Archive for April, 2016

April 06, 2016

Information You’ll Need Before Ordering Your Pallet Racks

DAK Equipment sells pallet rack systems of all kinds, including selective pallet racks, push back racks, carton flow racks, drive-through pallet racks and more. We’re happy to help you find the system that’s right for your warehouse. When you contact DAK Equipment about your pallet racks, our team will need to gather some information from you in order to help you choose the right system for your space. When you call, we’ll need to know:

  • What items are you storing?
  • What is your budget?
  • What kind of forklift are you using (if any)?
  • How big is your space, including the height?

The answers that you give us will influence the kind of pallet racks we recommend to you. For instance, if you are storage large pallets of items and use a large forklift, a drive through system might be best. For warehouses with a high rate of inventory turnover and smaller carton, selective pallet racks might be a better option. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for warehouses in need of pallet racks, but with the right information, we can find you the right items.

Not sure about some of the answers to these questions? That’s okay. The DAK Equipment team can come to your location and get the information that we need. This can also be a great opportunity for us to evaluate your current setup and suggest alterations that can improve your warehouse’s efficiency as well as your bottom line. Get in touch with a DAK Equipment & Engineering project manager today.

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April 05, 2016

How Standardization Can Help Your Warehouse Make More Money

One of the thing that experienced warehouse manager can tell you is that process is paramount. You should ideally have a process for everything that happens in your warehouse, from how the pallet racks are loaded to how end products go out the door. Standardizing your process for everything that happens in your wharehouse can actually help boost your bottom line, as well. Here is how:

  • Helps keep your workers safe. A standard process should be written and integrated with worker safety in mind. This can help lower worker injury rates by training them to do things safely every time. This reduces accidents, lowers worker’s compensation claims, and reduces the number of days of work missed by your team.
  • Reduces damage to products. Not only will your team stay safe, so will your products. Write your process so it takes into consideration your merchandise and the products you are moving around. Doing the same thing every time eliminates many of the chances for accidents that damage merchandise, reducing your waste costs.
  • Keeps mistakes to a minimum. Returns cost your warehouse money. You have to process returns, refund money to customers, and often damage out merchandise. A process can help eliminate errors and ensure that the right products are going out the door to the right people, lowering your error rates.

So how do you integrate an effective process? It isn’t hard and it doesn’t take much time. Here are some tips:

  • Have everyone involved. From senior management to team leads to shift workers, you should get input from every level on your process. This does two things for you: first, it encourages “buy in” from every level in your organization and makes them more likely to follow the protocol; second, it gives you more insight into what’s actually happening in your warehouse and how to develop an effective process.
  • Do the same thing every time. Once the process is in place, make sure that every employee follows it every time. If you find they are taking shortcuts or making changes to the process, your process may need adjusting. A great process should allow your team to work without feeling the need to cut corners.
  • Automate as much as possible. Using automation, whether it’s a light-up pick system or a simple conveyor belt, eliminates human error and helps you keep everything in yourwarehouse moving more efficiently. Where it makes sense for your space and your budget, automate your process.

Whether you are writing a process for your pallet racks, conveyor systems, or even on how to work on your mezzanine deck, you’ll see the benefits quickly. DAK Equipment can help, too, with our CAD modeling and project management services. We can help you design a warehouse that’s more efficient for your team, making the most out of every inch of space that you have and setting up efficient workflow. Then you’ll be able to easily write a process for everything that you do.

Interested in learning more about what we can do for you? Give the DAK Equipment team a call or contact us through our website and let us help you get your warehouse set up with the processes you need to maximum your profits.

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April 03, 2016

Keep Workers Safe on Your Tall Industrial Shelves

One of the newest trends in materials handling and warehouse management is to expand your industrial shelves up, not out. Milwaukee warehouses are using the space between their existing shelves and their ceiling to expand the available storage capacity of their warehouse. This is a trend that DAK Equipment recommends often to our customers who don’t have room within their current square footage to add more shelves, but can still build up. Of course, going higher can put employees at risk if they aren’t following proper safety guidelines when working in and around these higher shelves.

Higher industrial shelves mean you won’t be able to simply use a step ladder to reach items on the upper shelves. Along with the industrial shelves themselves, you’ll need to invest in the equipment that gets your merchandise and your people up and down. That might include an automatic lift, a forklift, extra-tall ladders, or other equipment. You’ll need to keep the safety of your team at the forefront of your mind when making these changes to your warehouse and when purchasing this equipment.

Be sure to follow OSHA and other guidelines when it comes to worker safety. If you aren’t sure about the safety implications of your extra-tall industrial shelves, work with a professional who can help you get the right shelves as well as get the right safety equipment. DAK Equipment & Engineering is ready to help! You can give us a call and get connected with a project manager who can help you with every aspect of your warehouse expansion. Talk to us today!

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