Pallet Runner

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Pallet Runner overview:

PALLET RUNNER is a semi-automated deep lane storage system. Pallet Runner is especially suited to applications with high volume SKUs, PALLET RUNNER® has proven to be an ideal choice for companies worldwide for over 10 years.

Pallets are loaded into the system by lift truck and transported into deep lanes by the PALLET RUNNER cart. Once the load is positioned the cart returns to the front of the system to receive the next pallet. With the cart doing the deep lane transport the lift truck operator travels only between load source and lane entry, maximizing productivity and minimizing travel distance.

The process of unloading realizes the same efficiency. The PALLET RUNNER cart carries loads out of the system while an operator moves between the lane and the shipping dock or other destinations.

Extremely robust, the carts are available in different sizes to suit a wide variety of pallet designs. PALLET RUNNER can be set up for FIFO or LIFO applications in both ambient and freezer environments. Value added options let us tailor PALLET RUNNER to suit your specific needs.

PALLET RUNNER is a proven platform brought to you by AUTOMHA, the world leader in cart based automation. If you want to maximize storage and occupancy in your facility while simultaneously reducing your overhead, this system may be the perfect choice.

Pallet Runner: Enhancing Storage Efficiency with Automation

Pallet Runner is an advanced and automated storage system designed to optimize the use of space, streamline material handling, and improve inventory management. It’s particularly effective in scenarios where high-density storage, efficient retrieval, and inventory rotation are paramount. In this article, we will explore when and where to use Pallet Runner systems to enhance your warehousing and distribution operations.

When to Use Pallet Runner:

  1. High-Density Storage Needs: Pallet Runner is an ideal solution when high-density storage is essential. It significantly increases the storage capacity by allowing for multiple pallets to be stored within a single lane, both in depth and height.
  2. Efficient Space Utilization: When you need to make the most of your facility’s vertical space, Pallet Runner can be a game-changer. It uses the available height to store pallets efficiently, reducing the need for expansive floor space and multiple aisles.
  3. Efficient Inventory Rotation: Pallet Runner is well-suited for scenarios that require precise inventory rotation. The system’s automated nature ensures that products are picked in the right sequence, such as first-in, first-out (FIFO) or last-in, first-out (LIFO), based on the needs of your operations.
  4. Quick and Precise Order Picking: In operations where rapid and precise order picking is a priority, Pallet Runner is an excellent choice. It minimizes the time and labor needed for retrieving products, improving overall efficiency.

Where to Use Pallet Runner:

  1. Cold Storage Warehouses: Pallet Runner is frequently used in cold storage facilities to maximize storage capacity for frozen or refrigerated products. The system operates seamlessly within controlled temperature environments, ensuring product integrity.
  2. Food and Beverage Distribution Centers: The food and beverage industry relies on Pallet Runner for the efficient storage and retrieval of products. It’s particularly valuable for managing large quantities of perishable goods with varying shelf lives.
  3. Automotive Manufacturing: Automotive manufacturers and suppliers utilize Pallet Runner to store parts and components efficiently. The system is especially beneficial for organizing a variety of automotive components within tight spaces.
  4. Retail Distribution Centers: Retailers, especially those dealing with a wide range of products, can employ Pallet Runner to streamline order fulfillment processes and optimize inventory management. It is particularly valuable for high-demand products and fast-moving inventory.
  5. Manufacturing Facilities: Manufacturing plants with high volumes of raw materials or components can use Pallet Runner to store materials used in a specific order or production process. It streamlines the supply chain and minimizes the need for frequent access to raw materials.
  6. E-commerce Warehouses: In the fast-paced world of e-commerce, where order volume can vary significantly, Pallet Runner ensures efficient storage and retrieval of products, meeting customer expectations for speedy delivery.
  7. Pharmaceutical Distribution Centers: The pharmaceutical industry relies on Pallet Runner for efficient and accurate inventory management, especially for medications with expiration dates. The system ensures precise inventory rotation to minimize the risk of product expiration.
  8. 3PL Providers: 3PL providers often work with various clients and products, but with specific inventory rotation needs. Pallet Runner allows for efficient management of different SKUs and client inventories.


In conclusion, Pallet Runner systems are a powerful solution for specific warehousing applications, particularly when high-density storage, efficient space utilization, inventory rotation, and quick order picking are the primary considerations. By understanding when and where to use Pallet Runner, you can make informed decisions about the best storage solution for your warehouse or distribution center. Its ability to increase storage capacity, reduce aisle requirements, and optimize inventory management makes it a valuable asset for businesses looking to enhance their storage efficiency and space utilization.

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Loading/Unloading from same bay

Continuous Loading Plus: Pallet Runner Cart (PRC) continuously loads pallets into the lane as long as there is a pallet to load. This function will continue until the lane is full, operation is stopped by operator or the additional pallet is not in the load position after 20 seconds of the PRC arriving.

Unloading Plus

Continuous Unloading Plus: Unloading plus enables the operator to select a single command once and have pallets move to the front position continuously until the lane is empty or the operator stops the command. If the “Home” position is occupied when the PRC arrives with the next pallet the PRC will wait behind the first pallet until it is removed; at which time it will deposit the next pallet and continue unloading. This all happens without operator intervention, other than the initial selection of the command.


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