High-Density Storage Systems

More Stuff — Less Space

If you’ve spent time in almost any type of work environment, you’ve probably seen a room filled with file cabinets, shelving, or storage cabinets. Not always a pretty site, is it? The problem with these stationary storage systems is that they require fixed aisles, and fixed aisles take up valuable space.

One way to combat that wasted space is with a high-density mobile storage system (also called “compact storage” or “movable storage”). These mobile storage systems eliminate unnecessary aisles, and create one or more movable aisles instead. Fewer fixed aisles mean more available space. In most instances, this will save up to 50% of your floor space – floor space that you can use for more productive purposes or additional storage space.

Adding a high-density mobile storage system would mean you’d be able to store twice as much in the same space without the need for renovation or expansion. Another plus — the shelving on a mobile storage system is designed to utilize the vertical space which ends up wasted by conventional filing and storage units. So, with a high-density mobile storage system, you’d maximize your storage capacity per square foot, increase efficiency, improve your employees’ morale, and add to your bottom line. We call that a win.

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How Does It Work?

Now that you have an idea of what high-density mobile storage is, let’s talk about how it works. The idea is pretty simple. The use of a movable shelving system makes it possible to mount virtually any type of shelving or storage cabinet (including existing shelving and cabinets) on a track-guided, wheeled mobile carriage. These wheeled carriages travel side to side on rails that are placed on top of the floor (surface mounted), or in the floor (recessed). Fixed aisles are then eliminated, freeing up floor space for other, more productive uses. So regardless of the size, shape or weight of your stuff, a mobile storage system can store it in less floor space.

Where (And For What) Is It Used?

When we talk about STUFF, we mean whatever items, materials, or information you need to keep, keep safe and keep track of. The type of STUFF you have often varies depending on the type of work you do. The good news is that compact storage systems have been installed in offices, hospitals, banks, libraries, schools, museums, public safety departments, archives, warehouses, laboratories, government agencies and military bases, as well as many other uniquely demanding storage environments. High-Density Storage is a great fit for storing all kinds of STUFF — from the usual (files, books, binders, tools, uniforms and supplies) to the unusual (sterile supplies, dinosaur bones, evidence, weapons and ammunition, frozen earth samples, and motorcycles). You get the idea. Mobile Shelving can store just about anything.

What Is It Made Of?

As you’ll notice, there are several types of movable shelving systems, so it is difficult to share all of the specification information here. But there are some things we thought you should know. We represent Spacesaver, the recognized industry leader in high-density storage (with more mobile storage installations than all other manufacturers combined). Spacesaver is ISO-9001 Certified. They manufacture a carriage system that is the strongest in the industry, and the alignment of their compact storage systems stays true over years of use. Spacesaver uses welded steel construction that has no fasteners to loosen or break. By using an oven-cured, powder-coated paint finish, these storage systems will look new for years to come. Not only is it the most durable finish in the industry, but it also exceeds the most stringent scuff, scratch and chip requirements of the American Library Association. In addition to the fact that saving floor space is a “green” idea, many of Spacesaver’s products are Greenguard Certified as well.

What Are The Types Of Systems?

As noted earlier, there are several types of mobile shelving systems. First, let’s look at the three types of mobile carriages. To initiate the carriage movement that will create an access aisle, there are three basic modes of operation available:

Powered mobile shelving that saves space
Mechancial-Assist Mobile Shelving System
ELECTRIC POWERED MOBILE SHELVING (ECLIPSE)

With an electrical powered mobile system, users open system aisles with a simple push of a button. These systems are designed for more active, larger systems. They provide state-of-the-art safety for users and materials and provide maximum storage densities. There is a broad array of safety features and programmable functions. These systems are ideal for open-access applications where enhanced reliability, security and protection of stored materials are key concerns.

MECHANICAL ASSIST MOBILE SHELVING

With a mechanical-assist mobile system, users open system aisles by rotating ergonomic drive handles. They provide basic safety systems and are ideal for medium-sized storage applications with higher activity levels, heavier storage material, greater carriage lengths and a larger number of system ranges.

MANUAL MOBILE SHELVING

With a manual-assist mobile system, users open system aisles by pushing handles left or right. These systems are ideal for smaller, low activity, and limited-access storage areas.

