Warehouse Consultants

August 10, 2017

Should You Install Your Pallet Rack Yourself?

You’ve ordered your new pallet rack equipment from DAK Equipment & Engineering and it has finally arrived at your warehouse. So now what? Should you crack open your tool box and get to work setting them up yourself? Or should you call in the professionals? It can be a tough choice and one that is often dictated by time and money.

If you aren’t sure whether you should do the installation yourself or not, we have three very good reasons that you may be better off letting the DAK Equipment team set up that new equipment for you.

Why You Should Let a Pro Set Up Your Pallet Racking

Safety

Putting your new pallet rack together wrong could end up in disaster. You could end up with a collapsing pallet rack that crushes inventory or even hurts your employees, which is the last thing you want to do. Plus, putting together pallet racks is no easy job in itself. Our professional team knows how to safely install your pallet rack and ensure that it is set up correctly. They’ll go through all of the necessary steps to ensure that every nut and bolt of your pallet racking is assembled correctly.

Money

The attention to detail that our assembly teams offer can actually save you money. When you reduce the risk of accidents and injuries, you are lowering your operating costs and the costs associated with worker’s compensation claims. Installing pallet racking right the first time can extend its use, too, so you get more years out of your racking and don’t have to replace it sooner than absolutely necessary. Reducing costs is putting more money back into your bottom line.

Time

Setting up a pallet rack correction takes time, and that’s probably something you don’t have a lot of during the day. When you allow our team to do the installation work for you, you free yourself and your employees up to focus on building your business and serving your customers. Having professionals install your pallet racking can allow your team to focus on keeping the business running so there is no work slow down or stop while the new equipment is set up. Let our team take care of the heavy lifting so you can focus on building your business.

Convenience

While we’re at your location, we can perform a safety check on your existing pallet rack inventory. We’ll make sure your pallet racks are safe for your inventory and your employees, and help you repair or replace any unsafe pieces. We can also help you maximize your existing equipment with the right carton flow racks, bins, boxes, and help rearrange existing equipment so you get more out of every inch of your space. You can learn more about all of DAK Equipment & Engineering’s services when you speak with one of our project managers.

Call to Schedule Your Racking Installation Today

If you are ready for the safety, cost savings, and convenience of having our team do your installation for you, give us a call! Our project managers will work with you to coordinate a time for our installation team to visit your site and get your pallet racks ready for use. We take care of everything from beginning to end so you don’t have to worry about anything. You’ll be amazed at how much easier the installation process can be when you trust our experienced team to get the job done for you.

Give us a call or contact DAK Equipment & Engineering through our website so we can get started on your installation project today. We can even help you place an order for the pallet racking you need to get started!

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August 03, 2017

How We Installed Executive-Worthy Office Space Inside This Warehouse

The DAK Equipment & Engineering warehouse consultants have worked with hundreds of customers over the years, helping them find solutions to all of their warehousing challenges. One of the challenges many of our clients have faced is finding space for their executive and administrative teams in the middle of a busy warehouse operation. They want their managers and executives close to the action, but those same people need a little peace and quiet to get their work done, too. We’ve found that modular offices are an ideal solution; they move your teams into the warehouse instead of sequestering them in an off-site trailer and feel like their own building with comfortable amenities and plenty of peace and quiet. We’ve installed many prefab office in warehouses across the country, and one of our most recent projects took us to the East Chicago warehouse of ICO Polymers.

The Challenge

ICO Polymer was facing a number of challenges within their warehouse. First, their management and office teams were currently working in trailers outside of the warehouse and had been for years. While that had worked for a while, the team knew they could be more effective if they were closer to the action happening in the warehouse. However, they needed something nicer and quieter than simply moving their desks into a corner of the warehouse floor. In fact, they wanted a conference room and offices that would be worthy of any executive meeting. With a large office team and the desire for a great conference room, they’d need to maximize their use of space. They turned to the warehouse consultants at DAK Equipment & Engineering to help them find a solution, and we did.

