High Density Mobile Shelving
The most efficient type of filing system is called high-density mobile shelving, also known as compact shelving, rolling files, or space-saving shelving.
High-density mobile shelving goes beyond traditional office shelving by placing shelves on carriages that roll on a track installed on top of the floor. This eliminates the need for a fixed aisle in between each section of shelving. Now it’s possible to have one aisle and to move that aisle wherever it’s needed at any time by the user. Ideal for companies leasing or renting, as high-density mobile storage systems can be removed with no damage to existing carpet or floors and can be easily relocated to your next location.
High-density mobile shelving systems store the same capacity as static shelving in half the floor space or store twice the amount of storage as fixed shelving in the same floor space.
Manual high-density mobile shelving systems have a fixed handle mounted end panel on one or both ends that the user either pulls or pushes the carriages by in order to open an aisle in the desired location.
Manual systems are limited to carriage lengths of 8′ or less and carriage groups of 5 or less.
Manual systems are best used in applications where access is infrequent and the media is relatively light.
Mechanical assist high-density mobile shelving systems have a rotating handle which connects to a drive shaft that moves the carriage through gear reduction technology. A user needs only to exert 1 lb of effort to move anywhere from 3,000 to 10,000 lbs of weight.
The main benefit of a mechanical assist system over a manual glide system is the ease of carriage movement. Mechanical assist systems can move 3-4 carriages at a time (depending on weight) while manual systems only allow 1-2 carriages to move at a time.
Mechanical assist technology also allows for larger systems with carriage lengths over 50′ and as many carriage groups as needed. Aisle safety locks are also incorporated with these systems ensuring a high level of safety.
Electrical high-density mobile shelving systems eliminate rotating handles and replace them with an electric motor and push-button operation. Users can move all carriages with one touch of a button, making access to any aisle quick and effortless. Carriage lengths can be over 50′ as with mechanical assist systems.
With electric systems, additional safety features are in place to protect users and content while in use. Anyone considering an electrical system should look very closely at safety and only consider systems that have full aisle coverage at ground level. Infrared eyes are in place along the whole length of the aisle and do not allow the system to move if any of those eyes become blocked by a person, step stool, book, box, etc.
A secondary protection system should be incorporated in the form of a carriage safety sweep. This is an infrared eye on the side of the carriage that detects if a person or object is in the aisle. This should only be considered as a back-up to the main system as the carriage is typically moving when this type of system is activated.
Side-by-Side mobile systems are also known as Bi-Files, Tri-Files, and lateral mobile systems. This is another manual system that is great when only long narrow areas are available. These systems accommodate media such as letter and legal files, binders, and lateral file cabinets. Storage space is optimized by moving the front carriages either right or left to access the back carriages.
Overhead anti-tip mechanisms are employed to prevent carriages from tipping forward and a solid deck keeps the system level, eliminating tripping hazards for the user. Side-by-Side is very popular in medical offices, law firms, and other businesses where there is a large amount of storage required with very little space available.
The media that can be held in a high-density mobile shelving system can be anything from files to books, archive boxes, office supplies, medical supplies, museum artifacts, athletic equipment, police evidence storage, pharmaceuticals, retail store stock, motorcycles, etc.
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