Archive for February, 2016

February 25, 2016

The Benefits of Having a Quiet Modular Office on a Busy Warehouse Floor

Some warehouse managers in Chicago don’t think they need to invest in modular offices for their warehouse. They may think they simply roping off a separate area or tucking a desk into a corner is good enough. While that may be the most affordable solution, it’s certainly not the best one for your team. Here are some of the benefits of giving your crew a separate space in modular offices:

  • It gives them an actual break. Your crew works hard, and being able to step away from everything and relax in a quiet, calm space during their breaks and lunches gives them an opportunity to refresh and relax. They will return to the floor more motivated and eager to finish out the day after a mental break.
  • For management teams, it gives them a quiet place to finish paperwork, evaluations, and all the other things that come with the job. Besides helping them focus on the administrative side of their job, it also protects the confidentiality of some of the items they may be working on.
  • A modular office could be an issue of safety. Depending on your warehouse set up, allowing employees to eat their lunch or take their break in an area adjacent to the warehouse floor could put them in danger. Falling items, wayward forklifts, and the products in your warehouse could pose a risk. Giving them a safe place away from it all could protect them from injuries and accidents (and protect you from litigation).

Ready to invest in a safe, attractive modular office for your Chicago warehouse? Give us a call. We’ll help you design and install the modular office that’s perfect for your space.

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February 24, 2016

Alternatives to a Mezzanine Level in Your Chicago Warehouse

For many warehouses in the Chicago area, installing a mezzanine level is an ideal way to create more square footage inside your warehouse with an expensive addition. Unfortunately, though, it’s not the perfect solution for every warehouse. Some spaces don’t have high enough ceilings or local building codes don’t allow them to put in a mezzanine level. Whatever the reason, you aren’t stuck in a cramped space; there are alternative ways to make more room inside your warehouse:

  • Look up. Even if you can’t install a mezzanine floor, you may be able to add more shelving to your current setup. Consider adding another level of industrial shelves for more storage space.
  • Rethink your current setup. Are you using the space as efficiently as possible? Maybe instead of selective pallet shelves, you’d be better off with drive-through pallet shelving. Consider alternative shelving types, as the investment may be less expensive than moving.
  • Use each space as efficiently as possible. Invest in bins, cabinets, and other organizational equipment to help you maximize the storage space of every shelf in your warehouse.

Stumped about where to find more space? Talk to the DAK Equipment & Engineering team. We’ve been helping Chicago warehouses find the space that they need to process orders faster and get items out the door quickly. You can reach one of our experienced project managers by calling us or contacting us through our website. We work with clients all over the country find space within their existing warehouse! Trust the experts and call us today.

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February 23, 2016

Should You Integrate Dynamic Batch Picking in your Warehouse?

When it comes to processing orders in your warehouse, eliminating the distance your team needs to cover can greatly reduce the amount of time that it takes to fulfill an order. One method that many warehouses in the Chicago area are successfully implementing is the dynamic batch picking system. This system involves picking multiple orders at the same time, picking items from nearby bins for different orders and shortening the distance covered for every order. The problem with a dynamic batch picking system is that it can be difficult to integrate with conveyor systems since the multiple orders are typically sorted into carts.

If batch picking appeals to you but your warehouse is too small to handle multiple carts in the aisles, consider wave picking. Wave picking works similarly to a dynamic batch pick, but the items can be sorted onto conveyor systems and sorted out by a separate team down the line. This gives you all the convenience of dynamic batch picking while eliminating the need for carts or move merchandise more than is necessary to get it out the door.

Chicago warehouses that are looking for ways to boost their productivity should consider integrating one of these two methods. If you aren’t sure which pick method is right for your space, talk to one of the DAK engineers. Our engineers, project managers and warehouse design teams have been working with businesses like yours for years to discover new solutions to age-old problems like how to get more orders out the door every day. Give us a call today to learn more about our services and to find the picking and conveyor systems that are right for you!

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