Global Drive-in racking is a high-density storage solution using the FILO principle (first in – last out).
They are designed for customers with a low number of high volume, high turnover lines where time and volume are of the essence.
This storage solution allows much higher pallet densities than selective pallet racking and can be customised to suit your application.
Global pallet racking has been tested to AS 4084-2012, and our drive-in system is also designed according to FEM 10.2.07
Up to 70% higher density storage
Compared to selective pallet racking and based on the same available floor space, drive-in pallet racking offers an incredible 70 percent greater storage capacity. The reason for this is pallets can be packed more deeply, driving them backwards into the system using a forklift.
Stock is guided to its resting location by rails designed to protect the racking and the product from forklift damage. The rails also prevent pallets dislodging.
There are two main types of drive-in racking
Choose the right drive-in racking for your operations. The main three types are:
Single entry drive-in racking
A continuous row with a single load and retrieval aisle.
Nothing to do with burgers (unless you manufacture burger ingredients). Drive-through racking is open on both ends allowing a forklift operator to drive in or out from either side. Allowing more flexible use and easier pallet retrieval.
What are the benefits of drive-in racking?
We’ve already mentioned that drive-in racking increases your storage capacity, therefore lowering your cost per sqm for warehouse storage.
Drive-in racking could also be thought of as additional protection. Because only a few stocked pallets are easily accessible by forklift, the remaining pallets aren’t exposed to potential damage. Protection is essential if your organisation works with fragile or high-value items.
Global Industrial’s drive-in racking design is compatible with standard forklift dimensions.
Drive-in racking can be configured to suit all types of warehouse and logistics operations: depth, length and number of levels. Opt for floor-to-ceiling storage, as long as you maintain a clearance between levels of 100mm or greater.
Drive-in racking system for cold storage
Many industries require temperature-controlled environments or cold storage to preserve their products. The FILO system used for drive-in racking is ideally suited to such industries as food manufacturing, the manufacture of vaccines, and certain types of warehouses with large volumes, limited product lines and high turnover. Without the need for access aisles, drive-in racking reduces ‘wasted’ cooling space.
Global Industrial drive-in racking is manufactured with sturdy roll-formed galvanised steel frames, allowing it to last a long time in moist and harsh environments, such as for racking in commercial freezers.
Potential drawbacks to drive-in racking
While there are plenty of advantages to this storage system, we don’t want to appear as one-sided as the racking is.
As we know, access is limited to one face, which isn’t ideal for all organisations. The other consideration is a higher risk of racking damage by forklifts. When designing and installing your racking, be sure to consider adequate racking protections, such as guard posts, signage and bumpers.
To learn more about drive-in racking, or any other storage system for that matter, reach out to your Global Industrial representative.