Drive In Racking

Drive in Pallet Racking is a cost effective high density racking system that allows pallets to be stored multiple positions deep, eliminating the need for as many forklift aisles as traditional pallet racking.

Drive In Racking Benefits:

  • High density storage system
  • Maximum pallet storage
  • Compact racking aisles
  • Ideal for storing low rotation loads of the same type
  • Most economical high density racking system
  • Virtually unlimited depth of storage
  • Load rails made of structural angle steel
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Drive In Racking Overview

Drive in racking is a last in first out (LIF) pallet racking system. So the first pallet that you put into the system will be the last pallet you take out of the drive in rack system.

Drive in rack systems are commonly seen in the following industries:

  • Controlled temperature storage
  • Freezers
  • Beverage Industry
  • Automotive Industry

How Does Drive In Racking Work?

Pallets are loaded onto horizontal rails that run the full depth of the system. The rails are appropriately spaced to let the forklift truck “drive in” to the racking system to put up pallets or retrieve them. Drive in racking can be put up against a wall or it can be configured back to back.

Drive in rack is commonly confused with drive thru rack. While they are very similar, there are a couple of differences.

Special Considerations for Drive In Racking

Drive in racking is especially prone to damage by a forklift. This is because the forklift is required to drive into the racking system to put away and access pallets. It is important to consider damage protection when designing your drive in racking because damage replacements can be costly and time consuming. Some of the accessories we like to add are:

  • Structural rack
  • Heavy horizontal rails
  • Rub rails
  • Column protectors

A little bit of money upfront to protect your drive in racking can go a long way on the back end.


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