Chicago Industrial Shelves

March 28, 2018

When Your Warehouse Should Consider Upgrading Its Pallet Rack System

We get it. Deciding to upgrade the pallet rack system in your warehouse is a big step to take. Industrial shelves and racking are imperative to a business, but they’re not exactly cheap. And while there’s no doubt that we offer affordable options, it’s usually a purchase that has to be budgeted for and planned well in advance.

Because industrial shelving units are so important, you need to stay on top of their maintenance and the amount of space they’re providing you in your warehouse. But when is the proper time to start investigating the next step in warehouse optimization? Here are a few situations that might occur that can let you know it’s time to consider an upgrade in your industrial shelving units.

 

Inspections Are Not Going Well

We recently discussed the reasons that you should have your warehouse systems periodically inspected, whether you have static pallet rack shelving or complex material handling systems. While it can be pretty obvious when conveyor belts are in need of repair, it’s just as important that you have your storage racking inspected by a professional to ensure that your employees and your stock is kept safe. Industrial storage racks are under a lot of pressure from the products they hold, and they’re also the part of a warehouse most-commonly hit by forklifts.

If you’ve had an inspector’s report come back with less-than-stellar reviews of your pallet system, it might be a good time to consider replacing the racks that are in the worst shape. If the report says that 80-percent of your racks are in good shape, you’ll still want to consider replacing the 20-percent that have failed inspections.

 

They Require More and More Repair

Because of forklift damage and the force of gravity, industrial warehouse shelving can reach the end of its usable life. Some will suffer more wear and tear than others, such as the corner units that are most likely to get clipped by moving warehouse equipment.

In many cases, it’s a good idea to get these shelving units repaired. We can repair sections of it for half the cost and in about a third of the time as a full replacement. But there comes a time when repairs are happening too often and getting in the way of productivity. At that point, it might be a better idea to simply replace the entire pallet rack and start from scratch.

 

You’re Running Out of Space

This is perhaps the most obvious answer to the question “when should I purchase new industrial shelving units for the warehouse?” But the options you have might surprise you:

  • When You Have Extra Room In Your Current Warehouse – Sometimes a warehouse is only partially filled with pallet racks. Perhaps the company decided to expand the number of pallets as business grew, starting with a few pallet rack shelves and expanding as necessary. We can help fill out that space with additional racks and make the most of the space.
  • When You Don’t Know You Have Extra Room In Your Warehouse – Many times there is extra space in a warehouse that’s going unused. Sometimes that space is simply vertical; taller storage racking can lead to more space being used. Other times the unused space is found on each shelf if the standard pallets aren’t filling the space efficiently. That’s where warehouse layout optimization comes in, which includes space-saving measures and slotting analysis. We can take a look at your current racks and suggest the most efficient way of using the space, finding you industrial storage racks that are so space-saving that you might be able to avoid the costs of building an additional warehouse.
  • When You Are Building a New Warehouse – Of course, there are times when a warehouse has reached its peak capacity and building another is inevitable. When that happens, be sure to get it off to a good start with a survey or your proposed space. We’ll propose a warehouse layout design that makes the best use of warehouse space and the traffic that it sees.

Your Productivity Is Slowing Down

Warehouse industrial shelving units can play a bigger part in the productivity of your business than you might think. Inefficient design of the units can make them slower to stock, or closed off portions of it can make getting a single pallet a 20-minute job as pallets crammed in front of the one you want to access have to be moved and restacked.

Additionally, poor warehouse layout design can prevent efficient use of forklifts and other loading equipment. If your business is ramping up and you’re moving more product, that’s great!…until your forklift operators start getting in each other’s way and warehouse employees on foot are put in greater danger.

This is the link to click on if your efficiency is going down and tempers start to run high in the warehouse. It details the many ways that Dak Equipment and Engineering can make your warehouse much more efficient than it currently is.

 

Buy Before The Prices Go Up

As we discussed in this article, steel prices are up considerably since the first of the year. And with recent tariffs that have been imposed on steel imports from China and Japan, it looks like prices are going to keep going up for the foreseeable future.

