Pallet Racks

September 12, 2016

The Only Place that Fewer Steps is Better

A few years ago, wearable tech became a big deal. Devices like the Apple Watch were launched, giving us more ways to access technology other than through our mobile phones. One of the most popular devices to come out of the wearable technology boom was the FitBit. This small, rubberized bracelet does things like count how many steps you were getting in a day, monitor your heart rate, and even chart your sleeping patterns. Suddenly everyone who owned one was obsessed with getting in the recommended 10,000 steps a day. Anyone who worked around pallet racking systems is probably hitting that goal easily!

 

Is That a Good Thing?

dreamstime_xxl_48682856Well, it depends. While hitting your 10,000 steps a day is great for things like your cardiovascular health and weight loss, it might not be great for the health of your warehouse. That’s because how many steps your team takes each day is an indication of how efficiently they are moving throughout the warehouse. The fewer steps they have to take, the quicker they are getting orders out the door and to your customers. Of course, even in a moderately sized warehouse, 10,000 steps a day probably isn’t out of the question!

 

Monitor Those Steps at Work

While you don’t actually need your team to count their steps while on the job, it’s something to think about when it comes to maximizing efficiency. Could you be arranging your pallet racking systems in a better layout for productivity? Would a conveyor be more efficient to move products back and forth? Small investments and changes could result in greater productivity for your warehouse.

DAK Can Help Make a Plan

Our warehouse layout team can help make sure you have a warehouse layout that maximizes on your space and your manpower. Let us review your setup and give you some ideas to help make things run smoother! Don’t worry…if your team isn’t getting their steps in on the job, you can always organize a walking club at lunch!

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September 01, 2016

When It’s Time to Ditch Those Old Pallets

pallet shelvingIf there is one thing most warehouses have a surplus of, it is pallets. Pallets fill your pallet rack shelving, and you probably have a spare dozen or so lined up against your walls. You depend on pallets for packaging, shipping and receiving, so you never want to run short on your supply. But when it is time to ditch your old pallets?

Signs It’s Time to Toss Your Pallets

Traditional wooden pallets have a limited shelf life. They are made from cheap, untreated wood that will withstand a lot but won’t last forever. Here are some of the signs it’s time to pitch your pallet:

The wood is cracked.

This is the most common issue with old pallets and can be a danger to anyone who is using the pallet as the broken wooden pieces can cause injury to your team and your inventory.

There are missing slats.

Those slats on the pallet are there for good reason: they bear the weight of the inventory and give forklifts something to hang onto when moving a pallet around. If one or more are missing, it’s time to get a new pallet.

The wood is rotting.

Pallets get wet. While this normally isn’t a big deal, if the wood stays wet for too long it could start to rot away. That weakens the pallet and could present an issue in the near future when the pallet can’t handle the weight of the inventory.

What To Do With Old Pallets

Once you’ve cleaned out your pallet inventory, what should you do with the rejects? There are plenty of people who will be happy to take them. Pallets have become an in-demand item for craft and building projects. People are doing everything from creating accent walls to building furniture with pallet wood, which is a great way to recycle them. If you just have a few, put them out by your dumpster with a free sign on them. Chances are good that someone is going to drive by and want them. If you have a lot, consider putting a free add on Facebook or Craigslist alerting people to their availability. You’ll see them disappear in no time!

Looking For Pallet Replacements?

Once you’ve cleaned out your pallet inventory, you might find you need to pick up some new ones. DAK Equipment & Engineering carries a variety of pallets perfect for your pallet racks. We can even get you started with better long-term palleting solutions such as plastic or metal! Fill out the form below and we’ll help you find pallets that you’ll love to use.

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August 03, 2016

The Pros of Pallet Flow Racks

When it comes to pallet racks, you’ll have a variety of options to choose from for your warehouse. Depending on your inventory, warehouse size, and operations you may find that selective pallet racking, double deep pallet racks, drive-in pallet racks or pallet flow racks are the right choice. The key is to find something that helps your team work safely and efficiently to fulfill customer orders and increase your bottom line.

 

Discover the Benefits of Pallet Flow Racks

Pallet flow racks are a unique pallet rack shelving solution that houses entire pallets instead of cartons or one-off items. If your warehouse deals entirely or even primarily in palleted items, these flow racks might be ideal. The system works by loading the inventory in on one end and picking it off of the other, creating a first in, first out pick system that’s already in use in many warehouses. It can also reduce the number of “touches” a product has to have in order to get it out the door since the pallets will move down the rack with the use of gravity and keep your order fulfillment line fully stocked.

 

So Are Pallet Flow Racks Right for You?

If you have a high inventory rotation that primarily comes through on pallets, pallet flow racks from DAK Equipment & Engineering might be the perfect solution for your space. They can greatly increase your storage capacity while improving productivity. Our team can help you determine if these racks are right for you or if another warehouse storage solution would be more suitable. Fill out the form below to get in touch with us today to learn more!

 

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