LIFO/FIFO applications of Pallet Shuttle

06th April 2019

Warehouse Automation

Movement of stock within a warehouse is very critical as the warehouse is the backbone of logistics and supply chain management. The movement is based on how the goods inward happens, where the stock is stored and how the outbound flows. The storage logic should be based on maximum space utilisation with no stock damage and the movement logic should always ensure quick and easy movement of goods. Along with product characteristics, the movement of stored goods in FIFO or LIFO fashion depends on the layout of warehouse, storage space available, costing and sometimes the method of accounting. etc.

Pallet shuttle is a compact semi-automated pallet storage solution which operates independently to move the pallets inside the racking system. Remote controlled pallet shuttle is a highly efficient alternative to live storage and drive-in racking and can be used in both FIFO and LIFO alternatives.

Optimization of space with FIFO / LIFO
Pallets can be stored and retrieved either as FIFO or as LIFO. A FIFO system requires two access aisles- one to load the pallets and the other to unload them. Whereas LIFO can have just one access aisle.

FIFO (First In First Out)
Using the first in first out method ensures that the first stock that comes into your warehouse is the first to go out. It is possible for two shuttles to be operated in the same lane. These are controlled from both entry points and a no collision mode is available. This FIFO system is relative, or by batched, recommended for the complete loading, or unloading of a level.

Application – FIFO ensure perfect fast-moving rotation with maximum space efficiency, high turnover of material. FIFO operation is best suited where perishable goods like Food, Medicine, Cosmetic or Products with limited shelf-life and seasonal stock.

LIFO
LIFO pallet racking systems are ideal for any warehouse that needs to maximize storage and, products have no expiration or obsolescence, so the first pallet stored is not necessarily the first one to be retrieved. This is because LIFO racking works by positioning the most recently stored inventory to be picked first and enabling dense storage density. Pallet shuttle – automated storage is the perfect solution in this storage methods because it allows the automatic storing and retrieving from the same side of the racking system.

Application – LIFO operations is best adopted in situations such as cold storage where operating personnel have to endure cold temperatures for a long duration and it becomes difficult and expensive to expand storage area in any warehouse. In such cases a Pallet shuttle can provide better utilization of existing space. Examples of industries that could adopt LFO: Beverages– where the SKUs are less and the turnover is high; Textiles – where the SKUs are less and the expiration is not of concern.

Benefits of using Dense Storage System through Pallet Shuttle

- Maximizing Storage density
- Increase productivity by reducing the amount of time taken to travel between storage locations
- Easy to handle material with the large volume of SKUs on shop floor / warehouse
- Maximum exploitation of the stock volume
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