Archive for October, 2016

October 26, 2016

The Benefits of Installing Industrial Lockers in Your Space

DAK Equipment & Engineering has installed industrial lockers for businesses across the country. Despite how often we work with businesses who want these lockers, we encounter some warehouse owners who think industrial lockers are a waste of their budget and their space. We’re here to tell you: they aren’t. Here are some of the reasons installing industrial lockers could actually help your business!

 

The Many Benefits of Industrial Lockers

 

Employees have a safe place to keep their things.Emergency Response steel lockers from DAK

Very few people show up to work empty handed! Whether it’s a packed lunch, a purse, or a winter coat most employees have a few items they need to store during the workday. Their locker is the perfect place. Expecting them to keep items in their car can increase the risk of theft and having them put items in a communal area could pose a risk of clutter and create unnecessary hazards in the workplace.

Less wasted time running out to cars.

If you expect your team to keep their gear out in their car, they are going to have to go out to their cars more often. That 15-minute break could quickly get stretched out into 20 or 25 minutes depending on how far they have to walk. It’s likely going to slow down your production and put employees in a foul mood.

Work necessities can be kept on-site.

If your employees need specific equipment for their job (safety vests, hardhats, name badges, etc.) then a locker is a great place to keep it. Lockers help keep items organized and safe until they are needed. Otherwise, you’ll run the risk of those items making their way home to an employee’s house and not making it back for the next shift. That could put your employee at risk of safety violations or result in lost production time as they have to replace it or go home and get the item.

Ready For Your New Lockers Yet?

Industrial lockers are one of the least expensive and most useful things you can install in your warehouse environment. DAK Equipment & Engineering has a variety of industrial lockers that can provide you with the storage you need while staying within your price point. Talk to a member of our sales team today and learn more about the industrial lockers we have to offer. They’ll find you something that’s a perfect fit! Fill out the form below to get in touch with our team today.

 

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October 25, 2016

How Fast is Order Picking In Your Warehouse?

Order picking is one of those vital areas in a warehouse that can really make or break your operation. The importance of picking will greatly affect your bottom line. That’s because the faster you can pick orders, the more orders you can fulfill in a day, so the more merchandise you sell, and the happier your customers are, and on and on and on. Our warehouse consultants know that a successful warehouse will always have successful order picking.

 

How is Your Order Picking Measuring Up?

warehouse consultants can help with picking processIf your order picking isn’t where you’d like it to be, there are a number of things you can do to try to make it more efficient.

 

Automate more of the process.

The more you automate, the less you have to depend on human labor. Human labor leaves room for more mistakes, sick days, and simple human error that can slow down the order picking process and put you behind. Replacing parts of the picking process with automation can greatly increase efficiency and speed.

 

Move products around in the warehouse.

It’s worth looking at where products are placed in your warehouse to see if you can eliminate unnecessary steps when picking an order. For instance, if you know that two products are often ordered together, you’ll want to place those products near each other on warehouse shelves. That way orders with those items can be completed much quicker.

 

Use a different picking system.

Not all picking systems are made the equal, and what’s right for one warehouse might not be right for yours. It might not even be the right system six months from now. Learn about different picking methods, their pros and cons, and why they might (or might not!) be the right choice for your warehouse.

 

We Can Help You Find the Right Warehouse Solutions

Our warehouse consultants have worked with hundreds of businesses around the country, helping them optimize their order picking process. We can do it for you, too. We have a team of people who are passionate about helping you find the right warehouse solutions to increase both your profits and your efficiency. We can help you analyze your space, your processes, and your people to find ways to optimize and eliminate waste. If you are ready to speed up your picking process and see more orders going out the door every day, it’s time to contact our team. Fill out the form below and a member of the DAK Equipment & Engineering team will contact you shortly!

 

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October 24, 2016

Do You Have the Right Warehouse Equipment For Your Space?

For most businesses, when they start their warehouse they start with a few pallet racks. Then they expand to a conveyor system. Maybe later they add  a warehouse mezzanine or a prefab office. Over time, your warehouse space accumulates more and more equipment. But is it the right equipment? Is the equipment you have in place now actually slowing down your warehouse and holding you back from achieving more? It’s time to find out, and DAK Equipment & Engineering can help you with the process.

 

It’s Time to Evaluate the Equipment You Have…

When you slowly accumulate warehouse equipment over time, you are likely doing it in order to meet a need that your warehouse had at the time. Maybe you need more pallet racks or your need more office space for your administrative team, and perhaps those needs have changed now. It’s a good idea to periodically evaluate the equipment that you are using in your warehouse to see if it’s still really doing what you need it to do. Maybe you aren’t bringing in as many pallets now and need to make room for carton flow racks, or maybe your old conveyor belt system is gathering dust.

 

…and Make Space For New Optimization

Once you’ve evaluated your current supply of warehouse equipment, you can determine what stays and what goes. By getting rid of warehouse equipment that no longer meets your needs, you are making room to optimize your space. You’ll be able to get the shelving and automation systems that you actually need in order to speed up your processes and complete orders faster. A periodic review of your current equipment gives you a chance to optimize both your layout and your process so you can maximize your profits.

 

Let Our Warehouse Equipment Experts Help

Evaluating your own warehouse is easier said than done! To really get the most out of the experience, it’s a good idea to contact a professional warehouse consultant to help you. DAK Equipment & Engineering offers warehouse consultancy services that can help you with your warehouse layout and design planning as well as ensure the optimization of your current equipment. We’ll help you make sure you have the right equipment in the right place so your business can run more efficiently.

Get in touch with our team today to learn more about our warehouse equipment consultations. Fill out the form below to learn more!

 

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