Pallet Racks Wisconsin

January 28, 2016

Why Experience Matters When Buying Pallet Racks in Milwaukee

Not all pallet racks are made the same and not all of them are going to be right for your Milwaukee warehouse. When you are setting up a new warehouse or need to re-equip your current one, you need to find the pallet racks that are going to meet your needs as well as stay within your budget goals. One of the best ways to do this is to work with an experienced warehouse designer like DAK Equipment in Milwaukee.

Working with an experienced warehouse designer offers several advantages to your company:

  • More efficient warehouse design. Our team has been designing warehouses for years and we know how to set up a warehouse in the most efficient way possible. Because of our experience, we can quickly identify your warehouse’s strengths and weaknesses and use them to build the best design possible.
  • Cost saving potential. Our team works with hundreds of clients all over the country, setting up their warehouses and supplying them with the material handling and warehouse equipment that they need. We also help many of these companies get rid of their old equipment, meaning we often have second-hand pallet racks that could be the perfect fit for your Milwaukee warehouse. That could mean a huge savings to your business.
  • On-going support. Setting up a warehouse isn’t a one-time happening. Your warehouse should evolve with your business and as your business’s needs change, the needs of your warehouse will, too. Our team can help you meet the challenges of your warehouse as time goes on with new solutions, system upgrades, and equipment that makes your warehouse run better than ever.
  • Help from beginning to end. An inexperienced team may not understand how to properly see your warehouse project through from start to finish. Our team knows the importance of planning, execution, and follow-up when it comes to your warehouse. We have teams that are ready to help you every step of the way.

Working with an inexperienced warehouse equipment and design company when purchasing pallet racks and other material handling supplies could actually end up costing you more time and money in the long run. These companies could suggest pallet racks that aren’t quite right for your business, making your employees work harder to get your orders out the door and slowing down the process inside your warehouse. That can lead to losing money on your bottom line. You’ll end up spending more time on your pallet racks, too, working to fix the issues and replace your equipment.

Instead of risking your time and money, talk to the DAK Equipment & Engineering team about your pallet racks and material handling equipment. We’ll make sure that you get everything that you need at a price that fits your budget and a system that helps your team work faster than ever. You can contact our project managers for help by giving us a call or contacting us through our website. We’ll connect you with a project manager that works in your area and will help you see your project through from beginning to end.

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January 21, 2016

Implement the 5s System In Your Warehouse

There are plenty of theories out there about the best way to run your warehouse. Often, the method that works best for one Wisconsin warehouse isn’t going to work for their neighbor. That’s because your layout is different, you are using different equipment and pallet racks, and the needs of your warehouse is going to be different. It may take some time to find the system that’s right for you and your team. If you are looking for a new way to bring more organization, efficiency, and employee ownership to your pallet racks and warehouse facility, consider using the 5s system.

The 5s System looks like this:

  • Sort. Another name for this step might be “a place for everything and everything in its place.” Your warehouse should be sorted neatly, with thought given to your materials handling process. Getting rid of the things you don’t need will help you create a more efficient work environment and keep clutter off of your Wisconsin pallet racks.
  • Streamline. This is a good one to do in conjunction with the Sort stage. Here, you’ll want to set up your warehouse in the most efficient way possible. Take a step back and think about how your teams work and how they can move materials through your warehouse more efficiently. Throw out any ideas of “this is how it’s done because this is always how it’s been done.” To get a fresh perspective, you might want to bring in a warehouse consultant (DAK Equipment & Engineering has one in your area that would love to help!).
  • Shine. Clean, clean, clean. A clean warehouse is a well-run warehouse! Take time to clean your equipment, pallet racks, bins, and all the surrounding areas. This is a great way to get your team to take ownership of their space as well. Don’t underestimate the power of a clean work environment on morale.
  • Standardize. Set up systems that make sense. When we standardize our warehouse process and do the same thing again and again, it not only becomes ingrained on our team, we become faster at it. By standardizing systems we’re taking the guesswork out of the job for our employees, so they can move confidently through their job. While they should be empowered to make decisions when something out-of-the-norm comes up, giving them a standardized system to based their judgments on will help them make better choices in those instances as well.
  • Sustain. If it’s working, keep doing it. Don’t change a working system once a week. Let your team get used to a system and give their feedback on it. You want to refine the systems that you have in place–and never get stuck in a rut of doing something because that’s how it’s always been done–but if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. Consistency empowers employees and creates a more efficient work environment when no one is standing around guessing what happens next.

The 5s system came out of Asia a few years ago, and it’s been a great system for many Wisconsin warehouses. If you’d like to learn more about the 5s system, order pallet racks for your warehouse, or ask one of our warehouse consultants to come to your location to help implement the 5s system, give us a call. Our team would love to work with you!

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January 14, 2016

How to Keep the People Working Around Your Pallet Racks Safe

Warehouse safety should be a big deal to your company. Even if you don’t work in the warehouse, the safety of the employees working around the pallet racks in your Wisconsin warehouse matters a lot. Not only are their physical health and safety at risk, but you run the risk of facing legal action and a huge loss to your bottom line when warehouse safety isn’t a top concern. Racking strategies should be under constant evaluation; racks and forklifts are two of the most common citations from OSHA officials in the warehouse environment.

Training is the first step to ensuring a safe warehouse environment. Making sure your forklift drivers and other employees understand and are following safety rules will help you keep everyone safe. The second step is to perform your own inspections regularly. Check the pallet racks in your Wisconsin warehouse for damage; something that seems like cosmetic damage could end up causing pallet racks to collapse. Make a note of damaged areas and seek to repair them properly. Finally, make sure your team has access to good, secure, and sturdy equipment to do their job. From forklifts to ladders, giving them the proper tools can help you avoid accidents in the workplace.

DAK Equipment can help you make your Wisconsin warehouse as safe as possible. We offer pallet rack inspections, replacement products, repair services, and equipment sales. As a full-service warehouse team, you can depend on us to be your partners in worker safety and created a more efficient warehouse that doesn’t sacrifice safety for speed; you’ll get them both. Give us a call today and let’s talk about what DAK Equipment & Engineering can do for your warehouse environment!

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