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February 09, 2019

Why Warehouse Wire Decking Should Be The Default In Most Warehouse Strategy Plans

When you order industrial pallet racks after creating the perfect warehouse strategy plan, there’s something you don’t want to forget: wire decking. In general, most pallet racks are made considerably better with the simple addition of these wire mesh panels.

Even if you don’t need wire decking on every single pallet rack you’re using, it’s important to have enough of them around so that you can drop them in as necessary. And we’re not exaggerating when we say “drop them in”…that’s all you have to do in order to make your racking system much more flexible. So, what makes this simple — and inexpensive — option such a necessity in most warehouses? Let’s take a look.

Improve Your Flexibility

If you have pallet racks without any wire mesh, you’re missing out on the option to store items that don’t naturally fit. For instance, you can store items on your industrial shelves without even having to have a pallet at all. You can now put on boxes, cartons, barrels, oversized/unboxed components, and so much more. It’s also a great place to store odd-shaped pallets that don’t conform to your particular type of pallet rack.

You can even turn parts of your warehouse into non-inventory space, like if you put all of the cleaning equipment on a wire mesh-covered pallet rack section. Or use it to hold rolls of cellophane wrapping, tape guns, or scanning equipment chargers.

Wire Decking Improves Visibility

Yes, the warehouse of the future is coming, filled with RFID chips and barcodes that only drones will be able to read. Line of sight won’t be nearly as important when the workers themselves don’t have eyes!

But for most warehouses, that future isn’t here yet. In most cases, being able to see inventory is one of the easiest ways for warehouse workers to find what they’re looking for. If you have a solid flooring for each of your pallet racks, they’re not going to be able to tell what’s on the higher shelves. Is it an entire pallet? Or just an empty barrel? Wire decking can give employees a quick idea of what’s where.

Wire decking doesn’t just help with visibility from below, but also visibility from above. Warehouse wire decking lets light through, which means that the warehouse floor is going to be better illuminated. Not only can this reduce the amount of lighting you need, but it can also illuminate the spaces in which employees are working and could help prevent accidents.

Wire Decking Improves Cleanliness

How easy is it to clean the tops of pallet racks if they have a solid, impermeable floor? Not very. Dust and debris collects up there year after year, and every time the pallet on it is disturbed, dust is going to go flying everywhere. If someone does get up there to clean them, it can introduce a safety risk.

Wire decking reduces the need for cleaning. Because it’s made from mesh instead of solid panels, the dust ends up falling through level after level. Yes, there’s the same amount of dust as there’s always been, but now it’s on the warehouse floor where it can be easily and safely cleaned up.

Improve Safety

It might sound strange that these reasonably priced wire mesh panels can increase warehouse safety, so let us explain.

Protect Your Employees

The problem with warehouses is that their increased height means items can fall from higher than in most places. And as items fall from higher up, they gain more momentum and become a greater danger to employees.

Wire mesh can prevent that from happening. Instead of something from a pallet dropping a full 30-feet, wire mesh means that it will probably only drop to the next pallet down where it won’t harm anyone working in the warehouse. From a moral standpoint, keeping your employees safe is the right thing to do. From a practical standpoint, it keeps your workers comp claims down.

Protect Your Inventory

This one is pretty simple: falling a shorter distance is better than falling a greater distance for most products. Certainly there are items that don’t care how far they drop, and there is some inventory that will be destroyed whether it falls from the top of the warehouse or if it simply falls a few feet. But in many instances, wire mesh will catch your inventory and prevent it from getting damaged.

Make Your Sprinkler System More Efficient

If a fire starts at the bottom pallet rack of a warehouse, solid decking is going to prevent the water from a sprinkler system from effectively getting down to it. The fire can burn much longer and do much more damage if all of the water is hitting the solid deck and ending up on the warehouse floor.

Now consider warehouse wire decking for pallet racks. The water from a sprinkler system can pass through the top pallet racks (and the next two as well) in order to get to the fire in a more direct manner.

Be Sure To Include Wire Mesh With Your Pallet Rack Order

Whether you’ll use them on absolutely every pallet rack or you just need some around every so often, it’s important that you keep wire decking somewhere in your warehouse. It just makes your space more versatile and efficient, and that’s something we can all get behind. Contact us today to learn more about it!

 

 

 

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July 24, 2018

How Wire Partitions Can Increase Your Warehouse Optimization Efficiency

When most people think of warehouse layout design, their first thoughts go to pallet rack systems and other types of industrial shelving. And while those are certainly the most common ways of ensuring warehouse optimization, they’re certainly not the only way that we at DAK can separate spaces in a warehouse. We can also create prefabricated modular offices, install warehouse mezzanines, and install guardrails on the main floor in order to delineate certain space and prevent vehicles from striking pedestrians.

Today we’re going to talk about a simple yet very effective way of protecting certain areas in a warehouse: wire partitions. These wire structures, sometimes called wire security cages, are a great way to keep certain areas of an area off limits. Let’s take a look at the most common ways in which wire mesh partitions are used as a warehouse solution.

 

Robotic Enclosures

While we haven’t yet reached the point in history where we need to keep our robots in cages because they’ve developed a taste for killing us Terminator-style, that doesn’t mean that robots can’t be dangerous.

Not every robotic arm or unmanned packing implement has sensors that will make it stop should it come into contact with a human. They’re meant to work autonomously, and they’re often built knowing that they will be separated from humans via structures such as wire mesh cages. When the robots are doing their job, very few people should have the authority to enter into the area for fear of damage to the robots and injury to humans.

 

High-End Product Protection

While you’d like to think that no employee you hire would ever steal from you, we all know that even the best background checks the strongest references won’t stop very company thief.

Nearly every retail shipping warehouse will have certain items that are worth more than others. Most often it’s electronics, but other times it might be jewelry or spools of copper wire. These high-cost, compact items are the most common targets for thieves, so wire mesh partitions are an excellent way to restrict access only to people who need to be in there. Not only can it prevent theft, but it can also prevent finger-pointing and rumors after a theft occurs.

Expensive retail products aren’t the only items that wire enclosures are meant to protect. Expensive tools are also kept in them so that they can’t be stolen, as wells as chemicals that could be used for illicit purposes.

Fusebox and Electrical Components

How many people in the warehouse really need to be anywhere near the electrical boxes that control power to the entire warehouse? Not many, we’re sure. Not only could it cause a major hiccup in your shipping, but it could also be a major safety concern for the person messing with the panels.

Wire mesh cages are an excellent means of keeping the power on and protecting anyone who might want to mess with it, whether it’s a drunk employee or an employee’s kid who simply likes switches.

 

Protection

No matter what’s behind the doors of your wire partitions, you want to keep it safe. But warehouses are known for heavy machinery moving about, whether it’s a basic forklift or specialized dolly. Unfortunately, warehouse vehicles can sometimes get away from employees, and that means expensive electronics, electrical boxes, or delicate robots could be damaged quickly if not for the protection of a wire mesh cage.

 

Order Your Wire Mesh Cages From DAK!

If you need to protect a particular area of your warehouse, wire mesh partitions are often the way to go. They can be built just about anywhere and customized around any particular space. Contact DAK Equipment and Engineering today!

 

 

 

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