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July 05, 2018

How Warehouse Optimization and Pallet Rack Shelving Can Help Optimize Multiple Warehouses

 

Here at DAK Equipment and Engineering, we supply pallet racking systems and other types of industrial storage racks to a huge variety of businesses. Some are businesses that have been around for decades and are replacing old, worn out storage racking. Others are up-and-comers in the retail field, growing and growing as their product takes off. Either way, we’re here to help them with their warehouse optimization, whether they have one or a dozen.

As businesses grow from back room to storage unit to small warehouse to large warehouse to multiple warehouses, their needs for pallet rack systems change as well. Each change brings with it challenges, but it also brings the opportunity to make everything much more efficient. Let’s take a look at some steps that can be taken to optimize spaces, especially when multiple warehouses are involved.

 

Reset Your Inventory and Purge

When your business is growing, it can be tempting to just focus on growth. But growth is often kept in check by “ghosts” of the past, the things that are keeping a company down. This could be a person who’s tied to the past and just can’t accept change, or maybe it’s an idea that worked well when the company was small but now is keeping growth in check. Another aspect of a business that should be addressed is inventory that just keeps getting in the way every time you turn around.

When growing from one warehouse into two (or more), it can be tempting to think “we have all this extra space, let’s keep everything!” But that inventory isn’t just taking up space; it might also be a tax liability. Moving it along, even at a loss, could end up being the right choice in the long run. It’s certainly going to take some weight off your warehouse supervisor’s mind, and once it’s gone they’ll never have to worry about moving it around ever again.

 

Implement The New Inventory System

The time before expansion into another warehouse can be an excellent time to implement a new inventory system. That’s because now is the time you’ll have the least amount of inventory, and waiting until after the new warehouse is up and running just means more and more inventory under the old system. And the more inventory you have, the less likely you are to ever get around to implement a better system.

There’s no doubt that it takes planning to get a new warehouse management system up and running. But implementing while the new warehouse is being built ensures that the new inventory will match what you already have.

 

Standardize Sizes and Systems

Pallet racking systems are getting better all the time. There are more options than ever, from wire decking to drive-in pallet racks to cantilever storage racks, and they’re more robust and safe than ever before. At DAK, we have the most innovative systems around.

You already know you can work with you old pallet rack system, but is it really as efficient as it could be? If you’re getting a better system in the new warehouse, now might be the time to consider swapping out your old pallet rack systems to match the new ones you’ll have installed. Standardizing ensures that everything will work well together.

But wait, what about your old storage racking? There’s actually quite a market for used racking systems, and we can help you sell it via The Used Rack Warehouse.

 

You Might Not Even Need The New Warehouse

Look, we’re interested in selling you dozens of new pallet racks for your next warehouse. But sometimes we actually prevent that with another service we offer: warehouse layout optimization.

Warehouse optimization means making the most of your existing warehouse space. Most warehouses have an incredible amount of wasted space, and we’re in the business of space optimization that allows some businesses to cancel that new warehouse construction. It might mean utilizing existing industrial shelves more efficiently, or it could be replacing the current pallet rack system with one that’s exponentially more efficient. Either way, it could prevent the need for an additional warehouse.

 

Contact DAK Today!

Whether you need brand new pallet racks or are curious just how much space you can squeeze out of your current warehouse, DAK Equipment and Engineering is there to help you make the most of your warehouse(s). Contact our warehouse consultants today!

 

 

 

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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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