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Drive-In Pallet Racking

drive in and drive through pallet racking

Drive-in pallet racking is ideal if you require a cost-effective, bulk storage system with minimal risk of damage to your products. It utilises space effectively and reduces costs by using standard forklifts, which can be used efficiently driving in and out of the lanes. The system can be configured to use a 'drive-in' or 'drive-through' system, depending on your needs.

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  • Racking heights of up to 11 metres allow full height and floor area to be put to use.
  • Ideal for chilled and frozen storage or date-sensitive items such as food.
  • Store high volumes economically and minimise the risk of product damage.

Drive-In Pallet Racking Details

Drive-in pallet racking is a high density storage solution. It can utilise up to 85% of available storage space for inventory storage, as it eliminates lanes and aisles from the racking structure.

With a drive-in racking configuration, pallets are stored on rails and can be accessed from one end, which means this system operates on a first in, last out (FILO) basis.

With a system that is setup to use drive-through racking, pallets can be accessed from both ends, which allows for a first in, first out (FIFO) stock rotation system to be used.

Drive-in and drive-through racking are relatively slow in terms of item retrieval and do not offer much in terms of flexible configuration. They are best suited for storing a large amount of identical items. Drive-in and drive-through racking systems also offer a significantly lower risk of damage to pallets than block stacking, while being almost as high density. Each pallet is still supported individually, so damage from crushing is minimised, making drive-in racking a good choice for storing uniform, fragile items.

Costs can be kept to a minimum by using standard forklifts, which can be used efficiently driving in and out of the lanes to pick and place palletised goods.

Contact us today to discuss your requirements on 0113 880 0866 or by email.

Drive-In Pallet Racking Benefits

Store high volumes economically

Drive-in and drive-through racking are great options for storing a high amount of the same SKUs. This racking system also allows the full height and floor space of a warehouse to be utilised, with it being possible to install racks up to 11m tall.

Minimise the risk of product damage as a result of storage

Products are much less likely to be crushed when compared to block stacking. Each pallet has its own weight-bearing support, which places significantly less stress on the stored load.

Ideal for chilled and frozen storage

Drive-in and drive-through racking is perfect for use within cold stores. The high density storage is cost-effective for chilled warehouses, as it reduces the area that needs to be temperature controlled.

Contact us today to discuss your requirements on 0113 880 0866 or by email.

Drive-In Pallet Racking Technical Details

Main racking structure technical description

Frames

Vertical support structure comprising uprights, bracing and base feet. Frames come in heights ranging from 2500mm to 16500mm.

Uprights / Posts

Vertical components to make up the frames. They are usually bolted but sometimes welded to bracing to make up the frame. The uprights are cold rolled from steel coils and have a series of folds to increase the strength.  There are many differing profiles of upright to suit the application and loading.

Bracing

Braces are the central steel components to a frame. They space out the uprights at a required distance and provide stability and strength for the frame. The braces are either horizontal (mainly used at the top and bottom) or diagonal.

Base Feet

These are components used to fasten the frame down to the floor and to spread the bay load.

Holding Down Bolt

Floor fixing used through the base foot into the concrete slab.

Splice

This component enables 2 sections of upright to be fastened together, these are used to repair existing racking or in designs where two differing duties of racking are used in the frame make up.

Shims

To keep the racking level, these steel components are used under the base feet. They come in varying thicknesses to suit.

Forklift Guide Rail

Rail at floor level which runs the depth of the bay. It helps guide the forklift when entering the bay and protects against any potential impact.

Top Beam

Joins the bays at the top of the frame to secure the structure by creating gantries.

Down Weld

Distance between the top of the connector to the top of the beam section. This can vary if a very specific beam height is required.

Locking Pin

Pin used to stop beams from being accidentally dislodged.

Back Stop

Prevents a pallet from falling off the rear of the bay.

Floor Level Back Stop

Prevents pallets from moving too far through the rack on the floor level.

Single Support Arms

Utilised in the first and last bay, these attach to the uprights and hold pallet rail.

Double Support Arms

Utilised in the intermediate bays, these attach to the uprights and hold pallet rail.

Pallet Rail

Steel angle that attaches to the support arms and run the length of the bay. This provides a continuous seat for the pallets to be placed and stored.

Entry Guide

Situated at the front of the rail and helps operators when depositing pallets.

Load Notice

Safety sign on the racking displaying loading details and safe working practices.

Column Guard

Protection guard against MHE damage. This sits forward of the upright and is floor mounted.

End Barrier

End barriers are mounted on the end of runs or cross aisles (tunnels) between rows of racking. There are many designs on the market, but most are bolted down to the slab in front of the racking rows.