Improving Your Building’s Ventilation and Airflow with Fans

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  • For ever degree rise in temperature about 77ºF, productivity drops by 2%.
  • The annual productivity cost of buildings with poor ventilation is $60 billion.
  • The #1 complaint to facility managers is temperature.
  • Poor indoor air quality is one of the top 10 complaints of corporate tenants.

This doesn’t even include what the health effects of sick building syndrome are costing businesses. So what can you do to make sure your business and employees don’t suffer?

Different Types of Fans that Improve Building Ventilation and Airflow

The good news is that you don’t have to shell out more money on your expensive HVAC system. In fact, OSHA’s recommended solution is to improve ventilation and airflow. And all you need to do that is the right fan. Not just any fan, because many of them will just push hot, stale air around and do nothing; you need a fan that will give you results.

The infographic below shows three types of fans – large diameter; 7 foot directional; and wind powered turbines – that will actually improve ventilation and airflow in your building.

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Fans Aren’t Just for Manufacturing Facilities

You might be thinking that a fan won’t work for you since you don’t have a manufacturing business. But actually, these fans are used in a wide variety of facilities including:

  • Warehouses
  • Automotive shops
  • Military facilities
  • Sports arenas
  • Airport hangers
  • Agricultural buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Event centers
  • Schools
  • Churches
  • Shopping malls

Ready to Learn More About Using Fans to Improve Ventilation and Airflow?

Do you want to learn more about how you can use fans in your facility? Then, check out this video and contact us. We offer a free consultation to see which types of fans will work best in your building.


Why Choose Hamilton Sorter’s Scientific Modular Laboratory Casework

lab furniture modular casework vs built-in millworkPeople have been using traditional built-in millwork in their laboratories for years, so why change now? Because traditional built-in millwork isn’t cost-effective, and its inflexibility just doesn’t cut it anymore in our technologically-run and ever-changing world. It’s time to step up your game with Hamilton Sorter’s scientific modular laboratory casework. The fact that the casework is modular ensures a functional and adaptable laboratory space while the superior quality delivers a safe and productive environment for many years to come.

Create Your Own Custom Scientific Modular Laboratory Casework

Because Hamilton Sorter offers a huge variety of standard pieces for their scientific modular laboratory casework, it’s easy to modify and create custom solutions without the custom price tag. For example, standard components can be used to create mobile applications. Lockable drawers and doors with individually keyed locks provide secure storage for expensive equipment. Durable phenolic resin work surfaces and integrated sinks can stand up to harsh chemicals and are easy to clean.

High Quality Construction for Long-Lasting Furniture

Typically, built-in millwork is welded, which can be cheaper upfront. Too bad it’s also cheaper quality. It easily rusts and panels can’t be replaced, meaning you have to tear it all out and throw it away – just to make a change!

On the other hand, scientific modular laboratory casework isn’t welded. Instead, it’s riveted for extra strength and longevity. The casework is connected with “U” rivets that link the seams and create double lined cabinets. Other additional benefits of rivet construction include:

  • twice the fatigue life as spot-welds and with the same static tensile and peel strength
  • rivet cabinet construction makes the quality of the attachment clearly visible
  • panel replacement without damage to joined parts is easy
  • varying materials and thicknesses can be joined together
  • every panel is powder coated prior to assembly and maintains a 2.5 mil coating on all surfaces
  • greatly reduced possibility of rust out especially important in the seams

hamilton sorter's scientific modular laboratory caseworkStill Not Sure You’re Ready for Modular Casework in Your Lab?

Do you still need help deciding between built-in millwork and modular casework for your lab? Check out this blog post we wrote about another lab that had to make the same decision, and find out their reasons for going with scientific modular laboratory casework.

Also, you can give us a call at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message, and we will put you in touch with one of our modular casework experts that will happily answer all of your questions!


4 Information Management Strategies for RIM Month

records and information management facts infographicNo matter what business you’re in – law offices, accounting, healthcare, education, public safety, government, etc. – it’s important that you have an effective strategy for managing information. As you can see from the infographic at the right, we spend a lot of time and money on our information. And surprisingly, most of that information exists on paper.

With all the available options out there, it’s hard to choose the right one for your business. As part of our recognition of Records and Information Management (RIM) Month, we’ve compiled a list of four of our most popular services and products to help you familiarize yourself with some information management strategies.

1. Scan Your Documents to Eliminate the Need for Paper

Our most requested service is document scanning, which is basically taking paper copies and turning them into digital documents or images. But there is so much more to it than just picking some documents and scanning them into your computer. Document scanning is only part of a much larger information management strategy.

Here’s some valuable insight on document scanning from our IMS Director, Anna Stratton:

Migrating to the electronic document world can involve a lot of steps, but as someone once told me, I can guarantee you will never score if you don’t shoot! We don’t need enterprise wide spends to get started. The key is identifying a core document type or file set that brings you the best return and allows you to ease your way into the change.

Putting paper through a scanner is not rocket science. The key to success is understanding how those documents are being used, why those documents should (or in some cases, shouldn’t be) scanned, and making sure that whatever you do today will work as you progress into new technology applications and platforms. I’ll say it again – there is no one size fits all solution – but there are many document scanning solutions and the right one needs to be the one that works best for you.

2. Find the Right Document Management Software

If you’ve already got digital versions of documents (ex. files, forms, reports, communication, etc.) the next strategy is to choose document management software. There are many, many different types of document management software, and you’ll need to choose one that’s designed for your industry and particular workplace needs. But at the basic level here is a good explanation of what you can expect from document management software:

Document management software searches, manages and stores electronic documents. It works just like a file cabinet containing files, documents, and notes, except documents are easy to locate, retrieve, and can be viewed by multiple people at once.

