Archive for 2018

February 10, 2018

Easy-to-Install Sprinkler Guard Selection Available at DAK Equipment

There is so much that goes into planning the perfect warehouse design and layout. It can take years of experience before you start to really understand all of the intricacies that go into designing a great materials handling facility. No matter how many hours you put into planning your warehouse, though, there are little details that may escape your attention. Sprinkler guards are often one of those things. Many people forget to include these inexpensive, highly effective guards into their warehouse plan when setting up and designing their space. Thankfully, DAK Equipment sells a variety of sprinkler guards that are easy to install and will prevent damage to both the sprinklers in your warehouse and the merchandise on your shelves.

Why Your Warehouse Needs Sprinkler Guards

What are sprinkler guards?

Sprinkler guards most often look like small metal cages that sit over the sprinkler heads in your ceiling. There may be some small variations in the design or how they attach to the sprinkler, but by and large, these guards rely on the cage-like open structure that’s made from metal. They are there to prevent damage to the sprinkler head itself without restricting the flow of water and chemicals that can help put out a fire if one is detected. They can also help prevent any vandalism or tampering with the sprinkler head itself. It’s not just warehouses and materials handling facilities that need these protective items, either. You’ll see them in gymnasiums, retail stores, and other commercial, industrial, and public spaces that rely on overhead sprinklers for fire protection. Next time you are out shopping, take a second to look up and locate the store’s overhead sprinklers. Chances are good that you’ll see a wire cage sitting over the sprinkler head; that’s the sprinkler guard.

Why do you need to use sprinkler guards?

If a sprinkler head is accidentally knocked or bumped, it can set off the internal system. Overhead sprinklers can send as much as 30 gallons of water per minute onto the surrounding area. That’s more than just a little bit of water. By the time you are able to react, reach the main shut off, and end the flow of water, you could have hundreds of gallons of water all over your warehouse. Even small businesses and public spaces can experience tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage in a short amount of time; how much more damage could your business experience when your inventory gets soaked?

Some damage isn’t apparent at first, either. Instead of setting the system off, an accident could end up damaging the sprinkler head and causing it not to work properly when it’s needed. That can leave your warehouse vulnerable to fire damage, which could be much more costly than the water damage would be. It could also create danger for those working in your warehouse.

Sprinkler guards are some of the most inexpensive safety equipment on the market. Most of the guards cost just a few dollars each, meaning you can purchase peace of mind across your entire warehouse for a few hundred dollars. When you consider the return on your investment and preventing an accident, it’s an investment that’s well worth making.

How are sprinkler guards installed?

Most sprinkler guards can be easily installed on your existing overhead sprinkler system. Many of them attach to the sprinkler head itself, while other models will attach to the pipes that come off of the sprinkler heads and supply them with water and fire retardant chemicals.

Most businesses can install sprinkler guards themselves. The equipment and knowledge needed to complete the installation are minimal. However, if you want to ensure that the installation is done correctly, you can have the DAK team perform the installation for you. We have teams that can service Illinois and surrounding states with the installation work that’s required. Simply contact one of our project managers to discuss your installation options.

Is your warehouse protected from fire?

Sprinkler guards are just one facet of comprehensive fire protection in your warehouse. Are you sure you have the protection you need and that’s mandated by state and federal laws? It’s important to go through an annual safety inspection to help you stay on top of regulations and changes. These inspections can help you uncover potentially vulnerable areas of your warehouse and work to correct them. You might find that you need other safety equipment such as cages, rail guards, safety gates, upright protection, and bollards to help prevent damage to inventory and warehouse equipment as well as prevent injuries and accidents. DAK Equipment & Engineering can help you stay proactive ahead of your inspection schedule and work with you to develop a warehouse safety plan and get all of that equipment put in place.

Let DAK Find the Right Safety Equipment for Your Warehouse

Don’t think your sprinkler guards are a minor detail you can afford overlook for now. While these may seem like an insignificant detail, these guards could end up saving you thousands of dollars. That’s because if a forklift operator accidentally hits a sprinkler, it can go off and leave your warehouse, your team, and your merchandise dripping wet. Clean up alone will cost you both time and money, while damage to merchandise could be even more. All of that damage could have been prevented with one little sprinkler guard from DAK Equipment!

Give us a call today and let us help you find the sprinkler guards that are right for your warehouse. Along with sprinkler guards, we have a comprehensive line of warehouse safety equipment so we can help protect your warehouse from top to bottom. Our team is experienced in helping warehouses just like yours in Illinois and across the Midwest find, purchase, and install warehouse equipment and supplies. We can install them for you or your can do it yourself! Call us at 855-863-0340 today and speak with a project manager in your area. They’ll help you find everything you need to keep your warehouse, your team, and your merchandise safe and dry.

