Drive-in racks in warehouse logistics
Drive-in racks are used in warehouse logistics to store goods. In them, goods can be placed very space-saving. They combine the advantages of rack and block storage. For storage, pallets are mainly used as the loading unit of the drive-in racks.
Drive-in racks can be loaded from only one side. For this purpose, a forklift truck enters the aisle of the rack and places the pallet on the longitudinal beams, which are mounted on the side. These longitudinal beams are also called consoles or side beams and are distributed on several levels of the rack.
Due to their special design, drive-in racks can only be operated from one side. Storage according to the first-in-first-out principle is therefore not possible.
The advantages and disadvantages of a drive-in rack
The drive-in racks have both advantages and disadvantages.
- Storage in height possible (no accumulation pressure on lower pallets)
- Very high degree of land use
- Storage and retrieval still possible from one side
- Pallets can only be stored from bottom to top and retrieved from top to bottom