-aisle selective racks systems. In fact, when compared to a conventional selective rack system, the same amount of storage can be achieved with a high density drive in or drive thru system in 80% less space.

High density storage racks work by utilizing standard pallet rack uprights in conjunction with rail beams or more simply, rails to store the pallet loads in a very dense configuration. The key difference between these racks and selective pallet racks is that the forklift truck operates inside of the rack itself and there are no specified lanes between the rows. The forklifts enter into the individual bays of the rack and the bays themselves can be as long or as short as needed.

Drive in rack and Drive through rack systems decrease storage and retrieval time while increasing efficiency and productivity among workers. Not only do they benefit your operations, they can also decrease your bottom line by giving you more storage room per dollar spent on racking. Because these racks create a more uniform load in a confined storage area, your forklift operators working in the system become more skillful drivers. In addition to these benefits, consider this – drive-in & drive-thru systems are very energy efficient. Since the product is so densly loaded in this type of system, there is less air to be heated or cooled between your pallets and your forklifts don’t need to drive as far to pick or place loads thereby using less fuel.

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