January 19, 2016

Helpful Guidelines for Safe Storage On Your Chicago Pallet Rack Shelving

We’ve talked before about the importance of forklift safety and regular inspections when it comes to the pallet rack shelving in your Chicago warehouse. One other area you should focus on when it comes to safety in your warehouse is how you use your pallet rack shelving. Following best practices can keep your shelves in good shape and keep both your staff and your inventory safe.

When working with pallet rack shelving, follow these helpful guidelines for use:

  • Stack the heaviest items on the bottom. While it might be more convenient to store less-frequently-accessed items up above, if they weight more, you could be putting your racks and your team in danger. Store heavy items on the bottom or the middle shelves to keep the weight from buckling your pallet rack shelving.
  • Load your shelves as neatly as possible. It might seem like it doesn’t matter, but haphazardly stacked items are more in danger of toppling over. Encourage your team to make shelves neat and organized; not only will it make your shelves safer, it will make items easier to find, too.
  • Keep aisles free from debris. Teach your team that if something is in the aisle, it needs to be moved. This is important for your forklift drivers as well.
  • Take items off of the pallet rack shelving slowly and one at a time. Don’t get in a hurry and try to remove  several items at once; this can be an invitation to disaster.

Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to making your pallet rack shelving safe in your Chicago warehouse. Be sure to check in with DAK Equipment regularly for more great tips!

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January 13, 2016

For All of Your Wholesale Pallet Rack Needs, Trust Chicago Based DAK Equipment and Engineering

The majority of pallet rack structural failures result from three distinctive sources that include impacts from the lift truck, overloading the racks and a lack of a safety-orientated mindset. Focusing on these three sources, especially the third one, will go a long way in reducing safety issues that bog down your warehouse.

One main safety point that needs to be made is know how your rack will be used before it is even installed. Proper design of the structure and proper training of personnel is critical for efficient and safe operation. If you are inheriting a rack system already in place, find out the details of the system and its design before use. File this information in a place accessible to the entire staff for future reference.

The ends and corners of your rack system are most susceptible to being hit by a fork lift, so it is wise to defend them. It is recommended you utilize steel guardrails and post protectors or other means to shield them from accidents.

Many rack accidents occur because the system was improperly installed or poorly maintained. If the uprights are not properly bolted to the floor or have come loose over the years, accidents are seemingly unavoidable. All rack components need to be checked with regularity to avoid these issues.

Staff should be trained how to correctly deposit racks onto the system. Teach them how to place the load squarely on the system in a uniform manner. Not only will this reduce accidents, it will go a long way in maximizing your capacity.

We hope this will benefit your warehouse. For all of your wholesale pallet rack needs, you can trust Chicago based DAK Equipment and Engineering.

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January 03, 2016

Why Choose Wire Decking: Wholesale Pallet Racks

DAK Equipment & Engineering provides excellent wholesale pallet rack services, among many others, to our customers. We strive to provide the exact type of material handling solution that your specific business needs and through evaluations and surveys of your facility, we’ll come to a decision together; a decision that will grow your business. Today we’re talking about wire decking and why it’s the right solution for your pallet rack system.

So, why exactly should you choose wire decking for your pallet rack system? The most important reasons are for safety, ease of use, and efficiency.

What is it? Wire mesh decking works in conjunction with your pallet rack system to provide a uniform support and safety system to your pallet rack. Wire decking is durable and its benefits far outweigh all other types of shelving. It doesn’t warp or splinter and it lasts year after year as it doesn’t break down over time. Plus, it doesn’t become musty or grow mold in humid environments.

  • Because wire decking is not a solid surface, light can pass through it. This increases the brightness of your warehouse and in turn increases safety and visibility. Plus, it promotes cleanliness as dust cannot build up on the wire decking as easily since it isn’t a solid surface.
  • You’ll also find that using wire mesh decking promotes better air circulation throughout your distribution facility. Since the levels aren’t solid, heating and cooling systems are able to operate more efficiently since air can pass through the mesh.


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