Drive-in Pallet Racking (DPR) storage systems are made up of a range of pallet racks that have been stacked on cantilevered rails to form a series of blocks. Depending on a particular warehouse’s storage requirements, these blacks can be stacked as high as 12m with two opposing blocks that can be serviced or accessed from a single aisle. The pallets are then stored in these blocks, which allows for a far higher storage capacity because the pallets can be stored deep as well as high.
When using a DPR system, the forklift needs to be able to enter the racking to retrieve the pallets that have been stored deeper within the system as well as those in the front. In most cases, DPR systems work on a Last In First Out basis, but they can be adapted to work with First In First Out (FIFO) inventory management systems as well if need be. These systems are most suitable for inventory management that works in batches of pallets and high volumes of stock with lower amounts of Stock Keeping Units (SKUs).
Benefits of Using Drive-in Pallet Racking Systems
Benefits of DPR storage systems include the fact that they are ideal for areas that have severe space restrictions, such as in cases where freezers and/or coolers are being used to store perishables. Their high storage density means that they can store as much as 75% more stock in the same place, which enabled numerous SKUs to not only be stored, but to be easily accessible as well. Although these systems can seem expensive to install, their long term maintenance costs can still make them a highly attractive storage option, especially when considering the fact that they can be used with existing forklifts in most cases.
Warehouse owners and managers who would like to optimize their existing storage space can contact Erect-A-Rack today to find out how they can do so.