Warehouse Equipment

June 15, 2019

How Organization Can Benefit a Warehouse

Organization is one of those things that is simple for some and quite challenging for others. Whether you’re the owner of a warehouse or you’re a manager looking for ways to improve the space, organization is definitely something that you should be looking into. DAK Equipment is one of the leading providers of storage equipment for warehouses, so we have seen first-hand just how beneficial implementing an organized structure can be for these types of buildings. 

In today’s blog, we are going to touch on just a few of the advantages of implementing an organized security system in your warehouse. Let’s get started. 

Enhances Efficiency

One of the primary reasons that warehouses implement an organized strategy is because it has been proven to enhance the efficiency of the organization. Whether you’re looking for a particular product that needs to be distributed or you’re trying to determine which inventory needs to be ordered, having a system based on organization is going to help enhance the efficiency of your employees. 

Optimize Space

Warehouses are definitely on the larger end of the spectrum when talking about buildings, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t still be working to optimize how you’re utilizing your space. This is yet another advantage of incorporating an organized storage system in your building. Regardless of how many products you are going to be bringing into the warehouse or the number of pallets that you have at any given time, you know that you are making the most of the space available to you. This is, without a doubt, one of the most valuable benefits of organized storage systems. 

Promotes Safety

Warehouses can be dangerous workplaces if organization isn’t incorporated into the storage systems. While it may feel like you’re saving money by choosing to avoid pallet racks, the chances of an injury or accident happening increases quite a bit. Rather than risk the chances of an employee getting hurt, it’s best to invest in storage systems that will keep your employees from getting hurt. Aside from the actual organization system used in your warehouse, implementing some type of organization in your warehouse can also reduce the chances of injury because your employees will have a better idea of how to best complete tasks.

Improve Accuracy

If your warehouse is used as a distribution center, then you know just how important accuracy is. Whether you’re shipping directly from your warehouse or you’re loading semi-trucks to distribute to a physical location, the accuracy of orders is going to correlate with how pleased your customers are. That being said, having an organized means of storing your products is a must when wanting to improve the accuracy of your employees and your warehouse as a whole. Aside from sending products out, having an organized storage system will also help you with accurately ordering new inventory for your warehouse. 

Order from DAK Equipment

Everything that we’ve mentioned above is a crucial component of running a successful warehouse. That being said, it should be pretty clear why you’d want to figure out a system that promotes organization within your warehouse. DAK Equipment hopes to be a part of the solution that you incorporate in your building. How? The answer is simple; through the quality equipment that we offer.

DAK Equipment provides warehouses with the storage solutions that they need to put an organized storage system in place. Whether you’re looking to enhance efficiency or improve upon the safety of your warehouse, the equipment that we offer will help. DAK Equipment carries pallet racks, industrial shelving, wire decks, and everything in between. Take a minute and browse the variety of products that we have in-stock right now. Contact our team with any additional inquiries or questions you may have.

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March 10, 2018

FIFO vs. LIFO: Pros, Cons, and How They Affect Your Warehouse Equipment

There are two main inventory rotation systems utilized by warehouses: FIFO and LIFO. While there are variations on these two systems used by many warehouses, these are the primary ones, and FIFO is by far the most popular. Which one your warehouse uses will affect what kind of pallet racking system and warehouse equipment you’ll need to use. Our warehouse consultants can help you determine which system is better suited for your inventory needs as well as help you get the equipment you need to make it all work.

FIFO or LIFO?

FIFO: First In, First Out

This inventory rotation system is better for warehouses that need to rotate their inventory in order to prevent items from perishing. It’s not just for perishables, though; if any of your stock is time sensitive, such as fashion-based products or items that are in a series, then FIFO is the way to go. If you don’t get the older stock out the door, it could go bad or go out of style and you could end up holding the bill for the inventory that can’t be sold.

What warehouse equipment is best for FIFO?

Carton flow racks and pallet flow racks are ideally suited for FIFO inventory control. You’ll be able to restock merchandise from the back of the racks while gravity moves the older stock to the front to be used in picking and packing. This allows restocking to happen without getting in the way of the pick team because each function is happening on separate sides of the racks. Gravity flow racks are a big time saver for warehouses because the items move forward independently without pickers having to dig around on the back of the shelf for anything. It can cut down on your labor expenses and get your orders out faster. Having a good pick module in a FIFO inventory system is often paramount to productivity, too, since items need to be moved out in order of their age. In that case, carton flow racks may be useful as well as conveyor belts in order to help get the product moved through the warehouse as quickly as possible. By and large, most warehouse storage systems are going to be useful in the FIFO system because of their widespread use in materials handling.

LIFO: Last In, First Out

This system of rotation is slightly rarer in distribution centers because it’s best suited for specific kinds of merchandise. It’s also beneficial if you are manufacturing your own goods; if the cost of manufacturing those goods goes up, it might be better from a cost-analysis standpoint to get the more expensive items out the door sooner. It’s also the easier option when it comes to restocking. Since you aren’t worried about using up the old inventory first, you can simply restock however it’s most convenient, even if that means just throwing the new items on top of the old.

One word of warning, though. There are tax implications when using the LIFO system, so you’ll want to be aware of them if this is the system you choose to use. If you start with LIFO, you’ll need to continue using it for the entire tax year, so be aware of the implications that could have on your company by speaking to a professional accountant.

