What is a channel rack?
Channel racking is a variant of rack storage where it is possible to store several storage units one after the other in one place or in one channel. Usually, channel racks are operated with a forklift. Devices such as chain conveyors or shuttles moving in the channels allow access to units located at a lower place in the respective channel. Often these shuttles are not tied to one channel, but can be transported from channel to channel by the forklift or the appropriate stacker crane.
With various forms of channel racking, both LIFO and FIFO can be implemented. These racks are particularly well suited for medium to large article inventories, for example, as buffer storage or replenishment storage in order picking. In addition to the high degree of space utilization, the self-propelled shuttles provide enormous time savings in storage and retrieval processes.