Drive-in Racking: Optimising Space
The drive-in racking system is an intensive multi-depth storage solution. The racking system is made up of aisles with different load levels: the trucks enter the aisles carrying the unit load above the required storage level and deposit it on the pallet support profiles.
Drive-in racking can be configured in LiFo mode, i.e. picking from one side only, or FiFo (also called drive-through), i.e. picking from both sides.
Drive-in warehouses are the ideal solution for handling a small number of references: selection is by aisle and therefore, it is possible to handle as many references as there are storage aisles.
Drive-in warehouses are also particularly suitable for storing seasonal goods, which are generally characterised by large quantities and long dwell times in the warehouse. On a wider scale, drive-in racking is extremely efficient for the storage of homogeneous and medium/low-turnover products, even within temperature-controlled, refrigerated or frozen areas.
Drive-in warehouses are a modular and scalable storage solution: performance can be enhanced by using automated guided vehicles such as AGVs (Automatic Guided Vehicles) or LGVs (Laser Guided Vehicles).
Why choose drive-in racking?
Installing a drive-in warehouse optimises the floor space, warehouse volumes and internal routes. Here is a detailed look at the main advantages of adopting this system:
- Removal of unnecessary operating aisles for the maximum exploitation of the available area and volume of the warehouse;
- Compact and cost-effective storage thanks to space optimisation;
- LiFo or FiFo mode configuration depending on flows;
- Ideal for seasonal articles and large quantities of slow-moving homogeneous products;
- Scalability: employing automatic handling systems, such as LGVs (Laser Guided Vehicles) increases performance