Drive-In Pallet Racking

Drive-In rack systems provide a low budget and high density storage solution for customers with lower SKU counts.  Drive-In rack systems load from the back to the front (First-In Last-Out) as the forklift literally drives into the rack system, loads the pallet onto rails and backs out of the rack system.  As the system is loaded rear to front, it must it be unloaded front to rear.

Drive-In systems reduce the number of aisles required in a warehouse.  It is frequently used in cold storage applications, where the cost of (refrigerated) volume is at its highest and requires the most return on investment (more density).

Drive-In is limited by the warehouse management system and its ability to slot pallet locations.  Utilization is typically low due to honeycombing and drive-in rack is subject to more abuse due to the constant movement of fork lifts in and out of the rack.  It is also a system that can require a pallet to be handled multiple times before shipping.  If multiple SKU’s or manufacture dates are stored in a bay, handling product multiple times can lead to product damage.

Drive-In Advantages:

  • High storage density for certain product mixes
  • Low capital investment vs. other high density options
  • Very efficient storage (ability to store pallets back-to-back without aisles)

Drive-In Applications:

Drive-In Limitations:

  • Inflexible, does not allow for SKU increase
  • Possible low storage utilization (typically 50% of positions used)
  • Low productivity (30% slower than alternative systems)
  • Requires standardized pallets
  • Risk of rack damage by fork trucks
  • LIFO – Last In First Out
  • Difficult to rotate time sensitive products

Structural Pallet Rack Types

Selective RetrofitSelective Pallet Rack is a commonly used racking system, but not all racking systems are equal.  ASP’s (Advance Storage Products) bolted structural pallet rack exceeds the RMI (Rack Manufactures Institute) racking standards of quality, long life and durability, as well as, the IBC (International Building Code) standards for structural design.

Selective Rack accommodates flexibility in slotting design, which is ideal for high turnover, high SKU stock count and quick product accessibility.  Selective pallet rack is a cost-effective design allowing for the maximum number of SKU pick facings available in standard rack.

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Double DeepStore 2 pallet positions from a single aisle (4 pallets back to back) with the Double Deep Selective Pallet Rack. The rear pallet is accessed with a special fork truck with a pantograph extender. The Double Deep Reach warehouse racking system provides high-density storage at a lower initial capital cost when compared with other high-density storage systems.

Research the features of the Double Deep Reach pallet rack system to determine if it is the right industrial storage system for your application. Weigh the advantages and disadvantages of this racking system below.

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2 Wide Drive In 1.jpgThe 2 Wide DITM warehouse storage rack delivers maximum efficiency for high density storage.

This racking system allows twice the loading and unloading capacity in a single run while increasing forklift stability.

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Pick ModuleDesigned for high-volume applications, Pick Module pallet racks are designed for high-volume applications and are the perfect industrial storage solutions for full and split case picking.

Our Pick Modules can be stacked 3-4 levels high, often with conveyors integrated to the rack system. Modules will often incorporate carton flow, pallet flow, pushback and other combinations for custom material handling.

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High-volume single level picking operations can benefit from Pick Tunnel pallet racking solutions because they provide superior warehouse storage density and cubic space utilization.

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Structural RackingWith the cost of land and building foot prints continuing to increase, warehouse rack systems continue to reach for the skies.

High Bay industrial storage systems can exceed 60′ in height, nearly doubling the storage capacity of conventional systems (fully-automated and man up vehicles available). Some of the racking systems available through ASP allow vehicles to be moved between aisles to reduce initial capital costs.

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Very Narrow Aisle systemsVery Narrow Aisle pallet rack systems typically have 72” wide aisles and are accessed by wire guided turret trucks. Many of the Very Narrow Aisle warehouse racking systems have automated position locators that allow for very rapid access to loads.

Determine if Very Narrow Aisle pallet rack systems from Advance Storage Products are the right warehouse storage solution for your application.

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