Documents can be approved, modified, stamped, and edited by each person throughout the workflow process, providing an audit trail along the way. More importantly, workflow can be automated routing documents and notifying people without the need for human interaction.

And finally, once a document fulfills its lifecycle retention schedule, documents can be scheduled for destruction.

3. Implement RFID File Tracking

Here is something to think about:

  • 15% of all paper documents are misfiled or misplaced.
  • 40% of a worker’s time is spent searching for misfiled, misplaced, or lost documents.
  • Companies in the United States spend $120 of labor cost to find a misfiled document.

A solution for eliminating misplaced files should definitely be a high priority. Our answer is to implement radio frequency identification (RFID) file tracking. This system attaches tags to items (typically folders) and uses readers to identify where the tagged items are located.

The non-contact, non-line-of sight nature of an RFID file tracking system is one of its main advantages because tags can be read quickly and through numerous visually and environmentally problematic surroundings. Additionally, with RFID tags, tracking of physical files and documents becomes fully automated. This includes rules-based authorizing access, recording check-in and check-outs, and providing inventory scans. (Click here to watch a video showing how RFID file tracking works).

4. Create a Record Retention Schedule

Knowing when to destroy a document is just as important as knowing how long you need to keep it. And you keep track of the dates with a record retention schedule. Why is this schedule so important? Well, record retention schedules,

  • provide legal authority over both keeping and destroying documents
  • address document creation control by limiting the generation of documents that are not required for business operations
  • provide document destruction guidelines to stabilize the growth of records in all formats

Not having this system in place can hamper the ability of your records management system to function properly for employees, customers, and regulatory institutions. If your business is holding onto unnecessary records, it creates a problem for employees that have to search for and retrieve active records that are needed for reference or legal reasons.

For customers, if you are unable to locate a record then it could cause anything from bad relations to litigation. Finally, not being able to provide records or show that records have been properly destroyed can put you out of compliance with many regulatory institutions.


Document scanning, document management software, RFID file tracking, and record retention schedules are just a few of the many types of information management strategies that you can adapt for your particular business.

To get more in-depth information on any of these services or products, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message. Our information management experts are here to help you decide on the best strategies for your business.


How to Solve Your University Library’s Space Problem

university library high density book storageUniversity libraries do more than just loan out books. They are total resource centers for students, providing computers, meeting rooms, reference materials, makerspaces, and entertainment. The problem though is that university libraries are running out of space.

Many times building expansions just aren’t possible because it would cost too much or there’s a lack of land area. That’s why many libraries are rethinking how they use their current space, and trying to make better use of it.

Improve Space Utilization in the Storage Area

One area where it’s easy to improve space utilization is storage. Libraries offer their students services and resources, which means they need to keep a lot of stuff on-hand. And many times, the way they are storing that stuff is inefficient. Replacing old stationary storage systems with more modern high density solutions is a cost-effective way to maximize space.

Pull-Out High Density Shelves for Library’s Media Storage

high density pull-out shelves for media storageFor example, we recently worked with a university library to improve their audio/visual storage area. The library loans out DVDs and CDs to students and has a wide selection for them to choose from. But, they were running out of space in the storage area.

Instead of adding on to the building or getting rid of the media collection, the library reached out to us for a solution that would make better use of their current space. SSG’s Craig Crock provided the library with pull-out high density shelves. The new pull-out shelves fit the same amount of CDs and DVDs in half the space of the static shelving the library was using. And there is still room to add to the collection.

Additionally, the shelves adjust. This means if the library needs to store something else in the shelves in the future, they can. Not only did the storage solution maximize space right now, but it also provided for the possibility of future growth and changes.

More Storage Solutions for Your Library

Southwest Solutions Group® provides all types of high density storage solutions for libraries including pull-out shelves, high bay mobile systems, cantilever shelving, and much more. We even offer a free consultation to determine your exact needs. To learn more or to speak with a specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.

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Automated Vertical Shuttles: Better Inventory Storage Infographic

Better inventory storage is essential for any business. As part of a LEAN plan, improving your storage area creates efficiencies in every aspect of your business – from employee productivity and satisfaction to space management and overhead costs. And this doesn’t just apply to manufacturing facilities. Industries like healthcare and automotive have many of the same needs for LEAN initiatives and better inventory storage.

Adapt Your Storage to Today’s Fast Paced Culture

One of the most significant changes you can make is to invest in the right storage system. While the old racking and shelving systems may have worked in the past, they just don’t cut it anymore in today’s fast paced, instant world. People want items shipped to them overnight, doctors need medical supplies on-hand for surgeries, and cars need to be repaired yesterday.

Automated Vertical Shuttles Make Necessary Changes to Your Storage

The next step in storage is automation. And the best solution for automating your storage is vertical shuttles. The infographic below illustrates why vertical shuttles are the best solution for your inventory storage.

automated vertical shuttle inventory storage infographic

Gain Efficiencies in Every Area of Your Business

The numerous benefits of automation with vertical shuttles include:

  • Saving up to 85% of floor space compared to tradition shelving
  • Reducing picking labor up to 2/3
  • Improving picking accuracy by as much 99.9%
  • Interfacing picking with inventory management software
  • Managing inventory to eliminate stock-outs and reduce stock levels
  • Reducing bottlenecks and improve the flow of materials
  • Securing inventory from unnecessary losses
  • Reducing worker safety claims and enhancing ergonomics

Are You Ready to Take the Next Step?

If you want to learn more about vertical shuttles, we can help. Southwest Solutions Group® has been designing, installing, and servicing automated storage systems for decades. Click here to watch a video and get in contact with the storage expert in your area.

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