Archive for March, 2017

March 30, 2017

The Role of Lighting in Your Warehouse

Our warehouse consultants have worked with warehouses in 39 different states (and one Canadian province!) last year. Through all of our interactions with warehouses helping them find solutions to challenges to make their operation more efficient, there is one thing we know that a lot of warehouses are overlooking: the importance of lighting. Good lighting can be a huge improvement to a warehouse in a lot of different ways. If your warehouse is struggling with one of these areas, it might be time to consider what a lighting change could do.

It improves employee morale.

Employees like to work in a nice environment. Part of what makes it so nice is the fact that it’s nicely lit and they can see into all those dark corners. It helps reduce eye strain, too, which could lead to headaches, shoulder pain, and neck aches. That means a well-lit warehouse could make your employees happier, help them work harder, and reduce the number of sick days they take.

It speeds up productivity.

When you can see what you are doing, you’ll be able to get it done a whole lot faster. Bright warehouses are a great way to make sure nothing is getting overlooked. Dim lighting can lead to mistakes, which slows down productivity and creates unhappy customers who are waiting on their corrected order. Bright lights allow your team to see what they are doing and get it done right.

It reduces loss and damage.

How much are you losing to the dark corners of your warehouse? When you flood them with light, you’ll wonder no more. Bright lighting helps your team ensure they aren’t overlooking items and marking them as lost. It can help reduce the amount of product that’s damaged in poor lighting, too, which means you’ll have fewer materials to damage out.

It makes your warehouse safer.

Your employees want to work in a safe environment, and good lighting is part of that. Dim lighting can lead to more accidents like a slip and falls. This can drive up your worker’s compensation claims and give your warehouse a bad reputation. Brighter lights mean better safety and fewer accident reports to fill out.

It can reduce your costs.

Taking care of all of the above things can help you reduce your operating costs, but good lighting itself can be cheaper to run. That’s because if you haven’t updated your lighting system recently, you could be using bulbs and fixtures that aren’t as energy efficient as what’s on the market today. Upgrading your lighting could actually lower your monthly energy costs, paying off the expense of the upgrade over time.

How to Get Better Lighting in Your Warehouse

Great lighting is definitely at the top of the list of recommendations that our warehouse consultants make to warehouses looking to improve their productivity and safety. If you want to learn more about what great lighting can do for your warehouse, you’ll want to speak to an industrial lighting expert. That can perform a cost-benefit analysis on new lighting in your warehouse and let you know what they can do for you and how much it’s going to cost.

Need other ideas about how to make your warehouse run smoother and work faster? Get in touch with us. Our warehouse consultants would love to speak with you about the challenges that you are facing and helping you find the warehouse equipment and other services that you need in order to overcome it. Give us a call or contact us through our website to get started. We can’t wait to start working with you to make your warehouse a better operation!

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March 27, 2017

Get to Know Your Warehouse Equipment: Forklifts

It’s time for another part in our series about getting to know more about your warehouse equipment! This series aims to teach you more about the options that are available for your warehouse equipment in order to ensure you are using the best possible option. The DAK Equipment & Engineering team wants to educate our warehouse customers so they have the most productive, cost-efficient warehouse possible. In our previous blogs, we’ve discussed some of the more common types of conveyor systems as well as some less common types and what they are used for in the warehouse setting.

Today, we’re going to talk about forklifts. You might think that all forklifts are the same, but they aren’t. Here are some of the different types of forklifts that might be useful in your warehouse.

Different Types of Forklifts

Counterbalance Forklifts

This is the forklift you probably see in your head when you imagine forklifts hard at work in the warehouse. These look almost like a golf cart with two forks on the front for picking up pallets. They get their name from the weight in the back of the truck which counteracts the weight of the load on the forks. These forklifts are straightforward to operate but might not give you the reach that you need and require more space in which to operate.

Reach Forklifts

Reach trucks are called this because of their ability to reach into racking in order to pull out a load. These are great forklifts for a warehouse because they are able to operate in tight spaces and lift their loads very high. That makes them useful for loading and unloading pallet racks. They can also be configured to handle double deep racks.

