Archive for January, 2016

January 17, 2016

How Businesses Around the Country Are Using Their Mezzanine Deck

Putting a mezzanine deck into your Milwaukee warehouse can give you a huge increase in your square footage without actually expanding your facility. Many businesses are using mezzanine levels for a variety of purposes, from expediting shipping to increasing storage area. Here are some examples recently cited in an article from Modern Materials Handling:

  • Gilt, a flash-sale online retailer, is using a multi-level mezzanine deck for their shipping operations. They’ve turned the items sold in one day over to a robotic order fulfillment system while slower-selling items are stored on the mezzanine and picked by hand. This arrangement allows them to get their first wave of orders shipped within 24 hours without worrying about reserve inventory slowing them down.
  • Home Depot is making their e-commerce business more efficient with a mezzanine deck in their warehouses. Their mezzanine is split into two areas, single line orders and multi-line orders, where all items are delivered to be packaged. This gives them the space they need to get items packaged and out the door quickly to their online customers.

If either of these examples have given you an idea about how you could put a mezzanine level to work in your own Milwaukee warehouse, give DAK Equipment & Engineering a call! We’ll help you get a mezzanine deck for your warehouse that’s the right size and help you get it set up as a shipping, picking, packing, or storage area. Our team is experienced in warehouse mezzanine levels, so call us or get in touch with us through our website today.

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January 16, 2016

Which Milwaukee Businesses Need Conveyor Systems the Most

More and more Milwaukee businesses are automating their material handling process, and that often means using conveyor systems to get their products from point A to point B. Industrial conveyor systems from DAK Equipment & Engineering may not be for every business, but for some it’s the answer they’ve been searching for to increase efficiency, decrease human error, and build up their bottom line.

According to a recent report from Future Market Insights suggests that conveyor systems are going to be most in-demand in the aviation and food & beverage industries. Aviation as a whole is expected to experience huge growth in the next several years as more and more people embrace global travel. Baggage systems will be a large part of the growth of industrial conveyor systems. The food and beverage industry will use automation to get more products out the door and to the end consumer faster. The report predicts a growth in the use of industrial conveyor systems of 4% by the year 2020, as businesses search for ways to increase efficiency in a cost effective manner.

If your Milwaukee business is ready for automation, no matter what industry that you are in, DAK Equipment & Engineering is here to help make it happen. Our team can help you design, install, and train your team on the use of a conveyor system within your warehouse or assembly facility. We offer roller, belt, and even pallet conveyors to help you get the job done. Give us a call today and learn more about our warehouse design services and industrial conveyor systems for your business.

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January 15, 2016

What Causes Milwaukee Industrial Shelves to Collapse

It is a disaster when the industrial shelves in your Milwaukee warehouse collapse. Collapsing shelves can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to products and equipment, but even more importantly, they can pose a huge risk to your workers. Knowing what causes industrial shelves to collapse can help you avoid the issue in the first place and be aware of when your shelves are likely to need repairs. These are the most common causes of industrial shelving damage in many Milwaukee warehouses:

  • Overloading your racks. Know how much weight your racks can handle and don’t load them over that amount. The additional weight can quickly start to cause structural weaknesses in your industrial shelves.
  • Forklift damage. The importance of forklift safety can’t be stressed enough in your warehouse. A forklift backing into a rack may leave what appears to be structural damage but could actually be the beginning of a shelf collapse.
  • Buying cheap industrial shelves or racks with reduced capacity ratings. It’s tempting to try to save a few bucks, but when your warehouse experiences a rack collapse you’ll be paying much more in the long run.
  • Improper installation or rearranging racks without a professional. The way your industrial shelves are put together is vital to their performance. Make sure a professional installs and moves your racks to give you the best results.

DAK Equipment offers inspection services that can help you keep your industrial shelves in the best shape possible to avoid collapse, product loss, and injury in your Milwaukee warehouse. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help!

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