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If you've ever walked into a home improvement store then you've witnessed pallet rack shelving units in action. Although these shelves look pretty tough, they don't right off the bat look like they could hold the things they do. The sheer size of many pallets full of product wrapped in saran wrap (or equivalent type of plastic to hold things stacked together) make people wonder if they will fall on top of them! San Antonio

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When store or business owners choose to install high density filing systems or update their existing file system with a newer one, they're often plagued by worries that their company will suffer while the job is undertaken. These concerns are perfectly normal and common among many business operators looking for filing improvements or mail room furniture updates.

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Oil and Gas When it comes to being disorganized, is it any surprise that paper continues to be one of the biggest problems that plague people at home and at the office? Before organizing (and hopefully filing) those piles of paper sitting on your desk, you've got to get your existing filing cabinets ready. Even if your current filing system isn't bursting at the seams, it'll still a good idea to sort through and remove any unnecessary papers in order to make room for future storage needs.5S is a systematic approach to keeping an area neat and organized. Originally designed by Toyota, it is now adapted by industries world-wide in both manufacturing and offices settings.Applying the Lean Office 5S technique to this project breaks down into these 5 manageable steps:Sort- Slow and steady is your mantra when doing this step. Start at the front of your drawer and begin to sort through, one file at a time. This might seem too time-consuming for you so use a timer and limit your session to just 15-20 minutes a day. Slow and Steady progress will prevent any type of burn-out, especially if you're facing a lot of files. Use a brightly colored piece of paper as a marker in your file drawer so you know where to pick up the next day.Straighten- If your filing cabinet has hanging file folders, chances are you have plastic tabs identifying the file name. Reposition these tabs so they are directly behind one another vs. having them in any type of staggered positioning. Referred to as Straight-line Filing, this actually allows you to find a folder more quickly.Sweep-Take time to "clean-up" as you go. If you've got files with broken tabs, replace them now. If some of your manila file folders are tattered or just plain worn out, replace with a new supply that is crisp-looking. (If you use Manila file folders inside hanging files, use Interior Manila file folders as they are designed to completely nest inside a hanging file without sticking up. This makes for a very neat-looking file drawer.)Standardize- Be consistent in how you label your individual files and file drawers. If you've got a label maker it will be much easier to create that "standardized" look. Also, file only what is absolutely necessary. If you have the document electronically, do you still need to make a copy for your filing cabinet?Sustain- Keeping your filing cabinet neat, orderly and easy-accessible is the name of the game moving forward. If your filing system is quite extensive, create a File Index in Excel which will allow easy updates. Print this Index and hang it on a clipboard on the side of your filing cabinet so you (and others) can easily reference it when filing items. Keep a supply of 8-10 empty hanging files and Manila file folders in the front of your filing cabinet. This way you'll have what you need at your fingertips the next time you need to create a new file.

Twelve Ways to Improve Your Paper Filing System

Storage Solutions In an organized filing system folders are arranged in some kind of order (we hope!). Some commonly used methods include: alphabetical, straight numeric, terminal digit numeric, or by some category. Sub categories can also be added to the above methods. Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of the various systems upfront will allow for an informed decision based on your particular needs.This article looks at numeric filing. Alphabetical filing was covered in the Ezine article "Filing Alphabetically, Advantages and Disadvantages"Before putting the files into numeric order you have to decide what number will be used to designate each folder. Some numbers commonly used are: medical record number, account number, billing number, assigned number etc. The amount of digits that make up the chosen number will help to determine which system to use. The next three decisions to make are how long the records will be kept in the system, what will determine when they are purged, and will they be color-coded?Straight Numeric Filing SystemStraight numeric filing is putting the folders in order of lowest number to highest number. This works well with smaller filing systems. Because pretty much everyone knows how to count from lowest number to highest number training is minimal. If the records are assigned a number in numeric order and continued activity is not a factor purging is easier. You can often remove sections of folders at a time. But this brings up a disadvantage in that you will need to shift all the records to make room for the new numbers. Another disadvantage can be trying to work with large numbers and keeping them in numerical order.If you decide to color-code then you want to choose digits to color that will have the same number long enough to form a pattern. If the same color section is too large then the color-coding is inefficient. For example, color-coding the last digit of a number means it changes every record, the nest to last digit changes every 10 records, the 3rd to last digit changes every 100 folders and the 4th every 1,000 records. Depending on the size of the file room you could color the 1,000th and 100th numbers.I would not recommend color-coding all the digits since this defeats the purpose of color-coding by creating a rainbow of color and making spotting misfiles difficult. In addition, color-coding a digit that changes too infrequently will not contribute to spotting misfiles. Why spend money on color-coded labels that will not contribute to the efficiency of the filing system? Color-coding is an efficiency way to spot misfiles, not an efficiency way to number the charts.Terminal Digit Filing SystemTerminal digit filing is putting the records in order starting with the last two digits of the number instead of the whole number. A simple way to describe this method for a six digit number is: last two, middle two, first two. For example the number 137620 would be filed 20 76 13. This is a very efficient way of filing for very large filing systems (a standard in medical record departments because of the large amount of records in the system and the importance of quick, accurate access).You are basically taking the entire file room and dividing it up into sections. You look at the last two digits first (last two) which means the first section in the file room contain all the numbers that end in 00 and the last section contains all the numbers that end in 99. These sections pretty much stay the constant so knowing the last two digits of the filing number means knowing the section of the file room that contains that record (a number ending 50 will be in the middle of the file room etc.). Now that the record is in the primary section the next digits to file by in that section are the 1,000th and 100th digits (middle digits). Then you go to the next two digits back (first two with a six digit number).I recommend considering this method of filing if the file room contains 10,000 or more records. Terminal digit filing works well when folders are randomly purged. Shifting the records to make room for new numbers is reduced because the purged records and new records will be positioned evenly throughout the file room. File room personnel quickly learn the location of the 100 sections which greatly speeds up filing and retrieval. Also, by breaking the number up into sections the number becomes easier to deal with which reduces mistakes.Color-coding is very effective with terminal digit filing. If you have a file room with 10,000 records and color-code the last two digits you will have 100 records in the file room with the same two colors. Since these records will be filed beside each other it is easy to see if someone puts a record into the wrong section since the color scheme is broken. You only need to search through 100 files for a missing folder instead of 10,000. If you decide to color-code the 1,000 digit that would reduce the amount of records with the same three colors to 10. I recommend color-coding the 1,000 digit when the file room contains 30,000 or more records (means 30 records with the same 3 colors as opposed to 300 when coding 2 colors). Again, I would not recommend color-coding all the digits because of the rainbow effect and the unnecessary cost.The biggest disadvantage of terminal digit filing is the filing room personals fear of learning the system. This is a new way at looking at a number and can be confusing. I have had file room supervisors say this is an advantage because it makes it difficult for unauthorized people (doctors and lawyers are known for taking files and not signing them out) to access the files. This is also not as efficient for a file room that contains a small number of assigned numbers along with very large individual files (some law firms) and systems that contain a lot of sub-folders.In conclusion, weighing the pros and cons of the various filing methods before starting the system will save lots of future headaches! Wire Shelving

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