Drive-in racks are a high-density variant of the pallet rack, the most frequently utilized warehouse racking system for palletized product storage. Whereas standard pallet racks require aisles between each racking unit to allow forklift access, drive-in and drive-thru racks eliminate this wasted space. Their designs allow the forklift operator to drive directly into the racking space itself, offering a much higher storage density.
The architecture of the two racking systems is identical. The main difference is that drive-in racking is accessed from the front only, while drive-thru systems admit forklifts all the way through and can be accessed from both sides.
Drive-in racking requires less floor space for the same storage volume because the closed end can be placed directly against a wall. This type of storage works as a FILO, or first in/last out load system. Pallets loaded most recently — those nearest to the open end — are the first accessible pallets for retrieval.
Drive-thru racking functions in a FIFO, or first in/first out manner. Pallets are loaded on one end and then the oldest racked products are accessed first on the opposite end of the racks. Which system you choose is based on your available warehouse space and the time-sensitivity of the products you’re storing.
We have the products and the expertise to design the perfect commercial racking system for your warehousing requirements. We stock our products for immediate availability and quick delivery and installation. Depending on where you are, local pickup is available as well. Located in the Austin, Texas area, we service the entire I-35 corridor from Oklahoma City down to San Antonio.
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