Archive for December, 2016

December 20, 2016

The Benefits of Designated Spaces in Your Warehouse

In our last blog, we discussed some of the practical things you can do to keep your warehouse organized. One of those things was making designated spaces within your warehouse. Let’s take a closer look at why our warehouse consultants recommend this and how it can benefits your warehouse.

Why Should You Designate Spaces Within Your Warehouse?

  • It can help you stay organized. Keeping your warehouse organized is paramount to productivity and keeping error rates low. When employees know what each area of the warehouse is for, there is less likely to be clutter from other areas making their way into different spaces.
  • It helps your teams focus. When areas are designated for certain tasks, it’s easier for the team in that area to focus. They won’t have to worry about getting in the office team’s way or cluttering up the packing team’s walkways.
  • It creates ownership over the areas. When the picking team knows it’s their space, they are much more likely to keep it clean and organized. They know they can’t blame the mess on another department.
  • It can reduce safety hazards. The administrative team won’t have to negotiate boxes in their areas and there is less hazard of people encountering and using warehouse equipment they aren’t familiar with incorrectly.
  • It helps with order processing. Just like you need storage, shipping and administrative areas, you should have designated product areas as well. Moving in-demand products closer to the picking department helps them process orders faster, while less popular items can take up less valuable space in the back.

What if You Are Low On Space Already?

One of the complaints our warehouse consultants hear frequently about creating designated spaces within their warehouse is that they are low on space already; there isn’t enough room for everyone to have their own space. In reality, you could end up saving yourself space when you reorganize. Take a fresh look at your warehouse and see if there is a better way to arrange your areas to make them more efficient both in their space and their productivity. Should the picking department be closer to the packing department? Can you move the office team to a more remote (and quieter) area? Could you narrow your shelving aisles to make more space?

If you are struggling to find the space that you need, our warehouse consultants can help. We offer warehouse planning and design services that can reimagine your warehouse space and optimize your usage of every square inch. We can help you take your current list of warehouse equipment and rearrange it to create workspaces that meet the need of your team and increase their ability to be as productive as possible. We’ve done this for hundreds of warehouses across the United States; now it’s time to do it for you.

If you are interested in speaking with a DAK Equipment & Engineering team member about warehouse optimization and planning, get in touch with us by giving us a call or contacting us through our website today.

 

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December 15, 2016

Tips on Getting Your Warehouse Equipment Organized

We’ve mentioned that one of the biggest mistakes we see warehouses make is ignoring the seemingly “minor” housekeeping that needs to be done around their warehouse equipment. These small, overlooked tasks can add up to big issues in your warehouse. If you think organization is one of the areas that needs improvement in your own warehouse, the DAK Equipment & Engineering team has some tips that can help. These tips are practical ways you can keep your warehouse equipment cleaner and more organized for a more efficient warehouse environment.

Put These Tips into Practice in Your Warehouse

  1. Make sure you are using the right warehouse equipment. Using the right pallet shelving is key; determine whether you need cantilever racking, double deep pallet racking, drive in pallet racking, gravity flow racks or other equipment for your warehouse. If you don’t have the right equipment for your space and your inventory, it’s time to invest in something new.
  2. Create designated spaces within your warehouse and label them. Keeping areas defined and separate can help keep them clutter-free and focus your team on their tasks. It also helps those areas run more efficiently and stay organized. Make sure these areas don’t mingle unless necessary to avoid errors.
  3. Label, label, label. There should be a space for everything in your warehouse and every space should be labeled. Make labeled legible and keep them updated. This will help things get back to their proper places and cut down on error rates in your pick line.
  4. Complete daily cleaning tasks. It might not be glamorous, but it has to be done. Ensure that daily tasks such as sweeping aisles, cleaning carton racks, and maintaining the conveyor belts & other equipment are completed. Small measures go a long way over the course of a year.
  5. Organize shelving based on demand. Place items that are in-demand closer to your pick line so you cut down on processing time. It’s also a good way to address organization issues within the warehouse on a more frequent basis.

While some of these tips are small items (like daily sweeping) and other might require more time (organizing based on demand), they are all manageable projects that you can take on within the first month of the new year. That means you’ll be able to start the year off with a more organized, cleaner warehouse than you had in 2016, which sets you up for success for the rest of the year.

If you have questions about how to implement any of these changes or if you need to upgrade your warehouse equipment, that’s where the DAK Equipment & Engineering team can help. Our team has assisted hundreds of warehouses across the United States with their warehousing needs, including the optimization of both their equipment and their systems. We can do that for you, too.

Give us a call or contact us through our website to get started. Our team will find the solutions that you need and implement them for you. Let’s make your warehouse better than ever this year.

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December 13, 2016

Why You Should Be Reading Our Case Studies

Our team works hard to create helpful resources for our past, current, and future clients. We make these resources free on our website because we care about helping you make your warehouse run more efficiently and safer. One of the resources we recommend to all of our clients are our case studies. Our warehouse consultants have compiled a number of case studies on our website that you can read. These case studies look at some of the clients we’ve worked with in the past couple of years, including:

  • What their pain points were in their warehouse
  • How we found and implemented the right solutions
  • The impact our work had on their warehouse

These case studies should be must-read material for warehouse managers across the country.

What You’ll Find in Our Case Studies

More about what our warehouse consultants can do.

It can be hard to describe everything that our warehouse consultants do for warehouses and distribution centers across the United States. Reading these case studies can help you learn more about what we do and what we can do for your warehouse. You might be surprised at some of our services or discover something that we could be doing for you.

Help identifying some of your own pain points.

Sometimes you are so close to your own situation that it’s hard to identify the issues your warehouse is actually experiencing. Learning about the difficulties that other warehouses have faced and how they found a solution could help you pinpoint your own problem areas. You might not realize that your picking line could be processing orders faster, or that by processing those orders faster you’ll be helping your bottom line. Reading case studies can show you where your own space has room for improvement.

Inspiration for ideas that might work in your warehouse.

When you need to find inspiration for your own warehouse, a great place to start is to look at what other warehouses are doing. This can show you ideas and solutions that could be implemented into your own warehouse to improve your efficiency. Of course, when you find a solution that you want for your own warehouse in our case studies, you’ll already know which warehouse consultants can help you make it happen!

Some of Our Favorite Case Studies

If you are looking for some great case studies to read but need some guidance about where to start, here are some of our favorites!

Industrial Controls Pick Module

This case study looks at an industrial automation company that had outgrown their facility. The goal was to implement a pick module that could keep up with customer demand and the number of SKUs being processed. Our warehouse consultants decided that a three-tiered pick module was the right way to go. Read the case study to learn about the other solutions that were implemented with minimal disruption to help this company stay in their current warehouse while providing superior service to their customers.

Shelving Expansion and Integration

A distributor expanded their existing warehouse space and needed to add shelving to their addition. They also needed a materials handling system that would work with their old and new spaces. Our warehouse consultants helped the company match their old shelving system so their materials handling systems would work seamlessly. That wasn’t all they did, though! Check out some of the other solutions our team integrated into their warehouse to help them expand without issues.

What Can We Do For Your Business?

Once you’ve read a few of our case studies, you’ll be sure to have some new ideas of your own. We’re ready to help! Contact our warehouse consultants for more information about how we can help today.

 

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