Drive-In & Drive-Through Pallet Racking

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Drive-In & Drive-Through Pallet Racking allows every available inch of floor space to be used for storage by eliminating the need for aisles.

Pallets are stacked in "cubes" to make the most of both height and floor space. Compact and highly efficient, this is the system if you are looking for maximum storage density.

What is Drive-In Racking?

As the name suggests, with Drive-In Pallet Racking, forklifts physically drive into each storage lane to load or unload pallets.

This is a highly space efficient system for the storage of pallets. A forklift is used to load and retrieve pallets by driving into the storage space from one end, reducing the number of access aisles required and increasing storage capacity by 60-80% over traditional pallet racking.

How does Drive-In Racking Work?

Drive-In & Drive-Through Racking systems are designed as a cube, with each location within the cube representing a space for a pallet to be stored or retrieved. Forklift operators drive into each lane of the cube to store or retrieve a pallet, guided by floor mounted guiderails & protectors. 

Drive in racking is designed to provide a high-density storage solution by enabling pallets to be stored in a deep configuration on a rack. The depth is only limited by building size and the intended number of SKU’s.

Pallets are stored on guide rails which span the depth of the racking. Forklift trucks enter these storage lanes to deposit or retrieve loads. 

Due to the way in which pallets are loaded, stored, and retrieved, there is no requirement for access aisles between each row of pallets. Therefore, the floor space traditionally used for access aisles can be used for pallet storage. What this means, is that a significantly higher proportion (up to 80% more) of the available space can be used for storage.

What is the difference between Drive-In and Drive Through Racking?

Drive-In: Forklift access is only allowed on one side of the cube. It operates on the First In, Last Out (FILO) principle. Ideal when stock rotation is not a priority.

Drive-Through: Forklift can enter/exit both sides of the cube. It operates on the First In, First Out (FIFO) principle. Ideal for perishable products.

What are the benefits of Drive-In and Drive-Through Racking Systems?

Drive-In Racking is one of, if not, the most space efficient storage system available.

  • Low Selectivity
  • High Throughput Speed
  • Maximum Space Utilization
  • No Specialist Handling Equipment Required
  • Eliminate crushing experienced with Bulk Stacking
  • Can be configured to maximise the use of available ceiling height
  • Access can be Single Sided (Drive-In) or Double Sided (Drive-Through)

Smart Design:

Drive-In and Drive-Through Racking is designed to provide optimal use of space by allowing pallets to be stored across multiple rows and on multiple levels within the compact structure. The pallets are stored in a systemised bottom-to- top, back to front sequence. To achieve this, the forklift truck will enter the lanes to reach the furthest point.

Drive-In pallet racking uses the same aisle for loading and picking whereas Drive-Through will have a forklift truck loading on one side and another retrieving on the other side, which works well if stock rotation is required.

Store High Volumes Economically:

This type of racking eliminates the need for several aisles between the racking, so you can use up to 85% of your floor space for storage.

Minimise the Risk of Damage:

Drive-in and Drive-Through racking presents a significantly lower risk of damage to pallets than block stacking, while being almost as high density. Using truck and pallet guidance can minimise this further.

Where are Drive-In and Drive-Through Racking Systems Used?

Drive in racking is used in a wide range of commercial warehouses and storage facilities, particularly those wishing to achieve maximum storage efficiency.:

Ideal in any application where pallets are received and despatched in bulk.

Ideal in cold storage environments such as frozen or refrigerated warehouses - It is a highly compact system, meaning there is less empty space to keep cold. This helps to lower operating costs. Mobile Racking is another good option for cold stores.

Drive-In & Drive-Through Racking Systems are also good for seasonal or pressure sensitive goods because the pallets can be kept deep in the rows for a long period of time until the stock is needed. Well suited to low turnover products with a high number of pallets per SKU. If goods are fragile and delicate the system provides high density storage and keeps them safe from potential damage.

Drive in racking is perfect for businesses who need to store and distribute batch deliveries and the storage of heavy pallets. Due to the nature of the system, Drive-In Racking is best suited to First-In, Last-Out processing, whereas Drive-Through racking may be more suitable for organisations requiring First-In, First-Out processing.

At Dreymar Industrial, our dedicated and experienced team will take the time to understand your goals and asses your needs. We aim to design and develop a bespoke racking system that is as unique as your business.

We aim to maximise your available space and increase productivity through creating innovative storage solutions. Our commitment to excellence provides our customers with confidence in our ability to deliver solutions that are superior and within budgetary constraints.

We aim to install our drive in rack systems with as little inconvenience to our clients as possible, using highly experienced, full-time installation teams.

Our systems are proudly manufactured in Johannesburg.

We deliver and install Drive-In & Drive-Through racking systems throughout South Africa.

Our main service areas include (but are not limited to): Gauteng (All Areas), Western Cape (All Areas), Kwazulu-Natal (All Areas), Nelspruit, Limpopo, Bloemfontein, Rustenburg, East London, Port Elizabeth.

Please contact our sales team for further assistance.

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