Archive for February, 2017

February 16, 2017

How to Buy Used Safety Equipment For Your Warehouse

One of the easiest ways to save money on your warehouse equipment is to buy used.  A lot of warehouse equipment that’s no longer being used by warehouse has a lot of life left in it. They may simply be changing their equipment to accommodate new automation, upgrade their facilities, or make sure for a change in inventory. You can cash in on their changes by buying their old equipment off of them for a low price. Plus, purchasing used warehouse equipment can help you reduce your carbon footprint and make your warehouse a little more eco-friendly.

You shouldn’t shy away from purchasing used warehouse equipment just because it’s been in someone else’s warehouse, but there are precautions that you should take to make sure it’s a good deal. You want to save money, but you don’t want to sacrifice your team’s safety in the process. This is especially true when it comes to used warehouse safety equipment. Can you really buy used safety equipment and still be assured that your team is safe? Yes, but the precautions you take are even more important. Here are some of the things you’ll want to look for when making a purchase of used safety equipment.

Some items are better bought new than used.

Some items like barriers, guardrails, and safety columns are pretty standard and easy to purchase used. Just look out for damage from accidents or signs that the equipment might not be structurally sound, such as dents, scratches, and bends in the frames. If you see signs of damage, it’s probably best to pass on the equipment. On the other hand, you might be better off buying something like personal protective equipment new. That’s because some of this equipment needs to be cared for in a particular way in order for it to retain its safety rating. There is just no way to ensure that’s happened, so you might be putting yourself or your team in danger by buying used.

Purchase items from a reputable dealer.

Work with a well-known trusted equipment dealer when you purchase used warehouse equipment. A reputable dealer will know whether items are out-of-date or not and can give you some kind of guarantee on the quality of the equipment. They’ll do their own inspections before making a sale, giving you some peace of mind about the equipment that you’ve just purchased. Plus, a good dealer will have connections to the companies who are looking to get rid of their used equipment and may be able to help you find an even better deal.

Make sure used equipment still meets OSHA requirements.

OSHA standards can change and change quickly, so it is your responsibility to make sure that the used safety equipment that you purchase meets OSHA safety guidelines. Check the OSHA website for more information or talk to a safety inspector if you aren’t sure. Getting a great deal on used safety equipment isn’t worth it if it means you are putting your team at risk or your business at risk of expensive OSHA fines.

Looking for used warehouse equipment for your facility? Talk to the DAK Equipment & Engineering team. We work with warehouses all over the country and can help you find the right equipment at the right price. Give us a call or contact us through our website to speak with a member of our experienced team. They’ll get information on the pieces and products you are looking for and then help you find the affordable solution that’s right for your warehouse. Trust DAK Equipment & Engineering with all of your warehouse equipment needs!

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February 12, 2017

The Many Benefits of Going Narrow

Narrow aisles, even very narrow aisles, are becoming more and more the norm in warehouses across the United States. As demand for faster shipping of single items increases, the need to stock a lot of items that can be quickly accessed increases, too. Most warehouses (at least those that weren’t built in the last five years or so) haven’t been built to manage this kind of high-speed on-demand service. But one way to get around it and reconfigure your warehouse to meet that demand is by narrowing your aisles.

Is this the right move for your warehouse? Check out this list of benefits and see if it’s something that could help your warehouse increase its productivity and meet growing customer demands for next-day and same-day delivery.

Looking for other ways to increase efficiency? DAK Equipment & Engineering has the warehouse equipment that you need. Get in touch with our team today to learn more. 

Benefits of Narrow Aisle Warehouse Layouts

Reclaim unused floor space.

When you narrow your aisles, you’ll be maximizing the use of your floor space. A lot of warehouses have aisles that are much wider than they need to be, meaning there is precious square footage that’s going to waste and could be used for a better purpose.

Make room for more storage racks.

When you reclaim that square footage, you’ll be making room for more storage racks. That’s important, especially if your warehouse has been struggling to increase capacity. By narrowing your aisles, you increase capacity without requiring a move to a new facility. That could be tremendous cost savings for your business!

Fewer steps to get items out the door.

Narrow aisles mean fewer steps to get to the next item on a packing list. That means it takes your team less time and less effort to complete an order and get it out the door. That helps speed up the entire process inside of your warehouse.

