With Flow-Rail, forklift trucks no longer have to circulate in and out of the racking structure as they do in Drive-in systems. For many clients, the time saving is substantial.
The risk of damaging racks is also greatly reduced since lift trucks perform all pallet operations in front of the structure, versus inside.
Flow-Rail can be incorporated to most Drive-in rack systems with minimal changes and/or adjustments required.
Contrary to Drive-in racks where the same product must be stored from top to bottom, each individual lane can be used to store a different product SKU.
Drive–in systems are often 30 to 40% empty. Tunnels need to be emptied from top to bottom, all the way to the end in order to perform stock-rotation. Since Flow-Rail makes each lane independent, this percentage drops to approximately 15%.
In some cases, Flow-Rail tunnels will be narrower than Drive-in since lift trucks do not enter the structure. This gain may allow more pallets to be stored using Flow-Rail versus a Drive-in rack within the same physical space. All Drive-in systems must take into account the specific dimensions of the forklift trucks used. Flow-Rail has no such requirement.