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August 15, 2017

Keep Your Carton Flow Rack Organized with Bins and Boxes

We’ve written a lot about how great carton flow racks can be in the warehouse and distribution center environment! They can help reduce touches and are ideal for your pick line. And these racks really are great, but only if they stay organized. You don’t want to break open a pallet of products, transfer it to a carton flow rack, and end up with a jumble of items. Fortunately, DAK Equipment & Engineering has the carton flow rack bins and boxes that you need to keep everything organized and keep orders going out the door, error free.

The Issue with Disorganized Carton Flow Racks

When your carton flow racks are chaos, it can create a number of issues that can affect the profits of your warehouse:

  • Lost inventory. When racks are messy, you run a much higher risk of losing merchandise. Inventory counts will be off and you’ll end up writing off items that have been misplaced, driving up your costs. Chaotic shelves are more prone to theft, too, because employees assume that you won’t miss those items.
  • Slower pick times. Messy racks also slow down your pick and pack lines, because items can’t immediately be located and workers have to spend their time searching for them. This is an especially big issue for materials handling facilities that are dealing with smaller items.
  • Higher error rates. When your racks are a mess, it’s harder for teams to locate the correct items or even to know that the item they’ve grabbed is the right one. That leads to higher error rates, which means more unsatisfied customers, more returned orders, and ultimately, the risk of losing business.

How to Keep Your Carton Flow Racks Organized

Thankfully, you can count on DAK Equipment to have the perfect solution. Check out the carton flow rack bins and boxes available in our online store. We carry plastic and corrugated bins and boxes as well cabinets of bins so keep all of your smaller items perfectly sorted, labeled, and organized. Workers will be able to locate that needed part in seconds, and at a glance, they’ll be able to determine which items need to be restocked for the next shift. Organization is key when it comes to an efficient facility, and these bins and boxes are the perfect places to start. Other tips to keep you organized include:

  • Keep everything labeled. If something moves, make sure the label goes with it. This helps everyone see where items are and locate them as quickly as possible.
  • Automate wherever possible. Machines are less likely to make simple errors, so automating your picking process can help decrease your error rate and get orders out the door faster.
  • Perform random inventory checks. This helps keep things organized, discourages theft, and gives employees a chance to straighten shelves and locate lost items. Ditch the once-a-year model and check on inventory levels more often.

Place an Order for Bins and Boxes From DAK Today

If chaotic carton flow racking is slowing down your warehouse, it’s time to place an order for bins and boxes from DAK Equipment & Engineering. We have all the pallet shelf and carton flow rack organization accessories you need ready to ship in our online store. You’ll love the selection as well as our prices and the fact that our huge selection helps you find customized storage solutions.

Have questions about a specific item in our online store? Need more information about organizing your carton flow racks? Give the DAK team a call or contact us through our website and we’ll make sure you have the information that you need and help you place your order today!

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August 10, 2017

Should You Install Your Pallet Rack Yourself?

You’ve ordered your new pallet rack equipment from DAK Equipment & Engineering and it has finally arrived at your warehouse. So now what? Should you crack open your tool box and get to work setting them up yourself? Or should you call in the professionals? It can be a tough choice and one that is often dictated by time and money.

If you aren’t sure whether you should do the installation yourself or not, we have three very good reasons that you may be better off letting the DAK Equipment team set up that new equipment for you.

Why You Should Let a Pro Set Up Your Pallet Racking

Safety

Putting your new pallet rack together wrong could end up in disaster. You could end up with a collapsing pallet rack that crushes inventory or even hurts your employees, which is the last thing you want to do. Plus, putting together pallet racks is no easy job in itself. Our professional team knows how to safely install your pallet rack and ensure that it is set up correctly. They’ll go through all of the necessary steps to ensure that every nut and bolt of your pallet racking is assembled correctly.

Money

The attention to detail that our assembly teams offer can actually save you money. When you reduce the risk of accidents and injuries, you are lowering your operating costs and the costs associated with worker’s compensation claims. Installing pallet racking right the first time can extend its use, too, so you get more years out of your racking and don’t have to replace it sooner than absolutely necessary. Reducing costs is putting more money back into your bottom line.

Time

Setting up a pallet rack correction takes time, and that’s probably something you don’t have a lot of during the day. When you allow our team to do the installation work for you, you free yourself and your employees up to focus on building your business and serving your customers. Having professionals install your pallet racking can allow your team to focus on keeping the business running so there is no work slow down or stop while the new equipment is set up. Let our team take care of the heavy lifting so you can focus on building your business.

Convenience

While we’re at your location, we can perform a safety check on your existing pallet rack inventory. We’ll make sure your pallet racks are safe for your inventory and your employees, and help you repair or replace any unsafe pieces. We can also help you maximize your existing equipment with the right carton flow racks, bins, boxes, and help rearrange existing equipment so you get more out of every inch of your space. You can learn more about all of DAK Equipment & Engineering’s services when you speak with one of our project managers.

Call to Schedule Your Racking Installation Today

If you are ready for the safety, cost savings, and convenience of having our team do your installation for you, give us a call! Our project managers will work with you to coordinate a time for our installation team to visit your site and get your pallet racks ready for use. We take care of everything from beginning to end so you don’t have to worry about anything. You’ll be amazed at how much easier the installation process can be when you trust our experienced team to get the job done for you.

Give us a call or contact DAK Equipment & Engineering through our website so we can get started on your installation project today. We can even help you place an order for the pallet racking you need to get started!

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August 07, 2017

Warehouse Permitting: What You Need to Know

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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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