Keeping consistent cold temperatures is essential for long-term preservation of film-based photographic materials and other items that deteriorate quickly under sub-optimal conditions. But freezer space is expensive to maintain and requires a great deal of energy. We suggest installing high density shelving to use as your compact cold storage solution, which will help you both save space and preserve all of your collections properly. Read on to find out how.
Benefits of a Compact Museum Storage Solution
Cold storage significantly improves the life of paper, film-based materials, video tape, and organic materials such as animal feathers and skins. There are two types of cold storage: humidity-controlled cold vaults and packaged materials in freezers. Artifacts are easier to access quickly in the first option, but is often more expensive. Freezers are less expensive but require more time to warm up and access. In many cases, convenience and accessibility are sacrificed for complex, expensive systems that lead to an overall decrease in longevity. With all of these factors in place, it’s difficult to also consider costs, best use of space, and organization.
Many museums and other applications across various industries are implementing high density storage because of the wide array of benefits it offers. A few examples include:
Reduce travel time and manual handling
Compact cold storage and a more efficient layout allow items to be highly accessible and visible without sacrificing proper storage methods. This makes it faster and easier for staff to retrieve what they need, and reduces manual handling of items since everything is visible and organized.
Storage space is limited, especially in cold storage areas. Compact cold storage can double your storage capacity in the same space or allow you to move to a smaller space without costly new construction projects that take time and cause disruptions.
Create more space
With more space available, you can have room to add other features or storage systems to your cold storage.
Reduce energy costs
By improving efficiency and using less space, the densely-packed compact storage uses less energy to power your cooler or freezer area.
Improve safety & morale
High density storage is included with a variety of safety features to protect both users and stored items. A safer storage system with items that are easy to find and retrieve leads to a happier staff.
Ensure long-term preservation of materials
Museums have to constantly make sure that their collections are preserved and stored properly. Compact cold storage ensures preservation without you even having to think about it.
Contact Us for Compact Cold Storage in Museums
Southwest Solutions Group provides design and installation services for compact cold storage solutions in museums, labs, and countless other applications. We will also provide you with a free consultation to determine your exact needs and specifications before the design process begins. To learn more or to speak with a specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.