Archive for November, 2014

November 24, 2014

Couple Your Pallet Racks With A Gravity Conveyor

Here at DAK Equipment & Engineering, we strive to offer business solutions to your distribution facility to increase the efficiency of your materials handling systems. Whether you’re looking for some wholesale pallet racks or a conveyor system to pair with your pallet racks, we’ve got it all. If you’re looking to reduce your operational costs, reduce your needed manpower, increase the capacity of your warehouse, and improve your accuracy and quality of work within your distribution facility, a gravity conveyor may be just the thing you need.

The role of a conveyor system is to transport your products between order fulfillment steps in your facility. A gravity conveyor works by providing accumulation buffers throughout the fulfillment process to allow for a workflow balance. These accumulation buffers also allow for ongoing production when delays occur downstream in processing. The gravity conveyor is a non-powered system and is the simplest form of a conveyor. It works simply by using the force of inertia to move your products on down the line. It’s a great materials handling system for facilities that often load and unload over-the-road trucks and for pick modules where employees complete their work and push it down to the next station.

A gravity conveyor system can be a critical part of your facility’s operational efficiency and profitability. When you choose to do business with DAK Equipment & Engineering, we make sure that you have a properly selected, well designed, and safely implemented to improve your distribution center’s current performance and give it the flexibility to grow and adapt to future needs.

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November 21, 2014

‘Tis The Season for Safety

Safety Man

As you move into what is the busiest season for most facilities, I want to share some reminders about safety, especially if you have an influx of seasonal workers to manage.

While I will very cheerfully sell you safety equipment to protect your people and systems, my experience has taught me that floor marking tape, guard rails, safety lights, signage and so on are only part of the solution.  Instead I want to address the people side of the equation.

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November 14, 2014

There are Several Types of Pallet Racking Systems and Configurations That Need to be Considered Before Implementation

In order to maximize available storage space in a particular facility, business savvy owners will utilize a specific pallet racking system, which, in essence, is a handling system for all types of materials. There are several types of pallet racking systems and configurations that need to be considered before implementation. This will ensure you are utilizing the best possible racking system for your facility.pallet raking systems

The most commonly used pallet system is selective racks. In this system, pallets are attainable from the warehouse aisle. This type of system can be used in conventional aisle, narrow aisle or very narrow aisle configurations.

Flow racks, also known as gravity flow racks, are ideal for high-density storage. Basically, products are stored at the higher end and removed at a lower point. Due to the flow of the racks, rotation becomes automatic.

Push back racking systems, can be built from roll formed or structural channel, are ideal for bulk storage as they hold the capability to store products that occupy several pallets.

Drive-through and drive-in racking systems are ideal for low-turnover items that need to be stored. Typically, this type of racking system employs a first in last out process (FILO). Both of these systems operate in floor to ceiling type of  structures.

When selecting the best system for your operations, there are a few thing to take under consideration. First, you need to determine which is best for the products you are going to store. Then you need to look into how to best incorporate a particular system in the available space in your warehouse. If storing food items, FDA regulations may apply. If you have questions or concerns about choosing a racking system, feel free to contact us.

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