Pallet Rack Guide: Drive-In Pallet Rack
What Pallet Rack is Right for Me?
Have you acquired a warehouse and are now in search of the proper pallet rack for your storage needs? Are you part of a growing company and in charge of selecting the rack system that will best meet your new requirements? Are you completely new to warehousing and pallet rack, and just want to learn the basics? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re in the right place. At AK Material Handling Systems, we strive to help people trying to learn more about material handling and industrial storage. That’s why we decided to put together a six-part series covering various types of rack systems, the different ways they’re utilized and what type of applications they are best suited for. This article’s focus will be on drive-in pallet rack, a unique type of high storage density pallet rack.
The Essentials: Drive-In Pallet Rack
Whereas traditional selective pallet rack consists of upright frames, cross beams and wire decking, drive-in pallet rack is made up of upright frames and horizontal rails upon which pallets can sit. These rails are oriented depth-wise in the rack system, and are situated at both sides of a pallet rack lane. This allows forklifts to completely enter the pallet rack system. In a selective rack system, this would be prevented by the presence of cross beams. This, in turn, makes for very high storage density, or the amount of product in a given space. This is considered a positive attribute, as it makes for a more efficient use of space. However, because product is loaded and unloaded from the same side of the rack system, drive-in pallet rack operates with first in, last out (FILO) inventory retrieval. This means that the products stored within a given pallet rack lane should be like-product, and should not be sensitive, as one would have to move several of the front pallets out of the way to access one of the rear pallets. Also, attention must be paid to drive-in rack maintenance, as driving into the rack system increases danger for the forklift operator and can increase the possibility of damaging the rack.
What Is Drive-In Pallet Rack Best Used For?
If we’ve left any of your drive-in pallet rack questions unanswered or you simply want to learn more about pallet rack and which type is right for you, let AK Material Handling Systems help. Give our rack systems experts a call at 800-722-5908 or send an email to email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!