Archive for July, 2017

July 15, 2017

How to Manage the Relocation of Your Warehouse Equipment

Many businesses will need to face the challenges of moving their facility sooner or later. Usually, this is a good thing; it’s often a sign that your business is growing and that your facility needs to grow with it. Of course, there are a number of things you can do to put off the move to a larger facility, including:

  • Scaling back your on-hand inventory
  • Installing a mezzanine deck
  • Optimizing your warehouse equipment layout

Even if you’ve done all of this, though, you may eventually need to move. It will take a great deal of coordination between your teams to ensure that the transition is a smooth one and that you lose as little production time as possible. Thankfully, the DAK Equipment team can help move your wholesale pallet racks and other materials handling equipment and get your operation back up and running in as little time as possible.

 

Tips to Make Your Warehouse Relocation Easier

  • Create an optimized layout for the new space. When you start with a plan, it’s going to be much easier to get everything in its new place on moving day. A clear and comprehensive layout will help people know what they need to do next to complete the move, too, so you aren’t wasting time micromanaging the process.
  • Label everything. You already know the importance of labeling shelves, racks, and rows in your warehouse. It’s just as important when you move, too. If you are moving items that are destined for the pallet racks, label them with their future location. That way there is no question about where the items are supposed to go in your new space.
  • Move in sections. Take it a bite at a time and the whole moving process will seem more manageable. Moving your warehouse in sections will also help you avoid mix ups and errors when the job is done.
  • Use what you can from your old location. If your old warehouse equipment is in good shape, keep using it. There is no need to invest in a new pallet racking system if your old one is still workable and suitable for the new space.
  • Hire professional help. It’s tempting to ask your team to do the move for you, and they may be able to pitch in. However, you might find they are better suited for focusing on customer service issues and keeping orders going out the door while a professional team handles the move. It’s often faster and a better use of your money.

How DAK Equipment Can Help With Your Move

We’ve been helping warehouse and distribution centers relocate their materials handling equipment for years. We understand the inherent challenges of a move and how to overcome them. Here are some of the ways we can help!

Disassembly and Relocation Services

Our team can come into your materials handling facility and disassemble your wholesale pallet rack, conveyor belts, carton flow racks, and other equipment and safely transport it to your new facility. There, we can re-assemble your equipment to a new configuration that suits your new space.

Warehouse Layout Planning and Design

Our project managers can even provide you with an AutoCAD drawing of a new facility layout that uses your current inventory of shelves, conveyors, and equipment! Now you’ll know what you need to buy and where everything needs to go.

Installation of Equipment and Systems

Ready to set everything back up? We’ll do it for you. Our team will ensure that every nut and bolt of your warehouse equipment is ready for your inventory. You’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that your equipment is set up correctly and is ready for you.

Call DAK Equipment & Engineering to Discuss Your Next Move

Don’t let a move slow down your business. By having our professional team help with the job, you’ll be able to get back up and running faster than you would otherwise. Time is money, and the DAK equipment team will make sure you are saving plenty of both. If you have an upcoming move, get in touch with us today and let’s start planning the most successful move possible. Our project managers are happy to take on your project and help you manage it from beginning to end, giving you the best possible results. Call us or contact us through our website today!

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July 10, 2017

Why You Need to Include Wire Decking in Your Next Warehouse Equipment Purchase

Planning out your warehouse is a time-consuming process, but it’s one that will pay off in a big way once you have everything set up and your warehouse is running efficiently and cost-effectively. Once you’ve completed your warehouse planning and designed the layout, it’s time to place an order for all of the warehouse equipment that you need. You’ll probably have a list of pallet rack shelving, conveyor system parts, forklifts, and ladders that you’ll need to complete your space. You probably feel like you have a pretty comprehensive list, and you likely do. But one of the things that many warehouse planners forget when they are laying out warehouse space is also one of the most important ones: wire decking.

You might think wire decking is a relatively minor piece of warehouse equipment. Cost wise, it is. It’s one of the more inexpensive pieces of warehouse equipment that you’ll need to invest in. But when it comes to usefulness, you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck. Check out the important role wire decking can play in your warehouse and why you need to add it to your warehouse equipment order.

Why You Shouldn’t Skip the Wire Decking

Safety.

Safety is an important aspect of your warehouse, and wire decking can help. Wire decking adds an important layer of safety to wholesale pallet racks. The decking prevents products from falling from pallets onto lower shelves, the warehouse floor, or your employees. That makes both merchandise and team members safer in the warehouse. When you invest in the safety of your warehouse, you’ll end up lowering costs associated with worker’s compensation claims and losses from damaged merchandise. You’ll be amazed at what the small addition of wire decking can do for the safety of your warehouse.

Cleanliness.

Wire decking is made up of a sturdy, open mesh design. Because of the open mesh design of wire decking, it can actually make your warehouse a cleaner place. Dust and debris won’t accumulate on shelves and need to be cleaned off periodically. If your wire decking does need to be cleaned, you can simply take a hose to it or wipe it off with a stiff brush. This can cut down on labor costs associated with cleaning and help you keep your warehouse more organized. Cleanliness should be a top priority in your warehouse due to its impact on safety, costs, and efficiency, and wire decking will help make it less of a hassle.

Flexibility.

