Drive – In Pallet Racking

Drive - In Pallet Racking is ideal when high-density storage is required. It is frequently used in facilities with a low number of product lines. Pallets are stored in a block system with two blocks generally served by one operating aisle. Forklifts drive into the racking to load or retrieve pallets, which are stored on cantilevered rails running throughout the system. The first pallet in is the last pallet out, unless a drive-through system is used whereby pallets can be loaded or retrieved from either side. Forklifts drive into lanes on racking specially designed to provide support to the pallet along the pallet sides. Stacking often up to 10-metres high and up to 10 pallets deep (more often 4 - 5 deep). This system provides very dense storage capacity, often low in access and rotation of products. As the forklift enters the racking, special precautions are necessary to ensure the compatibility of design between the forklift, pallet, load and racking. Our engineer can provide specific details to ensure correct functionality. Usually the rack design incorporates a stability structure at the rear of the rack and therefore drive in indicates single access from one side. Drive through requires this same stability to be provided by a variation in design.

Advantages of Drive-In Pallet Racking

  • High density storage allows a greater number of pallets to be stored per cubic metre than other storage systems
  • Low stock rotation suitable for seasonal goods and fluctuating stock demand
  • Ideal for cold, chilled and bulk storage applications
  • Suitable for easily damaged or fragile loads, which cannot be block stacked