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Drive-In Pallet Racking

Drive-in and Drive-through (sometimes spelled Drive-thru) are storage rack configurations that allow the forklift to drive directly into the lane of stacked rows (called a bay). The difference between a drive-in and a drive-thru pallet rack system is simply whether the bays have an entry at only one end, or at both ends. Designed for high volume storage with easy access to pallets and most suitable for business with high storage racking units. It is one of the most cost-effective ways of stocking goods and is profitable for industries that need to store and distribute batch deliveries.

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Drive-in rack systems features

Drive-in rack systems use a common entry and exit, while drive-thru systems have entry points at either end of the bay. Because a drive-in racking system has only one entrance, it uses what is called a LIFO (last in, first out) storage method. With only one entrance, the last pallet put into a row is necessarily the first one to be taken out.


Drive-thru system features

A drive-thru storage system, with two different entry points, can also use a FIFO (first in, first out) storage method. With a FIFO system, pallets are loaded in one end and are pushed back to the other end, where they are then at the front of the row on the opposite side. The first pallet put into such a row is the first one taken out at the other end.

This system is advantageous for material with an expiration date or wherever shelf life is a major concern.


Types of Drive-in Racking

  • Single Entry Drive-In Rack, also known as the standard drive-in racking provides forklift access to one side only
  • Double Entry Drive-In Rack as the name suggests provides forklift access to one side only
  • Drive-Through Rack is a First In First Out (FIFO) system. It allows independent access to both the sides of the structure. You can store the goods from one side and retrieve from the other side. Therefore, this system is essential when the shelf-life of goods is short

Drive-in Pallet Racking usage

  • Storage of large quantity of similar items in a limited space
  • Cold/Freezer application items with short shelf life
  • Storage of fragile item loads that cannot be stored in block piles
  • Movement of large quantity of inventory items on regular shifts

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