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May 03, 2019

What Affects The Price of Pallet Rack Systems?

When it comes time to outfit a warehouse with pallet racks, whether it’s a brand new warehouse or one in which you’re replacing the racks, you have a lot of options to consider. While you’re weighing those options, we know there’s something else that will play a large part in which warehouse racking you choose: price.

There are many variables that will determine exactly how much you’ll be paying for the pallet racks and the extras that go along with them. Let’s take a look at the most common costs associated with pallet racking systems.

 

The Space Your Filling

Of course, how big your pallet rack system needs to be will be the primary determiner of cost. Some of our clients simply need a new row of racks to go along one wall, while another might be completely filling a 250,000 square-foot warehouse. The type of warehouse racking you need — simple pallet racks, drive-in pallet racking, push-back rankings, or double-deep pallet racking — will also play a part because of the amount of steel each uses. And speaking of steel…

 

The Price of Steel

Since pallet racks are made entirely from steel, it’s not a surprise that the price of steel would affect how much they cost. Because of the constant fluctuation in steel prices, it’s impossible for racking manufacturers and sales firms to keep their prices at one point for too long.

Steel prices are always changing, and trade wars and mine closures in the last year haven’t helped calm things down. Don’t be surprised if the current price of steel affects the quotes you’re getting for your pallet rack systems.

 

The Brand You Choose

Once you start researching pallet racks systems, you might be surprised at how many different options there are. Pallet racks are big business and play an important part in the economy, and there are dozens of manufacturers from which to choose. Different brands are more reliable than others, and any that aren’t R-Mark certified probably shouldn’t be considered.

Why do some brands cost more? Like any product, there are levels of quality and various options that come with them. Reputation also plays a role in how much particular companies charge for their pallet systems. At DAK Equipment and Engineering, we have combined our decades of pallet rack knowledge to create our own line of racking system called K3 Werks. These high-quality racks are built for us to our exacting specifications and work with every teardrop system we carry.

 

The Weight Capacity You Need

Not every business needs its warehouse to carry the heaviest loads. A warehouse specializing in pillows isn’t going to need the rack capacity of one that’s storing lead ingots. (Yes, we know those are extremes, but you get the idea.) Racks that need to support more weight are going to need more steel and the latest in design research in order to perform properly.

 

The Complexity of the System

Having regular pallet racks installed is one of the least complex tasks that we perform here at DAK Equipment and Engineering. But most warehouses need something more than standard pallet racks to make their space as efficient as possible. Some have us install mezzanine decks, while others are looking for prefabricated modular offices that can work as warehouse office space, break rooms, or testing stations. Other warehouses need industrial conveyor systems to keep the merchandise rolling out the door.

Will such additions cause the price to go up on the final bill? Sure, but they’re also wonderful additions to warehouses that can maximize space and increase the efficiency of the entire system.

 

Optimization

Even before an order for your pallet rack system is placed, it’s important to ensure you’re making the absolute most of your space. We don’t have to tell you that building a new warehouse is expensive, even if you already own the land. When you choose warehouse layout optimization consultation with DAK Equipment and Engineering, you can ensure you’re getting off to a great start with your current warehouse and delay building a new one for quite a long time.

 

The Dealer You Choose

DAK gets discounted prices on pallet racking thanks to the relationships we have with manufacturers and the bulk inventory we purchase. Different dealers have their own concerns when it comes to making money, so make sure you get quotes for whatever you need. We bet you’ll end up right back here at DAK.

 

The Safeguards

When the pallet racks are in, it’s very important that you don’t ignore the safety products that are designed to go with them. Pallet racks are steel structures that are holding heavy items high above the ground, and that all adds up to danger…danger you want to mitigate as much as possible with the proper safety precautions.

DAK Equipment and Engineering carries a wide array of safety products to make your warehouse a much safer place, especially from forklifts. These include end-of-aisle protectors, in-aisle column protectors, pallet stops (such as netting or wire mesh), and sprinkler guards to protect against flooding if hit by a forklift reaching a little too high.

 

What’s Your Pallet Rack System Going To Cost?

Honestly, we have no idea until you contact us. It could be tens of thousands of dollars, it could be millions…and it all depends on the space you need to fill and the extras you need. We look forward to talking with you and helping you make the best decisions for your warehouse.

