High Density Mobile Storage – Is it in the Budget?
You’ve determined that high density shelving is a perfect fit for your client needs, but it isn’t in the budget. Now what? Here’s one idea – think Modular! A high density mobile storage system that is constructed of modular components can be modified based on the needs of your client. Consider these 4 components:
Modularity in the system’s construction allows your client to attain their goals for capacity, even when on a tight budget. The following are examples of how we might modify standard product.
Use existing shelving. Since the carriage and shelving are independent from one another, the owner can opt to use existing or reclaimed storage elements ranging from 4-Post shelving, cantilever shelving and wire shelving to lateral file cabinets. The high density mobile storage system carriage is constructed to accommodate the dimensions of the shelving.
Add carriages and shelving as needed. If a client predicts future growth, the ideal solution would be to install rail (and subfloor if surface mounted rails) so that the footprint maximizes the desired future capacity. But the client would only order as many carriages necessary to accommodate current needs. They simply order additional carriages as their materials expand, spreading the expense for the high density mobile storage system over a longer period of time.
Install fewer carriages. The carriage houses the mechanical drives, wheels, and guides that mobilize each range of shelving. As a result of special materials and engineering, a large portion of the total high density mobile storage cost is expended in carriage production. If we can design a room with longer, but fewer carriages, we can reduce cost. This solution would be best for archival spaces that are rarely accessed.
As with any storage project, we understand that budgets are a fact of life. That’s why we try our best to provide creative options (like thinking Modular) that meet your client’s storage requirements while also staying in line with their bottom line.
Posted by: Christy Bishop
Raleigh NC – covering Northern/Eastern NC and Southwest Virginia