Removing Floor Loading Challenges from High Density Shelving

high density shelving floor loadingOne of the main concerns architects and interior designers have about using high density shelving on upper floors is floor loading. Many times, the weight of the storage system requires you to reinforce the floor structure, which creates additional work and headaches. But we’ve developed a solution that removes these floor loading challenges when installing high density shelving on upper floors – magic rails.

How Magic Rails Distribute the Weight of High Density Shelving

Magic rails use the following four steps to distribute the weight load of high density shelving:

  1. Addition of supplementary rails that distribute the system’s weight load
  2. Using structural “I beam” rails
  3. Positioning high density shelving rails directly over the building’s beams
  4. Using L/360 automatic braking system

Why Use Automatic Brakes on Upper Building Floors

Automatic brakes help eliminate the need for costly building floor reinforcement under the high density shelving. All carriages are equipped with a UL listed 12VDC automatic brake that has a holding force sufficient enough to prevent carriage drift on floor systems deflecting up to L/360.

Benefits of Using Magic Rails to Remove Floor Loading Challenges

  • Elimination of costly modifications to the building’s floor support structure
  • No disruptions to building tenants on the floor below
  • No project delays while waiting weeks for the building structure to be modified
  • Savings on tenant improvement dollars
  • Magic rails weight distribution system works 75% of the time in buildings with a 70 lbs. per square foot floor rating
  • Minimizes time spent dealing with structural engineers

Get More Information to Solve Your Floor Loading Challenges

Southwest Solutions Group® has been working with architects and interior designers to design and install high density shelving since 1969. We even offer a CE seminar/luncheon specifically focused on understanding and overcoming floor loading challenges.

To learn more about how we can help with high density shelving on your next project, give us a call at 1-800-1083 or send us a message. We will put you in touch with the high density shelving expert in your area.


Endoscope Cabinets for Meeting Storage & Drying Guidelines

endoscope cabinets for drying and storing scopesTo assist healthcare facilities in reducing the risk of cross-contamination between patients who undergo endoscopic procedures, AAMI ST91 “Flexible and semi-rigid endoscope processing in health care facilities” was released. Part of the new guidelines for scope storage state:

  • endoscopes should hang vertically
  • storage should be well ventilated
  • there should be no bends in the scope
  • scopes should not touch one another
  • should be in a closed cabinet
  • with venting and air circulation

Our endoscope cabinets will meet all these requirements and more.

How the Endoscope Cabinets Meet the Guidelines

To meet the AAMI ST91 storage and drying guidelines, a variety of unique features are included in the design of the cabinets.

  • Metal Construction: With metal construction, you get a cabinet that doesn’t retain moisture. It’s also easier to clean and sanitize.
  • Heavy-Duty Doors: The cabinet doors have three times the lifespan of a plastic door. They are also foam filled for quieter use.
  • Internal Drawstring Door Closure: The door closure aid is made of a poly-coated wire and located inside the cabinet to reduce the chance of contamination.
  • UL Approved: The components are all UL approved and listed. And since the fan unit is only 20V powered, it’s under the 120V power and not required to be UL approved.
  • HEPA Filter: You will maintain cleaner endoscopes with the replaceable filter that’s triggered when the cabinet door closes.

Specifications of the Endoscope Cabinets

endoscope cabinets available in two sizesThe endoscope cabinets come in two sizes: one for storing eight scopes and one for storing 16 scopes. And each cabinet will store a variety of scopes including colonoscopies, EUS Scopes, TEE probes, bronchoscopes, cystoscopies, and ENT Scopes. Both are available with pull-down doors, but the larger cabinet also has the option for glass doors that offer increased visibility.

The size of the larger endoscope cabinet is 93.25”H x 36.10”W x 18.75”D with a net weight of 236 pounds. And the smaller cabinet is 56.125”H x 36.125”W x 18.75” with a net weight of 175 pounds.

Contact Us for More Information

Southwest Solutions Group® provides endoscope cabinets to all types of healthcare facilities. SSG will 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.


