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August 10, 2017

Should You Install Your Pallet Rack Yourself?

You’ve ordered your new pallet rack equipment from DAK Equipment & Engineering and it has finally arrived at your warehouse. So now what? Should you crack open your tool box and get to work setting them up yourself? Or should you call in the professionals? It can be a tough choice and one that is often dictated by time and money.

If you aren’t sure whether you should do the installation yourself or not, we have three very good reasons that you may be better off letting the DAK Equipment team set up that new equipment for you.

Why You Should Let a Pro Set Up Your Pallet Racking

Safety

Putting your new pallet rack together wrong could end up in disaster. You could end up with a collapsing pallet rack that crushes inventory or even hurts your employees, which is the last thing you want to do. Plus, putting together pallet racks is no easy job in itself. Our professional team knows how to safely install your pallet rack and ensure that it is set up correctly. They’ll go through all of the necessary steps to ensure that every nut and bolt of your pallet racking is assembled correctly.

Money

The attention to detail that our assembly teams offer can actually save you money. When you reduce the risk of accidents and injuries, you are lowering your operating costs and the costs associated with worker’s compensation claims. Installing pallet racking right the first time can extend its use, too, so you get more years out of your racking and don’t have to replace it sooner than absolutely necessary. Reducing costs is putting more money back into your bottom line.

Time

Setting up a pallet rack correction takes time, and that’s probably something you don’t have a lot of during the day. When you allow our team to do the installation work for you, you free yourself and your employees up to focus on building your business and serving your customers. Having professionals install your pallet racking can allow your team to focus on keeping the business running so there is no work slow down or stop while the new equipment is set up. Let our team take care of the heavy lifting so you can focus on building your business.

Convenience

While we’re at your location, we can perform a safety check on your existing pallet rack inventory. We’ll make sure your pallet racks are safe for your inventory and your employees, and help you repair or replace any unsafe pieces. We can also help you maximize your existing equipment with the right carton flow racks, bins, boxes, and help rearrange existing equipment so you get more out of every inch of your space. You can learn more about all of DAK Equipment & Engineering’s services when you speak with one of our project managers.

Call to Schedule Your Racking Installation Today

If you are ready for the safety, cost savings, and convenience of having our team do your installation for you, give us a call! Our project managers will work with you to coordinate a time for our installation team to visit your site and get your pallet racks ready for use. We take care of everything from beginning to end so you don’t have to worry about anything. You’ll be amazed at how much easier the installation process can be when you trust our experienced team to get the job done for you.

Give us a call or contact DAK Equipment & Engineering through our website so we can get started on your installation project today. We can even help you place an order for the pallet racking you need to get started!

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August 07, 2017

Warehouse Permitting: What You Need to Know

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Avoiding Delays in Your Warehouse Build-out

paperworkIf you’ve participated in designing and building out a new warehouse or distribution center or even simply made an addition to an existing facility lately, you’ve learned that municipalities have increased the permitting requirements over the last several years.

Understanding what’s needed and staying on top if it can make all the difference between meeting your project’s completion date and a month or more of delays, redesigns and other problems. Below you’ll find what I and the other DAK project managers have learned about working with municipalities to complete the permitting portion of material handling projects.

First and foremost, you need to understand what’s required by the municipality so start as early as possible. The cost and level of cooperation you get from the local government will vary wildly depending on your location. For example, some communities are remarkably helpful while others drag their feet and throw up roadblocks.

Below are some bullet points on things to do to get started.

