Warehouse Equipment

October 05, 2017

What Needs to Happen Once Your Pallet Racking Is Installed

There are a lot of Illinois warehouses that seem to think once their pallet rack system is installed, they won’t have to do much else with it. The take the “set it and forget it” approach to racking. While it’s true that a good racking system should be relatively low-maintenance and last your warehouse for years to come, it’s going to work best when it continues to get regular maintenance and attention. It’s the same as any other piece of equipment in your warehouse: the better you take care of it, the longer it’s going to last and the safer it will be. The best way to avoid rack failure is by implementing a program of regular warehouse equipment inspections and maintenance.

The right maintenance is going to vary from warehouse to warehouse, depending on the type of warehouse equipment you have, how busy your warehouse is, and specific incidences such as accidents with forklifts and other machinery. However, there are a few basic inspections that most warehouses can incorporate into their routine to ensure their pallet racking is safe and sound. Here are some of the things your warehouse team should consider doing.

Basic Inspection Measures for Your Pallet Racking

  • Make sure your racking is plumb and level. The stability of your pallet racking depends on the uprights remaining in a plumb vertical position. Take note of any uprights that aren’t in the proper position and repair racks that are crooked or leaning.
  • Make note of rust or any corrosion that is happening on your pallet racking. These spots could become weakened and create major problems in the stability of your racking. Even flaking paint on the surface of the metal should be noted because that could be the beginning signs of corrosion.
  • Check all the braces within the racking system for bending or other damage. This could be a sign that your shelves are improperly loaded with too much weight, which could put you at risk of racking collapse.
  • Look for uprights that are dented, punctured or buckled. This is often the result of damage from an accident with a forklift or other machinery. The damaged uprights need to be repaired or replaced as soon as possible to avoid collapse.
  • Know the weight capacity of your racking system and stick to it. Some older systems aren’t marked with the weight capacity; that can lead to accidental overloading. Look for signs of bowing in the system, as that’s one of the first signs of overloading. If the bowed piece doesn’t go back to a straight position when you remove the weight, you’ll need to remove that part of the system. A bowed piece is weakened and won’t work properly any longer.

We Can Help With Your Racking Inspection Needs

 

DAK Equipment & Engineering can help with your racking inspections! Our trained teams can come to your location in Illinois or across the United States and provide a thorough inspection of your racking system. If we do find an issue, we can get the damaged pieces repaired or replaced quickly, so there is little or no interruption to your operation. We can often repair damaged pallet racking at a fraction of the cost of replacing it, too, so you can save money while still making your space as safe as possible. Get in touch with us today to learn more about all of our pallet racking services, including layout and design as well as instalaltion, relocation, and inspections. Our team is ready to help!

Give us a call or contact us through our website to get started with a DAK project manager on your pallet racking needs.

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September 20, 2017

Make the Most of Your Square Footage With These Pallet Rack Tips

Pallet racks are one of the basic foundations of good warehouse storage. Selective racking is something that you’ll find in a majority of the warehouses around the world. Some warehouses believe that they can simply put up the storage racks they need, as they need them, and continue to cram them in when additional storage is needed. You might get away with this haphazard treatment of your floor space for a while, but eventually, it’s going to catch up with you. Installing your pallet racks and industrial shelving in your Illinois warehouse without first carefully planning out your design layout and strategy can result in wasting valuable floor space.

Working with an experienced warehouse layout design team such as the one at DAK Equipment & Engineering can help you develop a plan for your storage racks so you ensure you are making the most out of every inch of space that you have. Here are a few ways you can avoid costly errors in the planning and installation of your rack system.

Tips for Maximizing Space With Your Pallet Racks

  • Don’t assume that a clean and orderly pattern to your racking is necessary the best layout. It could actually be an unproductive layout, and you’ll want to consider the entire process happening in your warehouse to ensure you have the layout that works best for your team’s efficiency.
  • Avoid layout our your pallet racking across the shorter dimension of your warehouse or distribution center. This can waste up to 5% of your space, which might not seem like a lot until you are running low on room. Layout your rows out along the length of your facility almost always helps you get more efficient storage.
  • Don’t create a perimeter of racking around your walls. This creates single-deep racking that’s very inefficient and a waste of space. Sometimes wall storage can be beneficial for secured lockers or other specialized storage, but there may be a more efficient way to lay that out. Walls can be better used for other purposes.
  • Your aisles should give you access to pallet racking from both sides. You’ll want to avoid laying out too many aisles against your walls since you’ll only use that aisle to access one row of pallet racking.
  • Try to keep all of your pallet shelves going in the same direction. This allows for more efficient movement within the warehouse, whether that’s human or machine labor.
  • Allow for enough space in your aisles for traffic to move smoothly under different conditions. You may find that a Narrow Aisle setup is best for your warehouse, but you’ll want to make sure that the aisles still allow for enough space for your equipment and workers to move around without creating a safety hazard.

