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February 20, 2018

Why Cheap Racking Isn’t Worth It

It’s a constant battle to find the right balance between cost and quality when it comes to your warehouse equipment. Whether you are helping a client set up their warehouse for the first time or are a warehouse manager who is improving on the equipment that’s already in place, you want the best equipment possible. But you also want to pay the least amount possible for it. When you are paying attention to every penny that’s coming out of your bottom line, that’s understandable. However, sometimes the cheapest options end up being the most expensive. It’s worth reminding yourself that sometimes the best deals aren’t necessarily the cheapest options. You’ll want to consider the cost of your warehouse equipment over the entirety of its lifetime to discover which option is really the best deal available to your warehouse.

Still think cheap equipment is the way to go for bottom line? Read on to discover why that may not be true.

 

Why Cheap Equipment Isn’t Worth It & How to Find the Best Deal

Why Your Warehouse Should Avoid Cheap Equipment

Cheap pallet racking can end up costing your warehouse more in the long run. That’s because cheap racking is cheaply made, and that can invite a host of problems such as:

  • They need more repairs and replacement parts. Cheaply made warehouse equipment, especially pallet racking, is going to need to be repaired more often as well as need more replacement parts as the cheap stuff wears out faster.
  • They need to be replaced sooner than higher-quality options. Cheaply made warehouse equipment will need to be replaced in its entirety more regularly, meaning that even if you continue to replace it with the cheap stuff, you end up paying more for your equipment over the lifetime of your warehouse.
  • They can be the cause of lost productivity in the warehouse. When equipment breaks down, productivity is affected. That’s especially true if the equipment that breaks is something like a conveyor line or pallet racking. Slower productivity means your warehouse is losing money.
  • They can cause workplace injuries and accidents. Cheap equipment can break and cheap pallet racking can collapse. That puts your team in danger of being injured or worse on the job.

In the end, cheaply made pallets can not only cost you more money, they can cost your business its reputation. And that can be the most expensive cost of all.

How to Avoid Cheap Equipment Without Spending Too Much

There is a difference between cheap warehouse equipment and high-quality equipment that’s available at a great price. While it’s true that the cheapest option might not be the best option for your warehouse, it’s also true that sometimes you can get a great deal on warehouse equipment if you know where to buy. Working with a trusted warehouse equipment supplier can help you find equipment that’s made from high-quality materials and sold at a great price, so you stay within your budget while still getting equipment that’s capable of holding up to your tough demands. Take time to shop around; just because you get a quote from one dealer doesn’t mean that’s what it is going to cost with every dealer. It’s worth taking time to compare pricing and find out who can give you the best deal.

DAK Equipment & Engineering offers great prices on pallet racking and other warehouse equipment without sacrificing quality. We do it by:

  • Offering volume discounts. Buying in bulk for your warehouse can help you save big on your overall equipment costs. We offer a 2% discount on orders of $5,000 or more and 4% discounts on orders of $10,000 and up. Projects of $15,000 or more can benefit from even bigger discounts.
  • If you need to order smaller quantities of equipment, let us know! We may be able to bundle your order so you can still save without meeting the volume discount thresholds.
  • We work with only the best in the business and develop close relationships with our suppliers so we can pass the savings onto our clients. It’s what’s helped establish us a trusted warehouse consultant in Illinois and across the Midwest for more than thirty years.

Working with an established and trusted dealer can help you find a great deal on top-quality warehouse equipment.

Contact DAK Today for Affordable Warehouse Equipment

When you see the selection and pricing available at DAK, you’ll be sold. We focus on quality equipment at great prices, and that’s what we’ve been providing to the industry for more than thirty years. Give us a call and we’ll help you place an order or you can do it through our website. Our team will make sure you get the equipment you need while staying within your budget. Find out why our business has been a favorite of warehouses across the country for years and start working with one of our project managers in your area today!

