In the storage warehouse,the terms"heavy and bulky materials can refer to any number of items.These include concrete blocks,palletized bricks,drums, and beverages etc.How can manufacturing facilities and distribution centers effectively store these items and still drive warehouse effciency?
A variety of ways to store bulk materials exists, including floor stacking, rack storage, and automated storage and retrieval.
Drive-in Pallet Racking provides maximum storage capacity using the minimum amount of warehouse space. It is particularly suited to stock a very large quantity of the same product. Loading and unloading are undertaken by means of counterbalance truck or reach-trucks that drives down each lane into the racks.
Two management systems are available: (1) Drive-In System, with only one access aisle, and the (2) Drive-Through System, with access to the load from both sides of the rack.
Drive-in solutions are very high-density, storing up to 75 percent more pallets in the same space than selective racks. This means more pallets per square foot, fewer aisles and more effective use of the cubic storage.Drive-through racks are similar to drive-in racks, except they allow a lift truck to enter the rack from either side to pick up or pull out pallets. They are open at both ends, allowing more flexibility in loading and restocking and near first-in, first-out storage.
Among other benefits, drive-through racks offer the ability to store a large amount of similar loads in a smaller area. Selectivity is sacrificed, but storage density is enhanced because many pallets are stored and are available through a single pallet position.