Chicago Pallet Rack Shelving

November 01, 2018

4 Reasons To Move Pallet Racks

 

When the average person walks into a warehouse and sees pallet racks, they often think that there’s no way those things could move. To most people, pallet rack systems are like a furnace, in that they’re a part of the house. But if you’ve ever dealt with industrial pallet racks, you know that they’re really more like a refrigerator: difficult to move, yes, but meant to be moved if necessary.

Pallet racks are moveable, but that brings up a good question: why would you? While they’re certainly sturdy, all pallets racks are designed to come down if necessary. Let’s take a look at a few of the reason why they might need to be moved.

 

A More Efficient Design

Warehouse layout optimization can dramatically increase the amount of inventory a warehouse can hold. But many industrial shelves are put in too haphazardly and without the help of a warehouse layout expert.

If you want to make the most of every square foot of your warehouse, we can redesign the layout to make use of your current space. You might be surprised how moving your pallet racks can give you more space so that you can have even more pallet racks installed.

 

Replacement

There are many reasons to replace pallet racking (see out blog “5 Reasons You Might Need To Replace Your Pallet Racking” right here. Sometimes it’s due to damage or wear, but other times pallet racks are replaced even though they’re still very usable. A company’s sales strategy might pivot and need a different type of rack, such as if they start selling to the public and need an industrial conveyor system installed. Other times a warehouse might change their material handling systems and forklifts and be able to get new pallet racks that are much taller than the previous ones.

What happens to the old racks? There a good market for them, and we can sell them here.

 

New Floor

Many old warehouses have the simplest of concrete floors. But after a while, that simplicity can start to cause problems. Floors cracked, stain, and sometimes even let moisture in. They can also be much more slick than new types of flooring and could lead to employee injury. Be sure to read this blog for seven reasons a warehouse might get floor sealants applied.

If a new floor is being installed in the warehouse — even if it’s a simple epoxy coating — the pallet racking will have to be removed, or, at the very least, temporarily moved.

 

Cleaning

We admit it, there aren’t many times when cleaning a warehouse is going to necessitate the removal of an entire pallet rack system. Most racks have space so that they can be cleaned out underneath, especially if the lowest wire decking is removable. But it can be done, and might be done if a warehouse is about to be sold.

 

Do You Need Pallets Moved?

Having pallets moved can actually be a very good thing. When they’re moved, you can have them reassembled and inspected at the same time, ensuring that they’re safe and not about to collapse. Check out our racking inspection services right here!

 

 

 

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October 07, 2018

4 Myths About Warehouse Racking and Pallet Rack Systems

Before you worked in a warehouse, how often did you think about them? Probably not much. But with tens of thousands of warehouses across the country in both urban and rural environments, you can imagine just how many hundreds of thousands of people are working with drive-in racking, double deep racking, gravity flow racks, and standard pallet racking systems every day.

With so many people working in warehouses, there are bound to be some myths that get around about them. No, we’re not talking about urban legends like warehouse that kept discovering dead workers, only to find out that the killer was actually living in the top pallet of Row 3 (“The call is coming from inside the warehouse!”) We’re talking about misinformation that gets around, whether it’s from the loaders or pickers or the warehouse managers themselves. Let’s take a look at some of these myths and replace them with the truth.

 

MYTH: They’re Prohibitively Expensive

Now we’re not going to tell you that pallet racks are cheap. Yes, they represent a considerable outlay of money at first (even more so with the recent steel tariffs), but they’re certainly worth it as an investment in your company.

At first they might even seem too expensive, but considering what they do for you they’re more than worth it. They increase efficiency in a warehouse, allowing you to not only keep more inventory on hand, but also keeping everything in better order so that you can find it faster. Like replacing all of your incandescent bulbs or installing low flow toilets, new racking systems eventually pay for themselves. Of course, new pallet racks also increase safety, which means that your employees are in less danger and OSHA is less likely to come knocking.

If getting new warehouse racking for the entire warehouse is out of the question, consider buying them in stages. First replace the units that have seen the most use or are the most damaged, then schedule the replacements out every year after that. Before long you’ll have your entire warehouse decked out with new warehouse racking.

BONUS POINT! When you look at the price of a new racking system, industrial conveyor system, or other type of materials handling system, remember that they are capital equipment and can therefore be written off as such on your taxes. Investing in your business doesn’t look so bad when you realize the tax savings.

