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July 01, 2018

Why Integrating Automation in your Warehouse Saves Time and Money

By: Chris Andersen

 

The initial overhead cost for integrating automation into your facility can be a little (or very) deterring. The questions become: is the return on investment worth the upfront costs? What about the maintenance? How expensive is the robotics and software? What will my electric bill be like? All of these are excellent questions that should be analyzed before jumping head first into warehouse automation and conveyor systems..

But, like many large retailers across the world, automation is the only way to keep up with inventory, output, and demand. Let’s take a look at the benefits to going with automation.

 

Maximization of Space

By upgrading your product retrieval and storage systems to automation, you essentially cut your facility’s spacing needs in half.

Automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) decrease your aisle size, which was a function to allow forklifts enough of a radius to maneuver to each product position. Because there is no need for a forklift or a person on the floor, aisle widths can be just small enough to fit the track and automated picking system. Mobile shelving or mobile pallet racking systems omit unused aisles entirely, leaving you with a smaller footprint and larger storage density.

Automated conveyor systems also work as a space saver. Industrial conveyor systems can be completely customizable and a faster way from A-to-Z. Unlike a person on the floor, product can be conveyed suspended from rafters, revolving around and straight through pick modules and mezzanines, or inclined and declined at any point in the system. The route can be so specialized that it becomes much faster than any forklift or manual traveling time.

The bottom line: how does this save you money? For one, you get more pallet rack storage out of one warehouse than if you were to combine multiple warehouses, potentially saving you millions in distribution centers. More space also means more opportunity to increase inventory, which in turn will create more profitability.

 

Efficiency

This is quick and to the point. Automation subtracts human error. Although supervised by a human element (designing the PLC, integrating the robotics, maintenance, etc), all the work is entirely delegated upon the automatic material handling system.

Faster retrieving and sorting is a given. With instantaneous instructions read by the automation, and programmed pin-point accuracy, nothing can surpass the efficiency of having automation on your side. And with increased demand, you will need to rely on faster order fulfillment to keep up. This also allows for firms to add specific marketing ploys such as free shipping or returns – giving them the advantage in the market.

Decreased Day-to-Day Costs

As much as the overhead costs for robotics, conveyors, and integration may be, the return on investment could be tenfold. Automation works faster, longer, and on weekends. It takes no vacation days off, and it doesn’t celebrate holidays. You don’t pay your robotic arms overtime.

With the correct maintenance and material, your investment in a new material handling system can be running continuously without problem. And most integrating engineering reps are always available if there is a problem down the line.

 

Keeping Up

Not all companies will see it a necessity to create a completely automated warehouse, but those that are frustrated with their order fulfillment, output, and human error are beginning the integration process. Robotics, conveyors, and warehouse management systems are being integrated with more ease than ever before.

Automation is paving the way for future warehouse applications. DAK Equipment and Engineering can help, so contact us today!

 

 

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May 02, 2018

How Your New Pallet Rack System Is Going To Make Inventory Easier

No matter which pallet rack system you end up going with, it’s certainly going to make it easier to move your inventory around. Whether you choose first-in/first-out or last-in/first-out or some other combination, getting the right warehouse layout design and industrial storage racking will certainly make your space run more smoothly every day of the year.

Luckily, those efficiencies also carry over when it comes to doing inventory. Whether you do inventory once a year or only get around to it when the inconsistencies get to be too much, your inventory will almost certainly benefit from the addition of new industrial pallet racks. Here’s how.

 

New Pallets Pave The Way

If you’ve recently had new pallet rack shelving installed, that almost certainly paved the way to a more efficient inventory process this. If you’ve recently installed new pallet racks and invested in a bit of warehouse layout optimization, you probably got things in better order than they had been in years. It’s also likely that you got rid of some stuff that had been forgotten and was just cluttering up the shelves, which is going to make inventory easier on you this time.  

