Drive-In systems are designed to provide many years of safe storage in high frequency loading service. They offer the ability to store a large amount of similar SKUs in a small storage area. Selectivity is sacrificed, but storage density is outstanding.
In a drive-in system, a lift truck drives into the rack to access pallets two or more deep for pallet placement in a back to front arrangement, and it is ideally suited for First-in, Last-out (FILO) inventory arrangement. Drive-In racks are typically subject to more abuse than selective racks (due to the way they are utilized), so rack integrity and strength are important factors.
- 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)
- Inflexible, does not allow for SKU increase
- Possible low storage utilization (typically 50% of positions used)
- Low productivity (30% slower than alternative systems)
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