Warehouse Equipment

May 25, 2017

How to Keep Your Warehouse Clean

A clean warehouse is a wonderful thing. It’s more than just visually pleasing, too. There are actual, tangible benefits to keeping your warehouse spotless. They include:

  • Your warehouse equipment lasts longer. When warehouse equipment is in a clean environment, it’s going to last much longer than equipment in a messy warehouse. That’s because there is less risk of an accident taking out the equipment, fewer things causing corrosion of the metal, and your employees take more care with equipment that looks like new.
  • Your employees take fewer sick days. A dirty warehouse is a breeding ground for germs. If you aren’t wiping down surfaces with antibacterial sprays, then you are probably passing around plenty of germs to one another. That leads to more sickness and more employees taking sick days.
  • You pay less in worker’s compensation claims. A clean warehouse is a safe warehouse. You’ll have fewer accidents on the warehouse floor when potential obstructions are tidied away and spills are cleaned up promptly. That can lower the overall cost of operating your warehouse and keep your employee morale much higher.
  • There is less damaged merchandise. Merchandise is damaged when accidents happen. A lot of warehouse accidents are caused by safety violations, including the cleanliness of the warehouse. When the warehouse is clean and organized, it creates an environment where both your employees and your products are safe.
  • Your operating costs go down. That should be reason enough alone to get our your cleaning gear!

How to Clean Your Warehouse (& Keep It That Way!)

Keep supplies handy.

No one is going to clean up if they don’t have the supplies they need to do the job. If cleaning supplies are on-hand, though, employees are going to be more willing to use them and pitch in on the cleaning. Keep paper towels or reusable rags handy along with good all-purpose cleaning spray, brooms, mops, and a vacuum if you have a carpeted area. Make sure all employees know where these items are kept and that they should feel free to use them when needed.

Get employees involved.

Assigning employees tasks or giving them an area of responsibility is a good way to keep the warehouse spotless. Plus, it’s an easy way to check if someone is slacking off on their cleaning list. Make a list of cleaning tasks to be done each week and rotate names through the list. That way everyone will know exactly what needs to be done and be help responsible for the task.

Make cleanup part of the job.

Encourage workers to make cleaning up a part of their tasks. Let them know that no job is complete until it’s been totally cleaned up. For instance, in returns, the job of processing those returns isn’t done until the packaging has been recycled. This creates a culture of cleanliness in your warehouse and suddenly cleaning will become second nature to your team.

Empty the trash regularly.

Trash cans and recycling bins get full fast in the warehouse. Schedule in time before lunch breaks and before the end of the day to empty all trash cans and recycling bins (or more or less often as needed). This keeps trash where it belongs and prevents it from making its way all over your warehouse.

Know areas that need extra attention.

Some areas of the warehouse need more attention than others. For most warehouses, this is going to be the floors, the aisles, and your docking area. Know what areas of your warehouse need more attention and make sure you add more tasks more often on the to-do list. For instance, have someone dust mop the floor three times a day instead of one or have hourly clean-up checks on the dock.

Consider hiring a professional.

Often, the cleanest warehouses are those that aren’t cleaned by the employees. It’s not a bad idea to hire a professional to do some of the cleaning work for you if there is room in your budget. That’s because it can free your employees up to focus on productive tasks during their work hours, and a professional cleaner is going to care more about getting the job done correctly. Think about hiring someone to come in and clean the bathroom, break room, and clean the floors of your warehouse to boost the cleanliness.

The Right Warehouse Equipment Can Help Your Warehouse Stay Clean

If you are struggling to keep your warehouse clean, it could be because you aren’t using the right warehouse equipment. The right pallet shelving, containers, and bins can keep you organized and more efficient in the warehouse. If you are looking for ways to keep your warehouse cleaner, safer, and more organized, get in touch with DAK Equipment & Engineering. Give us a call or contact us through our website to speak with a member of our warehouse equipment team today!

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May 20, 2017

Signs of Poor Pallet Rack Repair

Keeping the warehouse equipment in good repair is one of the main priorities of a warehouse manager, and at the top of that list is pallet rack repair. Proper pallet rack repair is vital to the safety and efficiency of your warehouse. When pallet racks are damaged by merchandise, machinery, or simple human error, that damage needs to be fixed as soon as possible. Whether you do it yourself or hire a company to do it for you, the repairs should be so good that the pallet racking is like new. If it’s not, that could potentially mean trouble for your warehouse in the future. Poorly repaired pallet racking can lead to worker injury, merchandise damage, and every warehouse manager’s biggest nightmare: racking collapse. A collapse can mean huge repair bills, worker’s compensation claims, work stoppages, and could even put the lives of your team at risk.

If you’ve recently had repairs done to your warehouse equipment, it’s important to inspect it to ensure it’s been done correctly. Here are some of the signs to watch for to see if the racking repairs have been done to your high standards.

Were Your Pallet Repairs Done Correctly?