 

 

 

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April 26, 2019

National Safety Month and the Need For Well-Constructed Warehouse Racking Systems

If you’re in any business that has a need for pallet rack shelving and industrial conveyor systems, you’re probably familiar with the fact that June is National Safety Month. While it’s vital to keep your employees safe every day of every year, it’s good to have a month set aside so that we all can remind ourselves of some of the most important aspects of warehouse safety.

There are dozens of aspects of warehouse safety that arise, from forklift speed to safety netting to guard rails at loading docks. But there’s another aspect of safety that isn’t considered enough, and that’s regarding the pallet racks themselves. In the last 10 years, the market has seen a glut of inexpensive pallet racks and industrial shelving. While that might sound great at first, the lower priced stuff also tends to be of inferior quality. Let’s take a look at how this shakes out.

 

Why Should You Insist on Certified Racks?

If you were unaware that there’s an organization that certifies racks are of the highest quality, we’re happy to introduce you to the Rack Manufacturers Institute (RMI). They do research on the latest pallet racks and wire decking, as well as testing of the products and education on providing instructions on how to use them. This is the group that administers the R-Mark Certification Program that verifies the integrity of warehouse storage racks.

At DAK Equipment and Engineering, all of the racking we carry (including our own K3 Werks pallet racks) are manufactured by RMI-certified companies.

 

What Should You Look For?

The next question is, what should you look for in pallet racks to make sure that they’re safe and won’t suffer catastrophic collapse? Here are a few ways to ensure you’re getting the best warehouse racking possible.

 

Know The Brand

It doesn’t take much research to find out which pallet racks have the best reputations around. A simple search for storage racking will give you a host of information — including blogs and chat rooms — regarding which ones can be trusted most.

If you’re a member of a business organization that includes warehouse managers, talk to them about their experience with pallet racks. They’re sure to have opinions on which ones are the best, which ones are good deals for the money, and which ones to avoid.

 

Know Your Suppliers

Purchasing pallets racks is about so much more than just ordering them and waiting for them to be delivered. It’s very important to form a relationship with a warehouse supply company so that you can pick their brains when it comes to the right pallet rack system.

Of course, not all warehouse suppliers are equal. Make sure you investigate the company you’re working with, and discover which one you feel most comfortable working with. It’s not just about purchasing racks, but the warehouse optimization layout and the installation as well.

 

Is The Rack New?

Another advantage of going with a reputable supplier like DAK is that you’ll know for sure if the rack system you’re buying is new or not. Racking can be buffed out and repainted, but that doesn’t mean it’s new. While there are certainly times when buying used racking is acceptable, it might not meet RMI standards anymore even if it was certified in the past.

When you work with DAK, you’re going to know whether or not the racking system you’re buying is used or new, and if it meets current standards. It’s our promise to you.

 

Find Out If It’s R-Mark Certified

This is a vitally important piece of the puzzle. No matter how great a deal you’re getting on racks, make sure that it’s R-Mark Certified. When you’re investigating pallet racks, it’s unlikely that you’ll be vetting them in person, so you can’t just look for the markings on the support beams. Do a little digging on the product pages (or talk with your supply company) to determine if the pallet rack system is certified by RMI.

How difficult is it to determine if something is R-Mark Certified? As easy as clicking on this link and seeing if the particular company you’re considering is on the list. While a racking system manufacturer could claim that they’re certified and even put fake stickers on the product, they’re not going to be able to get themselves on the certification site without actually going through the testing process.

 

Does It Come With Capacity Charts?

Racking that doesn’t come with capacity charts might not be reliable and probably isn’t R-Mark Certified. It’s much easier for a cheap manufacturer to provide no chart at all than to provide fake charts. That way they’re never held to anything legally. If someone sues them for collapsing pallets, they can claim “well, we never provide them with charts, so it was up to the purchaser to determine how much the racks could handle.”

R-Mark Certified products are never going to leave you hanging like that. They will come with specific instructions on how much the racks are able to carry.

 

Don’t Buy The Cheap Stuff!

Look, there are some things in life that are okay if you buy generic. Grocery store bread is fine. Most all yellow mustards taste the same. Generic peanut butter can be really good.

But there are some items you should never skimp on. Charcoal for the grill is one, and stereo speakers are another. Add to the list pallet racking, especially since it improves the safety of your warehouse and because it costs tens of thousands of dollars. Choose the good stuff and you’ll never regret it.

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April 24, 2019

Thank You to Our Customers

 
 
 

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