Chicago Industrial Shelves

July 05, 2018

How Warehouse Optimization and Pallet Rack Shelving Can Help Optimize Multiple Warehouses

 

Here at DAK Equipment and Engineering, we supply pallet racking systems and other types of industrial storage racks to a huge variety of businesses. Some are businesses that have been around for decades and are replacing old, worn out storage racking. Others are up-and-comers in the retail field, growing and growing as their product takes off. Either way, we’re here to help them with their warehouse optimization, whether they have one or a dozen.

As businesses grow from back room to storage unit to small warehouse to large warehouse to multiple warehouses, their needs for pallet rack systems change as well. Each change brings with it challenges, but it also brings the opportunity to make everything much more efficient. Let’s take a look at some steps that can be taken to optimize spaces, especially when multiple warehouses are involved.

 

Reset Your Inventory and Purge

When your business is growing, it can be tempting to just focus on growth. But growth is often kept in check by “ghosts” of the past, the things that are keeping a company down. This could be a person who’s tied to the past and just can’t accept change, or maybe it’s an idea that worked well when the company was small but now is keeping growth in check. Another aspect of a business that should be addressed is inventory that just keeps getting in the way every time you turn around.

When growing from one warehouse into two (or more), it can be tempting to think “we have all this extra space, let’s keep everything!” But that inventory isn’t just taking up space; it might also be a tax liability. Moving it along, even at a loss, could end up being the right choice in the long run. It’s certainly going to take some weight off your warehouse supervisor’s mind, and once it’s gone they’ll never have to worry about moving it around ever again.

 

Implement The New Inventory System

The time before expansion into another warehouse can be an excellent time to implement a new inventory system. That’s because now is the time you’ll have the least amount of inventory, and waiting until after the new warehouse is up and running just means more and more inventory under the old system. And the more inventory you have, the less likely you are to ever get around to implement a better system.

There’s no doubt that it takes planning to get a new warehouse management system up and running. But implementing while the new warehouse is being built ensures that the new inventory will match what you already have.

 

Standardize Sizes and Systems

Pallet racking systems are getting better all the time. There are more options than ever, from wire decking to drive-in pallet racks to cantilever storage racks, and they’re more robust and safe than ever before. At DAK, we have the most innovative systems around.

You already know you can work with you old pallet rack system, but is it really as efficient as it could be? If you’re getting a better system in the new warehouse, now might be the time to consider swapping out your old pallet rack systems to match the new ones you’ll have installed. Standardizing ensures that everything will work well together.

But wait, what about your old storage racking? There’s actually quite a market for used racking systems, and we can help you sell it via The Used Rack Warehouse.

 

You Might Not Even Need The New Warehouse

Look, we’re interested in selling you dozens of new pallet racks for your next warehouse. But sometimes we actually prevent that with another service we offer: warehouse layout optimization.

Warehouse optimization means making the most of your existing warehouse space. Most warehouses have an incredible amount of wasted space, and we’re in the business of space optimization that allows some businesses to cancel that new warehouse construction. It might mean utilizing existing industrial shelves more efficiently, or it could be replacing the current pallet rack system with one that’s exponentially more efficient. Either way, it could prevent the need for an additional warehouse.

 

Contact DAK Today!

Whether you need brand new pallet racks or are curious just how much space you can squeeze out of your current warehouse, DAK Equipment and Engineering is there to help you make the most of your warehouse(s). Contact our warehouse consultants today!

 

 

 

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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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