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September 03, 2018

3 Reasons To Call a Pro For Warehouse Optimization

If you check online, there’s lots of information about warehouse optimization. There’s “Top 10 Warehouse Space Optimization Tips” and “Top 50 Ways To Improve Your Small Warehouse Optimization.” There’s even a page on Pinterest about warehouse optimization. Pinterest!

Of course, that information is online and has to be taken with a grain of salt. (Pinterest might be a way to get ideas for organizing a garage, but we wouldn’t trust it millions of dollars of inventory.) The problem with so much of that information is that different articles contradict each other. Plus those are all just general warehouse management and organization tips; they might not work in your specific space. (That’s one reason we so seldom give generalized warehouse layout optimization advice.)

If you’ve already taken all the advice the internet has to offer and only improved your warehouse organization an insignificant amount, it might be time to call in a pallet rack organization expert. What can we offer that others can?

 

We Know The Racking Systems

We work in new pallet racking systems. We work in used racking equipment as well. We deal with warehouse solutions every day, from general wire racks to push back racking to drive in racking and everything in between. We’ve put new racks into old warehouses and used racks into new warehouses.

We say this for one simple reason: we know industrial pallet racks and shelving systems. We can identify what you have and what the best upgrades are if needed, ones that can save you space and time. Since we deal with pallet racks and other warehouse optimization all the time, we know about options that you might have never even heard about. Of course, we can also tell you how moving your racks could improve the efficiency of your warehouse even if you don’t upgrade.

 

We’ve Seen What Works (and What Doesn’t)

As we mentioned above, it can be nearly impossible to make suggestions to warehouse layout without actually seeing the property and working with blueprints (or working with measurements). Most people online will make suggestions based on what worked for their warehouse, and the chances it will work for yours are pretty small.

Because we’ve worked with so many warehouses in order to make sure they’re as efficient as possible, we’ve seen what works and what doesn’t in just about every type of space imaginable. We know how different systems integrate well together and which ones just get in each other’s way. If you suggest something that we’ve seen work in another place, we can verify that it’s a good idea for you. If we’ve seen that fail in another location, we can tell you why it won’t work…all because we’ve seen it with our own eyes due to the experience we bring to the table.

We Know The Questions To Ask

One of the biggest reasons that people push back against professional warehouse organization is because they believe they know their space better than anyone. They know the workings of the warehouse and have worked hard to make it run as efficiently as possible.

And you know what? In many ways, they’re right. Working in a warehouse every day certainly gives someone a feeling about how things run most efficiently. But because of the first two reasons we talked about up above, warehouse managers are often not aware that there are other excellent options available to them.

When you bring us in as your warehouse optimization experts, we’re not just going to try to force everything on you. We need information from the people (like you) who work in the warehouse every day, and we know the question to ask about the ways that things are working efficiently and the way in which they are not. By asking these questions, it can bring to light problems that no one has seen before. “Why is <blank> done in this way? Is there a reason for it?” If there is a good reason, then we can incorporate it into our warehouse space optimization suggestions. If not, we’ll see if it can be changed or eliminated.

 

Let’s Get You Optimized

We don’t have to tell you that every warehouse is different. At first it might seem like getting the most from you industrial racking system would be easy by simply looking at others in your industry. But slight variances in square footage and door placement in warehouses can make a big difference when it comes to proper storage racking placement. That doesn’t even take into account the type of forklift you’re using, the material handling system you will need, and any other specialty structures you have in your warehouse such as module offices.

We know how important it is to keep control of your warehouse, and we’re not going to wrest the control from you. When you hire expert warehouse optimization experts, we’ll work with you to ensure that you’re making the most of your space. To get the process started or to ask questions, contact us today!

 

 

 

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August 30, 2018

Beyond Pallet Racking: More Warehouse Efficiency Solutions

Once you have your pallet racking in place in your new or remodeled warehouse, it’s going to feel good. Whether you’re selling standard wire deck or double-deep pallet racking, cantilever racking or pallet flow racks, it’s exciting to step back after it’s installed and imagine the increased efficiencies that come with top-notch warehouse optimization and installation. Being able to access what you need more quickly is going to save you hassle and money.

