Archive for July, 2019

July 25, 2019

Tips for Cleaning a Warehouse

No doubt you know how messy a warehouse can get, and how quickly. We’re sure you sometimes feel like Mr. Incredible when he says, “I just cleaned up this mess, can’t we keep it clean for 10 minutes?” 

But it’s obvious why warehouses get messy, especially if there’s not a warehouse cleaning procedure in place to make sure it happens. Forklifts can track in mud, oversized doors let in more dust, and you might have stock coming in that’s already dusty. On top of that, disintegrating wooden pallets and pallet wrap all end up in pieces on the floor, and unless it’s cleaned up quickly, employees will start to ignore it as it gets worse and worse.

Since you probably don’t have a cleaning crew coming into a warehouse — except for maybe the trash cans of modular offices and lunchrooms — it’s important that everyone pitches in to keep a warehouse clean. Here are a few cleaning tips for warehouse and how to make that happen. 

Know Whose Job It Is

The primary reason that warehouses get and stay messy is that people have a “not my job, not my problem” mentality. Maybe the workers have come from previous jobs where the clean up was all taken care of, or maybe they never worked in a place that required them to be part of the solution. If you have professional cleaners who take care of your general warehouse cleaners, then great! But we don’t know of many warehouses that can afford to do that, especially when there are so many workers walking around the warehouse all day who are perfectly able to pitch in.

In other words, make sure that everyone knows whose job it is to keep the warehouse clean. If you’re relying on your workers to get every piece of pallet wrap off the floor, let them know. Their mother probably doesn’t work there, so make sure they’re cleaning up after themselves! (And if their mother does work there, threaten to sic their mother on them for being so messy!)

Finally, it will certainly help if you assign cleaning duties for certain parts of the warehouse to particular people. That way, everyone knows who is responsible for specific rows, and who to go to if there’s a cleaning problem. 

Don’t Let It Get Out of Control

While some messes happen all at once — like a case of oil that didn’t quite make it onto the pallet rack and fell to the floor — most warehouses get messy over a long period of time. Dust builds up, tiny pieces of broken pallets get kicked under the racking, and tiny strips of pallet wrap blow into the corners. 

While it might be tempting to have one big cleaning once a year (maybe during a warehouse optimization), it makes more sense to have a weekly walk-through of the warehouse and have all of the workers grab what they can. Maybe shut the warehouse down ten minutes early on a Tuesday and have them fan out to grab detritus. Just don’t schedule it for Friday afternoon, because they’ll hate that!

Clean Out The Cans

You never want an employee who’s cleaning to say, “There was no place to put it.” But this might happen when the warehouse gets behind on its regular dumping of trash and recycling bins. If a trash can is topped off, it sends a signal that the cleaning is “done” and that there’s no reason to do anymore. 

The same can happen with cardboard balers and other types of recycling equipment. If it’s full and not being attended to, the cardboard can stack up beside it. That’s not only a cleaning issue; it becomes a safety concern. 

Have Cleaning Supplies Close By

Another reason that people will ignore a mess is because it’s a hassle to clean up. If they come upon a busted-off slat from a pallet, they’re much more likely to throw it away if there’s a trash can nearby. If they spill a soda, they’ll probably leave it to become a sticky mess rather than walk across the entire warehouse to grab some paper towels and a cleaning bottle. But if the cleaning supplies are close by, they’re more likely to grab it and get it taken care of. They know they’re supposed to clean stuff up, but if you make it just a little too hard it’s more likely they’ll just bail on the responsibility.

What kind of cleaning supplies should be placed strategically throughout the warehouse? The most important are probably trash cans. You should also have spill clean up supplies, especially for forklift oil leaks. Keep broom strategically places all around the warehouse as well. In short, having the right tool nearby is the best way to make sure messes get cleaned up.  

Use Wire Mesh Decking and Partitions

Dust is going to settle in a warehouse no matter what. But the fact is, you can help decide where it settles.

If you have solid floors in your pallet racks, the dust is going to settle not only on the inventory but also on those flat surfaces. Dust, wrapping, and bits of wood and nails from broken pallet racks can settle up there, and those areas can be very difficult to clean.

When you use mesh decking instead, all of that mess heads to the concrete floor of your warehouse that much sooner. Yes, it has to be cleaned up from the floor, but that’s a lot easier than climbing up on the pallet racks themselves to sweep or vacuum them.

