Radio Shuttle Racks

Radio Shuttle Racks

Radio shuttle racks are similar to drive-in racking in the sense that they provide very high-density storage going several pallets deep. Unlike the latter, however, a radio shuttle system does not require the operator to drive into the racks to load and unload items.

Instead, this task is performed by a “radio shuttle” or “carrier” – a platform that can move across racks to retrieve and deposit pallets.

Basic Characteristics of Radio Shuttle Racks

Basic Characteristics of Radio Shuttle Racks

A radio shuttle racking system is a very high-density form of storage. Like drive-in racking, such a system can reach several pallets high, but unlike the latter, it can also go 30m to 60m deep (as opposed to only 20m). Requirements for aisle space are significantly reduced and the stability of the overall installation is higher due to the fact that operators needn’t drive inside the racks to load and unload pallets.

The heart of this form of storage is the “radio shuttle”, a special platform that is electrically powered and that can be moved using a remote control. To deposit a pallet, the operator must first place the shuttle on the correct lane using a forklift, then position the pallet on top of it, and finally command the shuttle to move its cargo to the back of the lane. The process is more or less identical when the operator must retrieve goods.

Radio Shuttle Racks: Uses and Advantages

Although radio shuttle racks are similar to drive-in counterparts, they present several additional advantages that set them apart from the latter. These include:

Increased stability and safety.

Because the driver of a forklift does not enter the racking system, they are no longer under any significant risk. The system itself is sturdier and more secure thanks to a structure that does not require aisle space.

Maximized storage capacity

Radio shuttle racks are the ultimate solution in terms of high-density storage. Racks can go up to 60m deep, which is more than is possible with any conventional form of racking. In the case of drive in racks, for instance, the lane is usually no more than 20m deep, because the forklift driver must drive into the aisle and it can be challenging for a person to drive very deep in a narrow space.

FILO and FIFO inventory management

Radio shuttle racks can be organized to suit both First-In-Last-Out and First-In-First-Out requirements. For the latter, pallets can be accessed at both ends of each lane.

Faster loading and unloading

A forklift operator must drive significantly less in order to retrieve or deposit a pallet. In addition, they are no longer required to maneuver the vehicle in very tight spaces, which would otherwise take up more time.

Ideal for cold storage

Inventory that requires special ambient conditions can be expensive to handle, which is why it is important to make the most of the available temperature controlled space. Radio shuttle racks are perfectly suited for this task.

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