Drive-In and Drive-Thru Pallet Racking

As much as the word “thru” gives me the willies, it is hands-down more popular than “through” on a Google search, so “Thru” it is.  So, what is Drive-In or Drive-Thru Pallet Racking and why would you want it?  It is high density storage–you can store up to 80% more pallets than with selective racking. Whereas selective rack might be the best choice for medium density storage of varied product, drive-in and drive-thru are perfect for high density storage of like product. Forklifts drive directly into the rack in which products are stored several pallets deep.  The rack depth reduces the need for aisles which in turn lessens overall square footage requirements by 35% or more compared to a standard selective rack configuration. Drive -in and Drive-Thru are especially popular in cold storage applications due to the need to store as many pallets as possible in as little expensive freezer space as possible. In both drive-in and drive thru racking systems, loads are supported by rails attached to upright frames, and lift trucks are driven between uprights to reach pallets.  The only limitation to the depth of storage for a particular bay is the size of the facility.

Drive In Pallet Rack System


Drive-In Pallet Rack

Drive-In Racks allow a lift truck to enter the rack from one side to pick up or pull out pallets. Forklifts drive into the rack to access pallets two or more deep. Drive-in racking is a “Last-In, First-Out” (LIFO) method of storage. Material is both stored and retrieved from the same side (entry point) in several aisles. For this reason, the first material put in this system is the last to come out. This works well where shelf life is at a minimum or not a major concern.

Drive-in Pallet Racking is LIFO (last In, first out)

Drive-Thru Pallet Rack

Drive-Thru Rack is similar to Drive-In Rack, but allows a lift truck to enter the rack from either side to pick up or pull out pallets. Drive-Thru is open at both ends, allowing first-in, first-out storage (FIFO). This system is used when expiration dates or shelf life is of major concern.

Drive-Thru pallet racking is FIFO (first in, first out)

Next Level manufactures an array of material handling products including Drive-In and Drive-Thru Pallet Racking.