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October 24, 2017

New Addition to the K3 Werks Safety Products

K3 Werks Brute

We’re happy to announce that DAK Equipment is now stocking the strongest corner protector on the market. Designed in-house, the K3 Brute will protect all the vulnerable corners in a facility from lift truck impacts. Building corners, dock door guides, rack end-of-row corners and more can all benefit from this rugged safety product.

We’ll be honest with you.  The picture doesn’t do it justice.  Two feet high, made from half-inch thick steel, weighing in at 115 pounds, and fastened down with six concrete anchors this thing is literally a brute designed to take heavy impacts and shrug them off.

Because it’s very helpful with new products like this, we’re including the design drawing below to answer most of the questions you may have about the K3 Brute.  Remember that six 3/4″ diameter concrete wedge anchors (DAK Part # CWA-750X550) are needed and are not included.

K3 Brute Design

If you have any questions about the K3 Brute or any of the other products we stock for you, just get in touch.

 

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August 07, 2017

Warehouse Permitting: What You Need to Know

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Avoiding Delays in Your Warehouse Build-out

paperworkIf you’ve participated in designing and building out a new warehouse or distribution center or even simply made an addition to an existing facility lately, you’ve learned that municipalities have increased the permitting requirements over the last several years.

Understanding what’s needed and staying on top if it can make all the difference between meeting your project’s completion date and a month or more of delays, redesigns and other problems. Below you’ll find what I and the other DAK project managers have learned about working with municipalities to complete the permitting portion of material handling projects.

First and foremost, you need to understand what’s required by the municipality so start as early as possible. The cost and level of cooperation you get from the local government will vary wildly depending on your location. For example, some communities are remarkably helpful while others drag their feet and throw up roadblocks.

Below are some bullet points on things to do to get started.

 

  • Start Early! Yes, it really is that important.
  • Visit the Community Website. You can often find helpful information on permitting requirements by digging around a little. If nothing else, you will probably find a point-of-contact or email address that may help. If all that fails, the chamber of commerce can probably point you in the right direction.
  • Fire Safety is Always the Biggest Concern. Be ready to provide detailed info on sprinkler systems and how high your storage will be, egress paths and signage, and how everything fits together. Be aware that fire department inspectors are almost always big fans of wire decking in your storage bays. If a high pile permit is also required, it may need to be obtained through a different process before a building permit is issued.
  • drawingBe Ready to Provide Drawings. CAD drawings of your system are almost certainly going to required but again, what will be asked for will vary by location. Some are happy with partial drawings, others want full, and some require seals and stamps from an engineer.
  • Get Your Contractors Involved. Obviously if you’re having the facility built a whole other layer of permitting is involved but you need to be sure that your material handling systems provider can produce what’s needed for their part of the project as well. This is particularly important if your distribution center is in a seismic zone.
  • Ask About a Temporary Permit. Plan ahead for something to go not quite right with scheduling the build-out versus receiving the full permit and find out if a temporary permit is a possibility. It could buy you the breathing room you need to hit your targets.

These six points only cover the big items for getting ready for permitting. Along with many other things, a municipality may want details down to the kind of welds used to connect the endplates on the beams or the elevations on the individual bays. Food storage facilities open up a whole other slew of requirements.

As you can see from the above, the permitting aspect can make or break your warehousing project. The project managers at DAK have years of experience handling material handling permits for our customers–It’s just part of the service we provide to meet your business needs. After all, your success becomes our success as well.

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September 08, 2016

Pallet Sizes Around the World

pallet shelving If you work in an industry that requires you to ship pallets internationally, you know that pallet sizes aren’t standardized around the world. In fact, most countries have slight differences in the sizes of their pallets, and this can greatly affect the kind of pallet rack shelving that you choose to put in your warehouse. You’ll want to make sure whatever pallet racks you choose will offer enough wiggle room to accommodate pallets from the countries that you work with the most.

Standard Pallet Sizes in the U.S.

If you work in a warehouse in North America, you probably know the standard pallet size by heart: 40 x 48”. Pallets don’t generally stray too far from this measurement in order to make life easier on warehouse workers and to ensure that forklifts are going to be able to lift and move pallets onto and off of trucks and other transportation.

Standard Pallet Sizes From Overseas

Things get a little different when it comes to pallets overseas.

United Kingdom

The UK measures their standard pallets in millimeters, the standard size being 1200 x 1000 mm. Translating that into inches, you can expect a pallet from the UK to be about 47.24 x 39.37”, or just under the size of a standard US pallet.

Australia

Australian pallets actually measure a bit bigger, and unique to many other parts of the palleting world, they actually make their pallets perfectly square at 1165 x 1165 mm (or 45.87 x 45.87”). If you are expecting a number of palletized shipments from Australia, you’ll want to make sure you have room on your shelves for these uniquely shaped pallets.

China

China uses a pallet that’s similar in size to the United Kingdom, measuring 1200 x 1000 mm (47.24 x 39.37”), though they may also use a square pallet with three runners that measure a square 1200 x 1200 mm (47.24 x 47.24”).

Call DAK For Help With All Pallet Sizes

If you have an international warehouse that needs to account for a variety of pallet sizes, DAK Equipment & Engineering can help you find the pallet racking system that accommodates pallet sizes from around the world. We’ll help you make sure you can neatly and safely store inventory in your warehouse without any hassle. Get in touch with our team today by filling out the form below and speaking with a member of our team. We’ll talk to you about the needs of your warehouse and create a system that’s perfect for you and your budget.

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