Warehouse Equipment

July 30, 2017

How Much Pallet Racking Do You Really Need?

One of the delicate balances that you have to strike as a warehouse or distribution center manager is having enough pallet racking without spending too much or overcrowding your space. Sure, you could toss up some pallet racks and call it good. When your business first starts, this probably was good enough. As you continued to grow, though, maybe you just kept adding more racks until your setup is a haphazard mess and not really working for anyone anymore. Maybe you’ve run out of space for more racks, have too many racks, or are concerned that your current space is such a mess that you need to start over (or move). All hope isn’t lost, and DAK Equipment & Engineering can help.

How to Determine How Much Racking You Really Need

There are a number of factors that you’ll need to take into account when determining how much pallet rack you need to purchase, including:

  • The size of your warehouse.
  • How much square footage you are devoting to racking.
  • The weight limit of the racking.
  • How much your inventory weighs.
  • Your inventory levels.
  • What kind of racking you’ll be using.

It can be a fairly complicated process. The easiest way to get started is to create a warehouse layout that takes into account the above factors and lays out your warehouse space, giving you a blueprint for setting up all of your warehouse equipment.

How to Cut Down On Your Pallet Racking Needs

If you are running out of space, though, and need to store more inventory but don’t have any more room for pallet racking, it’s time to optimize what you already have in place. DAK Equipment & Engineering can help you do this in a number of ways.


  • Warehouse optimization. Sent us the dimensions of your warehouse and we’ll send you a plan that utilizes your space more efficiently. We can increase the capacity of your current warehouse so you don’t need to face the expenses of moving. We’ll even take into account your current inventory of warehouse equipment and help you determine what to keep, what to replace, and what to sell.
  • Process optimization. A personalized warehouse layout from DAK Equipment & Engineering in Chicago will take into account all of the products and projects you handle on a regular basis and help you streamline it into a more efficient process. You’ll see production rates climb!
  • Used rack sales. Once you’ve seen your optimized layout, you may discover that you need to purchase additional warehouse equipment to make the most of your available space. If you do, we’ll help you find exactly what you need at a great price. However, if you find that you have too much equipment on your hands, we can help with that, too. We’ll find a buyer who is willing to give you a great price on your used warehouse equipment so that investment doesn’t go to waste.

Make Sure You Have Exactly What You Need for Your Warehouse

DAK Equipment & Engineering can help you optimize your space, your time and your money in your warehouse. We’ll make sure you aren’t spending too much of your budget on warehouse equipment and draining your bottom line while ensuring you have a layout that is working for your warehouse’s needs.

Ready for a warehouse layout that’s perfect for your business? Get in touch with the DAK Equipment & Engineering team today! We’re ready to get to work on an AutoCAD design that lays out your warehouse for optimal efficiency. Give us a call or contact our project management team through our website and let’s get to work on a warehouse design that’s right for space.

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July 20, 2017

Ladders for All of Your Selective Pallet Racks

Selective pallet racking is one of the most common pieces of warehouse equipment. You’ll have a tougher time finding a warehouse or distribution center that doesn’t use it. There is a good reason for that; when it comes to industrial shelving, selective pallet racking is inexpensive, versatile, and easy to use. Of course, your selective pallet rack is only as good as the equipment you use around it. Your warehouse workers need to be able to safely and quickly get to items at the top and in the back of our selective pallet rack for it to be a useful storage setup for your business. DAK Equipment has you covered! We have a great selection of ladders ready to use in your warehouse.

Check Out Our Warehouse Ladder Options

DAK Equipment and Engineering knows the importance of a great ladder. We also know that ladders aren’t a one-size-fits-all product and that you’ll likely need a variety of ladders in your warehouse environment. That’s why we stock a robust selection of ladders for you to choose from, all at great prices. Here are some of the categories you’ll be able to choose from in our online catalog:

  • Aluminum Ladders. Lightweight and inexpensive, these ladders are great for everyday use within your warehouse.
  • Extra Heavy Duty Ladders. When you need a big ladder for a big job, these ladders are the ones you want. 300 lbs capacity one-person maintenance lift or 500 lbs capacity two-person lift.
  • Rolling Ladders. Get a heavy duty ladder anywhere you need it with these rolling ladders. Holds up to 800 lbs!
  • Stainless Steel Ladders. These ladders will last a lifetime in your warehouse! Lockstep, rolling, and aluminum options available.
  • Tilt and Roll Ladders. Ladders that won’t go anywhere until you need them to move. Safety comes first with these ladders.

