The German starch producer Südstärke GmbH has made the most of its warehouse space in Sünching (Germany) with drive-in pallet rack by Mecalux.
The installed system comprises dual blocks of drive-in racks that are 6 m high and 50 m long, offering a capacity of close to 2,900 pallets. These storage blocks contain three level high lanes. Each of these can house up to 16 pallets that are 800 x 1,200 x 1,800 mm deep. The pallets, weighing up to a maximum 1,200 kg, rest on support rails made from extra durable, galvanised steel.
When managing goods, operators use reach trucks to enter the lanes with the load raised above the level where it will be placed. There are guide rails on the floor that help the handling equipment to enter and move inside the lanes safely and centred, minimising the possibility of accidental damage to the racks.
Drive-in racks are best suited to storing homogenous products, like the starch of Südstärke. Moreover, the German company optimised its warehouse space by significantly reducing the number of working aisles.
About Südstärke GmbH
Currently, Südstärke GmbH owns two production centres in Germany (Schrobenhausen and Sünching) that produce 600,000 tonnes of potato products yearly and 150,000 tonnes of potato starch. Established in 1938, the company has 260 employees and 1,500 growers that provide high-quality raw material.