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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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December 26, 2015

Be a CAD Intern at DAK Equipment in Chicago

DAK Equipment has served the Chicago area for more than 30 years with the best selection of pallet racks, conveyor systems, warehouse mezzanines and more. During that time, we’ve established ourselves as important members of the community, too. We love the Chicago area and our desire is to give back to this community as much as possible. That’s why DAK Equipment in Chicago has a long history of hiring high school students to be our CAD design interns. We want to help the brightest young minds in the area learn more about what we do and develop important skills that can help them experience a successful and rewarding future.

DAK Equipment is currently searching for our next CAD design interns in the Chicago area. Representatives from our successful material handling and warehouse design company will be at the Northern Illinois University Internship Fair in October. If you are a student at the university who would like to learn more about the CAD internship opportunities at DAK Equipment, come by and meet us! We’d love to get to know you and see if this internship is right for you.

In the meantime, we encourage you to learn more about all of the services we provide, including warehouse design, materials management consulting and supplying Chicago-area warehouses with the equipment they need to run a successful, safe, and profitable business. If you think you have what it takes to be our CAD intern, you can meet us at the internship fair or call us in our Chicago area offices.

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December 25, 2015

Make Time to Reorganize Your Pleasant Prairie Pallet Racking Systems to Maximize Efficiency

While some warehouses stock and ship the same items throughout the year, more often they have seasonal SKUs that increase and decrease in popularity throughout the year. This is true for most retail business as their inventory changes through the year and meets the seasonal needs of their customers. Having seasonal SKUs means the hottest area of your Pleasant Prairie pallet racking systems probably changes depending on the season and changes the travel patterns of your team. If that’s the case, you might want to consider using a rotating system on your pallet racking systems instead of fixed locations.

A rotating system allows you to bring items that are the most popular SKUs at the moment to locations closest to your pick and pack areas. Bringing these items closer to your team minimizes the amount of time your team is traveling to get them, packing them, and send them out the door. It also eliminates a need to change their travel patterns, keeping travel time consistent all year long no matter how your inventory changes in your warehouse. You’ll see an increase in efficiency when you just a few minutes to reorganize your warehouse depending on your popular SKU numbers.

This might not be the solution for everyone. All warehouses need to determine the system that works best for them, based on inventory, employees, space confinements, and other factors. However, if you haven’t tried a rotating SKU system for your seasonal merchandise, you may want to put it into action and see the difference it makes. You could end up making your Pleasant Prairie pallet racking systems more efficient than ever.

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