How to Store JW Pepper Music Filing Boxes in Less Space

storing sheet music in high capacity systemsStoring your sheet music collection can be a challenge. JW Pepper music filing boxes make storage a much easier task. However, you still have to put the boxes somewhere. You can’t use lateral cabinets because they won’t fit, and you can’t just leave the boxes piled on the floor because they will get damaged. Plus, you don’t want the boxes to take up all your valuable floor space.

Use High Capacity Storage Systems

The solution for storing JW Pepper music filing boxes in less space is high capacity storage systems. And we have two types of high capacity storage systems that will meet your sheet music collection storage needs. The first is sliding shelving and the other is pull-out shelving. Each of these high capacity storage systems is cost-effective and easy to use.

Sliding Shelving for Music Filing Boxes

store jw pepper music filing boxes in sliding shelvingSliding shelving is an innovative concept. Rows of shelving is stacked in front of each other on tracks so that they can slide back and forth. And because the front rows move, you gain access to the back rows. The sliding shelving eliminations static aisles to reduce the amount of floor space needed for music filing box storage.

The best way to use sliding shelving is to keep infrequently accessed sheet music in the back and sheet music that you need access to daily or multiple times a day in the front. This not only saves space, but it also saves time. Now you no longer have to search through multiple areas for the sheet music you need right away since in the sliding shelving everything is organized and easily accessible.

Pull-Out Shelving for Music Filing Boxesmusic filing boxes stored in pull-out shelving uses less space

Pull-out shelving is very straightforward; each section of shelving pulls out when you need access to stored music filing boxes and retracts back in when not in use. And even though you’re using shelving instead of cabinets, you can still lock up each section.

As an added bonus, if you have tight spaces like alcoves or wall columns, pull-out shelving is a great solution. The shelving fits in these typically unusable spaces and turns them into productive storage areas.

Contact Us for Help Storing JW Pepper Music Filing Boxes

Contact us by phone at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message to get design and installation services for numerous high capacity storage systems for JW music filing boxes including sliding shelving and pull-out shelving. Additionally, you can also shop for both sliding shelving and pull-out shelving online at our partner site StoreMoreStore.


Convert Top Tab Folders to an End Tab Filing System for Open Shelving Storage

Why Open Shelving Storage is Better Than Lateral Cabinets

lateral cabinets vs open shelving storageMoving from lateral file cabinets to open shelving storage makes sense – just from space savings alone. Lateral cabinets require extra space to open the drawers, and they waste vertical space. On the other hand, as Smead points out, “Consider how many typical folders (about ¼ inch thick) will fit in a 6 foot by 24 foot filing area: four drawer lateral file cabinets – 8448 folders; seven tier open shelving – 15,232 folders.”

Problems Converting Top Tab Folders

But to make the most of open shelving, you need to use an end tab filing system – which means converting your top tab folders. This is where resistance comes in. Your bosses don’t want to have to buy all new folders. Or take the time to physically remove documents out of one folder and put them in a new folder.

Converter Tabs Easily Create an End Tab Filing System

So what can you do? If only there was a simple, cost-effective solution for converting your tab top folders to an end tab filing system. Oh wait…there is! Converter tabs.

Each converter tab is made from durable 14pt manila stock with dual 1.5″ self-adhesive strips for enhanced durability. These heavyweight tabs adhere to any size file folder, jacket, wallet or red rope pocket, offering you the best solution for converting your folders.

Since the converter tabs fit in your existing folders, you’ll save money on supplies. And employees won’t need to waste their time physically moving each and every document within the folder. All they have to do is apply the converter tab.

top-tab folder converter for an end-tab filing system

Benefits of the End Tab Filing System & Open Shelving

Once you’ve made the switch to an end tab filing system, it’s easy to start using and reaping the benefits from open shelving.

  • Takes up 1/3 of the space of lateral file cabinets
  • Is easier for employees to access files
  • There’s no twisting or turning to search through stored files
  • Employees can find what they’re looking for faster
  • Reduces instances of misplaced files
  • Less time is spent opening and closing drawers

Where You’ll Find Converter Tabs and Open Shelving

If you are ready to make the change to an end tab filing system, you’ll find the converter tabs you need online from our partner StoreMoreStore. You’ll also find a wide selection open shelving for letter size folders, legal size folders, and binders. For more information on converting tab top files or to answer any questions, please give us a call at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message.


How to Use Fans to Cool Your Facility Without Air Conditioning in Summer

Large Diameter Fan vWith summer here in full swing, you may have noticed a change in the productivity of your employees. At temperatures above 90ºF, people get sluggish, uncomfortable, more prone to mistakes, forgetful, and irritable—and some areas reach this hot, sweaty temperature much faster than others. Here we will cover how to cool your facility without air conditioning in summer so you don’t drive up your electricity bill, and the answer is surprisingly simple: large diameter HVLS fans.

Why Is It Important?

