Drive-in and drive-through racking systems are both excellent choices for customers needing a high-density storage solution. They are best suited for organizations with a large volume of product, but a limited quantity of SKUs. Depending on the needs of your business, either can be a cost-effective alternative to selective, carton flow and other racking systems.
Keep reading to learn more about drive-through and drive-in racking systems, and about the role Missouri’s Logic Material Handling, Inc. can play in helping you set up the best possible storage solution for your business. Ready to get started? Call or email our office to arrange a free, in-person consultation with one of our representatives.
HOW IT WORKS
A drive-in or drive-thru racking system is a simple, straightforward way to make the best use of warehouse space. To store a pallet, forklift operators simply drive into the racking system, deposit the product and drive away. This eliminates the need for multiple aisles in your warehouse area and frees up space for deep lane storage.
Drive-in and drive-through racking systems can be designed for any pallet size or weight to accommodate your needs. Depending on the nature of your operation, a drive-in or drive-through system can store anywhere from 35-75% more pallets than selective racking alternatives.
DRIVE-IN VS. DRIVE-THROUGH RACKING
While drive-in and drive-through racking systems are similar, there are subtle differences between the two configurations:
- In a drive-in pallet racking system, forklift operators drive in and out of the same entry point. This makes them better suited for last-in, first-out (LIFO) inventory management — a good choice for storing items that are not time- or date-sensitive, or that move quickly and are rotated often.
- In a drive-through pallet racking system, operators enter and exit through separate points, loading on one side and unloading on the other. This type of system allows for first-in, first-out (FIFO) inventory management — the preferred system for perishable or time-sensitive goods.
Not sure which type of system is right for your operation? Get in touch with Logic Material Handling, Inc. today for assistance.
Both drive-in and drive-through racking systems can offer a number of benefits to space- and budget-conscious organizations:
- Improved space utilization: Drive-in and drive-through pallet racking offers an extremely dense storage solution for businesses wanting to make the most of their existing warehouse space. This keeps your costs lower and eliminates the need for renting additional facilities during busy periods or times of growth.
- Aisle reduction: A drive-in or drive-through pallet racking system reduces the need for forklift aisles between the storage system. This allows for deeper lane storage, saving you additional space without compromising efficiency and accuracy.
- Flexible configuration options: Drive-through and drive-in systems can be designed for multiple applications within any space constraints. Contact Logic Material Handling, Inc. directly to learn more about your options.
Despite these benefits, drive-in and drive-through storage systems are not the right choice for every operation. Businesses with a high number of SKUs may find another configuration more efficient. As well, drive-in and drive-through systems can lead to increased wear and tear on racking structures, requiring additional maintenance and vigilance to ensure safety on the job.
GET STARTED TODAY
Learn more about the pros and cons of both systems by contacting Logic Material Handling, Inc. directly. Based in Missouri, we can supply and install drive-in/drive-thru pallet racking to clients throughout the country. Schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our warehouse storage and pallet racking experts today.