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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.


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.


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.


Advantages of Using Vertical Lifts in Your Supply Chain

The concept of LEAN is simple: eliminate waste. And if you can eliminate waste in your supply chain, it will improve every other area in your facility. Vertical lifts are designed to automate storage and retrieval of all types of parts, tools, supplies, and inventory. This automation leads to many advantages. Check out the slide show below to see what you can gain from using vertical lifts in your supply chain.

Contact Us for More Information on Vertical Lifts

Southwest Solutions Group® offers design, installation, relocation, and maintenance services for vertical lifts. Contact us today to learn how automating storage and retrieval in your facility will reduce waste in your supply chain.


Sheet Music and Instrument Storage | Shelving, Cabinets, Lockers & Carts

A Wide Range of Sheet Music and Instrument Storage Solutionsuniversity school and church Instrument storage cabinets

K-12 schools, universities, and churches frequently have problems finding efficient ways to store their sheet music and instruments. When it is time to perform, the last thing you need is missing sheet music or damaged instruments. We offer a variety of sheet music and instrument storage solutions including shelving, cabinets, lockers and carts. Our range of storage products will provide the benefits of extra floor space, easy access, better organization, and increased security.

Different Types of Shelving, Cabinets, Lockers & Carts

Keyless intelligent lockers: These lockers will store all sizes of band and orchestra instruments and provide an extremely high level of security.

Rolling folio cabinets: These cabinets will keep all your sheet music organized and easily accessible. And you can take it with you wherever you need it.

Lateral sliding shelving: This solution takes stationary open shelving and places it on tracks to create double deep storage. Because you can use your existing open shelving, the sliding shelving is a very budget friendly way to store sheet music.

Roll-out shelving units for sheet music and instrument storageInstrument storage cabinets: You can easily keep instruments in your school and church safe and secure in instruments storage cabinets.

Roll-out shelving units: The roll-out shelving units can double your sheet music storage capacity compared to traditional lateral cabinets. Also, they easily fit in awkward and tight spaces.

Stringed instrument cart: The cart is specifically designed for storing and transporting bases and cellos. You can easily carry instruments through doorways, into practice halls, and into rehearsal and performance areas.

Contact Us for Sheet Music and Instrument Storage Solutions

Southwest Solutions Group® has been providing solutions to help schools and churches efficiently store and organize sheet music and instruments since 1969. If you are searching for the best way to store sheet music and instruments in your school or church, give us a call at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message and we will put you in touch with your local representative.