Which Ladder is Right For Your Warehouse Needs?

The type of ladder you purchase to use in your warehouse will depend on your setup, your team, and your needs. When it comes to selective pallet racking, most warehouses prefer tilt and roll safety ladders. Ladders with a stair-step design and safety cage at the top provide your team with comfortable access to high-up places and give them some security when they are handling materials at an elevated height. If you aren’t sure this is the right ladder for your space or have questions about other ladder options, our team can help.

Order Ladders for Your Warehouse from DAK Today

Check out the full selection of the ladders available from DAK Equipment in our online store. We make it easy to make the most of all of the selective pallet rack shelving in your warehouse with ladders that safely get your people where they need to go. Order through our secure online store or give us a call and our professional materials handling team will help you place an order over the phone. We can answer your questions and help you find the perfect ladders for all of your warehouse needs!

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July 15, 2017

How to Manage the Relocation of Your Warehouse Equipment

Many businesses will need to face the challenges of moving their facility sooner or later. Usually, this is a good thing; it’s often a sign that your business is growing and that your facility needs to grow with it. Of course, there are a number of things you can do to put off the move to a larger facility, including:

  • Scaling back your on-hand inventory
  • Installing a mezzanine deck
  • Optimizing your warehouse equipment layout

Even if you’ve done all of this, though, you may eventually need to move. It will take a great deal of coordination between your teams to ensure that the transition is a smooth one and that you lose as little production time as possible. Thankfully, the DAK Equipment team can help move your wholesale pallet racks and other materials handling equipment and get your operation back up and running in as little time as possible.


Tips to Make Your Warehouse Relocation Easier

  • Create an optimized layout for the new space. When you start with a plan, it’s going to be much easier to get everything in its new place on moving day. A clear and comprehensive layout will help people know what they need to do next to complete the move, too, so you aren’t wasting time micromanaging the process.
  • Label everything. You already know the importance of labeling shelves, racks, and rows in your warehouse. It’s just as important when you move, too. If you are moving items that are destined for the pallet racks, label them with their future location. That way there is no question about where the items are supposed to go in your new space.
  • Move in sections. Take it a bite at a time and the whole moving process will seem more manageable. Moving your warehouse in sections will also help you avoid mix ups and errors when the job is done.
  • Use what you can from your old location. If your old warehouse equipment is in good shape, keep using it. There is no need to invest in a new pallet racking system if your old one is still workable and suitable for the new space.
  • Hire professional help. It’s tempting to ask your team to do the move for you, and they may be able to pitch in. However, you might find they are better suited for focusing on customer service issues and keeping orders going out the door while a professional team handles the move. It’s often faster and a better use of your money.

How DAK Equipment Can Help With Your Move

We’ve been helping warehouse and distribution centers relocate their materials handling equipment for years. We understand the inherent challenges of a move and how to overcome them. Here are some of the ways we can help!

Disassembly and Relocation Services

Our team can come into your materials handling facility and disassemble your wholesale pallet rack, conveyor belts, carton flow racks, and other equipment and safely transport it to your new facility. There, we can re-assemble your equipment to a new configuration that suits your new space.

Warehouse Layout Planning and Design

Our project managers can even provide you with an AutoCAD drawing of a new facility layout that uses your current inventory of shelves, conveyors, and equipment! Now you’ll know what you need to buy and where everything needs to go.

Installation of Equipment and Systems

Ready to set everything back up? We’ll do it for you. Our team will ensure that every nut and bolt of your warehouse equipment is ready for your inventory. You’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that your equipment is set up correctly and is ready for you.

Call DAK Equipment & Engineering to Discuss Your Next Move

Don’t let a move slow down your business. By having our professional team help with the job, you’ll be able to get back up and running faster than you would otherwise. Time is money, and the DAK equipment team will make sure you are saving plenty of both. If you have an upcoming move, get in touch with us today and let’s start planning the most successful move possible. Our project managers are happy to take on your project and help you manage it from beginning to end, giving you the best possible results. Call us or contact us through our website today!

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