Archive for August, 2017

August 07, 2017

Warehouse Permitting: What You Need to Know


Avoiding Delays in Your Warehouse Build-out

paperworkIf you’ve participated in designing and building out a new warehouse or distribution center or even simply made an addition to an existing facility lately, you’ve learned that municipalities have increased the permitting requirements over the last several years.

Understanding what’s needed and staying on top if it can make all the difference between meeting your project’s completion date and a month or more of delays, redesigns and other problems. Below you’ll find what I and the other DAK project managers have learned about working with municipalities to complete the permitting portion of material handling projects.

First and foremost, you need to understand what’s required by the municipality so start as early as possible. The cost and level of cooperation you get from the local government will vary wildly depending on your location. For example, some communities are remarkably helpful while others drag their feet and throw up roadblocks.

Below are some bullet points on things to do to get started.


  • Start Early! Yes, it really is that important.
  • Visit the Community Website. You can often find helpful information on permitting requirements by digging around a little. If nothing else, you will probably find a point-of-contact or email address that may help. If all that fails, the chamber of commerce can probably point you in the right direction.
  • Fire Safety is Always the Biggest Concern. Be ready to provide detailed info on sprinkler systems and how high your storage will be, egress paths and signage, and how everything fits together. Be aware that fire department inspectors are almost always big fans of wire decking in your storage bays. If a high pile permit is also required, it may need to be obtained through a different process before a building permit is issued.
  • drawingBe Ready to Provide Drawings. CAD drawings of your system are almost certainly going to required but again, what will be asked for will vary by location. Some are happy with partial drawings, others want full, and some require seals and stamps from an engineer.
  • Get Your Contractors Involved. Obviously if you’re having the facility built a whole other layer of permitting is involved but you need to be sure that your material handling systems provider can produce what’s needed for their part of the project as well. This is particularly important if your distribution center is in a seismic zone.
  • Ask About a Temporary Permit. Plan ahead for something to go not quite right with scheduling the build-out versus receiving the full permit and find out if a temporary permit is a possibility. It could buy you the breathing room you need to hit your targets.

These six points only cover the big items for getting ready for permitting. Along with many other things, a municipality may want details down to the kind of welds used to connect the endplates on the beams or the elevations on the individual bays. Food storage facilities open up a whole other slew of requirements.

As you can see from the above, the permitting aspect can make or break your warehousing project. The project managers at DAK have years of experience handling material handling permits for our customers–It’s just part of the service we provide to meet your business needs. After all, your success becomes our success as well.

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August 05, 2017

Check In With Our Team Often on Wholesale Pallet Rack Closeouts

Investing in the right warehouse equipment is one of the most important things that you’ll do for your warehouse or distribution center. That’s because your warehouse equipment plays an incredibly important role in how efficiently your warehouse operates. But investing too much in your warehouse equipment can drain your bottom line and set your company back years in terms of showing a healthy profit. So when you need to find the right warehouse equipment at a great price, you need to find a trusted distributor like DAK Equipment & Engineering.

Looking for Great Prices on Used Warehouse Equipment?

When you are searching for great used warehouse equipment, start with DAK. We often take in previously-owned pallet rack and other equipment from companies across the Midwest. Often these pallet rack systems are still in perfectly good shape; they may not have met the needs of the company any longer and they needed to upgrade. We’ll take their old systems, scrap out pieces that may no longer be safe, and offer them to other customers who are in the market for affordable wholesale pallet rack systems. There are a number of advantages to buying your used equipment from DAK:

  • We inspect everything before we sell it. You can rest assured that while you might be getting a great deal, you aren’t sacrificing the safety of your team. We’ll take out any pieces of equipment that aren’t safe for use and scrap them, only selling you the good stuff.
  • We can help you set up your new equipment. We have installation crews that can help with the set up of your new equipment as well as the tear down of your old stuff and even inspections to ensure safety and quality.
  • We understand the warehousing industry. You will be working with warehousing experts who can help ensure you are getting exactly what you need and maximizing every penny in your budget. We have experience in the industry so we can better understand and meet your needs.

