May 21, 2016

Re-Evaluate Your Floor Plan When Installing a Mezzanine Level

We’ve helped many companies install mezzanine levels in their warehouse. Our mezzanine systems are a great way to add more square footage to your warehouse without an expensive construction project or moving your operation. If you are installing a mezzanine to gain square footage, though, there is one that we recommend doing in order to maximize on the potential of your new warehouse space: re-evaluate your overall floorplan.

Many warehouses think that leaving their existing space as-is and simply continuing to pile onto the mezzanine is the best course of action. Instead, you should take time during the mezzanine installation to evaluate your floorplan as a whole. Getting stuck in a rut with your floor plan (“that goes there because it’s always gone there” mentality) can decrease your speed and start to bog down your operation. As your warehouse needs change, so should your floorplan.

So how should you evaluate your space and decide what should go where? The simplest model is to put the fastest selling items closest to your pick station and move back in order of demand. You may choose to move your assembly team to the mezzanine, or even move your office team up there and free up space on the warehouse floor.

The beauty of taking the time to evaluate your floorplan is that your mezzanine gives you so many new options! If you need help deciding which option is best or would like one of our experienced team members to lay out your warehouse for you, just give us a call. We’re happy to help you maximize the potential of your mezzanine space!

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May 09, 2016

How to Maximize the Space Underneath Your Mezzanine Level

There are so many ways that people are using their mezzanine levels in their warehouses. Whether you are using it for additional storage, office space, or a break room, mezzanine levels are the ideal way to get more square footage within your warehouse without paying for construction on an addition. One of the things you’ll need to think about, though, is how to maximize the space underneath your mezzanine level once it’s been installed.

Due to the need for support, you could lose some of your space underneath the mezzanine. DAK Equipment & Engineering will help you eliminate as much of that loss as possible by creating a mezzanine plan that maximizes the efficiency of the layout and reducing the number of needed supports. Overall, though, even with an overabundance of support columns under your mezzanine level, you’ll end up with a net gain of space thanks to the square footage you gain from the mezzanine.

Another option is to support your mezzanine level with shelves. For some warehouses, this is the ideal way to maximize storage while still getting the mezzanine level they need. Storage racks are installed at strategic points under the mezzanine level to provide the necessary support; additional storage racks can be installed as well, giving you tons of storage space.

Talk to DAK Equipment & Engineering about how to make the most of the space you have above and below your mezzanine level. Get in touch with our team to learn more about your options and to get assistance from our team with creating the perfect layout above and below your mezzanine deck.

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April 17, 2016

Structural Components That Can Get in the Way of Your Mezzanine

If you know about all the benefits of a mezzanine level in your warehouse, then you are probably pretty sold on the idea already. They are quickly installed, affordable, and can give you more usable square footage within your warehouse without having to undergo an expensive construction project. Before you start your mezzanine installation, though, there are a number of structural items that you’ll need to take into consideration first:

  • Fire protection. Will the mezzanine interfere with your current fire protection? Will you need to install additional fire protection once the mezzanine is installed?
  • Lighting. Will the space underneath your mezzanine still have proper lighting once it’s installed? What about emergency lighting needs?
  • Safety signage. Are safety signs still visible after the mezzanine is in place? Will you need more safety signage for your mezzanine level?
  • Safety gear. Does your mezzanine come with guardrails or will you need to install those? Do you need protection equipment under the mezzanine anywhere?

These are all important questions that will need to be answered before you start installing a mezzanine in your warehouse space. Fortunately, DAK Equipment & Engineering has all the answers that you need. We’ve installed mezzanines for businesses across the United States and know what it takes to get your mezzanine installed while meeting and exceeding OSHA requirements and local laws. Give us a call today to speak with one of our project managers who can help you get answers to your mezzanine installation questions and get you on your way to having a useful, well designed mezzanine in your warehouse.

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