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February 05, 2018

Minimize Risk to Workers and Equipment with Upright Protection

How are you protecting your pallet racking? If you don’t have safety equipment in place, you could be putting your team and your inventory in jeopardy. DAK Equipment & Engineering sells a variety of racking protection including corner guards and upright protection. These are essential pieces of warehouse equipment that you can’t afford to go without. Make sure you know why you need it, how to use it, and how our warehouse consultants can ensure you have the protection that you need for your racking.

Upright Protection: The Basics

What is Upright Protection?

Upright protection helps prevent damage to the upright supports of your pallet racking from forklifts and other warehouse equipment. It can be made of plastic, metal, or other material and is there to act as a barrier around the uprights. These are the most vulnerable parts of the pallet racking and damage to them can increase your risk of racking collapse. A ding with the forklift to an edge or a corner of your shelving may not seem like a big deal, but it could be the beginning of structural damage to your pallet racks.

It may seem like the upright protection you put on your pallet racks is simply to protect the corners from wayward forklifts and heavy equipment and keeping them looking nice for aesthetic reasons. While that’s a major part of the job of upright protection, it’s not the only function. In the long run, the upright protection is there to keep your team and your products safe. That’s because damage to the corners isn’t just an eyesore–it’s a safety issue.

The Cost of Not Preventing Damage

While pallet racks are made of heavy duty steel that will stand up to years of wear and tear, it isn’t flawless. Damage in the wrong spot could lead to collapse, putting employees and merchandise at risk. The repercussions can be long-lasting and devastating, and can include:

  • Thousands of dollars in damaged inventory. Imagine if your racking collapsed right now; how much of your inventory would make it through the experience undamaged? In all likelihood, very little of it. You would probably need to damage out the vast majority of your inventory and start over, meaning major losses to your bottom line.
  • Lost time in the warehouse. Cleaning up after a racking collapse takes a lot of time. Not only will you have to damage out the majority of your inventory, you’ll need to purchase and install new racking to replace the ones that caused the damage. All of that takes time, which means you will probably not be able to fulfill orders and will very likely lose business because of it.
  • Injuries to team members. Worst of all, a racking collapse runs the very high risk of causing injuries to your team members. Those working in the area at the time of the collapse could be injured by falling items or even trapped under collapsed racking. Tragically, warehouse workers can even be killed in these accidents.

Installing Your Upright Protection

Thankfully, preventing all of this damage is pretty easy. Most upright protectors are very easy to install. You should be able to do it yourself, if you wish, using a few tools and a couple minutes of your time. The uprights come with pre-drilled holes that can be anchored into your flooring or attached to your current racking system, depending on the piece that you purchase and what you are protecting. If you wish to have upright protection installed by a professional, the DAK team can help with that. We have installation experts who can visit your warehouse and complete the work for you.

It’s important that you add these protective items to your inspection list. When you inspect your racking, make sure you inspect your safety equipment, too. Any equipment that’s been hit by a forklift should be promptly examined for signs of damage or stress. If necessary, you should replace damaged protection immediately. This will keep the racking safe and help you prevent additional damage from occuring.

What Other Protection Do You Need?

There are a number of potential solutions for your racking protection needs, and DAK Equipment & Engineering has them all. Your needs will vary based on the type of equipment you use and the configuration of your warehouse shelving, but a warehouse consultant can help you determine what items you need and can even help you get them installed right away. Along with upright protection, our warehouse consultants might also recommend one or more of the following items:

  • Barriers. Our barrier selection includes corner and column guards as well as bollards to keep forklifts from damaging racking equipment. We also have corner guards and end of aisle rack guards, so every piece of your racking can get the protection that it needs.
  • Column protectors. This category also includes spring-loaded bollards and overhead door track guards, which can keep your dock (another area that’s at high risk for injury and accident within your warehouse).
  • Rails. You need rails in various areas of your warehouse to meet OSHA standards, including at your dock, on your mezzanine decks, and at stairways and platforms. We have the rails that keep you OSHA compliant.
  • Safety tape. Safety tape is a quick and easy way to draw attention to areas. DAK has a robust selection of safety tape so you can mark shelving, aisles, and hazards to make them extra visible.

Let Us Help You Find the Right Racking Protection for Your Warehouse

Keeping your pallet rack free from damage isn’t just about having a nice, orderly warehouse. It’s about having a warehouse that’s safe for everyone in it and the projects you are storing, sorting, moving, and selling. Start with the right upright protection by calling DAK Equipment! Check out all of our pallet rack protection, including upright protection, machinery guards, rail systems, rack protectors and more. Place an order by giving us a call at 855-863-0340 or shopping our online inventory. You can speak with a project manager about finding the right protective equipment for your warehouse by contacting us through our website, too.

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January 30, 2018

Should You Be Using Recycled Rackable Pallets?

