Archive for April, 2019

April 26, 2019

National Safety Month and the Need For Well-Constructed Warehouse Racking Systems

If you’re in any business that has a need for pallet rack shelving and industrial conveyor systems, you’re probably familiar with the fact that June is National Safety Month. While it’s vital to keep your employees safe every day of every year, it’s good to have a month set aside so that we all can remind ourselves of some of the most important aspects of warehouse safety.

There are dozens of aspects of warehouse safety that arise, from forklift speed to safety netting to guard rails at loading docks. But there’s another aspect of safety that isn’t considered enough, and that’s regarding the pallet racks themselves. In the last 10 years, the market has seen a glut of inexpensive pallet racks and industrial shelving. While that might sound great at first, the lower priced stuff also tends to be of inferior quality. Let’s take a look at how this shakes out.


Why Should You Insist on Certified Racks?

If you were unaware that there’s an organization that certifies racks are of the highest quality, we’re happy to introduce you to the Rack Manufacturers Institute (RMI). They do research on the latest pallet racks and wire decking, as well as testing of the products and education on providing instructions on how to use them. This is the group that administers the R-Mark Certification Program that verifies the integrity of warehouse storage racks.

At DAK Equipment and Engineering, all of the racking we carry (including our own K3 Werks pallet racks) are manufactured by RMI-certified companies.


What Should You Look For?

The next question is, what should you look for in pallet racks to make sure that they’re safe and won’t suffer catastrophic collapse? Here are a few ways to ensure you’re getting the best warehouse racking possible.


Know The Brand

It doesn’t take much research to find out which pallet racks have the best reputations around. A simple search for storage racking will give you a host of information — including blogs and chat rooms — regarding which ones can be trusted most.

If you’re a member of a business organization that includes warehouse managers, talk to them about their experience with pallet racks. They’re sure to have opinions on which ones are the best, which ones are good deals for the money, and which ones to avoid.


Know Your Suppliers

Purchasing pallets racks is about so much more than just ordering them and waiting for them to be delivered. It’s very important to form a relationship with a warehouse supply company so that you can pick their brains when it comes to the right pallet rack system.

Of course, not all warehouse suppliers are equal. Make sure you investigate the company you’re working with, and discover which one you feel most comfortable working with. It’s not just about purchasing racks, but the warehouse optimization layout and the installation as well.


Is The Rack New?

Another advantage of going with a reputable supplier like DAK is that you’ll know for sure if the rack system you’re buying is new or not. Racking can be buffed out and repainted, but that doesn’t mean it’s new. While there are certainly times when buying used racking is acceptable, it might not meet RMI standards anymore even if it was certified in the past.

When you work with DAK, you’re going to know whether or not the racking system you’re buying is used or new, and if it meets current standards. It’s our promise to you.


Find Out If It’s R-Mark Certified

This is a vitally important piece of the puzzle. No matter how great a deal you’re getting on racks, make sure that it’s R-Mark Certified. When you’re investigating pallet racks, it’s unlikely that you’ll be vetting them in person, so you can’t just look for the markings on the support beams. Do a little digging on the product pages (or talk with your supply company) to determine if the pallet rack system is certified by RMI.

How difficult is it to determine if something is R-Mark Certified? As easy as clicking on this link and seeing if the particular company you’re considering is on the list. While a racking system manufacturer could claim that they’re certified and even put fake stickers on the product, they’re not going to be able to get themselves on the certification site without actually going through the testing process.


Does It Come With Capacity Charts?

Racking that doesn’t come with capacity charts might not be reliable and probably isn’t R-Mark Certified. It’s much easier for a cheap manufacturer to provide no chart at all than to provide fake charts. That way they’re never held to anything legally. If someone sues them for collapsing pallets, they can claim “well, we never provide them with charts, so it was up to the purchaser to determine how much the racks could handle.”

R-Mark Certified products are never going to leave you hanging like that. They will come with specific instructions on how much the racks are able to carry.


Don’t Buy The Cheap Stuff!

Look, there are some things in life that are okay if you buy generic. Grocery store bread is fine. Most all yellow mustards taste the same. Generic peanut butter can be really good.

