Drive-Thru and Drive-In Racking

Unlock the potential of your warehouse with Drive-Thru and Drive-In Racking Systems—a dynamic solution for high-density storage. Operating on a last-in, first-out basis, these systems optimize space by allowing forklifts to enter the structure, streamlining storage and retrieval. Ideal for homogeneous products, they offer versatility, cost-effectiveness, and flexibility in storage configurations. Explore their key components, from uprights and beams to entry and exit protectors. In industries ranging from cold storage to manufacturing, these systems enhance space efficiency and inventory rotation. Learn essential tips for weight capacity adherence, inspection, and employee training to ensure continued effectiveness in the fast-paced world of warehousing and logistics.  

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Choosing Between Drive-In and Drive-Thru Pallet Racking for Efficient Storage

When it comes to optimizing warehouse storage, Drive-In and Drive-Thru pallet racking solutions offer practical options. While their construction is similar, the key difference lies in accessibility. Drive-Thru pallet racking allows for forklift access from both ends, contrasting with Drive-In pallet racking, which is only accessible from the front. Your unique storage needs should guide your choice.

Determining the Right System Based on Inventory Control

Selecting the ideal pallet rack system depends on your inventory control method. Drive-In racking suits the last in, first out (LIFO) storage method, perfect for large quantities of like-items or non-perishable goods. On the other hand, Drive-Thru pallet racking accommodates the first in, first out (FIFO) storage method, making it suitable for perishable items or those with defined shelf lives.

Understanding Storage Methods

  • LIFO Storage Method: Utilized in Drive-In pallet racking where the last pallet placed is the first to be removed. Ideal for storing large quantities of similar or non-perishable items.
  • FIFO Storage Method: Applied in Drive-Thru pallet racking with two points of access. Pallets are loaded on one end, pushed through, and then taken out from the other end. Perfect for perishable items.

Types of Drive-In Pallet Rack

  • Structural Drive-In Pallet Rack: Crafted from hot-rolled steel, forming sturdy I-beams and C channels. Though more expensive, it can withstand forklift abuse and holds more weight. Repairable frames add to its longevity.
  • Cold Rolled Drive-In Rack: Begins as flat steel, processed to form the desired shape. More cost-effective but easily damaged when hit. Requires additional protection with column protectors and end-of-aisle rack guards.

Quality Solutions from NWS

NWS, with over 100 years of combined expertise in industrial storage, provides quality used drive-in and drive-thru rack solutions. Our selection includes racks from reputable manufacturers such as Frazier, Interlake, Steel King, Unarco, Ridg-u-Rak, and Mecalux.

Installation and Design Support

Our teams of trained professionals offer nationwide installation services for used drive-in and drive-thru pallet rack systems. With full CAD service support, we help design and implement efficient storage solutions tailored to your material handling needs.

Cost-Effective and Inspected Equipment

NWS's used pallet racking, a cost-effective alternative to new, undergoes thorough inspection to ensure safety and quality. We collaborate with you to identify the most suitable racking style for your warehouse, emphasizing efficiency and affordability. In conclusion, the choice between Drive-In and Drive-Thru pallet racking depends on your specific requirements and inventory management methods. NWS stands ready to provide reliable solutions to enhance your warehouse storage capabilities.

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