Chicago Industrial Shelves

February 27, 2016

How to Properly Lay Out Your Industrial Shelves

When you are purchasing industrial shelves for your warehouse, your goal is to organize and maximize your space. But how should you set up your industrial shelves in the best way possible? That answer depends on a few factors, but DAK Equipment can help you figure out the best answer for your space. We’ll take a look at some of the important factors, such as:

  • What kind of materials you are storing, including their sizes and weights. This impacts both how you set up your shelving and how your shelving should be stacked.
  • How your workers move through your space. Workflow has a huge impact on where your industrial shelves should go, and we’ll look at ways to increase your efficiency.
  • The size and layout of your current warehouse. We’ll make sure you are using every inch in the best way possible.

Ideally, before you purchase your industrial shelves you can contact our Chicago team. We’ll help you determine both which kind of industrial shelves are right for you and how many you should order. This can avoid issues in the future when it comes to installation and utilizing your new shelving. We’ll provide you with a layout and a recommended list of items to purchase.

You can trust the DAK Equipment team to help you get your warehouse set up with the right industrial shelving and other materials handling equipment to make your warehouse flow. Get in touch with us today and let’s start working on your new warehouse layout plan today!

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February 22, 2016

What Pick-to-Light Is and How it Works With Your Industrial Shelves

One of the latest picking methods to hit Chicago industrial shelves is Pick To Light (PTL). This new system uses digital readouts to help the picker locate the items on the shelf and determine how many are in the order. Once the item has been picked for the order, the picker clears the readout by pressing a button on the industrial shelves, indicating to the system that the item has been selected. The PTL system offers several benefits:

  • Lowers error rates. The computerized system indicates which items are on the order, so there is less room for human error by, for instance, incorrectly reading a part number or transposing numbers on the order.
  • High efficient. Pickers won’t have to search their industrial shelves for the correct part; lighted signs will guide the way and speed up the picking process.
  • Easy inventory tracking. As digital readouts are cleared, inventory of that item can automatically be adjusted in your system.

This picking method is great for warehouses that are dealing with a high number of SKUs and could be especially beneficial to e-commerce businesses. The system can be easily integrated into your existing industrial shelves, giving your Chicago business the edge it needs to process orders faster, make more happy customers, and grow your bottom line.

If you are interested in the Pick to Light system and want to find out if it can be integrated into your current shelves, contact DAK Equipment & Engineering. We’ll help you find, install, and start using a system that’s right for you!

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February 21, 2016

Are You Using the Right Picking Method for Your Chicago Industrial Shelves?

What pick method are you using to get items off of your Chicago industrial shelves? There are several methods to choose from, and the best type of pick system for your warehouse will depend on factors such as:

  • inventory type
  • number of employees
  • how your warehouse is set up
  • average order size
  • average order number

Along with many other factors. Choosing the right pick system, though, can help you get more orders out the door as well as minimize injury risk to workers and reduce the number of touches required to get a product off your industrial shelves and out the door.

These are some of the pick systems you’ll have to choose from:

  • Piece picking. One picker, one order. You’ll send your pick team member out with an order and they’ll travel through your warehouse gathering the items on the order list. This isn’t the most efficient method, but it is serviceable for warehouses with low order numbers.
  • Batch picking. One picker, several orders.  A pick team member will go out with several orders, sometimes organized on a tiered cart, and gather items for multiple orders while moving through the warehouse. More efficient than piece picking, but still slow.
  • Zone picking. Multiple pickers, multiple orders at once. Orders will travel through multiple zones, and pickers in each zone will fill the order with products contained in their zone. A relatively efficient process, especially if your industrial shelves are set up correctly.

There are variations of all of these methods, and you can tweak them to create a system that works for you and your team. If you need help maximizing the efficiency of your pick line and the organization of your Chicago industrial shelves, give the DAK Equipment team a call.


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