Are You Getting the Best System for the Best Price?

That means you could have more options than you think when it comes to buying from DAK Equipment! Make sure you contact a member of our team before you make a purchase to ensure you are getting the best system for the best price. We can help you determine if one of our used wholesale pallet rack systems is right for you, or if you’d be better off going with a newer system. You can be assured that we’re getting you the right system for the right price when you work with one of our project managers. We can even work with you to develop an optimized warehouse layout that shows you where every piece of warehouse equipment should be placed to get the most out of your space and your equipment investment.

Call Our Team to Discover Great Deals on Warehouse Equipment

If you are a company who is looking at upgrading your current pallet racks, let us know. We’re always interested in your old systems! We can even send our teams to dismantle and remove the system, and if it’s no longer safe, we’ll scrap it for you. If you are looking for a new system, get in touch with us. We often take in old equipment that is still perfectly suited for the warehouse environment.

Give us a call whether you are in the market to buy or sell a wholesale pallet rack! We’re available over the phone or by contacting us through our website. We’ll help you buy or sell your warehouse equipment and get everything you need!

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August 03, 2017

How We Installed Executive-Worthy Office Space Inside This Warehouse

The DAK Equipment & Engineering warehouse consultants have worked with hundreds of customers over the years, helping them find solutions to all of their warehousing challenges. One of the challenges many of our clients have faced is finding space for their executive and administrative teams in the middle of a busy warehouse operation. They want their managers and executives close to the action, but those same people need a little peace and quiet to get their work done, too. We’ve found that modular offices are an ideal solution; they move your teams into the warehouse instead of sequestering them in an off-site trailer and feel like their own building with comfortable amenities and plenty of peace and quiet. We’ve installed many prefab office in warehouses across the country, and one of our most recent projects took us to the East Chicago warehouse of ICO Polymers.

The Challenge

ICO Polymer was facing a number of challenges within their warehouse. First, their management and office teams were currently working in trailers outside of the warehouse and had been for years. While that had worked for a while, the team knew they could be more effective if they were closer to the action happening in the warehouse. However, they needed something nicer and quieter than simply moving their desks into a corner of the warehouse floor. In fact, they wanted a conference room and offices that would be worthy of any executive meeting. With a large office team and the desire for a great conference room, they’d need to maximize their use of space. They turned to the warehouse consultants at DAK Equipment & Engineering to help them find a solution, and we did.

The Solution

The answer to ICO Polymers situation was a modular office, but not just any old modular office. We partnered with a reputable prefab office manufacturer to create a custom modular building that could be assembled right in the warehouse. In the end, we designed and helped install an incredible 6,000 square feet of new office space with two-story modular buildings that connected together right in the warehouse. When we were finished, ICO Polymers had all the office space they needed along with an incredible conference room they couldn’t wait to show off. We even hooked up a heating and air conditioning system so they could regulate the temperature of the space and stay comfortable all year long. While they didn’t need it, we could have also included restroom facilities or even a fully-functioning kitchen space.

Now the warehouse has their managerial team on-hand to help with any issues and a conference room to host visitors. It was everything they needed, all in a perfectly-sized package at a fair price.

How We Can Help You

You can read more about the incredible modular office installed at ICO Polymers on our case study page. If you like what you read and think that this could be the right solution for your warehouse, too, get in touch with our team. We’ll listen to you about the challenges that your warehouse is currently facing and then offer solutions that will meet your needs and your budget. Whether it’s a new modular office, a warehouse mezzanine, new pallet racking or automating with a conveyor system, DAK Equipment & Engineering will work with you to find the solutions that you need and manage the project from start to finish.

Get in touch with our team today by giving us a call or contact us through our website and connecting with one of our project managers. We’ll get back to you right away so we can start working on your next warehouse improvement project!

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