These are just general rules; what works best for your specific warehouse might be different! That’s why it’s best to work with an experienced warehouse design and layout expert to determine the layout that benefits your warehouse the most. Ignoring these rules, though, could limit your storage potential.

We Can Help Maximize Your Storage Capacity

With all the pitfalls and other problems involved in setting up a rack system, it just might make good sense to get professional help on the matter. For the most economical, efficient and effective rack system layout, contact us and we can help. Give us a call or send us a message through our website and we’ll connect you with a design and layout expert. They’ll start by getting to know your warehouse space, your inventory, and any of the challenges you are currently facing. Then they’ll make sure you get a solution that works for you. Get in touch today to get started!

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September 05, 2017

How to Put Carton Flow Racks to Work in Your Illinois Warehouse

We’ve written a lot in the past about the importance of finding the right pallet racking system for your warehouse. The right system can make your Illinois warehouse more efficient, safer, and optimize the amount of storage space available within your square footage. One system that can be very beneficial but is often overlooked as an option are carton flow racks. Take some time to learn more about carton flow systems, what they are, the advantages of using them, and whether or not they might be the right solution for your warehouse.

What Is a Carton Flow Rack?

A carton flow rack is a style of a rack system that uses gravity to feed the pallets and cartons. When you use a carton flow rack, your inventory sits on rollers that are set at a pitch. These rollers allow your products to glide to the front of the rack via gravity when the item in front of them are removed. You’ve probably seen something similar in the grocery store; you pull out a gallon of milk and the remaining jugs move forward. The concept is the same in a warehouse, except on a larger scale. These racks can be set up to handle inventory of virtually any size, from smaller items to large pallets of products. That makes them very versatile and cost-effective.

The Advantages of Using a Carton Flow Rack

There are a number of other advantages to using a carton flow rack, including:

  • This system helps rotate your products through quickly.
  • Carton flow systems utilize gravity as a free power source, which makes it easier to integrate with an existing system. You can add them into virtually any existing system to increase your storage capacity and efficiency.
  • Carton flow storage also works well when compared with traditional floor rack systems and is ideal for all sizes and shapes of inventory.
  • Carton flow racks can cut your labor costs. Labor costs are often one of the most expensive budget lines for a warehouse. Using carton flow racks can cut labor costs up to 75 percent when compared to traditional storage methods.
  • Carton flow systems also increase inventory visibility, reducing the risk of lost inventory.

If you feed your inventory through the backside of the pallet (a common practice for many warehouses), there are a number of additional advantages:

  • Inventory can be replenished without disturbing pickers. That means you can keep your picking team well stocked with the inventory that they need to fulfill orders without moving them out of the way or stopping their work in order to restock items. This allows both the stockers and the pickers to work simultaneously, meaning you can get more done in your warehouse.
  • Stocking from the back and picking from the front allows you to work on the first-in-first-out order. This can help get time-sensitive items out efficiently and avoid waste, something that’s especially important in the food and perishable items industries.

Carton flow racks can greatly increase the efficiency of your warehouse. Not only can your restocking and picking team continue to work at the same time, it eliminates a lot of the need to move pallets more than once. Moving pallets can be difficult, time-consuming, and increase the risk of injury to your team and damage to your products. It’s also a menial task that can take away precious time from other, more important tasks. There are companies who utilize carton flow systems to move twice the amount of pallets in the same amount of time, meaning, you could potentially save big on time and labor costs.

 

Call the DAK Team to Talk About Using a Carton Flow Rack in Your Warehouse

If you are looking for a money-saving rack system that is both durable and sustainable, then you may want to look into a carton flow rack system. The project managers at DAK Equipment & Engineering can help you identify whether or not this is the right solution for your warehouse, based on factors such as the size of your warehouse, the type and size of items that you store, and your budget. If carton flow racks could help your warehouse work more efficiently and at less expense, we’ll find the right racking at a great price. Our team can even help get it installed in your Chicago warehouse or distribution center! The first step is to discuss the current storage challenges that your warehouse is facing and working with one of our project managers to find the right solutions.

If you’d like to learn more about carton flow racking and the other products and services available from DAK, get in touch with our team today. You can give us a call or contact us through our website for more information. We’d love to answer your questions and help your warehouse overcome any challenges you might be experiencing!

 

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