Archive for July, 2017

July 30, 2017

How Much Pallet Racking Do You Really Need?

One of the delicate balances that you have to strike as a warehouse or distribution center manager is having enough pallet racking without spending too much or overcrowding your space. Sure, you could toss up some pallet racks and call it good. When your business first starts, this probably was good enough. As you continued to grow, though, maybe you just kept adding more racks until your setup is a haphazard mess and not really working for anyone anymore. Maybe you’ve run out of space for more racks, have too many racks, or are concerned that your current space is such a mess that you need to start over (or move). All hope isn’t lost, and DAK Equipment & Engineering can help.

How to Determine How Much Racking You Really Need

There are a number of factors that you’ll need to take into account when determining how much pallet rack you need to purchase, including:

  • The size of your warehouse.
  • How much square footage you are devoting to racking.
  • The weight limit of the racking.
  • How much your inventory weighs.
  • Your inventory levels.
  • What kind of racking you’ll be using.

It can be a fairly complicated process. The easiest way to get started is to create a warehouse layout that takes into account the above factors and lays out your warehouse space, giving you a blueprint for setting up all of your warehouse equipment.

How to Cut Down On Your Pallet Racking Needs

If you are running out of space, though, and need to store more inventory but don’t have any more room for pallet racking, it’s time to optimize what you already have in place. DAK Equipment & Engineering can help you do this in a number of ways.


  • Warehouse optimization. Sent us the dimensions of your warehouse and we’ll send you a plan that utilizes your space more efficiently. We can increase the capacity of your current warehouse so you don’t need to face the expenses of moving. We’ll even take into account your current inventory of warehouse equipment and help you determine what to keep, what to replace, and what to sell.
  • Process optimization. A personalized warehouse layout from DAK Equipment & Engineering in Chicago will take into account all of the products and projects you handle on a regular basis and help you streamline it into a more efficient process. You’ll see production rates climb!
  • Used rack sales. Once you’ve seen your optimized layout, you may discover that you need to purchase additional warehouse equipment to make the most of your available space. If you do, we’ll help you find exactly what you need at a great price. However, if you find that you have too much equipment on your hands, we can help with that, too. We’ll find a buyer who is willing to give you a great price on your used warehouse equipment so that investment doesn’t go to waste.

Make Sure You Have Exactly What You Need for Your Warehouse

DAK Equipment & Engineering can help you optimize your space, your time and your money in your warehouse. We’ll make sure you aren’t spending too much of your budget on warehouse equipment and draining your bottom line while ensuring you have a layout that is working for your warehouse’s needs.

Ready for a warehouse layout that’s perfect for your business? Get in touch with the DAK Equipment & Engineering team today! We’re ready to get to work on an AutoCAD design that lays out your warehouse for optimal efficiency. Give us a call or contact our project management team through our website and let’s get to work on a warehouse design that’s right for space.

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July 25, 2017

Double the Carton Flow Rack Capacity with a Mezzanine

If your warehouse is dealing with a large number of cartons on a daily basis, you need to be using carton flow racks. These racks use rollers to move cartons to the front of the shelf, giving your team constant easy access to items and helping them process orders much faster. It’s the perfect solution for your pick area since you can create multiple rows of your most popular items, all at your pickers fingertips. The more you use carton flow racks, the more you’ll love them and want to incorporate more of them into your operation.

The footprint of your warehouse can also be stretched so far, though. Eventually, you run out of room for your carton flow rack selection and pallet shelves while still having enough room for your forklifts, ladders, and lifts to maneuver. You’ll end up stacking products and merchandise in every available nook and cranny, which isn’t just inefficient–it can become a safety hazard to your workers. So what do you do when your warehouse runs out of space?

Create More Space for Carton Flow Racks On a Mezzanine

Many Chicago warehouses assume that when they run out of space, it’s time to move. Moving your warehouse can be extremely expensive, and it may not be conducive to your workflow. It’s an added expense that might not be right for your warehouse right now or there may not be a suitable location nearby. It can also put a stop to your business and end up making some of your customers very unhappy. If you are eager to avoid losing time and money but still need to add space to your business, you need to start looking up, not looking out.

