Archive for January, 2015

January 27, 2015

Pallet Racking 101: What’s Best For You?

Here at DAK Equipment & Engineering in Chicago, we’re proud of how far we’ve came since opening in 1995. Today we’re here to talk about pallet racking. Which one do you need? A pallet flow rack? A carton flow rack? Maybe selective pallet rack? Today we highlight some things to consider.

On answering the question of which pallet racking system is best for you: it depends. This is determined by a number of factors we’ll touch on below.

1. What’s your budget?
2. How much floor space do you have available?
3. How high are your ceilings?
4. What types and sizes of pallets do you use?
5. How many different SKUs do you plan on using?
6. How often do you need to access your pallets?
7. Does your product have a shelf life?
8. How many pallets are you storing?
9. What type of fork lift are you going to be using and what is its lift height?

Now that you understand your requirements, let’s take a look at some of the common types of pallet storage.

Floor Stacking
This is the most basic method of pallet stacking where pallets are stacked on the floor in rows. You get high storage density and you don’t have to invest in any equipment, but you’ll have poor accessibility to your pallets and it takes up a lot of space.

Selective Pallet Rack 
This is the most common type of pallet racking, using uprights and cross beams to create a shelf for storing pallets. This is a low investment option that gives you accessibility to your pallets, but low storage density due to aisles between rows of rack

Pallet Flow Rack 
This is a first in, first out solution that uses uprights and cross beams to support a conveyor-like system within the rack. It gives you a high storage density option with the ability to store 20+ pallets deep, but you don’t have the greatest accessibility to all pallets.

Push Back Pallet Rack
Push back racks are similar to flow rack, except the pallets are loaded and unloaded from the front of the system and rest on either nested carts or gravity rollers. This gives you high storage density and only one aisle is needed for loading and unloading. However, it doesn’t provide the greatest accessibility to you pallets and they can only be stored 4-5 lanes deep.

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January 22, 2015

60 Truckloads of Used Rack Available

Double Deep Pallet Rack Shelving from DAK Equipment & Engineering
32’H Double and Single Deep Selective Rack

The original purchase of this Interlake rack system was over 60 truckloads of equipment, so there’s plenty here for you to take advantage of.

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January 06, 2015

We are More Than Wholesale Racking and Pallet Racks, We Offer Several Types of Services to Improve Customer Satisfaction and Reduce Costs

At Dak Equipment and Engineering in Chicago, we are more than wholesale racking and pallet racks, we offer several types of services to improve customer satisfaction and reduce costs. We are also experts in the field of pallet rack equipment and systems. If you happen to be an experienced warehouse veteran, you are no doubt very well-versed in the jargon and terms used within the industry. An expert in rack systems will know the vocabulary of all things associated with pallet racks, but many out there are still unfamiliar with many of the words and terms. For those who are new to the industry, we have compiled a short list of terms and their definitions to help you sort through some of your confusion. But not to worry, we won’t quiz you on this at the end.

  • In pallet rack terms, a beam is a word describing the horizontally-oriented pallet rack component for which the load rests.
  • Buckling strength is the term used for the boundary of weight a pallet rack can hold without buckling or completely collapsing.
  • Case flow rack or carton flow rack is a system where horizontal components are organized in such a manner that enables cases to be loaded onto one end and picked up on another end. These rack systems are gravity driven and used most frequently in high-volume distribution centers.
  • Stability is very important term that refers to the structure of a pallet rack. Simply put, it refers to the ability of a rack structure to not move about or otherwise shift under load placement.

We hope you have learned something today. For more information concerning pallet rack systems, feel free to contact us.


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