Archive for September, 2017

September 20, 2017

Make the Most of Your Square Footage With These Pallet Rack Tips

Pallet racks are one of the basic foundations of good warehouse storage. Selective racking is something that you’ll find in a majority of the warehouses around the world. Some warehouses believe that they can simply put up the storage racks they need, as they need them, and continue to cram them in when additional storage is needed. You might get away with this haphazard treatment of your floor space for a while, but eventually, it’s going to catch up with you. Installing your pallet racks and industrial shelving in your Illinois warehouse without first carefully planning out your design layout and strategy can result in wasting valuable floor space.

Working with an experienced warehouse layout design team such as the one at DAK Equipment & Engineering can help you develop a plan for your storage racks so you ensure you are making the most out of every inch of space that you have. Here are a few ways you can avoid costly errors in the planning and installation of your rack system.

Tips for Maximizing Space With Your Pallet Racks

  • Don’t assume that a clean and orderly pattern to your racking is necessary the best layout. It could actually be an unproductive layout, and you’ll want to consider the entire process happening in your warehouse to ensure you have the layout that works best for your team’s efficiency.
  • Avoid layout our your pallet racking across the shorter dimension of your warehouse or distribution center. This can waste up to 5% of your space, which might not seem like a lot until you are running low on room. Layout your rows out along the length of your facility almost always helps you get more efficient storage.
  • Don’t create a perimeter of racking around your walls. This creates single-deep racking that’s very inefficient and a waste of space. Sometimes wall storage can be beneficial for secured lockers or other specialized storage, but there may be a more efficient way to lay that out. Walls can be better used for other purposes.
  • Your aisles should give you access to pallet racking from both sides. You’ll want to avoid laying out too many aisles against your walls since you’ll only use that aisle to access one row of pallet racking.
  • Try to keep all of your pallet shelves going in the same direction. This allows for more efficient movement within the warehouse, whether that’s human or machine labor.
  • Allow for enough space in your aisles for traffic to move smoothly under different conditions. You may find that a Narrow Aisle setup is best for your warehouse, but you’ll want to make sure that the aisles still allow for enough space for your equipment and workers to move around without creating a safety hazard.

These are just general rules; what works best for your specific warehouse might be different! That’s why it’s best to work with an experienced warehouse design and layout expert to determine the layout that benefits your warehouse the most. Ignoring these rules, though, could limit your storage potential.

We Can Help Maximize Your Storage Capacity

With all the pitfalls and other problems involved in setting up a rack system, it just might make good sense to get professional help on the matter. For the most economical, efficient and effective rack system layout, contact us and we can help. Give us a call or send us a message through our website and we’ll connect you with a design and layout expert. They’ll start by getting to know your warehouse space, your inventory, and any of the challenges you are currently facing. Then they’ll make sure you get a solution that works for you. Get in touch today to get started!

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September 05, 2017

How to Put Carton Flow Racks to Work in Your Illinois Warehouse

We’ve written a lot in the past about the importance of finding the right pallet racking system for your warehouse. The right system can make your Illinois warehouse more efficient, safer, and optimize the amount of storage space available within your square footage. One system that can be very beneficial but is often overlooked as an option are carton flow racks. Take some time to learn more about carton flow systems, what they are, the advantages of using them, and whether or not they might be the right solution for your warehouse.

What Is a Carton Flow Rack?

A carton flow rack is a style of a rack system that uses gravity to feed the pallets and cartons. When you use a carton flow rack, your inventory sits on rollers that are set at a pitch. These rollers allow your products to glide to the front of the rack via gravity when the item in front of them are removed. You’ve probably seen something similar in the grocery store; you pull out a gallon of milk and the remaining jugs move forward. The concept is the same in a warehouse, except on a larger scale. These racks can be set up to handle inventory of virtually any size, from smaller items to large pallets of products. That makes them very versatile and cost-effective.

The Advantages of Using a Carton Flow Rack

There are a number of other advantages to using a carton flow rack, including:

  • This system helps rotate your products through quickly.
  • Carton flow systems utilize gravity as a free power source, which makes it easier to integrate with an existing system. You can add them into virtually any existing system to increase your storage capacity and efficiency.
  • Carton flow storage also works well when compared with traditional floor rack systems and is ideal for all sizes and shapes of inventory.
  • Carton flow racks can cut your labor costs. Labor costs are often one of the most expensive budget lines for a warehouse. Using carton flow racks can cut labor costs up to 75 percent when compared to traditional storage methods.
  • Carton flow systems also increase inventory visibility, reducing the risk of lost inventory.

If you feed your inventory through the backside of the pallet (a common practice for many warehouses), there are a number of additional advantages:

  • Inventory can be replenished without disturbing pickers. That means you can keep your picking team well stocked with the inventory that they need to fulfill orders without moving them out of the way or stopping their work in order to restock items. This allows both the stockers and the pickers to work simultaneously, meaning you can get more done in your warehouse.
  • Stocking from the back and picking from the front allows you to work on the first-in-first-out order. This can help get time-sensitive items out efficiently and avoid waste, something that’s especially important in the food and perishable items industries.