What warehouse equipment is best for LIFO?

 

Push-back and drive-in pallet racking are both perfect for LIFO systems. That’s because they allow easy access to deposit and remove inventory from a single side. A forklift or other warehouse equipment can load up the racking system easily, meaning you’ll be able to restock your pallet racks quickly and with minimal fuss and push the older inventory to the back until it’s needed. When you need to remove the inventory, it comes out the same way. This is great for storage density, as you don’t have to worry about having access to the shelves from both sides like you would with a gravity flow rack. Along with your storage system, forklifts and pallet movers are often very useful in a LIFO warehouse since product will need to be moved in and out of the larger racking systems. Other warehouse storage systems that might be beneficial include double deep and triple deep racking setups.

Find the Right Warehouse Equipment for Your Inventory Control Needs

So which system is right for you? You’ll determine which one to use based primarily on the kind of inventory you are handling. If it’s at all time sensitive, then you need to set up for a FIFO rotation system. If your inventory is all the same and especially if you are manufacturing it yourself, then you’ll want to develop a warehouse setup that’s suited for LIFO. In either case and no matter what inventory rotation system you choose, you’ll want to talk to the DAK Equipment & Engineering team. We can help you develop a storage system that meets the needs of your inventory as well as your budget.

Get in touch with one of our project managers and let us provide you with a warehouse design that’s right for your business. Our team has experience with all different types of inventory rotation and setup needs, so we can find a system that works for you. You can get in touch with a project manager in your area by giving us a call or contacting us through our website today.

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March 05, 2018

Elements & Benefits of Pallet Rack Flow Systems for Chicago Warehouses

Whether you are setting up your warehouse from scratch or upgrading your current setup, it’s important to know about your warehouse equipment. The more you know about it, the better you’ll understand it, and the better you’ll be able to set-up, service, repair, and maintain it in the future. One common piece of warehouse equipment that we install for warehouses in Illinois and across the Midwest are pallet flow racks. Let’s look at the elements that make up the pallet flow rack and how you’ll likely use them in your warehouse setup.

Parts of the Pallet Flow Rack

There are two main parts of the pallet flow rack: the rack structure and the flow rails. These work together to create a great system that’s easy to load and unload and provides a number of time and money-saving benefits.

Static Rack Structure

This is the workhorse of the pallet flow rack because it’s the main structure of the system. The rack structure is built from (usually) steel beams and cross bars that provide stability and strength to the structure. It bears the brunt of the load, taking the weight of the pallets and keeping everything in place until you need it. The size of the static rack portion of your system is really only limited by the space you have in your warehouse, and it’s easily expandable if you need more room.

Dynamic Flow Rails

This is the important part of the pallet flow rack. The flow rails are a system of tracks or rollers that decline along the length of the rack which allows the pallets to flow by force of gravity. There are rollers or brakes on the system to help ease the next pallet down the incline into the unloading position, keeping the product (and the workers on the other end of the line) safe. In essence, you load your materials on the high part of the rack and unload at the low point. As you remove your materials from the system, the following load simply rolls into the unloading position. This allows the system to work perfectly for first in, first out (FIFO) inventory rotations.

 

Benefits of a Pallet Flow Racking System

Excellent for Product Rotation

This is the ideal system for warehouses that stock perishable or other time-sensitive goods. With this type of rack system, the first load on will always be the first load to be taken out. It basically rotates its own stock, meaning products used in this racking system are unlikely to go bad or expire. Because product rotation is automatic, you won’t have to depend on human labor to change out your stock or ensure that it’s being rotated through properly, meaning you are saving on labor costs as well.

Requires Fewer Forklifts

By utilizing a pallet rack flow system, your warehouse will require fewer forklifts. That can mean cost savings in your budget, as that means you’ll be paying for less fuel, fewer repairs, and dealing with fewer forklift-related accidents. The forklifts are used primarily for loading and unloading and little else, saving money as well as time. Fewer forklifts also mean less traffic and a more orderly and productive warehouse and fewer repairs to your pallet racking.

Storage Can Easily Be Increased

One of the best things about a rack flow system is that it can double your storage density. That means your busy warehouse will be able to expand operations and inventory numbers without having to undergo the expense of moving your site or expanding your facility. It also means your business won’t be paying to operate within a bigger facility. A lot of warehouses switch to pallet flow racks because of the storage capabilities alone; the other benefits are just a welcome side effect. If your warehouse has been struggling to find space for your pallets, then this is something worth looking into.

Think Pallet Flow Racks are Right for Your Warehouse?

If you’ve been searching for a storage system that’s right for your warehouse, the pallet flow rack might be it. It offers a lot of benefits and can be easily installed in your Illinois warehouse by our team or your own. If you aren’t sure it’s the right setup for you, though, there are plenty of other options out there. Our warehouse consultants specialize in finding the right solutions for our customers. We carefully evaluate your warehouse, inventory needs, and the systems you have in place in order to determine what warehouse equipment you need to operate faster, safer, and more efficiently.

Ready to find the storage system that’s right for your warehouse or distribution center? Then get in touch with our team. You can give us a call or contact us through our website and start working with a project manager in your area right away.

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