Pallet Racks

July 04, 2016

Pros and Cons of Motorizing Pallet Rack Shelving

We’ve talked a lot about the benefits of automating in your warehouse. Everything from order picking to your conveyor systems can benefit¬†from automation, so what about your pallet rack shelving? Some warehouses are choosing to motorize their pallet rack shelves so they can move back forth automatically, using a motor that’s embedded in either the floor or ceiling and putting their shelves on tracks. Is this another automation benefit that your warehouse should consider?

Determining Whether a Motorized Rack System is Right For You

pallet rack systemThe Benefits of Automating Your Pallet Racks

Automating pallet rack shelving can offer a number of important benefits for a warehouse space. First, it can vastly increase the amount of storage you have available in the same amount of square footage. That’s because you won’t need to leave as much space between each shelving unit, so you can get more of them into your warehouse. It could also help eliminate some on-site workplace accidents, as well, since employees will have less interaction and movement among the pallet racks.


The Potential Disadvantages of Motorized Pallet Racks

The biggest disadvantage of motorizing your pallet racks is the cost. Putting pallet rack shelving onto the necessary tracks and installing a system that can move them back and forth isn’t going to be cheap. The next disadvantage is that it could actually slow down your warehouse. This sort of system is best for warehouses with a small number of SKUs who don’t need to access all of their inventory all of the time; otherwise, you may be waiting for a machine to move your pallet racks when you could have just as easily (or even more efficiently) walked there to pick it up yourself.


Get a Quote on the Pallet Racking System That’s Right for You!

Determining which pallet rack system is right for you is the first step to an efficiently run warehouse. DAK Equipment & Engineering can help you determine whether a motorized or non-motorized system is the right choice for your warehouse. Once we’ve done that, our team can give you a comprehensive quote on having the system installed in your space, including material costs and even installation from our professional teams. We’ll make sure you get the assistance, supplies and equipment that you need to develop the perfect setup for your warehouse.

Get started by filling out the contact form below and speaking to one of our experienced materials handling experts about your warehouse needs.


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June 20, 2016

Narrow Your Aisles to Maximize Your Profits

cantilever loadedWarehouses are constantly working to meet the demands of the modern economy. Fewer warehouses are shipping pallets of items and instead picking items one by one. Customers want their orders faster. And space is always at a premium no matter where you are at in the country. One of the quickest and (relatively) easiest ways to increase the amount of storage space in your warehouse is to narrow your aisles. By moving your pallet racks and industrial shelving in closer, you accomplish a number of things.


The Advantages of Moving Racks Closer

  • Increase space for additional shelves and pallet racks for more storage
  • Decrease labor by reducing the amount of space workers need to cover to retrieve items
  • Increase the speed at which orders are processed and shipped


Are There Disadvantages?

So there are numerous advantages when it comes to narrowing your aisles. But what are some of the disadvantages or concerns that you’ll need to be aware of when it comes to this quick-fix solution for your warehouse?

  • You’ll need to make sure that your aisles are still wide equipment for equipment to operate, including forklifts.
  • Take safety into consideration. Narrow aisles can be a hazard to workers if proper safety measures aren’t taken.


Let Us Help You Find the Right Set Up

In general, narrowing your aisles can be a smart move for your warehouse. The DAK Equipment & Engineering team can help you determine if it’s something that you should do in your location. Contact us today and let’s talk about the needs of your warehouse and see if narrowing your aisles is a smart move for your business.


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June 08, 2016

How to Use Pallet Rack Shelving to Give Yourself a Competitive Advantage

When it comes to getting an advantage over your competitors, your warehouse plays an important role. The key to your competitive advantage is making sure your warehouse can do two things: stay fast and flexible. Choosing the right pallet rack shelving can help you do both.

Stay Fast

Being able to process orders quickly and accurately is the first goal of your warehouse. This starts with setting up your warehouse with a pallet rack shelving system that offers the best storage solution for your products and keeping them organized. Next, speed comes from making sure the layout of your warehouse is optimized. The longer your team has to spend walking from the pallet racks to the shipping area is money that you are losing.

Stay Flexible

Customer demands change and products change, so your warehouse should be able to change with them. A successful warehouse should be able to quickly adapt to changes as they come up. Having a pallet rack system that can adapt along with the needs of your warehouse is essential. Racking systems should be able to adjust to your needs and help you serve your customers even more efficiently.

Is your current pallet rack system doing all of this for you? Are you able to be fast and stay flexible? If not, it’s time to call DAK Equipment & Engineering. Not only can we set you up with the best pallet racking system for your space, we can help you set it up in a layout that maximizing your space and increases your efficiency. Contact our team today.

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