When you install wire decks with your pallet racks, they are no longer just a pallet rack. They’ll be able to hold cartons, boxes, drums, and more! This allows you to expand the available storage space in your warehouse, giving you the flexibility to adapt to changing inventory without a lot of unnecessary new investment. When you can adapt to the changes happening in your market without a lot of expense, that can give you an edge over your competition. That’s the small advantage that can end up putting you miles ahead of the rest of your industry.

Visibility.

Team members will be able to see what’s on even the highest pallet racks thanks to the open mesh of the wire decks. They can also help with lighting in your warehouse because they won’t block overhead light from filtering through to the floor, which is what wooden platforms and other pallet shelving additions can do. Better visibility in your warehouse means your team will be able to operate more efficiently and work with fewer errors. That means more happy customers and fewer returned orders to process, all thanks to a little added visibility in your warehouse.

Need to Add Wire Decking to Your Order?

Wire decking can be an affordable investment in your warehouse equipment that pays off with big returns. It’s important to get the wire decking that works for your pallet racking and your inventory. The DAK Equipment & Engineering team can help. If you are already working with a project manager on our team, talk to them about adding wire decking to your shelving if they haven’t already suggested it. They’ll make sure you have the right equipment.

Wire decking is easy to install along with an order of wholesale pallet racks. When your wire decking arrives, you can have your team do the installation or we can do it for you. Just let the DAK team know you are interested in our installation services; we can manage everything from a total warehouse set up to just the installation of your wire decking. We’ll manage the process from beginning to end or just handle the parts that you don’t want to do on your own!

Our wire decks are strong, durable, and virtually maintenance-free. Add them to your order of wholesale pallet racks today! Call 855-864-0340 or place your order online with DAK Equipment and Engineering.

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July 05, 2017

How the Right Warehouse Equipment Helps Your Bottom Line

When you are planning your warehouse layout, you’ll be conscious of your equipment budget. That’s natural. Watching every penny of your budget is necessary to create a thriving, profitable business. However, watching those pennies could lead you to make a choice to buy the wrong warehouse equipment, and that could hurt your bottom line in the long run. Some companies fail to see that the equipment they are investing in can actually be an investment in their bottom line, too. Many businesses focus their energies on lowering product costs in order to increase their profits. While that’s a great area to work on, those same businesses could benefit by focusing more of their energy bettering their internal systems. Systems such as how your warehouse operates and what equipment it uses to get the job done can play a big role in the kinds of profits that you see at the end of the day.

While the right selective pallet rack system and other warehouse equipment might not be all that you need in order to see profits, it’s a good place to start.

Why the Right Warehouse Equipment Makes a Difference

Lower your labor expenses.

If you are like most warehouses in the United States, one of the biggest costs that you face is your labor expense. If you can find a way to reduce those labor costs, you’ll instantly see a boost to your bottom line. Implementing the right warehouse equipment will do the trick. For instance, switching to selective pallet racking allows you to take advantage of a system that is designed to give your workers a more efficient method for processing orders and moving products through your warehouse.

When workers can move efficiently through your warehouse space and fulfill orders faster, with fewer touches, and with less wasted time, you’ll see the difference it makes on your profits. You’ll have happier customers, fewer unfulfilled orders at the end of the day, and be able to boost your company’s reputation for excellence. And that’s all thanks to having the right warehouse equipment.

Lower your equipment costs.

Warehouse equipment isn’t just about efficiency, either. It’s important to invest in high-quality equipment that is made to be durable and created from the highest quality materials to achieve the best final results. This ensures that your warehouse equipment won’t break down unexpectedly, putting a stop to your workflow or costing you extra money for replacement pieces and repair work. The best warehouse equipment is built to last as well as built to help your warehouse work faster.

Remember, though, that the most expensive warehouse equipment isn’t necessarily the best. You’ll want to look for quality brands that have established a reputation for excellence. You can also get a lot of great deals on second-hand warehouse equipment; just make sure it’s been thoroughly inspected and is backed by a reputable dealer.

Lower your operating costs.

Many businesses assume that as their business grows and expands, their warehouse will have to, as well. That means they will have to face the expense of moving their operation and paying for a bigger warehouse space. While eventually, it may come to that, most businesses don’t have to take on those additional expenses nearly as soon as they assume. Instead of looking for a bigger warehouse, you need to create a smarter warehouse. The right warehouse equipment can help.

Investing in the right warehouse equipment can help you maximize the potential of your warehouse’s space. Items like conveyor systems, mezzanine levels, portable offices, and other equipment can help you make the most out of every square inch of space that you have. That way you can continue to operate in your current warehouse, lowering your operating expenses and only having to move or expand when it’s absolutely necessary. By then, you should have the cash on hand to make the move a much simpler financial decision.

Looking for the Best Warehouse Equipment?

DAK Equipment & Engineering knows all about finding the right equipment for a warehouse. We’ve been doing it for years. You can check out how we’ve helped other warehouses like yours maximize their space over in our case studies. These are real life examples about how businesses have put warehouse equipment to work in their warehouse and helped to boost their bottom line.

Do you have questions about any of the case studies you’ve read on our site? Are you looking for help with your warehouse planning and layout? We’re ready to help. Get in touch with our team by giving us a call or contacting us through our website. One of our project managers will be in touch with you right away to discuss the specifics of your warehouse and tell you more about the services that we offer that can help you create a great warehouse that’s using every inch of its available space. We’re looking forward to working with you soon!

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