Side-Loading Forklifts

These forklifts are great for narrow spaces because you don’t need as much room to load the materials onto the forks. There are a number of variations of the side loaders, including ones with enclosed cabs and ones that require the operator to stand up. The forks on this forklift are on the side of the machine, which makes it easier to operate.

Pedestrian-Operated Forklifts

These forklifts are moved by someone walking around with them, which is how they get their name. There is no cab on these. They are typically guided with a handle. Some of them might have a small motor to help move the materials more easily, and others might use a pump handle to help raise the load off of the floor so the operator can guide it to a new location without using a larger forklift. These are good for warehouses that don’t often have to move pallets, making a traditional forklift unnecessary.

Very Narrow Aisle Trucks

These trucks are designed for very narrow aisle configurations. They allow the operator to reach materials on higher shelves within the very narrow aisles without doing damage to the materials or the pallet shelving. These are highly specialized forklifts for a very specialized setup, but they can be useful when you are trying to maximize your storage space.

Which Forklift Do You Need?

If your warehouse is struggling to move materials from one area to another, it may be time to look at different forklift options. The DAK Equipment & Engineering team is happy to talk to you about your options and help you find the one that’s right for your warehouse. Give us a call or contact us through our website for more information and to speak with one of our project managers about all of your forklift needs today. We have options for every warehouse, budget, and material handling challenge!

 

 

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March 24, 2017

Get to Know Your Warehouse Equipment: Industrial Conveyor Systems (Part 2)

Welcome to our blog series aimed at help you get to know more about your warehouse equipment. The DAK Equipment & Engineering team wants to make sure that you have the information you need about your warehouse equipment in order to ensure you are using the equipment and supplies that are right for your warehouse. Being knowledgeable about your options can help you increase the productivity and lower the costs of your warehouse!

In our previous blog, we started to look at different types of industrial conveyor systems. We discussed some of the more common conveyor types that you might find in a typical warehouse. Today, let’s look at some of the more unusual types of conveyor systems, what they might be used for, and whether or not they’d be a good fit for your warehouse.

Types of Industrial Conveyors

Bucket conveyor

Bucket conveyors typically move the load in a bucket attached to a vertical conveyor. The bucket is then automatically emptied out when it reaches the end of the conveyor, then moves back down to get another load. This is a useful system if you need to move liquid from one level to the next. You’ll see it more in use in fabrication settings.

Vertical conveyor

Vertical conveyors act like elevators for materials. They might be attached to a horizontal conveyance system, working in conjunction with it to move materials from one level to another. You can set these conveyors up to move up and down and you can have them work automatically or through manual operation only when a load is ready to be moved. Keep in mind that these conveyors are not meant to move people, so you shouldn’t rely on them as a replacement for a freight or standard passenger elevator.

Trolley conveyor

Trolley conveyors can be a great system to put in place if you don’t have any space on your floor for a conveyor system. That’s because a trolley system runs overheads, moving materials on an overhead track. Items are loaded onto the trolleys which then move them to the next location. They are great for storage and assembly stations.

Tow conveyor

Tow conveyors can be integrated into the flooring of your warehouse so you don’t block travel paths. The tow conveyor has a hook that attaches to a cart or dolly and moves it along the track to the final destination. You can also put towlines overhead although they are more likely to block walking paths when installing that way. Tow lines are great for warehouses that need to move heavy equipment over long distances and don’t want to take up too much floor space.

Which Conveyor System is Right for You?

The conveyor system that you choose for your warehouse is going to depend on what materials you are moving, the size of your warehouse, what you need the conveyor to do, and how much you want to spend on the warehouse equipment. No matter what your answers are, though, there is a conveyor system that’s right for your warehouse.

The DAK Equipment & Engineering team is going to help you find it! Whatever you need to move and however you need to get it there, we have a conveyor system to help. Get in touch with our project managers today and speak to them about your warehouse equipment needs. We served 39 states last year and we’re ready to get to work wherever you are at to ensure you have the system needed to make your warehouse run more smoothly. Give us a call or contact us through our website to find a warehouse conveyor system that’s right for you.

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