What You Need to Create Narrow Aisles

Narrow aisle racking systems.

Not all racks are made for narrow aisles, so you won’t want to just jump in and start pushing your existing racking closer together. You’ll want to talk to an expert at DAK Equipment & Engineering to see if your warehouse equipment will work for a narrow aisle or very narrow aisle setup. If it doesn’t, we can help you get the warehouse equipment that you need to get it done.

Narrow aisle forklifts.

When you set up your warehouse with narrow aisles, your old forklift is probably not going to work in the narrower environment. Most forklifts need enough room to turn and raise the lift. However, narrow aisle forklifts have been built specifically to handle the demands of a narrow aisle and still give you the lift equipment you need. We can help you find the retrieval equipment you need in order to make the best use of your narrow aisle layout.

Are Narrow Aisles Right for Your Warehouse?

Narrow aisles aren’t right for every warehouse. It’s going to depend on your product line, warehouse size, and many other factors. So how will you know if it’s the right decision for your space? DAK Equipment & Engineering can help you make that determination. We’ve been working with warehouses across the country for decades, helping them create optimized layouts with their existing warehouse equipment and discovering new equipment that can help them do their jobs better. We can do that for you, too. Just get in touch with our warehouse consultants and let’s get to work. You can give us a call or contact us through our website to get started.

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February 08, 2017

Should Pallet Racks or Retrieval Method Come First in Warehouse Planning?

When it comes to creating a warehouse plan that makes optimal use of your warehouse equipment, some managers think their retrieval method should dictate how their warehouse is laid out. That’s a tempting way to approach things since you’ll be using your lift equipment on what’s most likely a daily basis. But when it comes to warehouse planning, while it’s important to keep your lift equipment and other retrieval methods in mind, it definitely shouldn’t dictate your layout.

Struggling with your warehouse planning and layout? Our team can help. We’ll take your existing warehouse equipment and help you develop an optimized plan to maximize space and storage capacity. Get in touch with us today to get started. 

Why You Should Focus Planning on Pallet Rack Shelving

When it comes to replacing your warehouse equipment, your pallet rack shelving will likely outlast every other item in your warehouse. Lift equipment technology changes at a much quicker rate. Machines come out that require less aisle space, can lift higher, and are less costly to run. But shelving technically isn’t likely to change; a shelf is pretty much a shelf, after all. Even if you do get new pallet rack shelving, you should be able to integrate the new shelves in with your old shelves without too much of a hassle.

So focusing on the more permanent structure in your warehouse–the pallet rack shelving–is the smart move. Before you start making your warehouse plan and layout, though, take some time to think about whether or not it’s time to upgrade your lift equipment. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Some new lift equipment on the market requires significantly less aisle space. That means you could narrow up your aisles and increase your storage capacity without expanding your square footage.
  • Newer equipment could be less costly to run. If your current equipment requires repair work frequently, for instance, it may be cheaper to invest in new equipment than it would be to continue to fix and run the old stuff.
  • You might find new equipment is safer. A lot of new equipment comes with advances in safety equipment, too. They are built to keep your team safer, reducing on-the-job accidents which can lower your overall expenses.

If you think it might be time to upgrade this important warehouse equipment, talk to the DAK Equipment & Engineering team. They’ll help you find the right equipment for your warehouse at a fair price.

How to Create a Good Warehouse Layout

Creating a really great warehouse layout is a lot of work. You’ll need to focus on a number of factors:

  • Workflow. Think about how the process in your warehouse starts and how it ends. Set up your warehouse so your team is taking as few steps as possible in order to speed up the process.
  • Current equipment and future equipment needs. Is your current warehouse equipment meeting your needs? What about your needs a year from now or five years from now? Create a layout that gives you what you need now as well as in the future.
  • Product size. What you carry and the size of your average pallets and cartons will dictate a great deal about your layout. If you have seasonal products, you’ll want to make sure you are set up for that, too.

It’s a big job, but it’s not one that you’l have to do on your own. If you want to optimize your warehouse layout, talk to the DAK Equipment & Engineering team. We can help you create a warehouse layout using your existing equipment so you can optimize your space and your productivity. Get started by contacting us today.

 

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