Archive for June, 2016

June 08, 2016

How to Use Pallet Rack Shelving to Give Yourself a Competitive Advantage

When it comes to getting an advantage over your competitors, your warehouse plays an important role. The key to your competitive advantage is making sure your warehouse can do two things: stay fast and flexible. Choosing the right pallet rack shelving can help you do both.

Stay Fast

Being able to process orders quickly and accurately is the first goal of your warehouse. This starts with setting up your warehouse with a pallet rack shelving system that offers the best storage solution for your products and keeping them organized. Next, speed comes from making sure the layout of your warehouse is optimized. The longer your team has to spend walking from the pallet racks to the shipping area is money that you are losing.

Stay Flexible

Customer demands change and products change, so your warehouse should be able to change with them. A successful warehouse should be able to quickly adapt to changes as they come up. Having a pallet rack system that can adapt along with the needs of your warehouse is essential. Racking systems should be able to adjust to your needs and help you serve your customers even more efficiently.

Is your current pallet rack system doing all of this for you? Are you able to be fast and stay flexible? If not, it’s time to call DAK Equipment & Engineering. Not only can we set you up with the best pallet racking system for your space, we can help you set it up in a layout that maximizing your space and increases your efficiency. Contact our team today.

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June 06, 2016

How to Make a Mezzanine Work in Your Oddly-Shaped Area

Not all warehouses are perfectly square boxes. That’s especially true in crowded urban areas where you need to use whatever space is available for your warehouse, even if that means the shape is a little odd. When it comes to these oddly-shaped warehouse spaces, is there a mezzanine that will fit them? What options do you have for a mezzanine deck if you don’t have a nice square? Fortunately, mezzanines are incredibly versatile and there is a solution for every warehouse.

Have a Custom Mezzanine Made

Most mezzanines are custom fitted to the needs of the customer. That means that no matter what size or shape you need, most manufacturers are happy to accommodate your space. While this level of customization may cost you a little bit more, you’ll still be saving when compared to the expense of a construction project. Plus, the manufacturer will handle any adjustments that need to happen for sprinkler systems and guardrails.

Don’t Fill Up the Entire Available Space

You might not need to use all of the available space for a mezzanine. Instead, consider using only part of the space. You may be able to save on customization and manufacturing costs and still get the extra space that you need. You can talk to the experienced warehouse design team at DAK Equipment & Engineering to determine if a partial mezzanine is going to be enough to fulfill your space requirements. They may be able to provide you with other solutions for your warehouse to maximize your space.

Give the DAK Equipment & Engineering team a call today to learn more about your mezzanine options!

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June 03, 2016

The Potential Downside of Conveyor Systems

We’ve discussed a lot on this site about the benefits of conveyor systems. So with all the benefits, is there a downside of installing a conveyor system in your warehouse? Let’s take a look at some of the potential cons to all those pros:

It Requires an Investment

Conveyor systems don’t come for free. You’ll need to invest in the equipment, and how much you spend will depend on what kind of system you choose and how long it needs to be to maximize the benefits to your warehouse. There are ways to cut costs on a conveyor system, though, so you can stay within your budget.

You’ll Need to Maintain It

Conveyor systems, like most other warehouse equipment, will need to be properly maintained in order to get the most out of your investment. That means purchasing replacement parts on occasion and paying for repairs and repairmen. Fortunately, most conveyor systems are relatively low maintenance if you give them some daily attention.

You’ll Have to Train Employees on Use

Conveyor systems aren’t necessarily complex, but there are a lot of moving parts and the potential for injury and accidents. You’ll need to take time to train your employees on the use of the conveyor system and retrain them regularly to reduce the chance of accidents.

Despite these potential drawbacks, there are still so many benefits to having a conveyor system installed that they easily outweigh the downsides. If you are interested in having a conveyor system installed in your warehouse, call the DAK Equipment & Engineering team for more information today.

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