But once the bulk of the industrial warehouse racking is installed, your warehouse isn’t necessarily finished. There are still ways to make it even better, to keep everything organized and ensure that what you have stays in place. Here are some of the options you might want to consider that go beyond traditional storage racking.

 

Stanley Vidmar Cabinets

There’s a reason that people buy Stanley Vidmar cabinets: they hold up amazingly well. These are the cabinets of professionals, holding tools and equipment that every warehouse needs. They’re built for the industrial world, and it’s hard to find fault with them because they’re designed and built so well. If you’ve ever purchased a Stanley Vidmar cabinet, whether it was made before 1966 (when Stanley acquired the Vidmar company) or after, you’re probably still using it without it ever having given you a single problem.

There’s also a reason that people buy used Stanley Vidmar cabinets: they’re quite expensive when new! A business that’s done with them doesn’t sell them because they’re tired of them or because they’re no good; businesses sell them because they’re downsizing or going out of business. The fact is, these things outlast most businesses! We can get you both new and used Stanley Vidmar cabinets, and if you’re looking for used then you should click this link to see if we have any in stock. (Even if you don’t see any, contact us so that we can let you know when some come in.)

 

Industrial Conveyor Systems

Having inventory in a warehouse is one thing. Getting it out to who wants and needs it is something very different.

Whether it’s a standard picking-and-packing station with non-motorized rollers or a completely automated system that move packages throughout the warehouse, conveyor systems can reduce your operational costs, reduce manpower, increase your shipping capacity, and even help ensure the accuracy of orders.

Before the pallet racking is even in, make sure you work with a warehouse layout optimization expert to make sure you’re making the most of the space and that the industrial conveyor system is in the most efficient place in your warehouse. As we discussed in this article, the most obvious placement isn’t always the most efficient, so pulling in an expert will probably save you money many times over.

Industrial Lockers

Employees like a place to keep their stuff, especially since most of them don’t have a desk in which to keep their snacks, oatmeal packets, spare chapstick, and jackets. Lockers are an excellent way to give employees a place to keep something and make sure it’s secure; this is even more important than ever if you have banned cell phones from your warehouse floor.

We talk a lot about the workings of warehouses, but we’re also supplying many other industries with lockers. There are lockers involved in just about every type of work, it’s just that you don’t see them because they’re behind closed doors. Gymnasiums are a common client, as are police and fire departments. But we also supply lockers to grocery stores, hospitals, apartment buildings, EMT’s stations, and more.

 

Wire Partitions

We recently wrote an entire article about the benefits of wire partitions in a warehouse, so we’d like to encourage you to go and read that entire article. If you don’t have time to do so now, click on it and bookmark it for later. If you don’t have time for that, we’ll break it down for you.

Wire partitions are essentially cages that keep things in or out that can either be built against the wall or freestanding in the middle of the warehouse. In today’s technologically-advanced warehouses, these enclosures are used to protect the robots from escaping and people from stepping on robots. And speaking of robots, wire partitions can also prevent unauthorized employees from walking into an area that has assembly robots in action, which could be very dangerous to a human.

Wire partitions are also an excellent way to protect things that most employees simply don’t have a right messing with. A warehouse cage can protect fuseboxes, computers, tools, and expensive products that aren’t out in the normal warehouse.

 

Prefabricated Offices

We talk about prefabricated offices, aka modular offices, a lot. They’re incredibly versatile and can solve so many problems that show up in a warehouse. Prefabricated offices are buildings-within-buildings. They are closed off from the rest of the warehouse in order to give a level or privacy to those working within. They can be built in a much shorter amount of time than a stand-alone exterior building, and they can be moved (and even sold) if necessary.

Modular offices can serve many purposes in a warehouse. The most obvious is an office that can keep managers and other desk staff close to the warehouse actions while still being separated from it. They also make excellent break rooms, providing a way for workers to get away from some of the noise associated with a warehouse. They can also be used as clean rooms, quality assurance rooms, and shipping/receiving rooms. You can also have prefab office units customized to cover multiple tasks, such as a break room on one side, a clean room on the other, and quality assurance kiosk attached to the outer wall.

 

We Can Finish Your Warehouse!