High Security Automated Cabinets Provide Controlled-Access Asset Management

High Security Automated Cabinets

Manually managing items every day is a time-consuming process that wastes human resources. Items need to be checked in, signed off, checked back in, and be fully accounted for; human error and the sheer difficulty of manual management leave items vulnerable to loss or theft.  High security automated cabinets provide a solution with controlled-access asset management that keep stored items secure and accounted for all without the need for manual management.high security automated cabinets

The high security automated cabinets are ideal for virtually any asset storage application, and are often used for storing items such as jewelry, small firearms, pharmaceutical drugs, keys and media, and much more. Each item is secured within an individual compartment in the drawers. The users simply identify themselves using biometric fingerprint, proximity card, or username and password, chooses the item they’re retrieving on the LED touchscreen, and takes the item from its compartment, which pops open automatically. Users can only take items they have been authorized for ahead of time, and every transaction is recorded on a dedicated wireless camera for viewing at any time by the system manager. The whole process only takes about ten seconds, and is leaps and bounds more secure than manual management of items. Alerts can be sent to the user and system manager if items are not returned on time for an extra measure of security.

Though the automated cabinets themselves are a fairly new concept, they have already been installed in many areas of business and helped achieve efficiency and security goals. Here are just a few of the applications they have been used in so far.

Securing & Managing Security Guard Firearms

A business facility needed a better way to store, assign, and track the firearms of forty-seven security guards. Done manually, it required 24 hours of manager supervision to take out each firearm, sign it off, and make sure every firearm was returned by the end of each guard’s shift. This tedious process was eliminated with the installation of one high security automated cabinet with five drawers and 54 compartments in total. Now, every firearm is automatically tracked and verified without the need to manually sign for weapons. Click here to read more about this application.controlled-access asset management

Automated Key Management System

An organization was having trouble manually storing and tracking over 600 of their highly sensitive keys. Keeping track of them was time consuming, a waste of human resources, and virtually impossible, but it needed to be done somehow as the keys require constant management. With just one of the high security automated cabinets with six drawers (and the ability to add more later on), key management suddenly went from a stressful endeavor that left them vulnerable to a variety of risks to a very easy and secure task. Click here to read more.

Automated Lockers for Personal Items

A military defense system integrator needed a way to store and secure personal items for about 1,000 suppliers and guests to their facility every day. They needed a way to store a wide range of items, such as laptops, cell phones, firearms, and USB disks safely without requiring the constant presence of supervisor. Previously, their manual management of these items took four minutes per transaction; with the installation of two high security automated cabinets, each transaction now takes about fifteen seconds. The company even managed to save $120,000 per year with the installation of the two cabinets. Click here to find out how.

Tired of Manual Asset Management?

Interested in a storage and asset management system that saves you time and money? Southwest Solutions Group offers design and installation services for high security automated cabinets to all types of businesses, and we will even provide you with a free consultation to determine your exact needs and storage specifications before our design process begins. Contact us today or give us a call at 1-800-803-1083 for more information.


Specialty Motorized Vertical Carousels Offer Storage for Hard to Handle Items

wire spools stored in a motorized vertical carouselDifficult to handle items like rolls of textiles, vinyl, wire spools, and print cylinders require innovative storage solutions. That’s why we offer a line of specialty motorized vertical carousels. These carousels will automate storage for heavy, awkward items while taking advantage of overhead space to save on valuable floor space. And because the specialty vertical carousels deliver stored items are to an ergonomic level for loading and unloading, productivity is increased.

A Sample of Our Selection of Specialty Motorized Vertical Carousels

Storing Rolls of Textiles & Vinyl

The motorized vertical carousels for textile and vinyl rolls are an efficient and cost-effective solution for streamlining your production. The carousel features a patented cut/measure/re-roll system that allows textile or vinyl rolls to be processed directly from the vertical carousel to create a complete storage and display solution. With just the push of a button, rolls of fabric rotate to line up and feed into the cutting machinery to completely eliminate much of the time associated with roll handling. (See the how this vertical carousel will help optimize your business)

Storing Wire & Cable Spool Reels

textile-vinyl-specialty-motorized-vertical-carouselThese vertical carousels are designed to store, retrieve, and dispense various ranges of wire, cable, rope, chain, and other materials stored in reels or spools. The carousels accommodate multiple diameters and widths of reels in one unit and have a self-leveling carrier feature to balance the loads that guarantees a smooth operation. The motorized vertical carousels quickly locate your desired reel of wire and bring it to you at an ergonomic level, so you can transport reels of wire safely and efficiently.