A performance study by NASA shows that the higher the temperature, the more mistakes people make (9 mistakes per hour at 90ºF, and 60 mistakes per hour at 95ºF), and any hot environment will produce a proportional amount of errors regardless of the task. And obviously, it’s important to keep your employees cool and safe, but cranking up the AC just isn’t in the cards for some facilities whether it be from budget or building constraints.

It may be hard to believe that one fan could provide the same cooling benefits as AC, but high volume low speed (HVLS) fans aren’t just your run-of-the-mill product. They don’t just blow air around—they destratify it, pulling hot air up and pushing cooler air down and evening out temperatures in your facility. They can also be camouflaged and designed with many different colors to fit right into your building’s aesthetic. This makes them ideal for large, open areas, and many types of areas can benefit from this type of fan. This is just a small list—the fans can be used virtually anywhere that can accommodate them.large-diameter-fan


In commercial buildings, comfort can go a long way for employee productivity and customer satisfaction. An HVLS fan can regulate temperatures and help filter air pollutants, providing a safer environment and boosted employee morale. Commercial facilities can include car dealerships, malls, distribution centers, retail facilities, restaurants, office spaces, theaters, outdoor venues, churches, and more.

Manufacturing & Warehouses

Summer for manufacturing and warehousing facilities can be particularly tough. On top of the fact that manufacturing areas quickly become sweltering, air pollutants and humidity are becoming and increasing concern for employees, equipment, and inventory. Many manufacturing areas are adding HVLS fans in addition to their existing HVAC systems to achieve more efficient cooling while reducing costs and keeping workers safe and comfortable.

Recreational Facilities

Since more and more people use indoor recreational areas during the hot summer months, efficient air circulation is paramount for safety and comfort of users. HVLS fans can both cool and reduce humidity, odors, and contaminants in the air. For example, HVLS fans are great in gymnasiums, indoor swimming pools, ice rinks, and more.


Too much heat and humidity leads to stressed, unhealthy animals and spoiled produce. Efficient ventilation and air quality is essential to the quality and safety of livestock and farm products. The ASHRAE recommends up to 50 air exchanges per hour in poultry, cattle, and hog barns. If you can’t install a large diameter fan due to size restrictions, 7-foot directional fans are also available for cooling and ventilation in small spaces. The fans have also been used in dairy barns, sheds, riding arenas, and training centers.

Turnkey Systems

The large diameter HVLS fans can be installed on their own, but are also designed to work in tandem with our directional fans and wind-powered turbines for the most efficient ventilation and cooling possible. We will inspect your facility and provide you with a free consultation to help you determine what would work best for you and your specific application. Call us at 1-800-803-1083 or contact us today for more information.


Office Millwork: 5 Things You Don’t Know (But Wish You Did)

office millwork cabinets furnitureYou might not realize it, but your physical office space says a lot about your business. You want to create the right environment to project a certain image. It’s competitive out there and everyone from start-up tech companies to healthcare facilities needs to entice potential customers and employees.

You might be tempted to choose custom millwork for your office’s furniture and cabinets. But resist the temptation! As pretty as it may seem, there are many hidden costs and problems. Here are five things you don’t know about office millwork, but wish you did.

1. You Can’t Move or Reuse Millwork

Once workers install the millwork, it’s not going anywhere – except maybe the landfill. If you wanted to move it from the mailroom to the breakroom, too bad. And when you outgrow your office space faster than you planned and need to move, your millwork isn’t going with you. That investment stays put. And speaking of investments…

2. Millwork Has a 31 Year Depreciation Schedule

Because millwork is classified as a real asset and not personal property, it’s subject to a longer depreciation schedule. Which means over time, millwork will cost you more money.

3. More Construction & Down Time

And speaking of money, millwork construction will disrupt or even shut down your office – for weeks at a time. Not only are you paying for the construction and installation, but now your whole office might have to close. At the very least the noise, dust, and random construction workers will disrupt your employees and make them unhappy.

4. There’s a Lack of Quality Control

As much as we wish we could replicate things exactly the same each and every time, we just can’t. That’s why we made machines to do it for us. With custom millwork, you’re relying on humans, and humans make mistakes.

5. Limited Design Choices

Unless your business is made of money, you’re stuck with limited design choices. Oh you wanted a curved façade added onto the cabinet; that will be thousands of dollars more than you wanted to pay. Fixtures, handles, drawers, and all the little details will add up fast.

What to Choose Instead of Millwork

If you’re not going to use millwork for your office furniture and cabinets, then what should you use? Modular casework – all the benefits of millwork, without any of the drawbacks. In fact, modular casework:

  • isn’t permanently attached to anything, so you can move it, re-arrange it, and take it with you wherever you go.
  • has a short depreciation schedule of just seven years.
  • is pre-assembled for quick, no mess installation that takes days instead of weeks.
  • is manufactured exactly the same way every time for increased consistency and replication.
  • includes standard design options that won’t break the bank.

Visit our website to find out everything you need to know about modular casework. Or you can give us a call at 1-800-803-1083 and speak to one of our experts.


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.