A warehouse isn’t just one thing. While its primary reason for existing is to store inventory, the need for shipping, receiving, employee comfort, and storage of warehouse necessities can’t be ignored. At DAK Equipment and Engineering, we’re here to help you make the most of your space, no matter if your warehouse is storing books, soda, or furniture. Contact us today and talk to our warehouse optimization experts.

 

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August 18, 2018

5 Reasons You Might Need To Replace Your Pallet Racking

Pallet racking is not fragile. You know very well that it can hold up to a lot, considering the warehouse conditions it has to withstand and the amount of weight it needs to hold up to for months or years at a time.

But just because something is tough doesn’t mean it will last forever or that it won’t need to be replaced for some reason. Just because pallet racks met the old needs of your business doesn’t mean that it will meet tomorrow’s needs. Today we’re going to take a look at the most common reasons a warehouse might have to replace their industrial pallet racking.

 

Damage

The most obvious reason that a company would have to replace their industrial shelves is due to damage. A warehouse can be a hectic place, with heavy equipment moving heavy pallets. Whether because a driver is trying to work too fast or is negligent in some way, pallet racking gets damaged all the time.

If your pallet racking is relatively new, there shouldn’t be any problems getting a new piece that has been damaged. On the other hand, if our warehouse pallet inspectors determine that it can’t be repaired, we’ll give you your options on replacement.

 

Time

Think of a person who is aging. Even if they haven’t experienced any particular injury during their lifetime, their knees will still hurt and their skin will still sag.

Time and entropy make fools of us all, and it’s no different when it comes to the pallet racking we use. Even if a forklift never hits a storage rack, the amount of weight that stays on it day after day is going to stretch the molecules of the steel, causing it to bend. This isn’t going to happen to new pallet racks, of course, but the older they get the more likely it is they’ll cause trouble. This is especially true if the items on them are extremely heavy. (A pallet rack inspection is always a good idea to make sure that your inventory, and especially your employees, are kept safe.)

 

New Loading Equipment

Pallet racks and loading equipment evolve together. As forklifts and other types of lifters are able to reach higher and require less clearance, pallet racks can also get higher. If you’ve recently upgraded your warehouse loading equipment and it’s able to do more than the old equipment was able to, new pallet racks can help you to increase the amount of vertical space you’ll be able to use. Speaking of which…

Higher Shelving

Sometimes a warehouse will get new equipment that lets them reach higher than ever before, and that means new pallet racking that will allow them to make the most of the vertical space. Space that was once just wasted air suddenly becomes very usable, which can significantly increase the amount of space when new pallet racking is installed by a warehouse optimization expert. Just imagine having one additional space on top of every industrial rack you have. It’s enticing, isn’t it?

 

Business Pivot

Sometimes a business doesn’t end up doing what they started out doing. Nintendo started as a playing card company. 3M started as a mining company. It was good for business, so they pivoted and grew.

When a business pivots, their warehouse needs will most likely change too. If a company has been selling small items and moves to much larger items, their warehouse needs are going to change. Did Nintendo’s needs change when they switched from playing cards to video game consoles? 3M’s certainly did when they moved from loose piles of grit to finished sandpaper. The size, shape, and weight of the items coming in and going out of a warehouse can certainly affect the type of pallet racking needed.

It’s not just the products that change; sometimes it’s the sales channels. A company that only sold bulk might change their business model and now sell directly to consumers. That means space now has to be found for industrial conveyor systems and material handling systems, which often means securing the advice of a warehouse space optimization expert.

 

Contact DAK Today!

If you choose to replace the pallet racking in your warehouse due to a company pivot or simply because your current racking wasn’t installed to meet your needs, the cost of doing so might intimidate you. Don’t worry too much, because the cost of new racking can be offset by selling the old pallet racks. There’s a good market for used shelving, and we can help you move it along with The Used Rack Warehouse.

Thanks to improved design, pallet racks are simply getting better and better. They can hold more and hold up to more than ever before. No matter why you’re interested in new pallet racking — whether yours is damaged, is getting old, or simply doesn’t suit the needs of your current business model — our experts are here to help with new rack options and expert warehouse layout optimization. Contact us to find out exactly what we can do for you.

 

 

 

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