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April 18, 2019

How Is Spending Money Saving Money On Pallet Racks?

“You have to spend money to make money,” as the old saying goes. But there’s a similar sentiment that we’re all about here at DAK Equipment and Engineering: “You have to spend money to save money.”

Sometimes warehouse managers take a look at the price of new pallet racks and balk at the cost, or they don’t think that hiring a warehouse optimization consultant is worth the cost. We’re here to tell you that it’s simply not true, because taking time to make sure that your warehouse is up-to-date — and as efficient as possible — is an investment in your company that can pay off in a surprisingly short amount of time.

Today we’re going to take a look at the most common ways that working with our warehouse product company can save you money, and why you probably shouldn’t put it off much longer.

 

An Optimized Warehouse Can Prevent Expansions

Getting a brand new warehouse is exciting for most warehouse managers, but they’re also tasked with putting off construction of one for as long as possible. Not only are new buildings expensive, but they also have to be loaded with brand new pallet racks.

By hiring a professional warehouse consultant, you might be surprised at how much space you can save. If you’re completely out of space, it’s time to build a new warehouse. If you simply have your warehouse redesigned —  DAK can handle the disassembly and reassembly — you might be able to save 20% or more space, which could delay the need for another warehouse for years to come.

A Smoothly Working Warehouse Can Reduce Your Workforce

Once a warehouse starts working more efficiently, you should be able to reduce the number of workers you have. A better-organized warehouse means fewer people looking for particular items, and a warehouse that sends boxes directly to carton flow racks skips the step of putting it on pallets.

New Pallet Racks Can Prevent Collapse

Because pallet racks are huge pieces of steel, it can be hard to think of them as ever having problems. But they bend under the thousands of pounds over time, and that can cause big problems. Not only are you losing inventory, but you also have the cost of replacing them.

By replacing your pallet racks periodically, you can stop catastrophic collapse from happening. This will protect everyone on the racks, the racks themselves, the forklifts underneath, and, of course, the employees. And speaking of which…

Preventing Accidents Saves Money

It might sound callous, but preventing accidents in a warehouse can save a whole lot of money. Yes, the most important aspect of it is that it’s stopping you and your co-workers — and friends — from getting injured. But there’s no denying that accidents in a warehouse have quite a few negative consequences. First of all, you’ve lost a trained employee for a time, and might have to temporarily replace them with someone who isn’t as efficient. Second, the employee might sue you, and that could end tanking the entire company. Finally, an employee accident is going to bring OSHA to your door, and while they’re levying fines for the employee accident they might just find more violations as well.

DAK carries an excellent line of warehouse safety products. Rack protection prevents racks from getting hit directly, which can prevent rack collapse. Dock area defense protects your employees every day they’re loading and unloading, and might just save a forklift from going over the side as well. Elevated work platform safety rails and ladders protect employees from falls, and guard rails delineate the spaces that employees can walks and materials handling systems should avoid.

Again, protecting your employees is paramount, and in doing so you’ll also be avoiding many money-losing situations.

Wire Partitions Prevent Theft

Sometimes wire partitions are for the safety of the warehouse workers. Many warehouse designers decide to put these cages up in order to keep workers away from electrical boxes, high-speed (and highly dangerous) machinery, and even robots that are working behind the mesh.

But another reason to have wire partitions installed is to prevent theft. After all, small and high-dollar pieces of merchandise are pretty easy for employees to walk off with, so it’s best to keep them locked up. (That cage in every Sam’s Club that holds the video games and consoles are certainly a testament to that, protecting these items from both shoppers and employees.) And sometimes it’s not merchandise; items such as electric drills, drill bits, and electronic measuring equipment should also be locked up so that no one walks off with them.

Ready To Save Some Money?

Like we said, investing money in your warehouse is just that: an investment. If you’re not making your warehouse as efficient and safe as possible, you could be wasting money every day. Instead, call the experts at DAK and we’ll give you an excellent idea of how to make your warehouse as efficient as possible. Contact us today!

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April 16, 2019

K3 Werks: DAK’s Own Line of Warehouse Products

We’d like to officially introduce K3 Werks, DAK Equipment and Engineering’s homegrown warehouse system. While the K3 Werks system of industrial racks has been around for some time, we’re happy to report that the trademark recently came through and will become one of our primary options in warehouse products.

We at DAK saw a need for a warehouse system of our own, one that was compatible with so many existing systems while still giving our customers a better price on products. After all, with the price of steel being what it is, you need all the savings you can get!

Worried about going with a brand you haven’t heard much about? We understand completely. (We also know that K3 Werks will grow, and you’ll be hearing a lot about it in the near future). Here are a few good reasons why you have no need to worry about going with K3 Werks warehouse shelving.

 

DAK Knows Quality

Every time DAK recommends a product, we’re putting our reputation on the line as the premier warehouse product suppliers throughout Illinois and Wisconsin. When we recommend a product, we know from our 20+ years of experience that the product is the right one for a particular warehouse need.

As we get into the storage rack business, we’re not just putting our reputation on the line for our recommendations. We’re also putting our reputation on the line for our products. And trust us, that’s not something we do lightly.

Our time in the warehouse products industry lets us know quality warehouse systems when we see them. And what we’re providing meets or exceeds that of the products from other companies we carry.

 

K3 Werks Is Compatible

No doubt about it, the teardrop rack systems is the most common form of pallet rack systems out there, and for good reason. It’s easy to assemble and locks everything into place nicely, and disassembling it isn’t a problem if the warehouse space needs to be optimized.

The ubiquity of teardrop racks made it the obvious choice for K3 pallet racks and matching warehouse system. K3 Werks is compatible with every teardrop brand that we carry, and is compatible with most teardrop brands period. This makes it incredibly each to incorporate K3 warehouse systems into your current configuration.

