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What is a Drive- in racking system?

If you are a warehouse owner or a storage enthusiast it is basically integral for you to learn about the drive-in racking system.

The drive in racking system basically aims at two things which include arranging pallets properly in your storage system on the other hand help to easily retrieve materials from your warehouse or your storage space. In the rack system, pallets can move, forward or basically move on rails.

Basically, there are different types of drive-in racking types as we are going to see below.

Single-entry tracks: – Just like the name suggests, single-entry tracks only allow forklifts to get in from one side. The main factor is to ensure. The older items or pallets are basically placed at the furthest corner of the rack systems


Double- entry track: This is where both sides of the racking systems can be accessed by the forklift. The racking system is divided at the middle and hence both sides of the racking system can easily be accessed and used to store items in the rack system.


LIFO in racking systems: – Basically, items in a racking system are kept in the format of last in first out.

Depending on your inventory and the movement of your goods, you should place fewer moving items at the center of your rack system. Faster moving items should be placed at the edges of your racking system.

FIFO racking systems: – You can also arrange your pallets in this format of first in first out format. Mainly in this type of racking the length of the racking system is usually shorter. Simply this system means that older stock or stock placed earlier is basically easier to access as compared to stock that has been added later.

Rack width effects

Needless to say, shorter spaces in between the racks are basically easier to pack. This is simply because the margin rate of error is highly reduced and hence it is also easier to package your goods. More to that the speed in which your items are basically packed is very high.

However, there are goods that by nature require a larger space. You should hence ensure that you have a wider forklift that is able to handle a larger weight. It is always a wise idea to build your racking system depending on the width of your racking system.

On the other hand, having very accurate widths depending on your forklift might easily affect your system and basically make it slow. This is simply you require very accurate forklift operators who will not go around hitting the rack bars accuracy might take a lot of time and hence on the long run increase the time to load pallets. It is a wise idea to leave a small margin of error to save time when storing and removing items especially if you have very fast-moving items.

Before you set-up any racking system there are a variety of costs you should look at. The first cost is the calculating the cost per square foot of your warehouse and calculating the total cost of building racks in your system.

Your racking company should guide you on the appropriate measurements you should make on your warehouse racking system and save on your hard-earned cash.