Front view of steel shelving in warehouse

Drive-In Rack Systems

Drive-In rack, being one of the most dense racking options available — gives you maximum use of available space. Drive-In is a high density, LIFO (last pallet in, first pallet out) racking system that has much fewer aisles, which allows for better cube utilization. You can store up to 75% more pallets than a selective system.

How does drive-in rack work?

Forklifts load and unload pallets by entering the rack structure through the front of the bay, which is made possible by the lack of traditional pallet racking beams. Instead, drive-in rack uses rails that run along the inside of the bays (from front to back), in which the pallets rest on. Being that this system is LIFO, the last pallet loaded will be the first unloaded. Floor mounted guide rail is a recommended option for drive-in rack systems to reduce frame damage from forklifts.

What industries commonly use drive-in rack?

Drive-In rack isn’t considered a specialty item and can be seen in all types of warehouses and distribution centers looking to maximize as much space as possible. Drive-In rack is common in cold storage warehouses and facilities that don’t need to rapidly rotate their inventory.

Components of drive-in rack:

  • Drive-in racking systemStructural or tubular roll form frames
  • Structural or roll form arms
  • Structural load rails
  • Guide rail (optional, but recommended)

Drive-In rack points:

  • Maximum use of warehouse space
  • LIFO
  • Forklifts enter the rack structure
  • Subject to most abuse
  • Good for storing product that isn’t time-sensitive or perishable
  • Good for storing similar product
  • Cost-effective
  • 2-10 pallets deep storage

Drive-In rack can be a valuable addition to any warehouse and can really increase productivity. We have been installing drive-in systems for over 20 years in the NJ area, but we also ship and travel nationwide.

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