Archive for July, 2018

July 24, 2018

How Wire Partitions Can Increase Your Warehouse Optimization Efficiency

When most people think of warehouse layout design, their first thoughts go to pallet rack systems and other types of industrial shelving. And while those are certainly the most common ways of ensuring warehouse optimization, they’re certainly not the only way that we at DAK can separate spaces in a warehouse. We can also create prefabricated modular offices, install warehouse mezzanines, and install guardrails on the main floor in order to delineate certain space and prevent vehicles from striking pedestrians.

Today we’re going to talk about a simple yet very effective way of protecting certain areas in a warehouse: wire partitions. These wire structures, sometimes called wire security cages, are a great way to keep certain areas of an area off limits. Let’s take a look at the most common ways in which wire mesh partitions are used as a warehouse solution.


Robotic Enclosures

While we haven’t yet reached the point in history where we need to keep our robots in cages because they’ve developed a taste for killing us Terminator-style, that doesn’t mean that robots can’t be dangerous.

Not every robotic arm or unmanned packing implement has sensors that will make it stop should it come into contact with a human. They’re meant to work autonomously, and they’re often built knowing that they will be separated from humans via structures such as wire mesh cages. When the robots are doing their job, very few people should have the authority to enter into the area for fear of damage to the robots and injury to humans.


High-End Product Protection

While you’d like to think that no employee you hire would ever steal from you, we all know that even the best background checks the strongest references won’t stop very company thief.

Nearly every retail shipping warehouse will have certain items that are worth more than others. Most often it’s electronics, but other times it might be jewelry or spools of copper wire. These high-cost, compact items are the most common targets for thieves, so wire mesh partitions are an excellent way to restrict access only to people who need to be in there. Not only can it prevent theft, but it can also prevent finger-pointing and rumors after a theft occurs.

Expensive retail products aren’t the only items that wire enclosures are meant to protect. Expensive tools are also kept in them so that they can’t be stolen, as wells as chemicals that could be used for illicit purposes.

Fusebox and Electrical Components

How many people in the warehouse really need to be anywhere near the electrical boxes that control power to the entire warehouse? Not many, we’re sure. Not only could it cause a major hiccup in your shipping, but it could also be a major safety concern for the person messing with the panels.

Wire mesh cages are an excellent means of keeping the power on and protecting anyone who might want to mess with it, whether it’s a drunk employee or an employee’s kid who simply likes switches.



No matter what’s behind the doors of your wire partitions, you want to keep it safe. But warehouses are known for heavy machinery moving about, whether it’s a basic forklift or specialized dolly. Unfortunately, warehouse vehicles can sometimes get away from employees, and that means expensive electronics, electrical boxes, or delicate robots could be damaged quickly if not for the protection of a wire mesh cage.


Order Your Wire Mesh Cages From DAK!

If you need to protect a particular area of your warehouse, wire mesh partitions are often the way to go. They can be built just about anywhere and customized around any particular space. Contact DAK Equipment and Engineering today!




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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

Integrating Automation in your Warehouse Saves Time & 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.




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 retrieval and sortation 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, 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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