Carton flow racks can greatly increase the efficiency of your warehouse. Not only can your restocking and picking team continue to work at the same time, it eliminates a lot of the need to move pallets more than once. Moving pallets can be difficult, time-consuming, and increase the risk of injury to your team and damage to your products. It’s also a menial task that can take away precious time from other, more important tasks. There are companies who utilize carton flow systems to move twice the amount of pallets in the same amount of time, meaning, you could potentially save big on time and labor costs.

 

Call the DAK Team to Talk About Using a Carton Flow Rack in Your Warehouse

If you are looking for a money-saving rack system that is both durable and sustainable, then you may want to look into a carton flow rack system. The project managers at DAK Equipment & Engineering can help you identify whether or not this is the right solution for your warehouse, based on factors such as the size of your warehouse, the type and size of items that you store, and your budget. If carton flow racks could help your warehouse work more efficiently and at less expense, we’ll find the right racking at a great price. Our team can even help get it installed in your Chicago warehouse or distribution center! The first step is to discuss the current storage challenges that your warehouse is facing and working with one of our project managers to find the right solutions.

If you’d like to learn more about carton flow racking and the other products and services available from DAK, get in touch with our team today. You can give us a call or contact us through our website for more information. We’d love to answer your questions and help your warehouse overcome any challenges you might be experiencing!

 

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September 01, 2017

How the Right Pallet Racking Can Solve Inventory Overpopulation in Your Illinois Warehouse

What’s the most precious commodity in your Illinois warehouse? If you ask that question to a warehouse supervisor, almost universally they will tell you that it is space. Your warehouse depends on having enough space to meet the demands of your customers! It makes little or no difference as to what you are storing or the size and weight of the items, space is precious and it can run out quickly. It’s easy to start running out of space if you aren’t using some clever ideas to sort and organize your inventory. One of the best things that a warehouse manager can do to optimize the use of their space and solve the issue of inventory overpopulation is utilizing the right warehouse equipment.

What Equipment Do You Need in Your Warehouse?

It’s important to optimize the basics in your warehouse before you start moving onto more complicated, costly, and time-consuming solutions. The foundation of any good warehouse is your pallet shelves. A professionally designed pallet rack system is not only a cost-effective solution for warehouse storage, it will also:

  • Increase the total space you can utilize for storage. Certain systems, such as narrow aisle and drive-thru pallet racking, allow you to increase the density of your storage in the same amount of square footage.
  • Improve work-flow and reduce labor costs. A well-organized pallet racking can help reduce the number of times the products need to be handled before they make it out the door, and they’ll also make it easier to locate the necessary items on the shelves much faster.
  • Goes a long way to improving the safety of your warehouse environment. Having the right pallet racking system in place helps prevent racking collapse, keeps your team safe when picking and processing items, and prevents injuries by keeping inventory organized and off of the warehouse floor.

Which Racking System is Best For Your Illinois Warehouse?

There are numerous pallet racking options available to you. The key is selecting the right one. By selecting the right pallet racking system, you ensure that your warehouse has the most efficient storage solution that can accomplish the functions of your specific operating needs. Having the wrong system in place, however, can cause your warehouse to work slower, increase operations costs, and run out of the precious commodity of space much faster.

So which racking system should you choose? It will depend on factors specific to your warehouse. For instance, if you have a large variety of products and need to be able to easily access the majority of them at all times, then a selective pallet racking system would probably work best for you. This is the most common racking system used in warehouses around the world. It’s not necessarily the most efficient use of your storage space, but it will definitely maximize your product visibility. For some warehouses, this is the most important factor for picking and processing orders as quickly as possible. This is also ideal for companies that sell products in a warehouse-type setting, as it gives your customers a clear view of your products and allows them to select them off the shelves easily while still providing you with plenty of inventory storage on upper levels. However, if your company stocks small boxes and you don’t require a lot of pallet storage, you’d want to consider a carton plow racking system. This would give you space for all of your smaller boxes and maximize storage space without wasting precious square footage.

There are so many more options available for warehouses. You can learn more about drive-in pallet racking and double-deep pallet racking on our blog as well.

DAK Always Has the Right Warehouse Equipment at the Right Price

We understand that getting your warehouse equipment at the right price is as important as getting the right warehouse equipment in the first place. That’s why we work with many warehouses and distribution centers in Illinois and beyond to help them overcome all of their space issues. First, we’ll partner you with a project manager who is familiar with your area and your industry. They’ll provide you with a complete analysis of your warehouse equipment and help you identify the areas that could be optimized to give you more storage space. They will provide you with information on the equipment that will work best in your environment and provide you with a quote. Our team will work hard to find the best equipment at the best price. Then you can place an order for the items that you want to integrate into your space; we can even take care of the installation!

Give us a call or contact our team through our website. We’d love to talk to you about all of our warehouse services and how we can help you find more space and optimize your current storage. Get in touch with us today!

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