Archive for September, 2020

September 25, 2020

How to Use Modular Offices in Your Facility

Modular offices, also called prefabricated offices, are buildings-within-buildings that can be customized for a great variety of uses. At DAK, we’ve worked with businesses to install a variety of pre-engineered structures inside warehouses. Let’s take a look at the most common ways that modular offices can be used to increase the comfort and efficiency of your warehouse space.


Office Space for Management or Staff

We’ll start with the most obvious use of modular warehouse structures: creating additional office space for your management team. Modular offices give the leadership team in the warehouse a place to use the computer, engage with employees, and fill out their paperwork. They also offer privacy when managers need to make business-related phone calls or have meetings with staff.


Of course, it’s not just warehouse managers who might need a relatively-quiet place to go in a warehouse. Sometimes it’s those who are in charge of inventory; other times it could even be salesmen. After all, some warehouses contain everyone who is employed by the business. The modular office might be the only place where all of the staff, including HR, works on a daily basis.


Staff Lunch and Break Rooms

Modular offices can also create a friendly break room for employees to help them recharge. These prefab office structures can be customized with comforting lighting and other amenities such as refrigerators, microwaves, toaster ovens, and vending machines. Fill it with tables and chairs and you have a great place where workers can congregate.


Here’s a little secret that we suggest you keep to yourself: yes, these warehouse prefabs create a place for employees to relax. But it also keeps them on-site. Instead of leaving the warehouse and heading to the local Applebee’s (where they’ll probably spend more than their allotted hour-long lunch break), they’ll be more likely to stay in the break room and be more apt to get back to work on time.


Quality Assurance and Testing

You want to ensure that whatever is going out of your warehouse or assembly stations is up to your standards. But in many cases, this requires a set-aside space so that tested and untested products can be kept separate. The more delineated those spaces are, the greater the chance that you’re actually providing proper quality assurance.


Clean Rooms

If you are in need of a clean room, modular offices can accommodate you. There are a variety of levels of clean rooms; not all of them have to be up to the level of a NASA satellite going into space! Some can simply be a dust-free environment that a product enters before it is cleaned, sealed up, and shipped.


Shipping and Receiving

Businesses require different levels of shipping and receiving. Those that need carton flow racks might have an entire section of the warehouse devoted to picking and packing, something that tends to be too big for a modular office. But other businesses might be more focused on bulk shipments, which calls for a smaller space for shipping and receiving of a considerably smaller number of packages. Prefab interior buildings and stations can provide the right place for this type of work, away from the hustle and bustle of the warehouse floor.


You Don’t Have To Choose Just One Purpose

A modular structure in a warehouse doesn’t just have to be one thing. In fact, one heavy duty structure can play many parts in improving the efficiency and privacy of a warehouse.


Here’s the perfect example. We worked with a custom die manufacturer in order to make the most of their space. This custom prefab office actually fulfilled three separate needs. First, it contains the employee break room, complete with comfortable lighting, coffee, refrigerators, and a Pepsi machine. On the other half was office space, giving multiple people a place to work with the door closed. Finally, there is a covered area that’s still open to the warehouse, making it easily accessible for testing and inspection.


If you’re intrigued by modular warehouses, be sure to read our other articles about the benefits of modular offices and the cost-efficiency of modular offices vs. permanent construction. Then reach out to the experts at DAK. As partners to the leading prefab office providers, we can recommend a modular office that’s best for your specific needs.

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September 25, 2020

5 Advantages of Starrco Modular Offices

Starrco, innovators in the pre-engineered modular wall systems industry, is one of DAK Equipment &

Engineering’s most valued partners. Since 1965, Starrco has led the industry by providing modular offices for industrial and commercial spaces, cleanrooms, portable buildings, and now, even grow room facilities for the emerging medical cannabis industry.



Discover the Advantages of Modular Offices!


Installation Is Quick and Easy

Starrco wall systems are modular, by definition. That means they are very fast and easy to install; In most cases, they can be installed in your warehouse over the course of a weekend! Can you imagine, leaving the warehouse on Friday without an office then arriving on Monday morning with an entirely new space? Not only is the installation fast, it’s clean and won’t slow or impact production, so there’s no downtime! 


Modular Offices are Versatile

Since every aspect of your project will be custom to your location and measured to the 1/16th of an inch, if you need to match existing decor, want something that matches the company aesthetic, need an HVAC system or special electrical components, Starrco can make it happen. There are tons of great options that allow you to customize the look and function of your modular office. There are even plenty of options when it comes to the size, shape, and layout of your modular office so you get something that’s perfectly suited for your space.


