Chicago Pallet Rack Shelving

March 15, 2016

Pallet Rack Systems for Your Small Chicago Warehouse

If you are dealing with palletized shipments, you can benefit from pallet rack systems no matter how small your warehouse might be. Many warehouse owners and managers think that they will run into the following problems if they try to install pallet rack systems in their small Chicago warehouse:

  • No space for storing smaller items
  • Running out of space for employees to work in
  • No room for forklifts to operate
  • Needlessly taking up storage space for their palletized shipments

Space is always an issue for a warehouse, no matter how big it might be. More often than not, though, space is an issue not because there isn’t any left but because you aren’t using the space that you have as efficiently as possible. That’s how a pallet rack system can help. If your warehouse is dealing with pallets, a system for those pallets is a must. While it might take up space in your already-cramped warehouse, it can use the space that it takes up more efficiently and allow your team to work with those pallets in a safer, less time-consuming way.

Pallet rack systems are designed to hold and manage your pallets in an organized fashion. If your aren’t currently using one, chances are you are simply stacking your pallets on top of each other or laying them out across your floor space. Stacking creates a slow down in production when the items that you need are on the bottom of the stack; spreading out your pallets isn’t using your space wisely and is probably making it feel more cramped than it is in reality.

Depending on the kind of merchandise that you are handling, the number of pallets you deal with, and how often you need to access them, there is a pallet rack system for your space. The DAK Equipment & Engineering team in Chicago can help you determine which one is right for your warehouse by getting to know more about your company and the space you are working in. Options include selective pallet racks (the most common pallet rack system used in warehouses), drive thru pallet rack systems (used with forklifts), and push back pallet rack systems. Once you and your DAK Equipment representative have decided which pallet rack system is best, they can help you design your space to make it fit.

We have an on-site warehouse design team who can help you overhaul your warehouse to make the most effective use of the space possible. You’ll be amazed at how our team can transform even the smallest warehouses into efficient, well organized units. We’ll give you a layout with our suggestions for your new setup, including the integration of your pallet rack systems.

If you are tired of tripping over pallets and constantly shuffling your pallets around, give the DAK Equipment team a call today. We’d love to talk to you about your pallet rack needs and help you find the system that fits your warehouse and your budget. You can reach us by giving us a call or contacting us through our website today.

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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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