Pallet Racks Wisconsin

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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December 21, 2015

Peak Season is Here–Are Your Wisconsin Pallet Racks Ready?

Peak season is just getting started for many retail warehouses. If you are anticipating an increase in both your inbound and outbound inventory, you’ll want to make sure that the pallet racks you use in your Wisconsin warehouse are ready for those extra loads. Here are three things you’ll want to do as your inventory starts to roll in:

  • Perform a thorough inspection on your pallet racks. Check for damage that may have occurred and been missed over the slower summer season and make repairs right away. The DAK Equipment team can come out and do your inspection for you as well as performing any necessary repairs.
  • Make sure you have room for inventory increases. This may mean reconfiguring your warehouse floor plan to maximize space or investing in new infrastructure such as pallet racks or even a warehouse mezzanine to increase your space.
  • ¬†Keep things organized. Nothing can throw your warehouse into chaos like disorganization during the peak season. Make sure each member of your warehouse team is up-to-date on best practices and isn’t trying to cut corners in busy times. Stay organized from beginning to end and the peak season will be much smoother.

If you aren’t sure that your warehouse is prepared to handle the peak season, give the DAK Equipment & Engineering team a call. We can help you with inspections, warehouse floor plan designs, and ordering new pallet racks from our extensive new and used supply. Get in touch with us today and make sure you are ready for peak season inventory and shipping to begin!

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