 

MYTH: Once Warehouse Storage Is In, It’s Permanent

When DAK Equipment and Engineering performs a warehouse design layout for you, we’re going to custom-design your space so that it’s as efficient as possible. But it’s not all delivered in one big block, is it? It comes in thousands of pieces and requires professional racking installers to put it together. Putting it together means that it can also be taken apart.

The fact is, your warehouse layout design was designed with your current work methods in mind. But the focus of a business can change over time. If a business pivots from consumer-facing to B2B, then their need for conveyor systems might go away. Companies can change focus over the years, which means that their needs in warehouse storage solutions do as well.

Yes, pallet shelving is heavy and certainly looks like a permanent structure. Yes, some companies put them in place and never move them again. But warehouse racking can be disassembled and reassembled to meet your new needs. It can be bought, sold, added on to, taken away from, and changed to meet your needs. All you need is a professional to help with your warehouse strategy plan.

BONUS POINT! If you no longer need a particular piece of your material handling system or pallet rack shelving, don’t worry. There’s a great market for used warehouse hardware, including used industrial shelving and used modular drawer cabinets. We will make sure that you get a fair price for it.

 

MYTH: OSHA Will Overlook It

All too often, warehouse managers get lulled into the idea that it’s the moving equipment that’s going to get them into the most trouble should OSHA come around. But when OSHA stops by, they’re just as interested in the “Danger: Compactor” safety sign as they are in the cardboard compactor itself.

While it’s certainly important to make sure your compactors and industrial conveyor systems are up-to-snuff, you can’t ignore your racking system. OSHA will be checking to make sure that it’s still safe, and they’re not going to hesitate to give you a fine if they find that warehouse racking is in danger of collapse. Their reach doesn’t end with the pallet racks, though, but extends to everything in the warehouse that could affect an employee. This could include materials handling systems, conveyor systems, mezzanine decks, racking ladders and landings, and modular offices.

BONUS POINT! When it comes to warehouse storage safety, the best way to stay ahead of OSHA is to contact a pallet rack inspection company. They’ll be able to address small problems before they become bigger problems, and make sure that your warehouse remains a safe place. It certainly beats the fines that OSHA can levy.

 

MYTH: Pallet Racks Just Fall Down

We’ve all seen YouTube videos of forklift accidents and pallet racks collapsing, and, as long as no one gets hurt, they’re kind of fun in that “at-least-that’s-not-me” sort of way. Unfortunately, these types of videos have helped perpetuate the myth that warehouse racking is unstable.

If you take a look at that video, the warehouse racking doesn’t just fall down. In every instance, it was an outside force that made them fall, and nearly every time it’s a forklift or other type of loader. But when used properly, warehouse racking is incredibly sturdy and won’t fall down on its own. What does used properly mean? It means that any weight restrictions and loading instructions are adhered to, and all employees are properly trained to work with them.

BONUS POINT!: Can racking systems “just fall down”? If you purchased used warehouse racking that’s been mistreated or hire a bargain-basement installer, there is a chance that time and weight will eventually tear the molecules in the metal apart. But if you go with reputable warehouse consultants, seller, and installers, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.

 

Let Us Bust The Myths!

When you work with DAK Equipment and Engineering, you’re working with people who do this all day, every day and have a passion for efficiency. We can help you get the perfect pallet racks and dispel any other misinformation you might have heard about racking systems. If you’re ready to make the most of your warehouse space, contact us today!

 

 

 

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August 30, 2018

Beyond Pallet Racking: More Warehouse Efficiency Solutions

Once you have your pallet racking in place in your new or remodeled warehouse, it’s going to feel good. Whether you’re selling standard wire deck or double-deep pallet racking, cantilever racking or pallet flow racks, it’s exciting to step back after it’s installed and imagine the increased efficiencies that come with top-notch warehouse optimization and installation. Being able to access what you need more quickly is going to save you hassle and money.

But once the bulk of the industrial warehouse racking is installed, your warehouse isn’t necessarily finished. There are still ways to make it even better, to keep everything organized and ensure that what you have stays in place. Here are some of the options you might want to consider that go beyond traditional storage racking.

