Drive-in pallet rack is a pallet racking system where pallets are stored in channels that allow forklifts to drive directly into the storage lanes. These systems offer dense storage and are ideal for storing large quantities of the same product. Drive-in pallet racks are commonly used in warehouses and distribution centers where space is at a premium. They can increase storage capacity by up to 60% compared to conventional racking systems.
The working principle of Drive-in pallet rack
Drive-in pallet rack is a type of storage system that utilizes a high-density storage configuration where palletized goods are stored in the form of corridors. The primary principle of this system is to maximize storage space while minimizing the number of aisles required for accessing pallets.
The drive-in pallet rack system operates using a last-in, first-out (LIFO) approach. This means that the last pallet loaded onto the rack is the first pallet to be retrieved when it's time for picking. The system is designed to enable forklifts to drive into the rack to pick or drop off a pallet. Due to the system's compact design, the forklifts operate in aisles created by the pallets themselves, reducing the required space for accessing pallets.
The system design includes support rails mounted on both sides of the pallet rack to hold the pallets. The rails are inclined towards the direction of forklift access to ease the movement of pallets in and out of the rack. The forklift operator enters the system's access lane and drives along the rails, using a gentle push to position the pallet until it finds an available storage location.
The drive-in pallet rack system is suitable for storing large quantities of homogenous products. Examples of products suitable for this system include food and beverage products, and any other items that follow the LIFO storage approach. The system offers high storage density, reducing the required floor space, and efficiently utilizing available vertical space.
Advantages of Drive-in Pallet Racking
1. Can be used with standard forklifts: Drive-in pallet racks are designed to accommodate standard forklifts, making them an economical choice for many businesses.
2. Efficient use of space: Drive-in pallet racks allow for a high density of storage, as pallets can be placed on top of each other and accessed from the same lane.
3. Last-in-first-out (LIFO) storage: The design of drive-in pallet racks prioritizes the last pallets to be loaded to be the first to be removed, making them ideal for businesses that use a first-expiry-last-out (FEFO) inventory system.
4. Limited selectivity: Due to the configuration of drive-in pallet racks, the selectivity of individual pallets is limited, making them a good choice for businesses that store large quantities of the same SKU.
5. Less aisle space required: Because drive-in pallet racks only require a narrow aisle for forklift access, they require less aisle space than other types of pallet racking.
6. Increased throughput: Drive-in pallet racks allow for a greater throughput of goods, as forklift operators don't need to travel as far to access pallets.
7. Suitable for both large and small facilities: Drive-in pallet racks can be adapted to the specific needs of a business, making them suitable for both large and small facilities.
Specifications of Drive-in Pallet Racks
|Warehouse drive-in pallet racking system
|RAL color system, customized
|Customized load ranged from 1000kg-2000kg per pallet
|Roll-formed steel with high quality
|First in-Last out(FILO)
|Safety protectors, bolts, nuts, safety pin
|Upright frame(upright, horizontal bracing, diagonal bracing), beams, pallet rails
This is the most frequent and commonly used static compact system, and it is utilized mostly in the following situations:
1. Warehouses with limited available space or a greater cost per square meter of construction area must be thoroughly optimized.
2. Warehouses where no direct touch with unit commodities is required.
3. Non-perishable commodities warehouses with inventory times independent of racking system drives (last-in, first-out management).
4. Perishable goods warehouses, such as drive-through racking systems (first-in, first-out management).
5. Homogeneous products must be stored with a large number of pallets of the same reference, and the turnover rate is low.
6. Cold storage warehouses, as correct temperature distribution and cost savings necessitate compression and space optimization.
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