There are signs of rust.

Rust should be dealt with when repairs are done. That’s because the longer rust is allowed to spread on your racking, the more it decreases the integrity of the metal and weakens it. If you still see rust on your pallet racking, it’s worth taking a second and closer look at the repairs that were done. Rust should be eliminated and the rusted areas reinforced to ensure they aren’t in danger of collapsing. You should also take steps to ensure that the source of the rust doesn’t come back.

The racking is bent.

Bent racking is bad racking. Use a straight edge to see if the edge of your racking is actually straight or just looks straight from a distance. If there is any bend to the racking, that’s a sign of bad structural integrity. Put too heavy of a load on the racking and you’ll increase the bend. That means the whole thing can come tumbling down, which is the last thing you need. Bent racking is common, especially if you use forklifts on your site, so make sure those bent areas are reinforced and that you are using rack safety equipment to prevent damage in the future.

The repairs are cosmetic.

A little paint isn’t going to prevent a racking collapse, but that’s what some people seem to think. Repairs should be taken seriously, and even minor damage can become a major problem. No matter how minor you think the repairs are, they shouldn’t simply be painted or covered over. They need to be repaired correctly so you don’t run into issues in the future. If the repairs that you are inspecting appear to be cosmetic only and no actual reinforcement have taken place, you should be concerned.

No reinforcements are present.

If there isn’t a reinforcement in sight on your pallet racking repair, it’s time to worry. Racking repair is common in the warehouse setting and reinforced columns and beams are an everyday sight. If you don’t see any on your repaired racking, get a second opinion in order to be safe. Reinforcements are inexpensive and easy to install, so there is no reason not to use them.

Look for help with your rack repair? DAK Equipment & Engineering can help. Just give us a call or contact us through our website to speak with one of our warehouse equipment experts. We’ll make sure you get the repairs you need to keep your warehouse safe!

 

 

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May 05, 2017

5 Items That Make Your Warehouse More Comfortable for Workers

Making your warehouse more comfortable for your workers is an investment into the productivity of your warehouse. That’s because the happier and more comfortable a worker is on the job, the harder they are going to work and the more productive they are going to be. If you’ve ever been on the job with a headache, sore back, or aching knees, you know how those seemingly minor conditions can hugely affect your ability to produce on the job. Making the working environment as pleasant as possible can cut down on the number of worker’s compensation claims you process as well as the sick time that your workers take to recover from injuries.

Here are five items of warehouse equipment we think are must-haves to make your warehouse space a more comfortable place to work.

Pick Up These Five Items to Make Your Warehouse More Comfortable

Better Floor Matting

Floor matting decreases the impact of stepping down on a hard cement floor all day long. The padding of the matting cushions the impact, absorbing some of the force so it doesn’t affect the knees and other joints. Your workers will feel a huge improvement in how their back, hips, knees and feet feel after they’ve spent a day on the hard cement versus the cushioned floor matting. Put matting in traffic areas such as your packing areas and under workstations.

We recommend: Comfort­ King™ Matting

Ergonomic Work Stations

If your team has to spend time at a desk throughout their day, they need an ergonomic workstation to keep them comfortable. A workstation that’s made for the demands of the warehouse will help eliminate unnecessary stretching or movement, keeping your workers safer from repetitive injuries or muscle pulls. Workstations that have everything within easy reach are best, so they can quickly get tasks done whether they are logging returns, processing arrivals, or working on customer service issues. Look for workstations made for a warehouse, with bin storage and extra power outlets.

We recommend: LMT Workstations with Accessories

Back Supports

Giving your team the right equipment to protect their body as they work is a win/win for both of you. They’ll have fewer injuries and sick days and you’ll have a team that can put in extra effort to get the job done. Back supports are a must-have item in any warehouse because they support your workers as they bend, stretch, lift and move items throughout the space. Look for back supports that are adjustable and fit comfortably over clothing. Make sure you have a variety of sizes on hand for your team, too.

We recommend: Back Elastic Supports

Safety Ladders

Your team is going to need to climb up to get to storage that’s above their reach from the ground. They can do it with rickety ladders or they can do it safely with safety ladders. Safety ladders allow your workers to climb up what is essentially a rolling set of stairs. It’s much safer than climbing up traditional ladders, thanks to the inclined angle and safety rails that prevent falls. Safety ladders can be easily rolled out of the way when they aren’t needed, too, making them easy to use when needed and stored when they are not.

We recommend: M-2000 Rolling Safety Ladders

Comfortable Chairs

When your team needs to sit, they should do it in a chair that supports them. Whether they are on the assembly line or processing paperwork, a comfortable and supportive chair is a must-have. Look for chairs that offer adjustability to suit the different needs of different workers. Ones that are easily cleaned are a bonus, too.

We recommend: Ergonomic High-Tech Series

If you’d like help placing an order for these or any of our other warehouse equipment, just get in touch with our team! Give us a call or contact us through our website today.

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