Drive-in pallet racking is best for storage of large, heavyweight volumes of items with a low quantity of different items. The storage concentration advantage of this racking makes pallets stored without aisles for remarkably dense storage.
Drive-in racking usually requires operators to facilitate “drive-ins’ in the racking system from one side and take out pallets from the same entry point. Operators must take safety precautions in handling pallet racking. Drive-in racking is subject to damages, when the instance emerges; report it to trusted racking specialists.
Drive-in Racking Characteristics
Drive-in racking system is known for its high level space optimisation. Therefore, it’s mostly used in seasonal warehouses for independent stacking and retrieval with drive-through racking. Because of its easily expandable characteristic, this racking is also suitable for large volumes of identical items.
Load units are typically stored on the racking depth one behind the other on two continuous beams when drive-in/drive through racking system is applied in one’s warehouse. It follows the “accumulation principle” for storage, enabling the highest use of existing space in terms of height and area. Following the principle makes the drive-in racking the best for elimination of aisles between shelves and admission of many references as load lanes.
A certain cycle per racking from bottom to top (or vice versa) must be observed strictly when one is stacking or retrieving. The purpose of this is to give opportunity to fork lift trucks to drive into the racking bays. With this racking type, pallets are stacked by the first-in, last out (FILO) method on supports mounted on the sides of the drive-in channels. Thus, individual pallets can only be accessed one by one from the front of the rack.
The block stacking characteristic of drive-in racking considerably increases the density of storage in a warehouse. Accordingly, the available space is subjected to up to 90% more effectivity than the conventional pallet storage systems.
Advantages of Drive-in Racking
Other than eliminating the need for load and pick aisles, storage for homogenous products and block stacking, drive-in racking usage brings about benefits. These are the following advantages and benefits of Drive-in racking:
- Thorough control of entrances and exits.
- Allows many SKU as load lanes.
- Efficient and safe block stacking unstable and fragile loads.
- Compact utilisation of space for protection of products.
- Stock rotation is limited making it suitable for seasonal warehouse.
- Maximum profitability
- Best for cold storage.