The Drive-In Racking System is a storage rack configuration that allows the forklift to direct the path of the rack row. The difference between a drive-in and drive-thru rack system is whether it has lanes at only one end or at both ends. Drive-In rack systems use only one entry and exit point for goods, while drive-thru systems have one entry and one exit point.
Drive-In Racking is designed to meet the density requirements of placing a large number of pallets by providing low rotation and access. A stable structure on the back or rack is required that provides Drive-In access from one side only.
Since the drive-in system only has one entrance for the goods path, the suitable storage type method is LIFO (Last In First Out).
The Drive-In system is a low-cost system for high-density storage needs. The Drive-In storage system stores product on a continuous flat surface which allows the forklift/truck to lift goods into the Drive-In rack structure for placing and picking up pallets.
Fewer aisles/aisles are required, thus increasing storage density/density by up to 75%. Drive-In rack systems are the highest density storage solution available. The Drive-In system is also ideal for storing products for large pallets, for storing goods in the cooler / freezer
Characteristics of Drive-In Racking system
– Accommodates very dense storage compared to Double Deep Racking system, ideal for storage with small number of SKUs and large quantity of pallets. So as to maximize floor area and storage space
– Fewer aisles/aisles.
– More storage per cubic meter than any other storage system.
– The depth of the aisle is almost unlimited, depending on the area and length of the warehouse.
– Low capital costs by using conventional handling equipment.
– Limited pallet rotation, suitable for seasonal goods that go out quickly from the warehouse using the LIFO (Last In First Out) method