Archive for September, 2016

September 12, 2016

The Only Place that Fewer Steps is Better

A few years ago, wearable tech became a big deal. Devices like the Apple Watch were launched, giving us more ways to access technology other than through our mobile phones. One of the most popular devices to come out of the wearable technology boom was the FitBit. This small, rubberized bracelet does things like count how many steps you were getting in a day, monitor your heart rate, and even chart your sleeping patterns. Suddenly everyone who owned one was obsessed with getting in the recommended 10,000 steps a day. Anyone who worked around pallet racking systems is probably hitting that goal easily!

 

Is That a Good Thing?

dreamstime_xxl_48682856Well, it depends. While hitting your 10,000 steps a day is great for things like your cardiovascular health and weight loss, it might not be great for the health of your warehouse. That’s because how many steps your team takes each day is an indication of how efficiently they are moving throughout the warehouse. The fewer steps they have to take, the quicker they are getting orders out the door and to your customers. Of course, even in a moderately sized warehouse, 10,000 steps a day probably isn’t out of the question!

 

Monitor Those Steps at Work

While you don’t actually need your team to count their steps while on the job, it’s something to think about when it comes to maximizing efficiency. Could you be arranging your pallet racking systems in a better layout for productivity? Would a conveyor be more efficient to move products back and forth? Small investments and changes could result in greater productivity for your warehouse.

DAK Can Help Make a Plan

Our warehouse layout team can help make sure you have a warehouse layout that maximizes on your space and your manpower. Let us review your setup and give you some ideas to help make things run smoother! Don’t worry…if your team isn’t getting their steps in on the job, you can always organize a walking club at lunch!

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September 08, 2016

Pallet Sizes Around the World

pallet shelving If you work in an industry that requires you to ship pallets internationally, you know that pallet sizes aren’t standardized around the world. In fact, most countries have slight differences in the sizes of their pallets, and this can greatly affect the kind of pallet rack shelving that you choose to put in your warehouse. You’ll want to make sure whatever pallet racks you choose will offer enough wiggle room to accommodate pallets from the countries that you work with the most.

Standard Pallet Sizes in the U.S.

If you work in a warehouse in North America, you probably know the standard pallet size by heart: 40 x 48”. Pallets don’t generally stray too far from this measurement in order to make life easier on warehouse workers and to ensure that forklifts are going to be able to lift and move pallets onto and off of trucks and other transportation.

Standard Pallet Sizes From Overseas

Things get a little different when it comes to pallets overseas.

United Kingdom

The UK measures their standard pallets in millimeters, the standard size being 1200 x 1000 mm. Translating that into inches, you can expect a pallet from the UK to be about 47.24 x 39.37”, or just under the size of a standard US pallet.

Australia

Australian pallets actually measure a bit bigger, and unique to many other parts of the palleting world, they actually make their pallets perfectly square at 1165 x 1165 mm (or 45.87 x 45.87”). If you are expecting a number of palletized shipments from Australia, you’ll want to make sure you have room on your shelves for these uniquely shaped pallets.

China

China uses a pallet that’s similar in size to the United Kingdom, measuring 1200 x 1000 mm (47.24 x 39.37”), though they may also use a square pallet with three runners that measure a square 1200 x 1200 mm (47.24 x 47.24”).

Call DAK For Help With All Pallet Sizes

If you have an international warehouse that needs to account for a variety of pallet sizes, DAK Equipment & Engineering can help you find the pallet racking system that accommodates pallet sizes from around the world. We’ll help you make sure you can neatly and safely store inventory in your warehouse without any hassle. Get in touch with our team today by filling out the form below and speaking with a member of our team. We’ll talk to you about the needs of your warehouse and create a system that’s perfect for you and your budget.

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September 01, 2016

When It’s Time to Ditch Those Old Pallets

pallet shelvingIf there is one thing most warehouses have a surplus of, it is pallets. Pallets fill your pallet rack shelving, and you probably have a spare dozen or so lined up against your walls. You depend on pallets for packaging, shipping and receiving, so you never want to run short on your supply. But when it is time to ditch your old pallets?

Signs It’s Time to Toss Your Pallets

Traditional wooden pallets have a limited shelf life. They are made from cheap, untreated wood that will withstand a lot but won’t last forever. Here are some of the signs it’s time to pitch your pallet:

The wood is cracked.

This is the most common issue with old pallets and can be a danger to anyone who is using the pallet as the broken wooden pieces can cause injury to your team and your inventory.

There are missing slats.

Those slats on the pallet are there for good reason: they bear the weight of the inventory and give forklifts something to hang onto when moving a pallet around. If one or more are missing, it’s time to get a new pallet.

The wood is rotting.

Pallets get wet. While this normally isn’t a big deal, if the wood stays wet for too long it could start to rot away. That weakens the pallet and could present an issue in the near future when the pallet can’t handle the weight of the inventory.

What To Do With Old Pallets

Once you’ve cleaned out your pallet inventory, what should you do with the rejects? There are plenty of people who will be happy to take them. Pallets have become an in-demand item for craft and building projects. People are doing everything from creating accent walls to building furniture with pallet wood, which is a great way to recycle them. If you just have a few, put them out by your dumpster with a free sign on them. Chances are good that someone is going to drive by and want them. If you have a lot, consider putting a free add on Facebook or Craigslist alerting people to their availability. You’ll see them disappear in no time!

Looking For Pallet Replacements?

Once you’ve cleaned out your pallet inventory, you might find you need to pick up some new ones. DAK Equipment & Engineering carries a variety of pallets perfect for your pallet racks. We can even get you started with better long-term palleting solutions such as plastic or metal! Fill out the form below and we’ll help you find pallets that you’ll love to use.

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