Modular Office Can be Customized to Fit Your Application


Starrco prefabricated buildings aren’t just for office space. In fact, Starrco clean rooms created the modular clean room category over 30 years ago! Starrco is perfect for your pharmaceutical manufacturing facility, microelectronic manufacturing, and any other environment that requires a sanitary approach. But Starrco can also build out the remaining spaces in your facility, too! From guard booths, shipping offices, machine enclosures to administrative and executive offices. Starrco wall systems and DAK Equipment & Engineering can build out your facility quickly, cleanly, and affordably!!  and so much more.


Modular Offices are More Affordable Than Other Options

Most Starrco modular offices come out to between $20 and $40 per square foot, a significant saving over a traditional construction project. That can be a huge advantage to a company’s bottom line, especially when they are crunched for space and looking for savings. There may be other more affordable options, too, depending on the kind of room you need and the requirements you have for your space. DAK Equipment & Engineering can help you find the right solution for your space and your budget.


You’ll Save On Your Taxes

There is actually a tax advantage to purchasing a modular office for your warehouse. When you purchase a modular office, it’s considered to be tangible property for tax purposes. The benefit: it only takes modular offices 7 years to depreciate, as opposed to the average of 39-year depreciation of a typical building. You can save as much as $5,000 by choosing a modular office.


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Want to learn more about Starrco modular offices? Get in touch with our team today. We can help you configure the office space that you need and make sure you get a great price. You can give our team a call or contact us through our website today to get started. Use the form on our website and one of our experience modular office experts will be back with you as quickly as possible!



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September 14, 2020

The Value of Working with a Systems Integrator

DAK's systems integration experience

The material handling and supply chain industries are feeling the pressure of a large world population that has become accustomed to eCommerce. Consumers are realizing the benefits of online ordering and next day delivery. If a company cannot meet their needs, they are quick to shop around. Many distribution and fulfillment centers do not have the material handling systems in place to consistently deliver at a high level. Unfortunately, managing day-to-day operations leaves little time to take on the complexities of designing and sourcing a new material handling system on your own. The good news: a systems integrator can take on this challenge for you. Systems integrators offer tremendous value and a relaxed confidence that your company is equipped to perform at a competitive level now and into the future.


Partnering with a systems integrator like DAK Equipment & Engineering takes you from surviving to thriving in this very complex material flow environment. Here’s why DAK is the choice of companies like yours:



  • A Partner-Driven Ally

As a trusted partner, your goals and performance targets drive our focus. We invest time with you to learn your challenges, where you are right now, and where you want to take your performance. If something is important to you and your customer, it’s important to us and will remain at the forefront of our solution design process.  We will exchange ideas and challenges, and identify risks to ensure the best possible solution is achieved. We are your ally and work tirelessly to ensure your success.


  • Passionate Discovery

We dig deep. Our passion to provide a solution that will achieve your performance goals often requires a deeper understanding beyond the traditional material flow process. DAK’s team of material flow experts and engineers will work with you to learn what is preventing you from achieving your stated objectives. We will collaborate with our industry partners to uncover hurdles and gaps to ensure we’re solving the issues that are putting your current performance at risk.


  • Tailored Innovation to Improve Operational Costs, Efficiency and Productivity

A deep understanding is the foundation to building an innovative solution that gives you exactly what you need. Whether your challenge is complex or relatively small, we’ll provide the solution that positions you for today’s challenges and tomorrows growth. Pre-designed or standard solutions will most likely not solve your specific challenges. A tailored solution will help you:

  1. Overcome your unique challenges.
  2. Achieve your performance targets.
  3. Allow room to adjust to the changing needs of the market and your ever-changing customer expectations.


  • End-to-End Transparency

We overshare information. A trusted systems integrator is transparent throughout the entire process, from end to end. We believe transparency reduces the risk of misinformation, missed deadlines, product inaccuracies and overspending. If there are any issues, or if we have concerns about something, we will share that with you. Our seasoned project managers follow a comprehensive planning and implementation process, which drives accountability with all participants and partners involved. Onsite project command centers, communication boards and system implementation updates are ways we ensure transparency and accountability.  We take care of the project so you can focus on your business.



  • Uncompromised Validation

No-excuse validation. Our solutions need to achieve your performance targets. Through extensive process trials and tests, we ensure that your original objectives and business requirements are achieved. The validation process ensures your undisputed satisfaction with our partnership. We’ll even be available after the project is complete to provide guidance on any issues that come up.



DAK is your trusted systems integration partner. To us, partnership means putting customer needs above our own. We’ll work tirelessly to provide a solution that achieves performance and cost targets, and offer ongoing support and expertise. When companies need relaxed confidence that their material flow solution achieves their objectives and supports the highest level of customer satisfaction, they call us. That’s what we do. That’s who we are: Experts in Material Flow.


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