Things To Consider With Drive-In Racking
Drive-In Racking is a simple yet highly effective system of racking, most commonly found in the manufacturing and F&B markets, with pallets loaded and picked by forklift trucks in lanes.
The last-in-first-out inventory system of loading and picking makes it an ideal solution for cold stores, non-perishable items and low turnover products that can be stored in high density.
There are a number of benefits to using Drive-In Racking systems…
Points to consider
Organisation and management are key
As with any racking system, it cannot do everything for you and its efficiency will be determined by the time and effort taken to be organised and well managed at the beginning. Poor management can lead to loss of stock/product, especially the pallets at the back, if you are not on top the planning of cargo and workflow.
This also applies to knowing what stock is where. The first pallet in, is the last one to come out by design, so if you find later down the line this has been loaded incorrectly, it is difficult and time consuming to get to those pallets and will ultimately cost you money to get to them. We would not recommend Drive-In Racking for high turnover pick items for example and so our trusted, expert consultants can advise you on the racking system to best suit your business needs.
Maintenance can be higher
Maintenance and cause of damage is naturally higher in this style of racking due to the nature of the pick; with forklifts regularly entering, exiting and turning around the equipment, it is inevitable that damage will occur. You can counter this with the maintenance and protection ranges from Nene, specifically the Rack Deflektor, Steel Upright Protectors and the End of Rack Barriers.
As with any racking solution, you need the correct system for your business needs and this is not always an off the shelf solution. Our experienced teams will consult, survey, advise and construct the perfect system for your facility using the highest quality materials, and inspected against the most stringent industry guidelines.