The Beauty of Mobile Shelving Units

Mobile shelving units are one of the great space-saving devices available today. Museums, schools, libraries – anywhere where reams and reams of paperwork need to be stored safely and securely – can all benefit from these units.

Let's take museums. Like icebergs, only the tip of their archival heritage is ever on display. However the rest of their thousands of other irreplaceable and perhaps fragile items need safe and secure storage. Art works and artefacts, textiles and shell collections – these all need to be stored in a safe manner. Not only safety is important. Humidity and temperature control may be important. Easy accessibility may be the priority while some items will need to be kept as dust-free as possible.

Mobile shelving bays can supply all these needs. Custom designed, unique combinations are possible depending on individual requirements. Some very ingenious solutions are possible with these units. As well as a dramatic increase in storage space, there is great scope for flexibility. Flexibility in storage is imperative for ever-changing repository records which are part and parcel of a dynamic institution. For instance, adjustable partitions and shelving allow safe housing for musical instruments in a school situation.

Static shelving can never be as compact as movable units. Some of these concertina together when not being used. Textile racks, sliding drawers and trays are all possible and available in all combinations thus suiting the most fastidious of curators and archivists. As an art storage facility, vertical drying racks, horizontal partitions and aerated systems all provide a wide range of choice for valuable artworks.

Movable cabinets are typically used for significant amounts of physical archival material. The minimum footprint is used for this type of high density storage. Innovative designs provide multi-functional applications. Long spans are possible and movement is smooth and quiet on all types of surfaces. Because low profile aluminium tracks are used the need for excessive surface preparation is reduced. Easy relocation is possible. Overhead stabilisers prevent tipping and smooth operation is ensured with the use of precision bearings.

Bays may be open or fully enclosed and lockable. With some units, a rotary handle allows easy shifting of the individual units. Considerable weights can be shifted with little effort. Mechanical, electrical or electronic operation are options. Some are moved by the press of a button activating a small motor. Other options are restricted access, integrated lighting and programmable opening and closing of units.

Safety factors include fully automatic built-in detection systems. An additional safeguard is an automatic battery backup and there is automatic resetting of the program once it has been tripped. Human error is thus avoided completely. These detection systems may detect obstacles in the aisles or within the individual units.

In a school archive area, these units will hold all the records required. The old antiquated system of files and cupboards can be replaced by mobile units which hold all items in appropriate storage areas. The boxes of files are easily moved and accessed. The humidity of the area is controlled ensuring these important and historic documents will be safe for many years.