 

Get To The Inventory

One of the best parts about getting new shelving units is that you’ll be able to access pallets that much easier. With new pallet rack shelving, moving one pallet out of the way to see what’s behind it is going to be easier than ever. If your new pallets utilize wire decking or some other options that can easily be seen through, you might even be able to take inventory visually without having to move the pallets at all.

 

Keep The Number of Warehouses In Check

One of the most common reasons that businesses are looking for a new pallet rack system is that they desire a more efficient use of the space they already have. Having the right industrial shelving that matches your inventory needs can increase your storage abilities exponentially. This is especially true if you have damaged racking that’s unusable and just taking up space.

Instead of building a second (or third or fourth) warehouse, many businesses find that they can make do with the space they have. Not only does that make once-a-year inventory easier, but it certainly makes day-to-day inventory much more simple.

 

Find The Best Industrial Shelves For Your Needs!

At DAK equipment, we have the absolute best storage solutions when you need to make your warehouse as efficient as possible. From simple selective pallet racking to complex industrial conveyor systems, we have just what you need to make finding anything in your building as easy as possible. Not only that, but we can also create a detailed warehouse layout design so that every square foot is used as efficiently as possible. We’ll also install it all so that it’s as safe as possible.

We’d love to work with you to make inventorying your warehouse as efficient as possible. Contact DAK Equipment and Engineering today to get the process started!

 

 

 

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April 14, 2018

Unexpected Benefits You Might See From Industrial Pallet Storage Racking

 

When it comes to industrial pallet storage racking, you probably have one big reason to purchase them: to store inventory. That is, after all, the primary reason that any business will purchase pallet racking system for the warehouse, as a means of keeping inventory until it sells. Pretty simple, right?

But while that is the primary reason, there are also a few other advantages you’ll be getting that you might not have thought of. Let’s look at some surprise benefits you might experience when you get the best pallet racks around.

Save Space

There’s a reason that cities go vertical. A couple of hundred years ago, the largest structures weren’t more than three stories tall. Cities would simply keep growing out and out, and it wasn’t until certain materials became widely available and architectural designs vastly improved that buildings could be 10, 20, 50, or even 100 stories tall. Cities grew upward when outward no longer made sense.

Of course, warehouses can’t be a hundred stories tall. But they have grown upward over the years, because at some point outward just gets too expensive. Pallet rack systems have been at the heart of this growth, allowing more and more inventory to be kept in a smaller and smaller space. So whenever you can save space in one warehouse instead of building a second one, you’re not only saving the money associated with building; you’re also saving the real estate costs.

What’s the best way to save space? Have a pallet racking system professionally planned by one of our warehouse layout system experts and you’ll get the optimal storage space. At that point, you’ll be able to make choices that you never dreamed of before: should you leave space empty for emergency inventory acquisitions? Should you leave every space filled on the pallet racks and keep old inventory around longer until it sells? Your options open up when you are making the most of your industrial pallets.

Save Time

If you’ve even not been able to find your car keys in the morning, this next question will be pretty easy to answer: does it save time when you know where something is?

Yeah, we know it’s a loaded question. Of course knowing where the specific item you’re looking for is at any given moment is going to save you time. It certainly holds true when you’re looking for a specific pallet in your warehouse. First of all, you don’t have to go looking for it. Second, if it’s been labeled as an important item and categorized appropriately as such in accordance with your warehouse optimization standards, it will be in the most efficient location possible (i.e. not stored behind ten other pallets). Knowing where something is is simply a time saver. And when that happens, you’ll be able to…

Save On Payroll

When you make the absolute optimal changes to your warehouse so that you’re saving space and saving time, you’re not going to need nearly the same number of employees. Instead of five forklift operators, you might only need four. Instead of three people needed to keep track of inventory, you might only need two. Getting a top-tier pallet racking system and keeping it properly organized means that you’re operating at peak efficiency, which means you can get the same job done with fewer workers. It might sound harsh, but it’s a benefit to the bottom line.

Start Saving Today!

If you’re ready to start saving space, time, and money with the best pallet rack systems out there, we’d love to talk with you. Contact us today for a free quote on any of our excellent industrial racks.

 

 

 

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