A lot of warehouses in Illinois and across the Midwest are looking for ways to become more eco-friendly. Why make the effort? It could actually result in a boost in your profits. Eco-friendliness in the warehouse environment could help you reduce waste, which could help cost down on packaging and shipping expenses. It can also help boost your reputation, and people like to work with and for companies who care about the environment. In the end, going green could help lower your expenses while increasing your profits, and that’s something that any business can embrace.

How is your business going to work on reducing its environmental impact in 2018? You’ll have a lot of options, from changing your light bulbs to LEDs to switching to renewable energy sources to power your space. But one of the easiest things you can do is make the change to recycled pallets. It’s important to weigh the pros and cons of making this move and determining whether it’s the right route to eco-friendliness for your warehouse operations.

Why Your Warehouse Should Consider Recycled Plastic Pallets

The vast majority of warehouses in the Midwest use wooden pallets. For the most part, wooden pallets are a decent enough method for storing and moving merchandise within a warehouse environment. They aren’t without their drawbacks, though.

The Disadvantages of Wooden Pallets

  • They might not be right for your products. Some products just aren’t going to work well with wooden pallets. The product might not react well with the wood, there could be contamination issues, or the product might be in danger of being harmed by the rough surface of the pallet wood (pallets aren’t known for their smoothness, after all).
  • They can be fragile. Pallets aren’t made for durability. They are made from cheap, untreated wooden that’s going to be prone to breakage especially as it ages. Splintered pallets can damage your product and may even injure your workers.
  • Replacement costs can add up quickly. While wooden pallets are cheap, those replacement costs can add up quickly. Replacing one or two might be cost efficient enough, but when you start to replace dozens every month it can end up being a big drain on your budget.
  • They are tough to sanitize. Wooden pallets are incredibly porous, meaning there are plenty of nooks and crannies for germs and bacteria to hide in. If you are shipping something that needs to be kept under sanitized conditions, then wooden pallets aren’t going to be the equipment you need.

If you are running into problems like the ones listed above with your wooden pallets, you should know that there are affordable alternatives on the market. Many of them have the added bonus of being more eco-friendly than the wooden version as well as being much more durable than the wooden kind.

Could Recycled Plastic Pallets Be Better for Your Warehouse?

DAK Equipment sells RACX® Rackable Pallets, made from recycled plastics. These pallets could offer enormous advantages to your warehouse environment.

  • Eco-friendly. Because they are made from recycled materials, you can feel good about using them in your warehouse.
  • Hold up to 2,200 lbs. Plenty of capacity for even your heaviest loads.
  • Work with your current racking system. No need to alter your current racking system, as the size and structure of these plastic pallets are made to work with traditional wooden pallet storage. This makes the transition from wooden to plastic pallets very easy.
  • More storage options. The structure of the pallet is made so the bottom pallet can hold the static load of two or more pallets. That means you could actually have more storage options within your warehouse.
  • Incredibly durable. Investing in plastic pallets is a long-term investment that can pay off. Unlike wooden pallets, damage to these plastic versions is rare. You’ll be able to use them for years without worrying about replacement costs.

Keep in mind that plastic pallets are best used in certain circumstances. If you are shipping to another facility, you don’t want to send your plastic pallets as you won’t be getting them back; it’s sending money straight out the door. However, if you are shipping within your own facilities or using them strictly for storage within your own space, then they can be an ideal investment for your warehouse.

These are available today!

These pallets are available on the DAK Equipment website today starting at affordable prices. While you are on our website, be sure to check out the other warehouse pallet rack options we carry. You can transform your warehouse into a better, more efficient, and more eco-friendly space with our help. Place an order through our secure website, and be sure to give us a call if you need help, advice, or answers to questions about pallet rack supplies and wooden pallet alternatives.

Need to Stick with Wooden Pallets?

It’s possible to increase your eco-friendliness while still using wooden pallets. When your pallets break and need to replaced, make sure that you recycle the wood. Take it to a recycling center who can appropriately dispose of it for you, or advertise that you have old pallets available for craft and woodworking projects. A lot of people are using old pallets to build furniture and finish their walls, so you are sure to find takers.

Need More Eco-Friendly Warehouse Ideas?

There are so many ways that your warehouse can help lessen its impact on the environment. If going green is an important initiative in your warehouse in 2018, our warehouse consultants can help you find easy and affordable eco-friendly methods, equipment, and products that can be incorporated into your current warehouse setup. You don’t have to take on massive, sweeping changes to your warehouse in order to make a difference. Small changes in the way that you operate can have huge effects on the environment in your local area as well as the world at large. Contact our team to learn more about eco-friendly warehouse solutions and let us help you meet the goal of going green in 2018. Call us or contact us through our website to get in touch with a project manager in your area.

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