Archive for August, 2016

August 17, 2016

Could Your Conveyor Systems Generate Their Own Power?

One of the potential drawbacks of powered conveyor systems is that you need, well, power. The system relies on electricity to move the belt of the conveyor and move your products from one area to another. This need may require you to run electrical cables through your warehouse, depending on your set up and where your conveyor system is going to operate, making it considerably more expensive than other conveying options such as an unpowered system. But is it possible to have your conveyor system generate power for other purposes?

 

What One Australian Company is Doing

According to a recent article on AustralianMining.com, one company is using “kinetic energy from a moving conveyor belt to generate power to run electronic systems within a power station.” The power station gives power to safety systems and monitoring stations for the conveyor system.

“‘We found we could draw energy from a moving belt by attaching an independent generator directly to one of the rollers,’ said Paul Harrison, Global Engineering Manager.” This gave the team the ability to power their monitoring equipment without running more cables or drawing power from other sources.

This is an ingenious way to harness the power of a conveyor system that’s already in place. It’s also an eco-friendly solution; by generating their own power, they don’t have to pull that electricity from other sources which could be damaging to the environment.

 

DAK Equipment Can Help You Find the Right Conveyor System

Are you interested in finding an eco-friendly and budget-friendly conveyor system for your warehouse? Contact DAK Equipment & Engineering by filling out the form below and we’ll help you find a solution that’s right for your warehouse.

 

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August 15, 2016

How Often Should You Count Small Inventory on Your Shelves

pallet rack systemInventory management is a key part of running a warehouse. It helps you keep control over the goods in your warehouse, which have a direct affect on your bottom line. If too many of those items go missing, you can’t fulfill a customer order, keep up with ordering new supplies, and have to write off a good chunk of your profit to loss. Keeping track of the inventory on your industrial shelves has become easier over the years thanks to automatic systems, barcoding, and consistent inventory counts. But with all of these advances in the warehouse, how often should you be counting your inventory?

 

The Yearly Option

Many businesses choose to do an annual inventory at the beginning or end of the year to make adjustments in their computer system and start with a fresh inventory count. This can be good for a smaller warehouse that doesn’t have a great deal of merchandise on their industrial shelves.

 

Periodic Counts

Some businesses may choose to do inventory counts on a monthly, weekly, or even a daily basis. This is a good option if you have a number of expensive products that need to be accounted for or if you have variable inventory that might need correction based on use throughout the day. Keep in mind that counting inventory more often takes manpower away from other jobs, making it expensive, so make sure it’s worth the cost.

 

Perpetual Systems

These systems are the computerized systems used by many warehouses that track sales and order fulfillment to automatically deduct inventory from the system. You’ll still want to do an occasional inventory count, though, in order to ensure that your computerised records are accurate. Don’t take them for granted and instead use them as a guide for what should be on your industrial shelves.

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August 12, 2016

5 Signs It’s Time for a Modular Office

If you’ve been going back and forth about whether or not your warehouse needs a modular office, DAK Equipment & Engineering can help! Here are the top five signs it’s time to call us and place an order for your new prefabricated office space.

 

Your team sits outside to eat lunch…even in cold weather.

It might not be a big deal that your crew likes to eat their lunch outside, but if you see them eating out there even when the temperatures plunge, that’s an issue. It’s a sign that they don’t have anywhere else to eat! A modular office can be configured as a great break and lunch room for your team.

You are constantly looking for secure storage space for files.

There are a lot of warehouse files that require secure storage. Personnel files, customer information, and credit card numbers all need to be locked up. If you are fighting for space for secure file storage on the warehouse floor, it’s time to order a modular office. These spaces can house your secure files all in one convenient location.

Your admin team is wearing soundproof headphones all day.

You rely on your admin team to keep your warehouse functional. If you’ve noticed they are wearing their soundproof headphones all day long, though, they could probably benefit from their own office space. Modular offices give them a clean, comfortable and quiet place to get their work done away from the noise of the warehouse floor.

Your clean room is less than clean.

If you are having a tough time keeping your clean room, well, clean, a modular office can be the solution that you need. We can help you configure your modular office to be a state-of-the-art cleanroom for your warehouse, perfect for assembly and handling of sensitive materials.

Your crew keeps their gear locked in their car trunks.

Your team probably carries some things with them to work every day, whether it’s a lunchbox, a gym bag for after work, or just a purse with their essentials. They need a place to stash their stuff! If they are keeping it in their car, it’s time to get them a locker room. Modular offices can be outfitted with lockers, creating a break room that doubles as a safe storage space for your team!

 

Call DAK Equipment to Start Your Order

We make getting a modular office that’s right for your warehouse easy. Our team will listen to your need and help you develop a space that’s right for your warehouse and your budget! Fill out the form below to get started.

 

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