Archive for August, 2015

August 18, 2015

Rack System Design: The Importance of Flue Space

Knowledge is Power

As we’ve discussed before in this blog, there’s a surprising amount of math and measuring involved in something so seemingly simple as pallet rack design.

This time around, we’ll be talking about the flue space–the space between rows of pallet rack or between a row and a wall.

Read on to find out why it’s important and how to include it in your designs for the best results.

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August 12, 2015

Why Optimizing Your Pick Line Could Be More Important Than Your Pallet Rack

What area is more important to your warehouse: your pallet rack or your pick line? The truth is both areas play a vital role in the storage and order fulfillment part of your business. However, there is only so much you can do to optimize the pallet rack in your Wisconsin warehouse:

  • Make sure it’s in good shape. Don’t let old or faulty equipment stay in your warehouse–replace it promptly.
  • Keep it clean. Remove debris and keep pallet rack organized to improve efficiency.
  • Stay on top of safety training. Make sure your employees are continuously being trained on warehouse safety to reduce accidents and injuries.

When it comes to your pick line, though, there are likely numerous things you could be doing to improve on that space. Optimizing your pick areas increases employee efficiency, increasing production, and helps your bottom line. Here are a few things to consider for improvements on your pick areas:

  • Reduce the amount of space your employees have to cover. Pay attention to their pick paths, and rearrange areas if necessary to reduce the amount of space they need to cover. This reduces fatigue on your team as well as speeds up fulfillment and production.
  • Use the right storage. Whether it is gravity flow racks, conveyor belts, or even pallet racks, using the right storage for your products is vital to keeping everything organized and making a smart use of your space.
  • Make it safe and comfortable. Standing mats to reduce wear on knees, bright lighting to make it easy to find the right products, and the right temperature control are all small things that make a big difference in both employee morale and output.

Have questions about how to optimize these areas of your warehouse? Give the DAK Equipment team a call and we’ll help your Green Bay, Milwaukee, and Pleasant Prairie-area warehouse a hand.

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August 09, 2015

Consider This Before You Buy More Wholesale Racking

If you are in the market to purchase more wholesale racking for your Wisconsin warehouse, DAK Equipment has everything that you need. But before you make that purchase, we have one important question for you to answer: Are you using your existing wholesale racking as best you can?

For most businesses, the answer is no. They may be using their existing wholesale racking to hold small items on large shelves, or they may be holding too much inventory, or they may not be utilizing a pick line like they should be. Many of the companies who approach us again and again for wholesale racking think that more shelves will solve their storage dilemmas when, in fact, a complete overhaul of their warehouse may be what’s really needed.

Fortunately, DAK Equipment can help with that, too. Our project managers can help you evaluate your current warehouse footprint and help you determine if you are using the space to its maximum potential. We’ll look for solutions like mezzanines, carton flow racks, and other materials handling solutions that can help you get more out of your existing space. We’ll even help you look at your current inventory system and determine if you are carrying too much inventory for fulfillment.

This service from DAK Equipment can help your Green Bay-area warehouse save money. You won’t need to invest in so much wholesale racking and you won’t have to move your warehouses location in order to create the space that you need. Call our Project Management team today and learn more about the DAK Equipment solutions that can help you get more from your current warehouse space!

 

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