What is Drive In Racking?
Drive in racking is where pallets are placed in a way that they can slide backwards on a rail so they can be stored deeply. Drive in pallet racking involved the forklift entering the racking from side to retrieve pallets, particularly useful for large and heavy loads.
If you have numerous pallets of the same product, drive in pallet racking can create efficient use of available space instead of selective racking needing to have much space in between each aisle. You can store more product with less surface area.
When Should you use Drive In Pallet Racking?
- To store large amounts of a similar product and need to make the most of available storage
- Storing products that need cold and freezer type storage
- Storing fragile products loads that cant be stored in block stacks
Types of Drive In Racking
Single entry racks – These give access from a forklift to one side of the aisle only
Double entry racks – Forklifts can access both sides of the racking structure. The centre of the racks is held in place by a large beam.
Are There Any Disadvantages?
There are a couple of things to consider before investing in drive in pallet racking. They are much more likely to be used incorrectly, so it’s important to ensure the installation is completed properly and the rack is strong. You should make sure each forklift operator knows how to use the raking correctly.
Also, this type of racking works via a last in first out policy. So it’s important to consider stock rotation or how regularly the products will be picked to ensure old products are regularly used.