But there are some items you should never skimp on. Charcoal for the grill is one, and stereo speakers are another. Add to the list pallet racking, especially since it improves the safety of your warehouse and because it costs tens of thousands of dollars. Choose the good stuff and you’ll never regret it.

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April 24, 2019

Thank You to Our Customers


April 18, 2019

How Is Spending Money Saving Money On Pallet Racks?

“You have to spend money to make money,” as the old saying goes. But there’s a similar sentiment that we’re all about here at DAK Equipment and Engineering: “You have to spend money to save money.”

Sometimes warehouse managers take a look at the price of new pallet racks and balk at the cost, or they don’t think that hiring a warehouse optimization consultant is worth the cost. We’re here to tell you that it’s simply not true, because taking time to make sure that your warehouse is up-to-date — and as efficient as possible — is an investment in your company that can pay off in a surprisingly short amount of time.

Today we’re going to take a look at the most common ways that working with our warehouse product company can save you money, and why you probably shouldn’t put it off much longer.


An Optimized Warehouse Can Prevent Expansions

Getting a brand new warehouse is exciting for most warehouse managers, but they’re also tasked with putting off construction of one for as long as possible. Not only are new buildings expensive, but they also have to be loaded with brand new pallet racks.

By hiring a professional warehouse consultant, you might be surprised at how much space you can save. If you’re completely out of space, it’s time to build a new warehouse. If you simply have your warehouse redesigned —  DAK can handle the disassembly and reassembly — you might be able to save 20% or more space, which could delay the need for another warehouse for years to come.

A Smoothly Working Warehouse Can Reduce Your Workforce

Once a warehouse starts working more efficiently, you should be able to reduce the number of workers you have. A better-organized warehouse means fewer people looking for particular items, and a warehouse that sends boxes directly to carton flow racks skips the step of putting it on pallets.

New Pallet Racks Can Prevent Collapse

Because pallet racks are huge pieces of steel, it can be hard to think of them as ever having problems. But they bend under the thousands of pounds over time, and that can cause big problems. Not only are you losing inventory, but you also have the cost of replacing them.

By replacing your pallet racks periodically, you can stop catastrophic collapse from happening. This will protect everyone on the racks, the racks themselves, the forklifts underneath, and, of course, the employees. And speaking of which…

Preventing Accidents Saves Money

It might sound callous, but preventing accidents in a warehouse can save a whole lot of money. Yes, the most important aspect of it is that it’s stopping you and your co-workers — and friends — from getting injured. But there’s no denying that accidents in a warehouse have quite a few negative consequences. First of all, you’ve lost a trained employee for a time, and might have to temporarily replace them with someone who isn’t as efficient. Second, the employee might sue you, and that could end tanking the entire company. Finally, an employee accident is going to bring OSHA to your door, and while they’re levying fines for the employee accident they might just find more violations as well.

DAK carries an excellent line of warehouse safety products. Rack protection prevents racks from getting hit directly, which can prevent rack collapse. Dock area defense protects your employees every day they’re loading and unloading, and might just save a forklift from going over the side as well. Elevated work platform safety rails and ladders protect employees from falls, and guard rails delineate the spaces that employees can walks and materials handling systems should avoid.

Again, protecting your employees is paramount, and in doing so you’ll also be avoiding many money-losing situations.

Wire Partitions Prevent Theft

Sometimes wire partitions are for the safety of the warehouse workers. Many warehouse designers decide to put these cages up in order to keep workers away from electrical boxes, high-speed (and highly dangerous) machinery, and even robots that are working behind the mesh.

But another reason to have wire partitions installed is to prevent theft. After all, small and high-dollar pieces of merchandise are pretty easy for employees to walk off with, so it’s best to keep them locked up. (That cage in every Sam’s Club that holds the video games and consoles are certainly a testament to that, protecting these items from both shoppers and employees.) And sometimes it’s not merchandise; items such as electric drills, drill bits, and electronic measuring equipment should also be locked up so that no one walks off with them.

Ready To Save Some Money?

Like we said, investing money in your warehouse is just that: an investment. If you’re not making your warehouse as efficient and safe as possible, you could be wasting money every day. Instead, call the experts at DAK and we’ll give you an excellent idea of how to make your warehouse as efficient as possible. Contact us today!

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