Chicago Conveyor Systems

February 23, 2016

Should You Integrate Dynamic Batch Picking in your Warehouse?

When it comes to processing orders in your warehouse, eliminating the distance your team needs to cover can greatly reduce the amount of time that it takes to fulfill an order. One method that many warehouses in the Chicago area are successfully implementing is the dynamic batch picking system. This system involves picking multiple orders at the same time, picking items from nearby bins for different orders and shortening the distance covered for every order. The problem with a dynamic batch picking system is that it can be difficult to integrate with conveyor systems since the multiple orders are typically sorted into carts.

If batch picking appeals to you but your warehouse is too small to handle multiple carts in the aisles, consider wave picking. Wave picking works similarly to a dynamic batch pick, but the items can be sorted onto conveyor systems and sorted out by a separate team down the line. This gives you all the convenience of dynamic batch picking while eliminating the need for carts or move merchandise more than is necessary to get it out the door.

Chicago warehouses that are looking for ways to boost their productivity should consider integrating one of these two methods. If you aren’t sure which pick method is right for your space, talk to one of the DAK engineers. Our engineers, project managers and warehouse design teams have been working with businesses like yours for years to discover new solutions to age-old problems like how to get more orders out the door every day. Give us a call today to learn more about our services and to find the picking and conveyor systems that are right for you!

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February 19, 2016

Cut Down on Walk Time with Our Chicago Conveyor Systems

One of the biggest blows to your warehouse’s efficiency is travel time. Travel time is the amount of time your employees spend traveling throughout your warehouse, often in order to pick products for orders and deliver them to a shipping station. The more time they spend traveling through your space, the more productivity you lose and the more it costs you to get that order out the door. Something like our Chicago conveyor systems can help reduce travel time by moving the product for your employees, allowing them to move on to the next task.

Instead of burning human energy moving products or shipping containers through your warehouse, a conveyor system moves them for you. Employees can stay in place and focus on their next order while the items move on to the next area. This can be an especially useful system for zone picking methods, where orders need to move through several zones in order to be completed. It’s also a great way to move completed orders out of the pick area and into the packing and shipping zone.

If you are interested in reducing travel time and costs while increasing productivity, give DAK Equipment a call. We’d love to talk to you about your need for our Chicago conveyor systems, and show you case studies where we’ve helped warehouses like yours put them to good use. Our project management team can put together a quote for you regarding costs, downtime for installation, and other factors you’ll want to know about, and you’ll find our team is thorough in our evaluation. We may be able to help you find other productivity boosters as well! Get in touch with us today.

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February 18, 2016

How to Choose the Right Chicago Industrial Conveyor Systems

DAK Equipment offers Chicago industrial conveyor systems of all shapes and sizes. When a company decides that they need to improve their productivity, reduce travel time, and upgrade their materials handling systems, often the best solution is to install one of our conveyor systems. There are many systems to choose from, and we’ll look at factors like these in order to help you find the right one:

  • Where you are moving products. This will help us determine the length of industrial conveyor systems you’ll need in your Chicago warehouse, which can impact the type and design as well.
  • What you are moving. There are conveyor systems made for small items, shipping boxes, and even pallets. We’ll look at what you need to move and determine the best system to get it there.
  • What your power requirements are. Many warehouses utilize non-powered conveyor systems that use rollers and gravity to move items along. We’ll see if this is a good solution for you, or if you should consider a belt-powered system instead.
  • How many orders and how much product you process a day. The volume and weight of the items traveling on your industrial convey systems will determine what kind of system is right for your space.

Once the DAK Equipment team determines the answers to each of these factors, we’ll get to work  on designing, installing, implementing and training your team on your new system. You’ll be amazed at how an affordable investment in your warehouse can make such a huge difference in your overall output. Call us today to learn more about our Chicago industrial conveyor systems.

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