 

  • Start Early! Yes, it really is that important.
  • Visit the Community Website. You can often find helpful information on permitting requirements by digging around a little. If nothing else, you will probably find a point-of-contact or email address that may help. If all that fails, the chamber of commerce can probably point you in the right direction.
  • Fire Safety is Always the Biggest Concern. Be ready to provide detailed info on sprinkler systems and how high your storage will be, egress paths and signage, and how everything fits together. Be aware that fire department inspectors are almost always big fans of wire decking in your storage bays. If a high pile permit is also required, it may need to be obtained through a different process before a building permit is issued.
  • drawingBe Ready to Provide Drawings. CAD drawings of your system are almost certainly going to required but again, what will be asked for will vary by location. Some are happy with partial drawings, others want full, and some require seals and stamps from an engineer.
  • Get Your Contractors Involved. Obviously if you’re having the facility built a whole other layer of permitting is involved but you need to be sure that your material handling systems provider can produce what’s needed for their part of the project as well. This is particularly important if your distribution center is in a seismic zone.
  • Ask About a Temporary Permit. Plan ahead for something to go not quite right with scheduling the build-out versus receiving the full permit and find out if a temporary permit is a possibility. It could buy you the breathing room you need to hit your targets.

These six points only cover the big items for getting ready for permitting. Along with many other things, a municipality may want details down to the kind of welds used to connect the endplates on the beams or the elevations on the individual bays. Food storage facilities open up a whole other slew of requirements.

As you can see from the above, the permitting aspect can make or break your warehousing project. The project managers at DAK have years of experience handling material handling permits for our customers–It’s just part of the service we provide to meet your business needs. After all, your success becomes our success as well.

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August 05, 2017

Check In With Our Team Often on Wholesale Pallet Rack Closeouts

Investing in the right warehouse equipment is one of the most important things that you’ll do for your warehouse or distribution center. That’s because your warehouse equipment plays an incredibly important role in how efficiently your warehouse operates. But investing too much in your warehouse equipment can drain your bottom line and set your company back years in terms of showing a healthy profit. So when you need to find the right warehouse equipment at a great price, you need to find a trusted distributor like DAK Equipment & Engineering.

Looking for Great Prices on Used Warehouse Equipment?

When you are searching for great used warehouse equipment, start with DAK. We often take in previously-owned pallet rack and other equipment from companies across the Midwest. Often these pallet rack systems are still in perfectly good shape; they may not have met the needs of the company any longer and they needed to upgrade. We’ll take their old systems, scrap out pieces that may no longer be safe, and offer them to other customers who are in the market for affordable wholesale pallet rack systems. There are a number of advantages to buying your used equipment from DAK:

  • We inspect everything before we sell it. You can rest assured that while you might be getting a great deal, you aren’t sacrificing the safety of your team. We’ll take out any pieces of equipment that aren’t safe for use and scrap them, only selling you the good stuff.
  • We can help you set up your new equipment. We have installation crews that can help with the set up of your new equipment as well as the tear down of your old stuff and even inspections to ensure safety and quality.
  • We understand the warehousing industry. You will be working with warehousing experts who can help ensure you are getting exactly what you need and maximizing every penny in your budget. We have experience in the industry so we can better understand and meet your needs.

Are You Getting the Best System for the Best Price?

That means you could have more options than you think when it comes to buying from DAK Equipment! Make sure you contact a member of our team before you make a purchase to ensure you are getting the best system for the best price. We can help you determine if one of our used wholesale pallet rack systems is right for you, or if you’d be better off going with a newer system. You can be assured that we’re getting you the right system for the right price when you work with one of our project managers. We can even work with you to develop an optimized warehouse layout that shows you where every piece of warehouse equipment should be placed to get the most out of your space and your equipment investment.

Call Our Team to Discover Great Deals on Warehouse Equipment

If you are a company who is looking at upgrading your current pallet racks, let us know. We’re always interested in your old systems! We can even send our teams to dismantle and remove the system, and if it’s no longer safe, we’ll scrap it for you. If you are looking for a new system, get in touch with us. We often take in old equipment that is still perfectly suited for the warehouse environment.

Give us a call whether you are in the market to buy or sell a wholesale pallet rack! We’re available over the phone or by contacting us through our website. We’ll help you buy or sell your warehouse equipment and get everything you need!

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