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February 15, 2018

How to Move Product More Efficiently With Conveyors

Successful materials handling is a matter of moving materials in the most efficient way possible with the least amount of cost possible. Your goal as a warehouse manager is to find methods that will help you speed up productivity while reducing costs and keeping your error rates low. One of the most efficient ways to move product within your warehouse is on an industrial conveyor belt. Conveyor belts are a great link from the pallet rack to the pick line, and their efficiency more than makes up for the cost investment. If your warehouse is looking to upgrade or increase your automation, this is a method worth looking into. DAK Equipment & Engineering can help you get started.

Why Conveyors Could Be the Right Choice for Your Warehouse

They help save time.

One of the biggest benefits of a conveyor line is the time it saves. Employees won’t need to walk back and forth between the pallet rack and the pick line, meaning they can move onto the next task as they quickly send products down the line at a much faster rate. The conveyor belt doesn’t get tired, either, so you’ll never have to worry about flagging energy slowing down the line. In the materials handling industry almost more than any other, time equals money, and the faster you can work the more money your warehouse can make.

They can lower the risk of injury.

Your conveyor belt is hard to hurt, unlike your employees. Save their knees, backs, and feet with the addition of a conveyor belt. You’ll see a decrease in on-the-job injuries since there is less handling of heavy boxes and moving equipment. Most conveyor systems will keep going with minimal maintenance and are easily repaired, so they can be a workhorse for your warehouse while you keep your employees safe. Safer employees are also happier, more productive employees, which is a great by-product of installing automation like a conveyor system.

They can help you save money.

DAK Equipment offers affordable industrial conveyor solutions to businesses in the Chicago area as well as the rest of the United States. It’s not just the low price point that helps you save money, though. You’ll also save on worker’s compensation claims. When you reduce the amount of time and effort your workers have to put in transferring product around the warehouse, you reduce their risk of injury and your liability for a payout. Additionally, conveyor systems can help you avoid paying out too much money on labor costs, which is likely one of the biggest expenses in your budget. Reducing the need for human labor within the warehouse allows you to fund other areas of your business.

They can help lower your error rates.

Conveyors can actually help lower the error rate in your warehouse and thus increase your customer satisfaction rates. That’s because there is less risk of error when your warehouse is automated. Your conveyor is less likely to damage product than a human worker. It’s also much less likely to cause an error as compared to your workers. When you reduce your error rates, it means more of your customers are getting more of their orders on time and with the correct items. That reduces the expense of returns, too, which can cost your business in a big way.

They can be good for your bottom line.

All of these benefits combine to create a big boost to your bottom line. It might seem like an incredible thing that a conveyor system can do so much, but when you consider the increase in productivity versus the decrease in cost and liability, then you’ll see how it can help boost the profitability of your warehouse. Getting one installed right away means you can start enjoying those benefits sooner! The key is to work with an experienced company who can help you identify the right conveyor system and get it installed in your warehouse with minimal disruption to your workflow. That’s why you need DAK Equipment & Engineering.

Need a Conveyor System in Your Warehouse?

The DAK Equipment team can design a conveyor belt system that’s perfect for your business, filling in the materials handling gaps that are slowing down your productivity. By identifying the key points within your system that are slowing you down, our warehouse consultants can assist you in finding the solution that helps you overcome those challenges. That might be a conveyor system or something else from our warehouse equipment catalog; whatever it is, though, we’ll find the right solution and get it installed quickly, all while staying within your budget.

We have plenty of great warehouse solutions to choose from, and we’ll get the one that’s right for you. Give us a call today and learn more about moving products from the pallet rack to pick line in the most efficient way possible.

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February 10, 2018

Easy-to-Install Sprinkler Guard Selection Available at DAK Equipment

There is so much that goes into planning the perfect warehouse design and layout. It can take years of experience before you start to really understand all of the intricacies that go into designing a great materials handling facility. No matter how many hours you put into planning your warehouse, though, there are little details that may escape your attention. Sprinkler guards are often one of those things. Many people forget to include these inexpensive, highly effective guards into their warehouse plan when setting up and designing their space. Thankfully, DAK Equipment sells a variety of sprinkler guards that are easy to install and will prevent damage to both the sprinklers in your warehouse and the merchandise on your shelves.

Why Your Warehouse Needs Sprinkler Guards

What are sprinkler guards?

