Product Focus: Drive-In Racking • IKON Solutions ltd

Product Focus: Drive-In Racking

March 7, 2021

Did you know you can obtain higher storage density by adding drive-in racking to your storage space?

Before we go into that, let us start with the basics; so, what exactly is Drive-In Racking?  

Drive-In racking is a high-density pallet storage system designed to maximise the space available by minimising the operating aisles required for forklift trucks.

The compact pallet racking systems used in Drive-in racking enables excellent stock control in the warehouse, as each lane of the structure will be dedicated to multiple pallets of the same product.

With us so far? Good. 

Inside this compact pallet racking system, parallel lanes are created where the forklifts can drive in to load and unload the pallets. The forklift handles the load just above the support level and deposits it on both sides’ load support rails.

What’s it made up of? Here’s the (not so) techy bit:

Drive-in racking is primarily made up of adjustable pallet racking (APR), making it easy to maintain. So, should your needs change, the structure can be easily extended and/or reconfigured. 

A drive-in storage system’s main structure comprises sets of APR frames, beam, support rails, and structural bracing. There are also numerous accessories designed to protect the Drive-in racking and assist the FLT operating.

Of course, there’s more, so if you’d like to find out how we can design a bespoke drive-in racking system for your warehouse, get in touch. 

Why consider Drive-In Racking? 

If you’re short on space, Drive-in racking is compact and a perfect storage solution, especially if you store multiple loads of the same type of product. Drive-in Racking systems are a perfect choice if you’re looking for a cost-effective, high-density storage solution.

Perhaps you’ve got a high volume of product and with a low turnover? Then Drive-in racking should be a serious consideration. Or, maybe you’ve got a warehouse area with a high cost per sq/m which makes it even more important to make the space work for you. Then Drive-in racking should be a serious consideration. 

Is all Drive-in racking the same?

In short, no. There are two types of storage systems available: 

Drive-in pallet racking (LIFO – Last in, First out)

This is the most common compact Drive-in racking system and only needs a single access aisle for a forklift. It uses the LIFO method, so the last load in is the first one out. Perfect for low stock turnover. 

Drive through pallet racking (FIFO – First in, First out)

This option requires two accesses, one on each side of the racking. It uses the FIFO method, as the first load in is the first one out. Because it allows access from both the front and rear sides, drive-through and compact. Perfect for high stock turnover. 

Sounds good but wait, there’s more: 

  • Our drive-in racking designs will enable you to store more pallets in a smaller footprint with fewer aisles. Great for cold storage due to the flexibility to store as many pallets as possible in often small fridges. Brrrr. 
  • Due to the volume of pallets stored in a single location, the storage and retrieval time is decreased, increasing productivity and efficiency among drivers.
  • Drive-in racking makes the warehouse storage operation faster and reduces your bottom line by giving you more storage room per GBP spent on racking. What’s not to like?
  • The low maintenance and low assembly costs make this storage system one of the most cost-effective.
  • We can integrate drive-in racking with your existing storage systems.
  • Optimise available storage by fully utilising warehouse floor and height space. 

Here at Ikon, we will design and install the Drive-in racking system that best suits your requirements. All of our pallet racking solutions comply with strict European safety standards and our own quality guarantee.

We make your space work for you. 

Get in touch. 

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