Low Profile Mobile Shelving System
LOW-PROFILE MOBILE SHELVING (Wheelhouse)

A variety of 4-post and Case-Type shelving is mounted on the low-profile system carriages. The system can be rampless, or combined with XpressDek (the system’s modular rail and decking system, which is engineered to be placed directly on top of existing floor covering.) Wheelhouse can easily be reconfigured to fit new requirements and new spaces and is available in Manual, Mechanical Assist and Powered carriage types.

Industrial Mobile System
ActivRAC Industrial Mobile System

For heavy-duty storage applications, the ActivRAC Industrial mobile system is designed to maximize the density of palletized or bulk materials. ActivRAC helps minimize wasted warehouse and storage areas through efficient utilization of cubic space. ActivRAC can pull its weight with systems designed for up to 7,000, 16,000 and 30,000 pounds of maximum capacity per carriage section. ActivRAC systems are available in Mechanical Assist and Powered carriage types.

Mobile high-bay system
Mobile High Bay System (XTend)

XTend is designed specifically for high-density off-site storage. The XTend system is the industry’s very first mobile high-bay storage system, and it is great for archive facilities and fits easily in a smaller building envelope and footprint with tall ceiling heights.

+ MOBILE SHELVING
Powered mobile shelving that saves space
Mechancial-Assist Mobile Shelving System
ELECTRIC POWERED MOBILE SHELVING (ECLIPSE)

With an electrical powered mobile system, users open system aisles with a simple push of a button. These systems are designed for more active, larger systems. They provide state-of-the-art safety for users and materials and provide maximum storage densities. There is a broad array of safety features and programmable functions. These systems are ideal for open-access applications where enhanced reliability, security and protection of stored materials are key concerns.

MECHANICAL ASSIST MOBILE SHELVING

With a mechanical-assist mobile system, users open system aisles by rotating ergonomic drive handles. They provide basic safety systems and are ideal for medium-sized storage applications with higher activity levels, heavier storage material, greater carriage lengths and a larger number of system ranges.

MANUAL MOBILE SHELVING

With a manual-assist mobile system, users open system aisles by pushing handles left or right. These systems are ideal for smaller, low activity, and limited-access storage areas.

+ MODULAR MOBILE
Low Profile Mobile Shelving System
LOW-PROFILE MOBILE SHELVING (Wheelhouse)

A variety of 4-post and Case-Type shelving is mounted on the low-profile system carriages. The system can be rampless, or combined with XpressDek (the system’s modular rail and decking system, which is engineered to be placed directly on top of existing floor covering.) Wheelhouse can easily be reconfigured to fit new requirements and new spaces and is available in Manual, Mechanical Assist and Powered carriage types.

+ INDUSTRIAL MOBILE
Industrial Mobile System
ActivRAC Industrial Mobile System

For heavy-duty storage applications, the ActivRAC Industrial mobile system is designed to maximize the density of palletized or bulk materials. ActivRAC helps minimize wasted warehouse and storage areas through efficient utilization of cubic space. ActivRAC can pull its weight with systems designed for up to 7,000, 16,000 and 30,000 pounds of maximum capacity per carriage section. ActivRAC systems are available in Mechanical Assist and Powered carriage types.

+ HIGH-BAY MOBILE
Mobile high-bay system
Mobile High Bay System (XTend)

XTend is designed specifically for high-density off-site storage. The XTend system is the industry’s very first mobile high-bay storage system, and it is great for archive facilities and fits easily in a smaller building envelope and footprint with tall ceiling heights.

Additional Types of High-Density Storage Systems

High-Density Lateral Sliding Shelving
LATERAL BI-FILES & TRI-FILES

Lateral storage units travel back and forth on movable carriages with less wasted aisle space. The system provides the same storage capacity as stationary cabinets in less than half the floor space. Modular units can be added, moved and relocated as needed.

MOBILE ART RACK

Art Rack storage systems are designed to help art museums and galleries store their growing art collections safely and efficiently in an organized and orderly fashion. There are two options from which to choose: Mobile Art Rack Systems and Hang-Glider Pro Storage.

What High-Density Storage Systems do?

While it’s true that systems come in different types and sizes and can store a variety of stuff in any number of places, they all share many common outcomes. With high-density storage systems, you can:

  • Store more stuff in less floor space
  • Help reduce your building lease or construction costs
  • Make room for more people/equipment
  • Delay your need for facilities expansion
  • Fit storage into almost any available space
  • Improve access by storing more stuff where it’s needed
  • Improve workflow
  • Protect stored material
  • Adapt as your storage needs change