Archive for 2015

December 31, 2015

How to Improve the Pallet Racks in Your Chicago Warehouse in 2016

The year is nearly over! If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to sit down and make 2016 goals for your Chicago warehouse. Naturally, many of your goals will center around improving efficiencies, decreasing accidents and injuries, and improving the workflow in your warehouse. One aspect of your warehouse that touches on all of these areas of improvement is your pallet racks. Your pallet racks are vital to your warehouse, and if you want to improve how your warehouse operates in 2016 you’ll want to start by improving your pallet racks. Here are some suggestions that can help get you started:

  • Evaluate whether or not it’s time to replace your pallet racks. Good pallet racks should last your warehouse for years and years. However, if you purchased cheap pallet racks or if they are starting to get old enough to be worn, it’s time to replace your pallet racks. While this can be a large initial investment for a warehouse, particularly depending on the size of your space, it can save you both in repair costs and worker’s compensation claim payouts if something should break.
  • Do a thorough end-of-year cleaning of your Chicago pallet rack shelving. After the rush of the holidays is a great time to do a thorough cleaning of your pallet racks. Cleaning your racks keeps them better organized, reduces the risk of injuries, and helps you ensure that racks are loaded correctly and being used efficiently for storage. Combine this with your end of year inventory for double benefits.
  • Inspect, inspect, inspect. Along with your end-of-year cleaning, do a thorough inspection on all of your pallet rack shelving. Make notes of any damaged areas and arrange for their repair or replacement immediately. The first of the year is a great time to replace pallet rack shelving as needed since you still have the budget.
  • Evaluate your warehouse organization. Now is the time to think about what is working for your team and what could be improved. Most warehouses are at their lowest inventory levels after the holidays, so it’s easy to move merchandise and products on your shelves as needed if you need to adjust your workflow. Think about how your team moves through the warehouse and match the workflow to their needs.

Start with these four steps and you’ll be well on your way to improving your pallet racks, which will have a positive ripple effect on the rest of your warehouse. Taking care of your pallet racks is the first steps to improving the efficiency, safety, and capacity of your warehouse. If you need help with any of the suggestions above, contact a DAK Equipment project manager. Our team can help you make the necessary decisions and improvements, including helping you optimize your warehouse layout and purchase new pallet rack shelving. We have experienced project managers who are familiar with the needs of warehouses like yours and are ready to help you get everything done for the New Year! Give us a call or contact us through our website today.

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December 30, 2015

Three of Our Most Popular Services in Chicago in 2015

DAK Equipment and Engineering offers a variety of services and products that our Chicago customers rely on. From purchasing pallet rack shelving to warehouse design and disassembly services, DAK can help you with all of it. During the years that we’ve been in business, we’ve worked with hundreds of businesses like yours to help them set up a warehouse that does more than meet their needs; it helps them build their bottom line and increase their efficiency. From all of our services, these are three of the most popular that our Chicago customers loved in 2015:

  • Warehouse design. Setting up a warehouse isn’t just as easy as building some shelves and calling it good. A great warehouse requires a lot of planning to ensure that every square inch of your space is being used properly. From the kind of pallet rack shelving that you use to the utilization of conveyors and mezzanine levels. Our warehouse designers will look at your space and existing equipment and offer solutions that maximize the efficiency of your space. We’ll make suggestions for equipment purchases that can boost your speed and help your team work faster.
  • Installation services. When it comes to setting up your warehouse, your equipment and infrastructure needs to be set up right. It’s a matter of safety for your products and your team, and pallet rack shelving and conveyor belts that haven’t been set up correctly will end up costing you time and money in the future. That’s why more warehouse managers are relying on our installation teams to do the work for you. We have professional installation teams ready to quickly, efficiently and safely set up all of your warehouse gear. You’ll have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your warehouse has been set up correctly and is ready for use.
  • Inspection services. Warehouses are required to have regular inspections by qualified individuals. DAK Equipment & Engineering can help you with your inspection needs! We offer preventative maintenance inspections which can identify minor problems before they turn into major (and expensive) issues. We also offer rack and pick module inspections to help you identify opportunities to improve your warehouse. Our teams are knowledgeable and professional, and you’ll appreciate their efforts to help you improve your warehouse and keep your teams safe.

DAK Equipment has many other great services available to Chicago-area warehouses, including disassembly services for warehouses on the move and strategic planning for multiple distribution centers. All you have to do is give us a call; tell your project manager what challenges your warehouse is facing and we’ll help you find the solutions that are right for you. Of course, we still offer a huge selection of warehouse products available for sale through our website as well. With great prices and high-quality products, you can rely on DAK Equipment to deliver the very best. You can get in touch with our teams by giving us a call or contacting us through our website for the services that you need. We’re looking forward to working with you in the coming year!

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December 29, 2015

Use Our Milwaukee Modular Office and Lockers for the Perfect Warehouse Break Room

Don’t neglect the needs of your team! DAK Equipment & Engineering in Milwaukee sells, installs, and services modular offices, lockers, and benches that can be used to create a great space for employees right in your warehouse. We can help you combine these three items into a locker room and break room that your team will love:

  • Modular offices. These aren’t just for desks and getting paperwork done! Modular offices can be custom built to fit your warehouse space. The enclosed space gives employees a space to get away from the noise and hustle of the warehouse floor. This can improve employee morale and actually increase your production. Happy employees are hard-working employees.
  • Industrial lockers. Your team doesn’t want to worry about their belongings while they are at work. Let them concentrate on work by giving them a safe, secure place to store their stuff. Our industrial lockers are the ideal solution! They can also store items needed for work so you don’t have to worry about them forgetting necessary tools or clothing at home.
  • Benches. Give your hard-working team a place to sit! We have benches that coordinate with our industrial lockers and create a space that employees can get ready for work or clean up at the end of a long day. Our benches are durable and attractive so employees take pride in their space.

We’re ready to help you build a break room that you and your employees will absolutely love. Give us a call and let’s make a plan that works for your Milwaukee warehouse. Call our project managers or contact us through our website today.

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