Archive for July, 2016

July 30, 2016

Quick Daily Tasks to Keep Your Conveyor Systems Running

dreamstime_xxl_37265311One of the best things that you can do for your warehouse equipment is maintenance. Whether it’s daily, monthly, or annual maintenance, giving your equipment a little check-up can help you head off problems before they start and keep your equipment in proper working order. This is especially true of your conveyor systems. While your conveyor probably gets daily use, if it doesn’t get some kind of daily maintenance, you could be wearing out the system sooner and be facing the cost of replacement more often. Fortunately, there are some easy things that you can do to help ensure you get the most life out of your conveyor system.

 

Daily Maintenance for Your Conveyor

 

Clean off the belt or rollers.

The belt on a powered conveyor and the rollers on a non-powered conveyor are really the workhorses of your system. They take the most impact and get the most use out of any other area of your conveyor. Keeping them clear of dirt and debris can keep them rolling along for much longer.

 

Clean the area around the conveyor.

Don’t neglect the area around your conveyor, either. Keeping the space around your conveyor system free from hazards can help prevent accidents that damage your conveyor systems. Don’t allow the space around your conveyor to become a convenient storage space in your warehouse.

 

Listen for strange noises.

Ask your team to keep an ear open for any strange noises occurring when they use the conveyor system. A strange noise could be the first indication of a mechanical failure that might result in costly delays in your warehouse.

 

Report any malfunctions immediately.

If your team experiences any issues with the conveyor in your warehouse, have them report it to you immediately. The sooner you can address issues with your conveyor system, the sooner you can get them fixed and avoid more expensive repairs down the road.

 

Look for worn parts.

Give your conveyor system a daily once-over to look for any parts or pieces that might be getting old. These parts should be replaced as soon as possible to avoid wear and tear on the system.

 

Call DAK Equipment for Your Conveyor System Needs

Whether you need a completely new conveyor system or just need some help fixing up your existing system, our team is here for you. Get in touch with DAK Equipment & Engineering today by filling out the form below. We’ll get back to you with the information, service, or part that you need right away!

 

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July 25, 2016

Defining Terms About Conveyor Systems

When you are looking at different conveyor systems for your industrial space, you might be confused about some of the terminology used. DAK Equipment & Engineering put together this handy guide to explain some of the more common terminology used when talking about conveyor systems!

 

Definitions of Conveyor System Terms

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These are the steps that an order must go through in your warehouse in order to go out to the customer and be completed. They might include picking the order, packing the order, and shipping it. A conveyor system can move orders through each step of fulfillment without the effort of your team.

 

Accumulation Buffers

These are systems put in place to keep the flow on your conveyor systems under control. It is simply a means for preventing backups, such as when pickers are able to pick orders faster than your packing team can manage them. A conveyor system can act as a sort of flow management tool.

 

Non-Powered Systems

These are the conveyor systems that don’t require electricity or motors to work. They instead rely on human power, gravity, or another force to make them work.

 

Gravity ConveyorsSpiral Conveyor

Gravity conveyors are an example of a non-powered conveyor system. They move packages through your warehouse using gravity, such as from an upper level to a lower one.

 

Powered Conveyor Systems

These are conveyor systems that use power to move products through fulfillment steps. They might use belts, motors, and other automated systems to move products. They are more expensive than non-powered system but require less effort by the user.

 

Belt Systems

An example of a powered conveyor system. Belt systems use a wide belt made from rubber or another material to move products along. An example of a belt system would be a people mover in an airport as well as a conveyor in a grocery store checkout line.

 

Have Questions About Conveyor Systems?

If you have questions about conveyor systems, some of the terminology that you’ve seen, or which conveyor system would work for your warehouse, get in touch with the DAK Equipment & Engineering team. We offer conveyor systems of all configurations so you get exactly what you need to move your product through your warehouse as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Simply fill out the form below and one of our project managers will get back with you to discuss your conveyor system options. You can also give us a call at 855-863-0340!

 

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July 22, 2016

How Lighting Can Affect Your Industrial Shelves

When it comes to your industrial shelves, there are a number of things you’ll want to think about when it comes to maximizing their potential in your warehouse: proper storage, safety considerations, and keep inventory levels in check. But one thing that many warehouses neglect to do for their industrial shelves is to properly light them. There are a number of benefits to good lighting in your warehouse, so despite the cost of upgrading your lighting system you’ll end up benefiting (and so will your employees!).

 

Do You Have the Right Lighting in Your Warehouse?

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When your industrial shelves are well-lit, your team will be able to easily spot any hazards that might be in their way. This will help them avoid hazards and help you avoid the cost of injury claims. It can also reduce eye strain, which can lower the number of sick days used due to headaches as well as neck and shoulder aches. It can also help your team spot clutter that needs to be removed, which can help eliminate trip hazards.

 

Better Inventory Management

Good lighting means your team can see all the way to the back of your industrial shelves. That means fewer lost items, less damage when stocking your industrial shelves, and better control of your inventory. Good warehouse lighting should reach the back of the shelves so no items are missed or left behind. Good lighting will also help your team spot inventory numbers on tags and boxes, making order fulfillment and annual inventory checks a much quicker process.

 

Higher Team Morale

It might seem like a little thing to you, but good lighting in the workplace can actually improve employee morale. Not only does proper lighting help reduce eye strain (which can cause headaches as well as neck and shoulder pain) but it also creates a more welcoming work environment. No one wants to spend their days in a dark warehouse!

 

DAK Has the Right Industrial Shelves for Your Warehouse

If the problem in your warehouse isn’t the lighting but the industrial shelves themselves, DAK Equipment & Engineering can help you find the right shelves for your space. We have a huge inventory of industrial shelves in a variety of options, designs, and configurations so you get exactly the setup that you need. Fill out the form below and speak to one of our project managers today about your warehouse’s needs!

 

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