Storing Large Hollow Print Cylinders and Sleeves

This vertical carousel integrates into busy production environments, facilitating printing press changeovers with quick and efficient storage. The unique ‘carrier bar loop hanger’ allows a single operator to safely load and unload print cylinders to and from the carousel.

It also eliminates the need for workers to lift and bend when retrieving or storing inventory, which reduces the risk of injury and costly worker compensation claims. Each carousel can also be equipped with safety curtains that cut power to the motors when they are crossed, which prevents tooling from being damaged and workers from being injured. (Watch the video here to learn more about motorized vertical carousels for print cylinders)

More Specialty Motorized Vertical Carousels

You’ll find the rest of our specialty motorized vertical carousels on our website. To speak with one of our vertical carousel experts, please give us a call at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message.


How to Add Privacy to Your Open Plan Office

open plan office designs lack privacyWhen you take a look inside some of the country’s top companies, you see rows of employees plugging away at their computers. You see gorgeous glass offices that exude daylight. You see cool lounging areas filled with bright colors and comfy furniture.

What you won’t see are dark walls, closed doors, wood finishes, or big offices. Move over old corporate America; there’s a new kid in town. And who is that new kid? The open plan office.

The Biggest Complaint About Open Plan Offices

Open plan offices have done a lot of good for employees. Studies have shown employees are happier when there is more daylight and they can freely collaborate.

But there is one major complaint about the open plan office: no privacy!

When Privacy Matters in Your Office

Sharing a small workspace with your coworkers is great when you want to collaborate, but what about when you need to have a personal conversation. It’s not very exciting to talk to your doctor’s office in front of your coworkers; nor do they want to know the details of your blood work.

And it’s even more painful when you’ve screwed up at work and get called into the boss’ office – and that entire office consists of glass walls. It’s always so nice when everyone can both see and hear your boss reprimanding you…not.

The reality is that open plan offices are here to stay. But instead of telling employees to just deal with the lack of privacy, it’s a chance for you to flex your creative muscles and think of ways to adapt.

Try Different Wall Material Solutions

increase office privacy with frosted glass wallsOne place to start is with the walls. Instead of using clear glass, think about other options. Could you use a frosted or textured glass instead? Does the entire wall need to be clear glass or can you just have a portion of the wall made from clear glass?

If you are using movable or demountable walls, making these adjustments to your design should be easy. And it’s especially easy with demountable walls to change out panels. That way you aren’t committed to just one option.

Find Out How Employees Get Work Done

Another solution is to take the time to find out how people are really working. Would some employees benefit from working at home? Could you incorporate a designated work area just for sales reps that are constantly in and out of the office?

For example, sales reps are rarely in the office. Most of the time, they’re out meeting with clients or attending events. On the rare occasion they’re in the office, does each sales reps need their own space or can they share?

If they can share a space, you can have a certain amount of private office space dedicated for sales reps. Each rep can put in a request to book the space when they need time in the office.

This solution gives sales reps the privacy they need to make calls and have meetings, instead of putting them on the floor with everyone else. It also reduces the number of private offices you need if the sales reps are sharing the space. And if a sales rep isn’t using the space, you can offer up for employee meetings.

A flexible furniture solution allows you to do many different things in just one room. If you are making private rooms, use mobile workstations that can be connected together to create different types of space.


There’s no doubt the open plan office is here to stay, but the lack of privacy doesn’t have to. Investing in creative solutions like different wall materials or taking a closer look at how your employees get their work done are just some of the ways your business can adapt.

And if you need help implementing or finding additional solutions to make your open plan office more private, we’ve got your back. Give us a call at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message explaining your issues, and we will help you find the right solution.