When you own a warehouse, know that warehouse optimisation is the key to efficiency. Naturally, industries face a shortage of space over time due to a number of reasons. It could be due to seasonal growth, discount selling or buying or natural gathering of overstock. Hence, in such cases, pallet racking systems come to rescue.
Let’s know about the Drive-in Racking – one of the most space-saving ways of stocking goods.
What is Drive-In Racking?
A drive-in racking system consists of pallets positioned on guide rails that can slide backwards. The pallets are stored in the depth that helps in creating more space in the warehouse. It is a Last In First Out (LIFO) kind of racking system.
Drive-in racking system eliminates the need for multiple aisles. You can build it to an 11-metre height enabling the full use of the warehouse height and floor area. A high-density drive-in system can use 80% less space when compared to traditional ones.
Different Types of Drive-in Racking
1. Single Entry Drive-In Rack
Single Entry Drive-In Rack is also known as the standard drive-in racking. As the name suggests, it provides forklift access to one side only.
2. Double Entry Drive-In Rack
Double Entry Drive-In Rack is also known as the standard drive-in racking. As the name suggests, it provides forklift access to one side only.
3. Drive-Through Rack
Drive-Through Rack is a First In First Out (FIFO) system. It allows independent access to both the side of the structure. You can store the goods from one side and retrieve from the other side. Therefore, this system is essential when the shelf-life of goods is short.
When to Use Drive-In Racking?
Drive-in racking is an ideal option for optimising space in your warehouse. It does not require specialist material handling. It is profitable for industries that need to store and distribute batch deliveries. In fact, it is also beneficial for the storage of heavy pallets.
Use the Drive-in Racking for:
- Storage of huge amounts of similar items in a limited space
- Items that require cold/freezer type of application
- Storage of fragile item loads that cannot be stored in block piles
- A huge lot of regular inventory shifts
Many industries believe it is better to have the large warehouse space to avoid the shortage of space. However, more space often results in higher costs, increased travel time between items and the eventual increase in fuel costs. Therefore, businesses should opt for using a small warehouse efficiently. This is a smarter solution than wasting investment in large warehouses.
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