Warehouse Cleaning Begins With You!

Whether you’re an owner or a warehouse manager, it’s important for you to be an example to anyone else working in a warehouse. If you see something on the ground that needs to be picked up, make it happen. When you’re walking around with floor guys, look for something small to pick up and toss in the trash. Just make sure that you’re not the only one who’s doing it, otherwise you become the cleanup guy!

Stay Clean!

Look, we understand that keeping a warehouse clean isn’t exactly easy. It’s an industrial space with lots of inventory and people moving in and out, bring dirt and dust with them. But if you use the tips above, we bet you can keep your warehouse cleaner than it’s ever been.

If your warehouse is getting crowded and needs an overhaul, maybe it’s time for a change in your warehouse layout design. While we’re reorganizing is a great time to give your warehouse and extra deep cleaning, a complete restart so that you can keep it clean from then on. Click here to learn more about our warehouse design and layout.

 

 

 

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July 15, 2019

What Are You Saving By Choosing K3 Werks Pallet Rack Systems?

If you haven’t heard about K3 Werks pallet rack systems, it’s about time you did. K3 Werks is DAK Equipment and Engineering’s very own line of industrial pallet racks, offering you everything you need in warehouse solutions. While we still carry a wide range of pallet racks from other companies — double-deep pallet racking, drive-in pallet racks, pallet flow racks, and conveyor systems — the offerings from K3 Werks can handle the basic needs of most warehouses.

In a previous article, we discussed reasons to choose K3 Werks for your pallet racking. First of all, we talked about how our extensive experience in warehouse optimization has given us means of discerning quality, and the quality of our proprietary industrial shelving is certainly up to that of any competitors. We also discussed the variety we carry, including wire decking. Of course, it also helps to sell our K3 Werks systems when it’s compatible with nearly everything else we sell, including all teardrop rack systems. 

As it turns out, those aren’t the only reasons to choose K3 Werks as your pallet rack system, whether you’re starting from scratch or are adding to your existing warehouse layout. Today we’re going to talk about what you can save when you choose DAK racking. 

Save Money

Let’s start with the most obvious thing you can save: money. We know it’s a cliche to say that we’ll save you money by “cutting out the middle-man,” but it’s absolutely true. 

Let’s take a typical scenario: we buy the pallet racks from a larger company and sell them to you. The manufacturer makes money, the middle-man makes money, we make money, and you get your pallet racks.

But with K3 Werks, we’re commissioning our racking systems directly from the manufacturer instead of buying from the seller. That’s one more company out of the loop that’s not looking for a cut. In the end, we make more money and you save more money. Win-win!

Save Hassle

As we mentioned before, our pallet rack systems are compatible with all teardrop-shaped racking. If you have this type of racking — which is very likely — you’ll be able to simply add our K3 Werks racks onto your existing warehouse shelves. You’ll be able to repair damaged sections of old equipment with new K3 instead of having to buy more expensive pallet racks replacements. Best of all, if you really love K3 Werks (and we guarantee you will), you won’t have to replace all of your existing racking with new racks; just keep the old and add on the new.

Save Time

In this blog, we discussed why it’s so important that your rack distributor (like DAK) always have the pallet racks in stock when you need them. Maybe you have inventory coming in and need a place to put it, or you have additional equipment coming in — such as robotics or forklifts — and are ready to start doing business in your new warehouse. But if your supplier doesn’t have pallet racks in stock, you’re out of luck.

As you can imagine, we like to keep as much of our own brand of K3 Werks in stock as possible. Honestly, we want to get it into every warehouse we can, and in order to do that we have to have it on hand. If for some reason we would ever run out, we still have many other brands of pallet racks in stock for you to choose from. We respect your time and want to get you the industrial racking system you need as quickly as possible. 

Do You Need Teardrop Pallet Racks?

If so, we have what you need, in stock and ready to load onto the truck. Tell us when you need it, we bet we can accommodate. We have the people ready to get your space looking exactly how you need it to increase your warehouse efficiency. 

At DAK, we’ve been dealing in new and used warehouse racking for decades. We’ve seen companies come and go, and we know quality when we see it. When it comes to K3 Werks, we would never offer our customers anything less than high-quality racking equipment. We keep our standards high, because our good name is literally on the line. Click here to contact a representative and find out if K3 Werks is what you need.

 

 

 

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