The Solution

The answer to ICO Polymers situation was a modular office, but not just any old modular office. We partnered with a reputable prefab office manufacturer to create a custom modular building that could be assembled right in the warehouse. In the end, we designed and helped install an incredible 6,000 square feet of new office space with two-story modular buildings that connected together right in the warehouse. When we were finished, ICO Polymers had all the office space they needed along with an incredible conference room they couldn’t wait to show off. We even hooked up a heating and air conditioning system so they could regulate the temperature of the space and stay comfortable all year long. While they didn’t need it, we could have also included restroom facilities or even a fully-functioning kitchen space.

Now the warehouse has their managerial team on-hand to help with any issues and a conference room to host visitors. It was everything they needed, all in a perfectly-sized package at a fair price.

How We Can Help You

You can read more about the incredible modular office installed at ICO Polymers on our case study page. If you like what you read and think that this could be the right solution for your warehouse, too, get in touch with our team. We’ll listen to you about the challenges that your warehouse is currently facing and then offer solutions that will meet your needs and your budget. Whether it’s a new modular office, a warehouse mezzanine, new pallet racking or automating with a conveyor system, DAK Equipment & Engineering will work with you to find the solutions that you need and manage the project from start to finish.

Get in touch with our team today by giving us a call or contact us through our website and connecting with one of our project managers. We’ll get back to you right away so we can start working on your next warehouse improvement project!

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July 25, 2017

Double the Carton Flow Rack Capacity with a Mezzanine

If your warehouse is dealing with a large number of cartons on a daily basis, you need to be using carton flow racks. These racks use rollers to move cartons to the front of the shelf, giving your team constant easy access to items and helping them process orders much faster. It’s the perfect solution for your pick area since you can create multiple rows of your most popular items, all at your pickers fingertips. The more you use carton flow racks, the more you’ll love them and want to incorporate more of them into your operation.

The footprint of your warehouse can also be stretched so far, though. Eventually, you run out of room for your carton flow rack selection and pallet shelves while still having enough room for your forklifts, ladders, and lifts to maneuver. You’ll end up stacking products and merchandise in every available nook and cranny, which isn’t just inefficient–it can become a safety hazard to your workers. So what do you do when your warehouse runs out of space?

Create More Space for Carton Flow Racks On a Mezzanine

Many Chicago warehouses assume that when they run out of space, it’s time to move. Moving your warehouse can be extremely expensive, and it may not be conducive to your workflow. It’s an added expense that might not be right for your warehouse right now or there may not be a suitable location nearby. It can also put a stop to your business and end up making some of your customers very unhappy. If you are eager to avoid losing time and money but still need to add space to your business, you need to start looking up, not looking out.

Adding a warehouse mezzanine can add valuable floor space in your current location. These structures utilize unused overhead space in your warehouse, adding an extra floor for storage or even a pick and pack module. While they are great for conveyor belts, pallet racking, or other warehouse equipment, they can be especially great when coupled with carton flow racks. That’s because they can create a new, improved picking area for your warehouse that can be easily serviced from the bottom floor and give your pick team everything they need to speedily process all of your orders. Once you move your carton flow racks to the upper level of your mezzanine, you’ll also be creating space underneath the new level where you can put more materials handling equipment such as pallet racking or even a prefab office or break room.

Let DAK Equipment Help You Gain More Space Without Moving

You don’t have to move your operation to get the space that you need! It’s often a matter of optimizing the space you already have. The DAK Equipment & Engineering team is excellent at this and can provide you with layouts and AutoCAD plans that can help you arrange your warehouse in the most efficient way possible. We’ll show you how a mezzanine or new carton flow racks can help you make better use of the space that you already have in your warehouse. You’ll be amazed at what we can do and how we can help you make your existing materials handling equipment work to your benefits.

 

If you’d like to learn more about adding a warehouse mezzanine to your current facility, get in touch with the project management team at DAK Equipment. We can design and build a warehouse mezzanine that adheres to local building codes, and you’ll end up with more floor space without moving your facility or disrupting your workflow. Call us or contact us through our website and we’ll get to work on your new warehouse mezzanine right away!

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