History of Innovation

Throughout our 70+ year history, Frazier has been an industry leader in pioneering structural steel pallet racking innovations. A “Company of Firsts”, Frazier was the initial pallet rack manufacturer to offer a 2-year Warranty Against Fork Truck Damage and implement Project Management Teams to ensure proper project completions amongst other feats.

Our revolution of the storage industry is far from over, too. It continues with the presentation of innovative new products and systems that keep Frazier ahead of the completion.

 

1949 Company Founded and Selective Pallet Racks Produced

Company Founded and Selective Pallet Racks Produced

1949 – Company Founded and Selective Pallet Racks Produced

After embarking down the path 3 years earlier, Don Frazier official founded Frazier Industrial Company in the summer of 1949. The company initially began as a one man proprietorship (seen to your right!) selling several lines of material handling equipment. Frazier would not stay a small operation for long however, as Don had his sight set on revolutionizing the storage industry…

The same year the company was founded, Frazier began producing its first selective pallet racks from pipe and fittings. Selective racking quickly became Frazier’s cornerstone product. Over the years, their design evolved into the H-Series, and eventually, the current Sentinel® that’s played an integral role in helping us become the company we are today.

 

1950 First Commercial Drive-In Rack System

First Commercial Drive-In Rack System

1950 – First Commercial Drive-In Rack System

A year after Frazier’s founding, Don Frazier developed and began manufacturing the company’s first Drive-In Racks. Like Frazier’s original selective racks, the first Drive-In pallet racks were made from pipe and fittings.

Drive-In systems were the first high density racking solutions developed. Prior to future developments in rack and lift truck technology, they were the only system that allowed for storage of more than a single pallet position deep. Despite the development of other high density rack solutions over the years, Drive-In has continued to be a popular solution for users looking to store high volumes of low SKU product mixes.

1954 First Rack Supported Building

First Rack Supported Building

1954

FRAZIER is the leader in custom rack-supported construction. Our record in designing, engineering and construction is unmatched in the industry. From conception to completion, FRAZIER will be by your side to ensure total integration of systems and site specifics. Our talented team of design, engineering, construction and material handling experts will utilize best practice techniques and equipment to solve any of your application or site challenges.

1957 First Locking Boltless Structural Rack

First Locking Boltless Structural Rack

1957

FRAZIER’s Dura-Lock rack is the only structural “tear-drop” rack that can retrofit any system now in use.

1962 First Push Back Racking System Design

First Push Back Racking System Design

1962 – First Push-Back Racking System Design

During the period from 1959 through 1962, Don Frazier designed, developed, and produced a “new concept in order picking”. This concept was known as “Glide-In®“. The whole premise of the “Glide-In®” rack, was to allow users the ability to store products two-deep with the bonus of having the rear load move forward to the aisle.

The system was designed to use standard pallet rack components, with the addition of a pair of guide tracks and a cart. Simplicity was the key term. The only moving part was the wheels on the cart. There were no complicated braking systems or a multitude of moving parts that could go bad. Any lift equipment of the period could be used, this was the first product of the “user-friendly” era.

 

 

1965 Design of The Klampfast® Cantilever Racking System

Design of The Klampfast® Cantilever Racking System

1965 – Design of the Klampfast® Cantilever Racking System

With infinitely adjustable arms that are uniquely flexible for storing flat, long items, Frazier’s Klampfast® Cantilever Racking was conceived in 1965 and quickly became the most widely used cantilever storage system in the world.

No other cantilever storage system could (or still can!) match its space saving versatility and accessibility. Klampfast® allows you to determine the exact position of its arms. Thus, it achieves maximum storage density and no vertical space is wasted. Storage can be on one or both sides, while systems can also exceed 50 feet in height!

 

1972 First High-Rise AS/RS Storage System

First High-Rise AS/RS Storage System

1972

For the ultimate in warehousing and storage, look towards FRAZIER’s pre-engineered rack-supported buildings.

Our buildings are designed to accommodate the type of fork truck that best suits your daily operations. Whether you rely on reach, deep reach, hybrid stacker or turret, you’ll find our Pre-Engineered Solutions are built to support your specific need.

 

1986 First Design-Build

First Design-Build

1986

Whatever your storage and materials handling needs, trust FRAZIER to meet and exceed your requirements. Whether you need a new system, an addition to your existing system or a complete retrofit, FRAZIER has the expertise and technology to meet any warehousing and handling challenge

1987 Enhancement of the Glide-In® Push Back Racking Design

Enhancement of the Glide-In® Push Back Racking Design

1987 – Enhancement of the Glide-In® Push Back Racking Design

In 1987 – through many hours of testing and listening to customer suggestions – Frazier enhanced the concept of Glide-In® Push Back Racking that was originally developed by Don Frazier between 1959 and 1962.

Unlike the original Glide-In®, the enhanced version was designed to be able to be deeper than two pallet positions. A fully structural steel system with simplicity and competitive costs in mind, this enhanced design formed the foundation of the Frazier Glide-In® seen today.

1996 First Satellite Fork Truck attachment to create a Deep Reach System

First Satellite Fork Truck attachment to create a Deep Reach System

1996

Turn your standard fork truck into a high-density storage system! The benefits of the Satellite Transport and Retrieval System (S.T.A.R.) are numerous:

  • Costs much less than other deep reach systems
  • Increases your storage space thanks to deeper lanes with less vertical clearance
  • Allows loading and unloading to be compatible with your picking operations
  • Has easy pallet insertion and removal at the aisle face
  • Frees your fork trucks to be used for all other normal operations
  • Can be operated in deep freeze applications

Here’s How It Works – Your fork truck positions the satellite/load into the rack at the aisle facing. When the fork truck’s mast is lowered, the load carriage automatically uncouples and travels along guide rails. Sensors indicate if carriage is full, distinguishing between the loading and unloading operations. When the satellite is uncoupled, all control operations of fork truck cease for safety purposes. For unloading, the procedure is reversed.

2013 Introduction of The Pallet Mole®

Introduction of The Pallet Mole®

2013

The Pallet Mole® has enabled our customers to utilize the max amount of space in high density storage situations. Ideal for both FIFO and LIFO applications, the Pallet Mole® can automatically move pallet loads forward to the pick location.