 

We Have The Variety

We didn’t jump into K3 Werks timidly; we didn’t just start with K3 pallet racks and work up from there. In fact, we offer nearly everything you’ll need in K3 warehouse systems, including K3 rack protection, sprinkler guards, wire decks, and more.

What if we don’t offer something you need? Well, thanks to the extensive compatibility of K3 Werks, you can always grab something from another company we offer. We’re here for you on everything you need to fill your warehouse space with equipment.

 

Let Us Show You What K3 Werks Can Do

When you consider K3 Werks, don’t think of it as a discount warehouse system. While the prices might be better, think of it as getting your warehouse products one step closer to the source. It might be a common saying, but “cutting out the middleman” really does save you money.

Ready to make the most of your warehouse budget? Check out our K3 Werks options right here!

 

 

 

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April 15, 2019

Why You Should Get Professional Installation With Your Pallet Rack System

Once you decide on which pallet rack system you need — whether it’s our proprietary K3 Werks racks or one of the many fine pallet rack manufacturers we offer — there’s another very important step that you can’t forget about: installation. After all, pallet racks that arrive at your doorstep aren’t at all useful until they’re erected, so it’s very important that you choose the right pallet rack installation experts.

At DAK Equipment & Engineering, we’re not just about selling you the industrial shelving that you need. In fact, we’re there for you both before and after the sale, ensuring that you’re getting the most out of your warehouse. Whether you have standard pallet racks, push-back racking, pallet flow racks, or some combination, we’re here to help.

So, why trust DAK when it comes to pallet rack installation?

We Know the Racking Hardware

First of all, there’s no one in the Midwest who knows industrial shelving and racking better than us. For over twenty years we have been serving the midwest by providing pallet rack systems that endure. We’ve seen a lot happen in that time — especially around steel prices — and have seen shelving systems come and go.

When you choose DAK, you’ll be working with a company that has seen it all. We’ve worked with small warehouses in the middle of the city and huge warehouses at the edge of small towns. DAK has provided simple pallet racks and complex industrial conveyor systems to companies of every size. Because we’ve provided such a variety of equipment, we’re sure to be able to work with you to determine exactly what you need. In fact, we might be able to come up with solutions you’ve never heard of, racking that might save you money and space.

Equipment Is Only As Good As the Installation

When you’re spending so much money on industrial pallet racks, you want them to last. Unfortunately, even the best pallet racking can cause problems if it’s not installed properly. Racking that is put up wrong can twist and bend in ways it shouldn’t, potentially causing collapse. Here’s what you need to protect:

  • The Racks Themselves – DAK might have good prices on storage racking systems, but they’re still not cheap! If a pallet rack twists and bends, it might not be repairable you and could be out the cost of new racking.
  • Your Inventory – You’re purchasing industrial storage racks for a reason, and the most common reason is to store inventory. If a rack collapses, you could lose many thousands of dollars in inventory.
  • Your Warehouse Equipment – It’s not just the racks and the inventory you have to worry about, but any equipment that’s under them at the time. This includes conveyor systems, material handling systems, forklifts, and any modular offices or mezzanines that might be connected or standing nearby.
  • Employee Dangers – Of course, the cost of racking and inventory is nothing compared to the dangers employees are put in. When you invest in proper pallet rack installation, you’ll be doing the right thing by ensuring your employees have a safe place to work.

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Include A Warehouse Strategy Plan

When you work with DAK Equipment & Engineering, you’re not just buying pallet racks from a wholesale supplier. You’re getting experts in the field who can help your company with every step of your industrial shelving situation.

“Every step” includes helping you with your warehouse strategy planning. While warehouses might seem like simple parts of the supply chain, they’re much more complex and have more options than most people realize. When you work with our warehouse strategy planners, you’ll be introduced to the latest and greatest options in warehouse organization and optimization. We can help you make the most of your space, no matter how big or how small. Read more about strategic planning for your warehouse right here.

Moving Is Just As Important

It’s not just new pallet racks that we install. Sometimes we will take care of the dismantlement and relocation of industrial racking systems. As we discussed in this blog, there are a few reasons why a company might decide to move their storage racking.

  • Redesign – Having a warehouse strategy plan is incredibly important when it comes to improving the efficiency of your space. Getting a more efficient warehouse layout design can prevent the need to build additional warehouses.
  • Moving – Sometimes the pallet racks are fine but the warehouse is falling down around it. Perhaps the building is old or flooded, and the racks have to be moved to a new location.
  • Getting a New Floor – Whether the floor is cracked and crumbling or it just needs a new coat of epoxy in order to make spills easier to clean up, we can dismantle the pallet racks, store them, and then reassemble them as needed.
  • Replacement – Of course, sometimes the moving being done is “out the door.” If your old racks are still in good working order as you replace them, we can help you sell them and install the new ones as well.

Don’t Forget the Pallet Rack Inspections

Once you have us install your pallet racks in your warehouse, it’s important to have them inspected often. This can help prevent them from suffering catastrophic collapse.

Why do industrial pallet racks need to be inspected? Sometimes it’s due to earthquakes, and other times because the pallet rack itself had a flaw. But the most common reason that pallet racks fail is due to forklifts hitting them. Unfortunately, not every forklift hit gets reported, and if the damage is left unreported it can get worse and worse under the weight of the inventory. Our expert preventive maintenance inspectors can make sure that any problems with the racking is addressed and repaired — or replaced — quickly.

Ready To Get Professional Pallet Rack Installation?

DAK Equipment & Engineering is here for you every step of the way when you’re looking for any type of warehouse racking. We can offer you options you may never have considered, help you plan your warehouse around them, install them, and inspect them after the fact. If you’re ready for one-stop rack system shopping, contact us today!

 

 

 

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