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High-Density, Space-Saving Storage for Uniform Products

Drive-in and drive-thru pallet racking systems are high-density storage solutions ideal for large quantities of uniform products with fixed dimensions. Such systems can free up as much as 90% of floor space by going high up and by getting rid of aisles between lanes. Drive-in racking systems and drive-thru racking systems allow the forklift to drive into the lanes. At their core, both systems share a similar design structure made up of uprights and support rails.

The difference between the two is whether there is only one entry or two entries at both ends. Drive-in racking systems use common entry and exit points, while drive-thru racking has a separate entry and exit access. Drive-in racking is considered first-in/last-out (FILO) storage, meaning the first pallet in will be the last pallet out. On the other hand, drive-thru pallet racking is a first-in/first-out (FIFO) storage; the first pallet stored at one end will also be the first pallet picked from the other end.

Drive-in racking and drive-thru racking systems consists of uprights and support rails without the traditional horizontal beams. Forklift trucks enter the racking lane and place pallets on the support rails. Each lane is dedicated to a single product and suitable for staging similar products in batches, say before shipping or during seasonal storage.

A typical racking configuration can be 12 meters high and 2-10 pallets deep. It can handle up to 1.8-meter wide pallet (which covers almost all pallet sizes) and max of 1.5-ton pallet weight.

Features and Benefits of Drive-In and Drive-thru Racking

  • Space-saving. No aisles between lanes resulting in a more efficient use of space
  • Cost-efficient. Saves 80% – 90% of floor space compared with conventional pallet racking
  • High-density storage. Tall designs which maximize use of free vertical space
  • Easily expandable.
  • Rail height can be adjusted according to pallet sizes.
  • High-resistance materials for super heavy-duty loading.

Common Use and Applications

  • An ideal solution to maximize the use of floor space
  • Batch storage or seasonal storage
  • A high volume of identical goods
  • Cold or frozen storage
  • Large cargo pallet/ heavy-duty loading.

Major Parts and Accessories

Drive-in systems consist of uprights and support rails for the pallets. These are designed without traditional horizontal beams; instead, a pallet rests on rails that run along the insides of the uprights. Each loading line of the drive-in system has support rails on both sides. Drive-in racking/ drive-thru racking system uses high-resistance materials that can support the storage of large cargo pallets.

What are the disadvantages of a drive-in or drive-thru racking system?

  • No free access to any pallet inside the racking lane
  • Not suitable to store multiple item types
  • Not recommended for time-sensitive products
  • Restricted access for goods at the back in the case of drive-in racking

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