Sprinkler guards most often look like small metal cages that sit over the sprinkler heads in your ceiling. There may be some small variations in the design or how they attach to the sprinkler, but by and large, these guards rely on the cage-like open structure that’s made from metal. They are there to prevent damage to the sprinkler head itself without restricting the flow of water and chemicals that can help put out a fire if one is detected. They can also help prevent any vandalism or tampering with the sprinkler head itself. It’s not just warehouses and materials handling facilities that need these protective items, either. You’ll see them in gymnasiums, retail stores, and other commercial, industrial, and public spaces that rely on overhead sprinklers for fire protection. Next time you are out shopping, take a second to look up and locate the store’s overhead sprinklers. Chances are good that you’ll see a wire cage sitting over the sprinkler head; that’s the sprinkler guard.

Why do you need to use sprinkler guards?

If a sprinkler head is accidentally knocked or bumped, it can set off the internal system. Overhead sprinklers can send as much as 30 gallons of water per minute onto the surrounding area. That’s more than just a little bit of water. By the time you are able to react, reach the main shut off, and end the flow of water, you could have hundreds of gallons of water all over your warehouse. Even small businesses and public spaces can experience tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage in a short amount of time; how much more damage could your business experience when your inventory gets soaked?

Some damage isn’t apparent at first, either. Instead of setting the system off, an accident could end up damaging the sprinkler head and causing it not to work properly when it’s needed. That can leave your warehouse vulnerable to fire damage, which could be much more costly than the water damage would be. It could also create danger for those working in your warehouse.

Sprinkler guards are some of the most inexpensive safety equipment on the market. Most of the guards cost just a few dollars each, meaning you can purchase peace of mind across your entire warehouse for a few hundred dollars. When you consider the return on your investment and preventing an accident, it’s an investment that’s well worth making.

How are sprinkler guards installed?

Most sprinkler guards can be easily installed on your existing overhead sprinkler system. Many of them attach to the sprinkler head itself, while other models will attach to the pipes that come off of the sprinkler heads and supply them with water and fire retardant chemicals.

Most businesses can install sprinkler guards themselves. The equipment and knowledge needed to complete the installation are minimal. However, if you want to ensure that the installation is done correctly, you can have the DAK team perform the installation for you. We have teams that can service Illinois and surrounding states with the installation work that’s required. Simply contact one of our project managers to discuss your installation options.

Is your warehouse protected from fire?

Sprinkler guards are just one facet of comprehensive fire protection in your warehouse. Are you sure you have the protection you need and that’s mandated by state and federal laws? It’s important to go through an annual safety inspection to help you stay on top of regulations and changes. These inspections can help you uncover potentially vulnerable areas of your warehouse and work to correct them. You might find that you need other safety equipment such as cages, rail guards, safety gates, upright protection, and bollards to help prevent damage to inventory and warehouse equipment as well as prevent injuries and accidents. DAK Equipment & Engineering can help you stay proactive ahead of your inspection schedule and work with you to develop a warehouse safety plan and get all of that equipment put in place.

Let DAK Find the Right Safety Equipment for Your Warehouse

Don’t think your sprinkler guards are a minor detail you can afford overlook for now. While these may seem like an insignificant detail, these guards could end up saving you thousands of dollars. That’s because if a forklift operator accidentally hits a sprinkler, it can go off and leave your warehouse, your team, and your merchandise dripping wet. Clean up alone will cost you both time and money, while damage to merchandise could be even more. All of that damage could have been prevented with one little sprinkler guard from DAK Equipment!

Give us a call today and let us help you find the sprinkler guards that are right for your warehouse. Along with sprinkler guards, we have a comprehensive line of warehouse safety equipment so we can help protect your warehouse from top to bottom. Our team is experienced in helping warehouses just like yours in Illinois and across the Midwest find, purchase, and install warehouse equipment and supplies. We can install them for you or your can do it yourself! Call us at 855-863-0340 today and speak with a project manager in your area. They’ll help you find everything you need to keep your warehouse, your team, and your merchandise safe and dry.

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