Industrial Shelves

May 17, 2016

Why You Need Accountability for Those Working on Your Industrial Shelves

There is one thing that can kill the safety record and efficiency of your warehouse faster than almost anything else: lack of accountability. Warehouse managers spend a great deal of time setting up processes for their industrial shelves, conveyor systems, and other warehouse equipment. Each process that is put into place is there to help keep workers safe and create a more efficient work environment for the warehouse. However, no matter how good your process might be, it’s worthless if you don’t hold your team accountable.

Accountability has to be a staple of warehouse culture. Allowing someone to neglect an aspect of their job in the hopes that someone else down the line will fix the issue for them will only cause issues among your team and derail any process that you’ve carefully put into place. While you want a team that works together to create a warehouse that moves along efficiently and helps each other out on the job, you don’t want anyone to cover for someone else’s negligence. Encouraging accountability between departments in a non-confrontational or accusatory manner can help create an environment where processes are closely adhered to and employees pay attention to details.

The result will be more organized industrial shelves, a more efficient picking and packing team, and happier customers as their orders get out the door and on their way faster. Need help creating the right process for your team or designing a warehouse layout that’s as efficient as possible? DAK Equipment & Engineering can help. Contact us today to get started with our warehouse services and warehouse material handling equipment.

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May 05, 2016

Using Robots to Work in Your Industrial Shelves

One of the best ways to increase the efficiency in your warehouse is to automate as much as possible within your industrial shelves. This does several things for your warehouse:

  • It eliminates the chances of human error in processing an order
  • It allows you to focus your team’s skills on more complex tasks
  • It speeds up your warehouse processes

Not only are there efficiency benefits, but there are monetary benefits as well. With automation, you’ll be able to invest once and depend on that machine to continue doing that task until you stop it (with the right maintenance and occasional repairs, of course). That lowers the amount of money you are paying human labor for menial tasks and use that talent elsewhere. The money saved is a direct increase to your bottom line.

Warehouses are always looking for new and better ways to automate and many are using robotics more and more within the warehouse walls. That’s the case for DHL. They are currently testing the idea of pairing their picking team members with robot carts. The carts following the pickers through the industrial shelves as they gather items for the order, putting them into the cart. When the order is complete, the robot cart heads out to the packing area while another cart joins the picker to start the next order.

So what are the advantages to using a robot cart?

  • It’s faster. Instead of wasting human effort in transporting items to the packing area, they can focus on picking the next order while their cart travels across to the packing area.
  • It’s safer for products. Employees aren’t trying to balance items in their hands while picking the next item, avoiding human error when it comes to handling products and reducing loss from damage.
  • It’s safer for employees. Less handling of items and not moving heavy carts themselves helps reduce the instance of injury and accidents on the warehouse floor. In turn, this can help a warehouse’s bottom line by reducing the used of sick time and worker’s compensation claims.

Are robot carts something you’d like to use in your warehouse? They aren’t an item currently available in the DAK Equipment & Engineering catalog, but it may be only a few years before they make an appearance.

Robot carts aren’t the only way to automate moving products off of your industrial shelves, though. You are likely already using these kind of improvements in your warehouse without realizing it; after all, even the use of computers in our warehouse is a form of automation. They track our inventory, alert us to reorder status, and even help automate the process of scheduling our teams. There are other automation ideas you can put in place without making the jump to robotics, too, including light-up item location for picking or even just installing conveyor belts to move product around.

Whatever you choose to do for your warehouse, DAK Equipment & Engineering is here to help. Contact our team to talk about how we can help automate your warehouse today!

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April 20, 2016

Make Industrial Storage Racks More Versatile with Wire Decking

If you don’t have wire decking on your pallet racks and industrial storage racks already, it’s an investment worth considering. This simple addition to the shelves in your warehouse offers a tremendous number of benefits, from safety to versatility in storage. It’s also relatively inexpensive, making it a small investment for your warehouse that can offer a big pay off. Here is why we recommend this addition to so many of our customers:

  • It’s safer for your employees. Adding wire mesh to your pallet racks and industrial storage shelves minimizes the risk of objects falling onto them from above when they are working in and around your shelves. If a worker is opening a carton above, the wire mesh will catch any merchandise or tools that may be inadvertently knocked aside.
  • It creates more storage options. Wire decking allows you to add shelf accessories such as plastic cartons and bins to hold smaller items. You won’t have to purchase additional storage for these smaller items; you can simply modify your existing shelves to work for all of your needs once you have the sturdy wire mesh platform to build on.
  • It can help with fire safety. Wire decking allows sprinklers and hoses to reach any fire within the shelves with it’s open mesh design. Other solutions, such as plywood, can actually fuel a fire while wire decking will not.

Interested in adding wire decking to the industrial shelves in your warehouse? Give the DAK Equipment and Engineering team a call today and we’ll help you place an order.

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