 

Stanley Vidmar Cabinets

There’s a reason that people buy Stanley Vidmar cabinets: they hold up amazingly well. These are the cabinets of professionals, holding tools and equipment that every warehouse needs. They’re built for the industrial world, and it’s hard to find fault with them because they’re designed and built so well. If you’ve ever purchased a Stanley Vidmar cabinet, whether it was made before 1966 (when Stanley acquired the Vidmar company) or after, you’re probably still using it without it ever having given you a single problem.

There’s also a reason that people buy used Stanley Vidmar cabinets: they’re quite expensive when new! A business that’s done with them doesn’t sell them because they’re tired of them or because they’re no good; businesses sell them because they’re downsizing or going out of business. The fact is, these things outlast most businesses! We can get you both new and used Stanley Vidmar cabinets, and if you’re looking for used then you should click this link to see if we have any in stock. (Even if you don’t see any, contact us so that we can let you know when some come in.)

 

Industrial Conveyor Systems

Having inventory in a warehouse is one thing. Getting it out to who wants and needs it is something very different.

Whether it’s a standard picking-and-packing station with non-motorized rollers or a completely automated system that move packages throughout the warehouse, conveyor systems can reduce your operational costs, reduce manpower, increase your shipping capacity, and even help ensure the accuracy of orders.

Before the pallet racking is even in, make sure you work with a warehouse layout optimization expert to make sure you’re making the most of the space and that the industrial conveyor system is in the most efficient place in your warehouse. As we discussed in this article, the most obvious placement isn’t always the most efficient, so pulling in an expert will probably save you money many times over.

Industrial Lockers

Employees like a place to keep their stuff, especially since most of them don’t have a desk in which to keep their snacks, oatmeal packets, spare chapstick, and jackets. Lockers are an excellent way to give employees a place to keep something and make sure it’s secure; this is even more important than ever if you have banned cell phones from your warehouse floor.

We talk a lot about the workings of warehouses, but we’re also supplying many other industries with lockers. There are lockers involved in just about every type of work, it’s just that you don’t see them because they’re behind closed doors. Gymnasiums are a common client, as are police and fire departments. But we also supply lockers to grocery stores, hospitals, apartment buildings, EMT’s stations, and more.

 

Wire Partitions

We recently wrote an entire article about the benefits of wire partitions in a warehouse, so we’d like to encourage you to go and read that entire article. If you don’t have time to do so now, click on it and bookmark it for later. If you don’t have time for that, we’ll break it down for you.

Wire partitions are essentially cages that keep things in or out that can either be built against the wall or freestanding in the middle of the warehouse. In today’s technologically-advanced warehouses, these enclosures are used to protect the robots from escaping and people from stepping on robots. And speaking of robots, wire partitions can also prevent unauthorized employees from walking into an area that has assembly robots in action, which could be very dangerous to a human.

Wire partitions are also an excellent way to protect things that most employees simply don’t have a right messing with. A warehouse cage can protect fuseboxes, computers, tools, and expensive products that aren’t out in the normal warehouse.

 

Prefabricated Offices

We talk about prefabricated offices, aka modular offices, a lot. They’re incredibly versatile and can solve so many problems that show up in a warehouse. Prefabricated offices are buildings-within-buildings. They are closed off from the rest of the warehouse in order to give a level or privacy to those working within. They can be built in a much shorter amount of time than a stand-alone exterior building, and they can be moved (and even sold) if necessary.

Modular offices can serve many purposes in a warehouse. The most obvious is an office that can keep managers and other desk staff close to the warehouse actions while still being separated from it. They also make excellent break rooms, providing a way for workers to get away from some of the noise associated with a warehouse. They can also be used as clean rooms, quality assurance rooms, and shipping/receiving rooms. You can also have prefab office units customized to cover multiple tasks, such as a break room on one side, a clean room on the other, and quality assurance kiosk attached to the outer wall.

 

We Can Finish Your Warehouse!

A warehouse isn’t just one thing. While its primary reason for existing is to store inventory, the need for shipping, receiving, employee comfort, and storage of warehouse necessities can’t be ignored. At DAK Equipment and Engineering, we’re here to help you make the most of your space, no matter if your warehouse is storing books, soda, or furniture. Contact us today and talk to our warehouse optimization experts.

 

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