So when the subject comes up that we posed in the title of this article —”When Your Warehouse Should Consider Upgrading Its Pallet Rack System” — the best suggestion might simply be right now. Waiting much longer to upgrade or expand your warehouse storage solutions could lead to a situation in which you’re getting the same product for more money; why not avoid the price increase altogether and get ahead of the curve?

 

Let’s Start the Conversation

If you know that new pallet rack shelving is in your future, we’d love to talk with you about it. We can deliver and assemble the most efficient industrial shelving units out there to help your business run as smoothly as possible. Contact us today to get the conversation started.

 

 

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April 01, 2016

Five Ways to Make More Room on Your Industrial Shelves

Running out of space on the industrial shelves in your warehouse is more than inconvenient. It could end up costing your business both time and money, and if it isn’t addressed quickly, it could even cause accidents and injuries in your facility. Industrial shelves need house your inventory but do so in a way that makes it easy for your team to find what they need. If your shelves aren’t doing that, they are slowing down the efficiency of your warehouse. Your team will need to look longer and harder for the items that they need, slowing down order fulfillment and assembly, and costing you more in labor when it comes to each product you either send out or create. Cluttered shelves can pose risks to your employees, too, with improperly stacked merchandise that could be prone to falling and injuring someone.

If your shelves are at their limit, you may not necessarily need new shelves; you may just need a better system. Here are some tips that you can use to make more room on your shelves for everything that you need:

  1. Remove clutter. Sometimes shelves are cluttered with things that don’t need to be there. If it isn’t a part of your inventory, move it off of your industrial shelves and find a better place for it. Leave shelf space to the items that make you money, not your team’s lunches.
  2. Keep them neat. A neatly organized shelf will have more space than one where everything is just tossed in together. You’ll be able to see your inventory more clearly which will speed up production, as well.
  3. Do an inventory. Inventory is a great way to determine what products should be there and what shouldn’t be there, as well as force your team to do some cleaning up as they go through your space.
  4. Put small things in bins. Small objects can take up a lot of space on industrial shelves, not because of their size but because of the fact there are so many. Put small items into bins to keep them labeled, organized, and maximize the use of your space.
  5. Stick to a process. Write out a process and have your team stick to it. This will eliminate confusion about where things are supposed to go and where they might be found within the warehouse, helping to prevent your industrial shelves from becoming a dumping ground.

Taking a few small steps towards organization can help keep the industrial shelves within your warehouse neat, clean, and ready to hold more inventory. If these steps aren’t cutting it, contact DAK Equipment & Engineering. We’ll help you make more space within your warehouse for all of your needs and can provide the new equipment or a sophisticated warehouse layout design to help you make the most of your existing equipment. We also offer automation services, installation, and removal services to meet all of your warehouse and material handling needs. Get in touch with our team today for more information on what we can do for you.

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March 29, 2016

Our Chicago Industrial Shelves Could be the Answer You Need

Did you know that Chicago ranks second in the nation for the number of fast-growing small businesses? That’s excited news for small business owners, their employees, and the economy of Chicago. DAK Equipment works with many small businesses in the area, helping them find the storage, picking, and packing solutions that they need for their small to medium sized warehouses. If you are a small to medium sized business owner who is struggling with storage or picking solutions, DAK Equipment is ready to help! We have the industrial shelves, bins, carts, and warehouse equipment you need.

Start by giving our project managers a call. They’ll take the time to get to know your small business and understand the difficulties that you are currently facing. Once they understand the issues, they’ll get to work helping you find the right solutions. We offer industrial shelving that can give you the storage space you need, bins and gravity flow racks to keep SKUs sorted and ready to ship and the warehouse equipment that can keep your teams safe while helping them move more efficiently. We’ll make our suggestions and you can choose to implement any or all of them in your warehouse!

We love working with small businesses. We know that running your own business is challenging and excited, and you need to work with trusted partners who can help make your business a success. DAK Equipment wants to be your partner! Give us a call or contact us through our website and get started with one of our project managers today on warehouse layouts, inspections, or any of our other great Chicago warehouse services.

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