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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! Midland

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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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Mail Room Furniture Every organization needs records management and a records management program. After establishing a records management program and appointing a records management officer, a retention/control schedule should be developed. As needs for filing system improvement and development become apparent, the following twelve-step strategy is recommended.   Purge Inactive Files - Remove inactive and duplicate records from your active filing system in order to improve retrieval and access times. In additional to improving response times, your active filing system will require less floor space. Do not dispose of inactive records at this point.   Inventory Records - Conduct a thorough records inventory. An inventory of your records is just as important to your organization as inventorying parts are to a Parts Manager.   The records inventory will help you evaluate labeling standards, the flow of information, and will be necessary if you plan on converting files to a side-tab file system or Records Management Software.   Convert to a Side-Tab Folder System - Traditional drawer cabinets are not space efficient and slow the file retrieval and refilling process. Shelf-based side-tab filing systems require less floorspace and quicker record retrieval. Do some research to see if converting to a shelf-based side-tab filing system is cost justifiable for your organization. Serious consideration should be given to careful planning, cost justifying, and implementing filing systems appropriate for the needed applications.   Evaluate Current Labeling Standards - Evaluate your current file labeling system to determine if changes need to be made to improve the speed and accuracy of filing. For example, a simple color-coded year label can change the laborious project of purging inactive records into a simple task.     Survey your staff and users for their opinions of labeling methods that would make accessing files quicker and easier.   Choose the correct folder - There are many different types of folders to choose from based on activity, number of documents,  and length of time records will be kept in an active status.   Use Indexes or Partitions- Using folders with indexes and partitions will organize and standardize documents in the file. Organized information provides quicker access to the desired documents and to help maintain the integrity of the file.   Invest in an On-Demand Labeling System - On-Demand labeling is an economical way to improve your filing system. On-Demand labeling software allows you to print an one-piece label from an ink jet or laser printer.   Labels are typically 7" to 8" long and can be printed with any type or style of color-coded labels, name and address information, and barcode labels. On-Demand labeling eliminates individual hand-wrapping of color-coded labels and the additional tasks of typing file name labels. On-Demand labeling can produce alphanumeric labels, top-tab and side-tab labels, and different label styles for different departments within your organization.   Standardize - Standardization of filing systems should be a major goal. Standardizing equipment, supplies, software, procedures, and policies results in  economies of scale and uniformity throughout the organization.   Implement Processes - Implement appropriate processes, technology, equipment, and supplies for each filing system application. Converting to open-shelf file shelving, implementing color coding and bar coding, implementing file indexing, file tracking, and a records retention schedule results in a system that can be integrated with other information systems within the organization.   Implement Records Management Software -  An array of quality records management software packages exist for use in augmenting records management programs, systems, and functions. These programs can prepare and maintain records retention/control schedules, track files and boxes in the office to in storage, and help manage retention of records.   Develop a Records Management Manual - Every organization needs a records management manual. The manual should be a reference guide for your organization and a training tool for new personnel. The manual should provide an explanation of every filing system in your organization including detailed filing procedures. Build in a section on frequently asked questions that can be easily developed from questions asked by members or your organization. Considering complimenting your manual with videos to make learning easy.   Report Savings/Accomplishments - Prepare an annual report (at least) detailing savings. Savings report should include details space saved, personnel savings due to converting to a file system that provides more efficient access.

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Warehouse Mobile shelving is an excellent way to increase filing inches while decreasing the amount of square footage taken up by the filing system. But how do you figure out which type works best for your needs? Below I have listed three commonly used types of movable shelving along with the advantages and disadvantages of each type. I have included Rotary Files, Lateral Movable Files, and High Density Mobile Filing.1) Rotary File (Also called Times Two)The Rotary File is a cabinet that contains two shelving units positioned back to back in a cabinet. The two shelving units spin to gain access to both sides of the shelves.Comparison unit: One cabinet measuring 36-1/2"W x 82"H x 25"D-Floor space required (square feet): 6.3' -Total filing inches provided: 434"Advantages:• Attractive way to increase efficient use of floor space • Unit can be closed and locked so files are not visible • Suitable for individual's office files • May be configured in many different sizes and configurations • Can be designed to hold alternate media • Units can be used for room dividers • Lower height units can include a work top • Suitable for color coding • Additional units can be connected together or positioned back to backDisadvantages:• Not as efficient use of floor space as lateral and high density mobile units • Cost per filing inch higher than lateral movable shelving • Actual shelving units need to be sized to allow the shelves to spin (lose filing inches) • Need to be careful of oversized items jamming the unit • Requires professional installation2) Lateral Sliding Movable ShelvingA lateral sliding shelving system uses stationary single sided shelving units positioned along a wall with units in front that slide back and forth to allow access to the records contained in the back unit.The comparison system used contains 2 back stationary units and 1 front movable unit (I used L&T (4 post) shelving on the example unit because of its durability and versatility).Movable System Measures 72"W x 78"H x 24.5"D-Floor space required (square feet): 15' -Total filing inches provided: 756"Advantages:• Efficient use of floor space • Suitable for color-coding files • Less expensive than units with drawers when total filing inches are considered • All the advantages of L&T shelving • Economical way to maximize filing inchesDisadvantages:• Most of the files are exposed and unit cannot be locked • Records are visible • Difficult to add doors • Cannot add to the height of the unit • The movable shelves are not mechanically assisted (may be hard to move)3) High Density Mobile Filing SystemThis is the granddaddy of the types of available systems for utilization of space. Shelving units are mounted on movable carriages that glide on tracks thus providing access to all the rows of shelving. With the floating aisle on this unit type you are saving floor space by eliminating the need to have an access aisle between each row of shelving.Although many types of open shelving and drawers are often used to accommodate different media, for this study I will stick to units designed for file folders. I highly recommend L&T shelving be used on the movable carriages because of durability. The movement of the unit causes torque which may cause stress fractures in less durable shelving.The comparison system used has one 36" wide stationary single sided unit and two 36" wide double sided movable units, all 7 shelves high with mechanical assist (as opposed to electric).Mobile System measuring 8'W x 78"H x 36"D-Floor space required (square feet): 24.5' -Total filing inches provided: 1,260"Advantages:• Excellent use of floor space, maximum filing efficiency • Reduces need to use expensive square footage of facility for files • Reduces need to use expensive off-site storage companies • Saves retrieval time with readily accessible files • Units can be locked • All the advantages that come with L&T open shelving • Mechanical assist means units are easier to move • Suitable for color-coding files • Convertible to accommodate other media • Available with decorator end panes which makes the units visually pleasingDisadvantages:• Difficult for multiple people to access all the files at the same time • More expensive than stationary units • Floor must be able to hold the weight of a mobile file system (tracks will bend if floor is not rated to hold the weight) • Segmented file room reduces the advantages of a high density file system • Carriage and deck add to the height of the system (if ceiling clearance is an issue) • Requires professional installationNow that you know the advantages and disadvantages of each type of shelving you can decide which kind of shelving best suits your needs. Mail Room Sorters

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