Archive for June, 2016

June 30, 2016

The Pros and Cons of Powered and Unpowered Conveyor Systems

Conveyor systems are something that almost every warehouse has, and if they don’t, it might be something they should consider installing. Conveyor systems are incredibly beneficial when it comes to increasing productivity and helping you move product through your warehouse without relying on skilled human labor to do it for you. Conveyor systems free your team up to focus on other projects and can greatly increase your productivity. If you don’t have a conveyor system currently in your warehouse, the first thing you’ll want to determine is whether you want a powered or unpowered conveyor system. DAK Equipment & Engineering can help you sort through the pros and cons of both systems.

 

Should You Choose Powered or Unpowered Conveyors?

Incline industrial conveyor systems available from DAKUnpowered Conveyor Systems

Unpowered conveyor systems use natural forces to move the product along the conveyor path. A natural force might be gravity or could be as simple as a shove down the line from your team member. Gravity conveyors can be great for unloading trucks quickly, while manual conveyance could be used along the pick line; when the picker is done filling the order, they can push it down the line to the next step in the fulfillment process.

Pros: Inexpensive, easy to install, easy to maintain

Cons: Not a lot of flexibility, best in certain working conditions

 

ConveyorTopScale.jpgPowered Conveyor Systems

Powered conveyor systems are powered by belts and motors that move the product along the path. You’ll see these conveyor systems in larger warehouses, and even being used in airports to move people through long concourses.

Pros: Can be tailored to meet specific warehouse needs, can greatly increase productivity, can move product long distances, lots of control measures can be put in place along the line

Cons: More expensive to install and maintain

 

So Which Should You Choose?

Whether you need a powered or unpowered conveyor system for your warehouse will depend a great deal on the what needs you are trying to fill. If you simply need to move something a few feet or down an incline, an unpowered conveyor is a great choice. If you need something that’s more robust and complicated, you’ll probably want to choose a powered conveyor system. It will depend somewhat on your budget, too, though the DAK Equipment & Engineering team can help configure a conveyor system that works for your warehouse and stays within your budget.

 

Benefits Either Way!

No matter what system you choose, your warehouse will benefit from the increase automation. Conveyor systems are a must-have for any growing warehouse, and will allow you to expand your operations in the future with fewer growing pains.

Conveyor systems are just one of the ways the DAK Equipment & Engineering team can help you increase the efficiency and productivity in your warehouse. Get in touch with us today to talk more about your options, including pallet racks, mezzanine levels, prefabricated offices, and other solutions that can help your warehouse meet and exceed your goals. Give us a call or contact us through our website today for more information about all of our products and services for your warehouse.

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June 20, 2016

Narrow Your Aisles to Maximize Your Profits

cantilever loadedWarehouses are constantly working to meet the demands of the modern economy. Fewer warehouses are shipping pallets of items and instead picking items one by one. Customers want their orders faster. And space is always at a premium no matter where you are at in the country. One of the quickest and (relatively) easiest ways to increase the amount of storage space in your warehouse is to narrow your aisles. By moving your pallet racks and industrial shelving in closer, you accomplish a number of things.

 

The Advantages of Moving Racks Closer

  • Increase space for additional shelves and pallet racks for more storage
  • Decrease labor by reducing the amount of space workers need to cover to retrieve items
  • Increase the speed at which orders are processed and shipped

 

Are There Disadvantages?

So there are numerous advantages when it comes to narrowing your aisles. But what are some of the disadvantages or concerns that you’ll need to be aware of when it comes to this quick-fix solution for your warehouse?

  • You’ll need to make sure that your aisles are still wide equipment for equipment to operate, including forklifts.
  • Take safety into consideration. Narrow aisles can be a hazard to workers if proper safety measures aren’t taken.

 

Let Us Help You Find the Right Set Up

In general, narrowing your aisles can be a smart move for your warehouse. The DAK Equipment & Engineering team can help you determine if it’s something that you should do in your location. Contact us today and let’s talk about the needs of your warehouse and see if narrowing your aisles is a smart move for your business.

 

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June 17, 2016

Why You Should Move Your Office Staff into Modular Offices

At first, it might look tempting to keep your administrative and management staff out on the warehouse floor. Companies think it might help create a more cohesive team by having everyone on the floor together. They also like the idea of saving money on the cost of creating a separate warehouse space. But in reality, there are number benefits to using modular offices for your office staff.

The Benefits of Using Modular Offices

modular officeSafety

Anyone out on the warehouse floor is at a higher risk of accident or injury, particularly if they are focused on a computer monitor instead of what’s happening around them. Overhead falling debris and wayward forklifts are just two of the hazards that can be avoided in a modular office.

 

Increased productivity

It might seem like a good idea to have teams intermingling, but the truth is that their jobs are very different. Administrative and management teams will need to focus on their computers, paperwork, and processes. Doing that in a busy, noisy warehouse can be very distracting and lead to mistakes and a decrease in productivity.

 

Security

Chances are your office team has some delicate information they need to protect. That includes payroll information, HR files, and other sensitive information. Having that out in a cubicle setting not only puts the information at risk but could make your company vulnerable to lawsuits. Having everything secured in a modular office is a much safer option.

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Call DAK Equipment & Engineering today to learn more about having a modular office installed in your warehouse today.

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