Chicago Pallet Rack Shelving

March 09, 2016

The Relationship Between Organization and Safety in Your Warehouse

There is a reason that safety guidelines for warehouses place an emphasis on organization: it plays a key role in the safety of your warehouse. This is why when an inspector walks into a disorganized and messy warehouse, they know they are going to find safety violations all over the place. The pallet rack shelving you use in your Chicago warehouse plays an important role in both, as well. Let’s take a look at how these elements impact each other, what your warehouse can do to keep things organized and safe for your workers, and finally, what the DAK Equipment & Engineering team can do to help you make a more organized and safer warehouse.

Safety and Organization

The more organized your Chicago warehouse is, the more likely it’s going to be a safe place to work. Organization within the warehouse environment helps to eliminate hazards such as tripping over items left in aisles, the incorrect usage of equipment, or dangers that are hidden in a pile of stuff that needs to be sorted. Having a warehouse that’s organized, easy to navigate, and filled with items that are easy to find not only keeps everyone safer, it helps your team work faster, too. Good organization boosts efficiency by reducing on-the-job injuries and sick days as well as help teams fulfill orders faster.

The Role of Your Pallet Rack Shelving

Your shelving plays a vital role in the organization of your warehouse. Keeping shelves clean, organized, and properly loaded is vital to the success of your warehouse and the safety of your crew. Not having enough shelving space can lead to crowded, disorganized shelves. Having too much space can actually make it harder to find items as well as cause your workers to spend more time gathering items together. Getting your inventory to shelving ratio just right keeps things organized. The right shelves make it easier for workers to fulfill orders, as well. It’s not just your shelving that matters, either; every element in your warehouse should help keep it more organized and safer for your teams.

How DAK Equipment in Chicago Can Help

Our warehouse supply and material handling equipment company has been working with Chicago-area warehouses for decades. We’ve kept up with the changing technology used in today’s warehouse environments and we know how to combine tried-and-true methods with today’s technology to create systems that are tailored to the needs of your warehouse. If you know that the level of organization in your warehouse is lacking, it’s time to call DAK Equipment & Engineering. We’ll help you make sure you get the pallet rack shelving, conveyor systems, and other material handling equipment you need to create a safe and organized space for your business to run.

You can call the DAK Equipment team and connect with one of our project managers today. We’d love to talk to you about your warehouses needs and work with you to develop a plan to help your warehouse meet and exceed its goals for 2016. Get in touch with us through our website today!

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March 02, 2016

How High You Should Build Your Chicago Pallet Racks

Customers often ask our project managers how high they can build the pallet rack shelving in their Chicago warehouse. The answer is going to depend on several factors, and each one will need to be taken into consideration when you start to plan, build, and install your pallet racks. You’ll need to think about things like:

  • How high are your ceilings? This is an obvious question to ask, but what many people don’t consider is everything that’s on their ceiling already, such as vents and fire sprinklers. Your pallet racks will need to clear these items, so they’ll affect how high your pallet rack shelving can go.
  • What are you storing? The amount you can store on the pallet racking that you choose will affect how high you can build your pallet racks as well. Make sure you know your pallet weights before you start building as well as how much your pallet racking is made to hold.
  • How are you loading your pallet racking? If you are using a forklift, you’ll need to leave enough room at the top to lift items off and on. If you are loading them manually, you’ll need to consider the safety of your team and whether you have ladders tall enough for them to get to the top safely.

The team at DAK Equipment & Engineering in Chicago is happy to help you determine how high you can build your pallet racks! Give us a call today or contact us through our website to speak with one of our knowledgeable project managers. They’ll help you make the right choices for your warehouse.

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February 15, 2016

When to Buy Used Warehouse Equipment

New Vs Used

You probably expect me to bad-mouth used equipment in this post because DAK makes more money from selling new. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.

If there is used equipment available that meets your needs and is in good condition, I’ll happily sell it to you. After all, if my goals don’t line up with yours, I won’t get your business at all.

That said, sometimes used equipment just isn’t the right solution. Today I want to help you understand how to choose the best solution at the best price.

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