Adding a warehouse mezzanine can add valuable floor space in your current location. These structures utilize unused overhead space in your warehouse, adding an extra floor for storage or even a pick and pack module. While they are great for conveyor belts, pallet racking, or other warehouse equipment, they can be especially great when coupled with carton flow racks. That’s because they can create a new, improved picking area for your warehouse that can be easily serviced from the bottom floor and give your pick team everything they need to speedily process all of your orders. Once you move your carton flow racks to the upper level of your mezzanine, you’ll also be creating space underneath the new level where you can put more materials handling equipment such as pallet racking or even a prefab office or break room.

Let DAK Equipment Help You Gain More Space Without Moving

You don’t have to move your operation to get the space that you need! It’s often a matter of optimizing the space you already have. The DAK Equipment & Engineering team is excellent at this and can provide you with layouts and AutoCAD plans that can help you arrange your warehouse in the most efficient way possible. We’ll show you how a mezzanine or new carton flow racks can help you make better use of the space that you already have in your warehouse. You’ll be amazed at what we can do and how we can help you make your existing materials handling equipment work to your benefits.


If you’d like to learn more about adding a warehouse mezzanine to your current facility, get in touch with the project management team at DAK Equipment. We can design and build a warehouse mezzanine that adheres to local building codes, and you’ll end up with more floor space without moving your facility or disrupting your workflow. Call us or contact us through our website and we’ll get to work on your new warehouse mezzanine right away!

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July 20, 2017

Ladders for All of Your Selective Pallet Racks

Selective pallet racking is one of the most common pieces of warehouse equipment. You’ll have a tougher time finding a warehouse or distribution center that doesn’t use it. There is a good reason for that; when it comes to industrial shelving, selective pallet racking is inexpensive, versatile, and easy to use. Of course, your selective pallet rack is only as good as the equipment you use around it. Your warehouse workers need to be able to safely and quickly get to items at the top and in the back of our selective pallet rack for it to be a useful storage setup for your business. DAK Equipment has you covered! We have a great selection of ladders ready to use in your warehouse.

Check Out Our Warehouse Ladder Options

DAK Equipment and Engineering knows the importance of a great ladder. We also know that ladders aren’t a one-size-fits-all product and that you’ll likely need a variety of ladders in your warehouse environment. That’s why we stock a robust selection of ladders for you to choose from, all at great prices. Here are some of the categories you’ll be able to choose from in our online catalog:

  • Aluminum Ladders. Lightweight and inexpensive, these ladders are great for everyday use within your warehouse.
  • Extra Heavy Duty Ladders. When you need a big ladder for a big job, these ladders are the ones you want. 300 lbs capacity one-person maintenance lift or 500 lbs capacity two-person lift.
  • Rolling Ladders. Get a heavy duty ladder anywhere you need it with these rolling ladders. Holds up to 800 lbs!
  • Stainless Steel Ladders. These ladders will last a lifetime in your warehouse! Lockstep, rolling, and aluminum options available.
  • Tilt and Roll Ladders. Ladders that won’t go anywhere until you need them to move. Safety comes first with these ladders.

Which Ladder is Right For Your Warehouse Needs?

The type of ladder you purchase to use in your warehouse will depend on your setup, your team, and your needs. When it comes to selective pallet racking, most warehouses prefer tilt and roll safety ladders. Ladders with a stair-step design and safety cage at the top provide your team with comfortable access to high-up places and give them some security when they are handling materials at an elevated height. If you aren’t sure this is the right ladder for your space or have questions about other ladder options, our team can help.

Order Ladders for Your Warehouse from DAK Today

Check out the full selection of the ladders available from DAK Equipment in our online store. We make it easy to make the most of all of the selective pallet rack shelving in your warehouse with ladders that safely get your people where they need to go. Order through our secure online store or give us a call and our professional materials handling team will help you place an order over the phone. We can answer your questions and help you find the perfect ladders for all of your warehouse needs!

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