January 22, 2016

Are There Chicago Warehouses Operating Without Pallet Racks?

It may come as a surprise, but not every Chicago warehouse is using pallet racks. If you are a warehouse owner or manager that uses pallet racks on a daily basis to run your business, you might be surprised by this fact. Pallet racks probably feel like an integral part of your daily operations, and the truth is, they are important! So why would some warehouses be operating without them? There are a few reasons–some good and some bad.

  • The warehouse handles only a small amount of merchandise, so industrial shelves are enough storage. Not all businesses are bringing in pallets of items at a time. If you own or operate a warehouse that handles small quantities or specialty items, pallet racks may be overkill for your storage needs.
  • They are scared of the investment. In the grand scheme of things, pallet racks are an affordable investment in a warehouse that helps it stay organized and run efficiently. If you are trying to “make do” because you don’t want to pay for the investment of pallet racks, chances are you are costing your business more money in the long run.
  • They’ve grown quickly. Some warehouses start out as a small business that doesn’t have enough inventory to worry about pallet racks. When those businesses suddenly grow, though, they are taking on a lot more inventory with nowhere to put it. Calling the DAK Equipment team when it comes to this point is vital to the continued success of your business!
  • They think pallet racks are only for palleted items. It’s true, pallet racks are designed to hold pallets. But that’s certainly not all they can do! Pallet racks are a great way to sort and organize cartons, too, and even smaller items can be divided into bins. DAK Equipment has all the equipment and supplies that you need to create the perfect storage solutions on your pallet racks.

Even if your warehouse simply doesn’t need pallet racks to organize your products, industrial shelves, carton shelves, and sorting bins can all be useful additional to your warehouse infrastructure to help keep you organized. DAK Equipment sells a huge selection of pallet racks, but we also have items that are perfect for smaller warehouse operations to set up in the most organized, efficient method possible. You can shop in our online store or work with one of our warehouse project managers to design a system that’s right for you.

If you are putting off purchasing pallet racks for your Chicago warehouse because you are nervous about the investment or you’ve just grown too big too fast to keep up, we can help. DAK Equipment offers affordable pallet rack options, and we often have used equipment from businesses in the area that would be perfect for you. Talk to one of our project managers today and they will work with you to find solutions that meet your needs and stay within your budget.

Whatever you need when it comes to your warehouse set up, DAK Equipment is here to help. Contact our team today to get started!

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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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