This, of course, means additional complications when it comes to organizing and consolidating their beer inventory. Kegs are difficult enough to store without the added challenge of an increasingly diverse inventory. Breweries and wholesalers aren’t just diversifying their inventory, however, but adding to it as well, often resulting in a need for additional warehouse space.
As anyone who has spent time handling kegs knows, they are incredibly heavy and are shaped in a way that makes them difficult to store on pallets or on a traditional pallet rack system. This weight, often in excess of 100 pounds, can put a considerable strain on storage systems and brewery workers alike. Because of this, it is imperative that a keg storage system operates in a way that mitigates strenuous effort from workers, and is built to withstand an ever-present barrage of heavy metal beer barrels.
Unlike cartons, which are uniformly shaped without rounded edges and flow neatly when placed on a pallet flow rack, the keg’s weight and unique shape make storing them in a first-in, first-out flow rack particularly difficult. Kegs’ round edges mean that they won’t naturally file themselves behind one another in a rack, but will instead gather in an unorganized bunch, deflecting away from each other, and potentially off the rack itself. To add to the difficulty, kegs must be stored standing up, meaning they have an unusually high center of gravity. While cartons can often be stopped from falling off a rack by a low profile blocking mechanism, kegs must have a blocking mechanism that stops them at their higher center of gravity in order to prevent the kegs from simply tripping over the blocker and falling onto the floor.
While these challenges may seem too large a burden to overcome, this is not the case. There is, in fact, a cost-effective solution to this logistical dilemma. AK Material Handling Systems comes to the aid of brewers and wholesalers with the keg flow rack systems. In order to meet demand from a growing number of brewers, AK has been offering flow rack systems designed specifically for keg storage. Outfitted with large-diameter, high strength rollers, these flow racks are tough enough to stand up to the rigors of holding 100+ lb. kegs. In order to keep kegs organized and in line, keg storage racks are outfitted with high-strength guard rails, which ensure kegs are consolidated and filed into individual lanes. Of course, brewers and wholesalers will find themselves storing kegs of various sizes, so these lanes are fully adjustable in width.
At AK Material Handling Systems, we’ll work with you through each stage of finding a creative and effective solution to your storage problem, from consultation to installation. Using Keg Flow technology and AK Material Handling Systems’ expertise and professionalism, we’ll provide you with a cost-effective and efficient means of getting your keg inventory organized, consolidated, and more productive, making keg storage racks a wise long-term investment for you and your brewery. Get in touch with us via email at [email protected], or talk to one of our helpful sales team members at 888-722-5908.