Drive-In & Drive-Thru Racks
Drive-In and Drive-Thru racks are high capacity storage options for pallet storage systems. The system consists of pallet racks that are wide enough for the forklift to drive into, allowing for deeper storage than standard racking styles, which are often only one pallet position deep. These Drive-In and Drive-Thru Racking Systems can store materials as many loads deep and high that is practical for your application. They do not require a special forklift for access, we design the system around your forklift and building space.
The Difference in Drive-In and Drive-Thru Racking Systems
Drive-In Racks allow the forklift to drive into the rack, placing the first load in the back of the rack and storing from the inside out, which makes for a last-in-first-out pallet picking system, referred to as LIFO.
Drive-Thru Racks offer a completely open system allowing a forklift to drive through completely. This enables pallets to be accessed from either side of the rack, so both last-in-first-out and a FIFO (first-in-first-out) picking system are options.
Double Entry Drive-In Racks should not be confused with Drive-Through Racks. While they do allow access from either side of the rack, they are supported in the center and do not allow the forklift to drive through. Double Entry Drive-In Racks still operate on the LIFO racking system.
Advantages of Drive-In and Drive-Thru Racks
The main advantage of Drive-In and Drive-Thru Racking Systems is increased storage density. One common style is often three loads high and four pallets deep, allowing 12 pallets to be stored per rack, accessed from one aisle. Some Drive-In and Drive-Thru racks allow for a much higher storage capacity, storing up to 8 rows and more deep.
Drive-In and Drive-Thru Racks are designed and engineered per application to ensure safety and durability. They can store high capacities of dense material and have very high weight limits.
These styles of racking systems can accommodate the use of almost any pallet style and size, from standard sizes to oversized pallets. However, due to the nature of the racking, it is essential to ensure pallets are in good condition and can support the loads on the sides.
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