Archive for February, 2017

February 28, 2017

Two Situations Perfect for Drive-In Pallet Racking

Drive-in pallet racking is just one of the options you have for pallet racking systems. While it’s not the most popular warehouse equipment that we sell for pallet racking (that honor belongs to selective pallet racking), drive-in or drive-through racking can be an excellent choice for the right warehouse. Could it be the right one for yours? Learn more about this unique pallet racking system and discover two situations where we’d highly recommend the use of this system.

What Is Drive-In Pallet Racking?

Drive-in pallet racking gets its name because of the fact that forklifts are used to load the system, so it leaves room for the forklifts to drive into the system to load product. This system is one of the few in the warehouse environment that uses a “first in, last out” process instead of a more common “first in, first out” process. Warehouses that use this pallet racking system can utilize a narrow aisle set-up, too, since you won’t need much room to get your forklift in and out safely. This can maximize the storage capacity of your warehouse since you won’t need to leave nearly as much room for access aisles.

What Situations Are Right for Drive-In Pallet Racking?

While these two examples are by no means exhaustive, they are two of the most common warehousing situations where our team would recommend the use of drive-in pallet racks.

  1. Your warehouse contains a small number of SKUs.
    Drive-in pallet racking offers very high-density storage, but it’s ideally used for situations where you have a small number of SKUs in a high volume. You’ll be stacking pallets of the same SKU in front of each other, so you’ll want to group inventory together. It’s most efficient if they are all the same product and it doesn’t matter which container is sold first.
  2. You have slow moving SKUs.
    If you have a number of SKUs that aren’t ordered very often but you need to keep on hand, drive-in racking might be ideal. It maximizes your storage space so you aren’t devoting any more of your precious warehouse space to a product that might not justify the expense.

We highly recommend drive-in pallet racking for items that need to be temperature controlled. That’s because they offer the highest density of storage so it can cut down on the expense of heating or cooling the area.

Should You Use Drive In Pallet Racking?

It really depends on a number of important factors, including how much inventory you carry, how many SKUs you have, and how quickly those items are selling. However, our team can help you make that determination and decide whether or not drive in pallet racking is right for your space. If it is, we’ll place an order for the right system at a great price and have it delivered to your location. We can even have a team do the assembly for you so you are assured that’s it has been done correctly. If for some reasons drive in pallet racking isn’t right for your space, though, we’ll find the solution that is. Our team will get to know your warehouse operations and find the warehouse equipment that optimizes the space so you have exactly what you need to operate smoothly and efficiently.

Get in touch with our team today to find the warehouse equipment that you need. You can reach us over the phone or by contacting us through our website. One of our experienced team members will get back with you right away to help you find the solutions that are right for your particular warehouse!

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February 24, 2017

More Tips for a Better Racking Inspection

Our warehouse consultants can tell you that racking inspections are one of the most important things you can do in your warehouse. Without proper inspections, you aren’t just putting your inventory at risk, but you are putting your staff’s health and safety at risk as well. Racking inspections should be taking place on a regular and frequent basis in your warehouse. Otherwise, you could end up making the news like these warehouses:

There is no indication that a lack of inspections caused the issues in either case, but it’s not something you want to chance. The danger to your staff’s lives is very real and very serious. So here are some more tips that can help you make your racking safety and your inspections more thorough in order to prevent safety issues.

Use These Tips for Your Racking Inspections!

  • Create a logging and communications book. This should be kept in a central place and available to all employees. Have employees log inspections into the book so everyone can see when the racking inspection was done and the results. Leave space for employees to log issues with the racking or areas of damage or concern they might encounter.
  • Be consistent about inspections. Set a schedule for inspections and stick to it. This will help you discover problems with your racking early on and take measures to rectify them. The sooner you attend to problems with your racking, the less severe they are likely to become.
  • Take advantage of training. Participating in programs like SHARPS and other racking inspection training is a great way to ensure you are catching any issues right away and that your team is trained to care and maintain the racking. You’ll also be exempt from additional surprise inspections from OSHA, which can help increase your efficiency.

Want to Make Your Racks Safer?

  • Use the right racks for your warehouse. Using racks that are either too small for your heavier inventory or too large for your floor space can cause issues. Pick the right racking system and you’ll be well ahead in terms of safety.
  • Know what your racks can handle. All racking systems have limits that you should know and stay within. That includes how high you can safely build the racks and how much weight they can take. Don’t push your racking system beyond it’s limits.
  • Let an expert make modifications. If you want to change something on your racking system or need modifications done, it’s best left to an expert. That’s because they’ll be able to ensure the changes are made safely and aren’t a detriment to safety.
  • Install safety guards. Safety guards around your racking can help prevent damage from machinery like forklifts. Safety equipment is an affordable one-time investment for most warehouses that can save you a lot of hassle in the future.

Need more advice on your warehouse racking inspections? Talk to the warehouse consultants at DAK Equipment & Engineering. We have the racking inspection services you need along with racking systems and safety equipment for sale. Get in touch with us over the phone or through our website today.

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February 20, 2017

Why Forklift Safety Training Should be Taken Seriously

There are too many warehouses in the country that aren’t taking forklift safety training seriously. Our warehouse consultants work with warehouses every day who have seen the damage that a forklift can do when the correct safety precautions and best-use practices aren’t put in place. Unfortunately, all too often this negligence can lead to serious injuries and even death for warehouse workers. Here are some quick facts about the danger of forklifts in the workplace:

  • Nearly 100,000 workers are injured by forklifts every year in the United States.
  • 85 people will die due to a forklift accident.
  • 42% of accidents are caused by the forklift tipping over.
  • 25% of injuries are from someone being crushed between the forklift and another surface.
  • The manufacturing industry experiences the most accidents.
  • 70% of accidents could have been prevented.

That means nearly 70,000 forklift accidents could have been prevented every year. So how do you prevent your warehouse from joining countless others who have seen the devastation that the careless use of a forklift can cause?

Training is vital.

Your warehouse teams need to be trained regularly on forklift safety. Once isn’t enough. Even if a team member has been a part of your warehouse for decades, they should still attend forklift safety training regularly as a way to refresh the information in their minds. Training will cover topics such as operating limitations, how to handle restricted visibility, stacking and unstacking, navigating narrow aisles and much more. Even those who are not operating a forklift should be briefed regularly on safety rules about working around the machinery.

Follow the rules.

All the training in the world won’t do you any good if you don’t follow the rules. Have a zero tolerance for rule-breaking when it comes to the forklift. Set a good example for your crew by following the rules yourself. Make sure that no one under the age of 18 and who doesn’t have a valid operators license drives the forklift. Allowing an unlicensed operator behind the wheel not only puts your team at risk, it opens you up to a huge liability risk.

Retrain when needed.

If an operator on your team is involved in an accident or has a near miss with the forklift, they have to be retrained. These are OSHA rules, and not following them could result in a fine. This isn’t to punish the person involved in the accident; instead, it will help them refresh on the rules and regulations involved in operating a forklift and avoid making the same mistakes in the future.

Are you concerned about an issue of safety, cost, or efficiency in your warehouse? Our warehouse consultants may be able to help. Give us a call or contact us through our website and let us know what issues are plaguing your warehouse. From inspection to layout and automation, we do it all and we can help you improve your warehouse. Talk to our team today to learn more about all of our services and to get started with a consultation with our team.


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