For the right business, there are several advantages to using drive in systems. One of these advantages is price. The cost of drive in racking is often lower than that ofother engineeredstorage systems, such as push back rack. Overhead is a priority for almost any company, and saving even a few hundred dollars can impact your warehouse in the long run. Being relatively low cost and improving storage capacity can make drive in pallet rack a boost to the bottom line.
Drive in systems are often, though not always, made using structural steel beams and frames that can better withstand impacts than roll formed steel. Another huge plus to drive in systems is that they create floor space by eliminating aisles. Unlike other systems, pallets are stored back-to-back, freeing up aisle space. This creates floor space which otherwise would be occupied by aisles. This efficiency of space usage is the single most important advantage of drive in pallet rack systems.
Drive in rack systems can be used in a wide variety of storage applications and industries. However, regardless of industry or product type, it’s important to remember that forklift operators won’t have immediate access to the back of the racking. In other words, time-sensitive items or inventory that needs to be stored in a FIFO sequence won’t work well with drive in rack.
Here’s a list of common applications of drive-in systems:
- High-density requirements: Freezer, coolers and all types of expensive storage environments are common environments for drive in racking
- Revenue warehousing: this could be public warehousing, a “3PL,” moving & storage company, or any other type of revenue-based storage business
- “All in, all out:” Much like you find in most produce industry applications is virtually ideal.
- Low SKU counts: Where there are far more pallets than there are SKU’s. “W.I.P” (Work In Process) storage of raw materials is just one example.
- Slow-moving product: Examples include bulk buy materials that will be stored for long time periods and materials that aren’t easily stacked.
- Limited storage space: Because it creates such dense storage, drive in racking may be used in applications in which space is limited.