Fire Code Compliant Rack Decks with 50% Open Area Storage

Fire Code Compliant Rack Decks

fire code compliant rack decksFire codes require sprinklers, open area racks, and properly maintained flue spaces, and the lack of any of these can saddle you with some hefty fees (in addition to endangering your facility and employees). In 2002, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) revised their standards to require rack shelves larger than 20 square feet to either be of “materials more than 50% open” or to have an in-rack sprinkler system. To ensure your facility meets these safety requirements, fire code compliant rack decks are designed specifically for these standards.

Why Rack Decks?

fire protection rack decksSince rack decks provide additional support for pallets, it’s important that you make an informed decision based on your needs. When you know this, it’s easier to pick the rack decks with the right size and weight capacity. These racks, for example, are great for storing bulk items, furniture, carpeting, boxed items, bagged goods, and more.

So, what makes these rack decks so special?

With its perforated steel, the rack decks combine all the advantages of corrugated steel decking with a solution that ensures peace of mind. The large flanged holes, which add up to 50% open area storage, allow light, air, and sprinkler water to pass through. In fact, sprinkler water can easily pass through multiple levels of shelves even when tightly packed with boxes. Additionally, the racks meet NFPA standards and are FM approved. See below for even more features and benefits.

Features & Benefits

  • Construction: Available in 20-gauge, 22-gauge, and 18-gauge steel for light-duty or heavy-duty applications.
  • Fire Protection: Large openings allow sprinkler water through to lower levels and meet the 50% open area NFPA requirement.
  • Safety: Smooth box-friendly top surface has no protrusions that cause hang-ups, allowing users to slide products on and off easily without product damage or injury.
  • Ergonomics: Ergonomically designed to allow storage and retrieval while reducing the risk of user injury and fatigue.
  • Uniform Strength: Repeating corrugations provide uniform strength and low deflections to minimize surface distortions.
  • Flush Design: Beams are easy to label and barcode with a flush design and no waterfall edges.
  • Freight Savings: Save on freight costs. Up to 3 times more square rack footage can be shipped on one truck compared to similar rack products.
  • Attractive Design: Double galvanized finish provides a sleek, high-tech look that is easy to clean and maintain.
  • Durability: Durable construction and maintenance-free galvanized finish provide years of use.
  • Powder Coat Finish: Powder coat your rack with almost any color.
  • Pricing: Competitive pricing with other decking products.
  • Short Lead Times: Quick shipment available for most standard sizes.
  • Security: Rack decks fasten to the step beam with tek screws, which prevents pallets from falling through the racks even if they are misplaced.
  • Flexibility: Rack decks are roll-formed in 24″, 30″, and 36″ wide panels, which can be combined to match any common rack beam size. Custom sizes and capacities are also available. If you’re not sure what size you need, we will be happy to help you choose the most appropriate configuration for your needs.

Storage Applications50 percent open area rack decks

  • Archival storage
  • Automotive parts
  • Bagged goods
  • Boxes
  • Building components
  • Carpets and flooring
  • Fabrics & textiles
  • Flooring
  • Furniture
  • Mattresses
  • And more!

Accessories & Options

Choose from a variety of options to customize the racks to your exact needs.

  • Hanging and clip-on wire and PVC pipe dividers
  • Solid decking and fire baffles
  • Low profile decks for beams with a 3/4″, 7/8″, or 1″ step
  • Lengths up to 144″ for oversize loads and double-deep racks (see below for sizing)
  • Flat-cap deck add-on with drainage for items that would otherwise fall through other decks such as furniture, chairs, and items with legs, wheels, or point loads
  • Flue stops that maintain 3″ of flue space between racks

Rack Deck Sizes

Rack Depth (lb./sq. ft.)36″42″48″50″54″60″66″72″
101 Model200135918064
201 Model225194130115917050
301 Model250200178158125927050

Contact Us for Fire Code Compliant Rack Decks

Southwest Solutions Group® provides design and installation services for fire code compliant rack decks to meet your building design and safety needs. 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.


Beaded or Angle Post Shelving: What’s The Difference?

Beaded or Angle Post Shelves

beaded post open shelving kitsWhen you’re shopping for shelving, you’ll often notice that shelving posts are commonly specified as angle posts or beaded posts. But what exactly are the differences between angle and beaded shelving posts? Why would you choose one over the other? Read on to find out.

Shelving posts should not be an arbitrary choice and the type of posts you choose could make a huge difference in your storage. Depending on your application, here are some considerations to make when you’re in the market for shelves.

Beaded posts offer full access to the front of the shelf unlike angle posts that reduce shelf access by about 2″. If your storage is a high capacity application, you might want to consider beaded posts because the extra inches quickly add up to even more space. They also reduce assembly time with common posts between adjoining units, and the flush design allows straight-in/straight-out installation without tilting.

Angle posts are the most popular and common style and cost slightly less than beaded posts. With a stiffening offset rib, they are also designed for seismic applications—so if your storage is located in a location prone to earthquakes, you’ll probably want to go with angle posts.

Beaded Postsangle post closed shelving kits

  • Allows full use of the shelf width
  • Provides full access to the front of the shelf
  • The common posts between adjoining units reduce assembly time
  • Heavy-duty for maximum weight bearing
  • Ideal for multi-level applications such as mezzanines
  • Shelves slip in and out without tilting for faster and easier installations
  • Double-sided posts with independent shelf positioning make them ideal for posts between units
  • No dead space behind posts

Angle posts

  • Ideal for seismic applications
  • Stiffening offset rib provides extra sturdiness
  • Most common and least expensive type of posts
  • Posts are bolted together between each section
  • Reduces front shelf access

Contact Us for Beaded or Angle Post Shelving

Southwest Solutions Group® provides design and installation services for angle and beaded shelving posts and all other types of storage systems for a variety of 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.


GSA Schedule 2018 Year-End Buying Season: Don’t Miss Out!

GSA Fiscal Year-End Schedule Contracts

gsa schedule contracts 2018The end of the 2018 fiscal year buying season for GSA schedule contracts is on September 30th—have you taken full advantage of your remaining budget? Don’t let it go to waste! Make sure you’re not missing out on huge savings with products and services for government agencies across the USA.

Using GSA Schedules is worth the effort and affords you with a number of benefits such as:

  • Terms and prices negotiated up front to simplify contracting
  • Fewer competitors
  • GSA contracts issued in less time than other government contracts
  • Competitive market-based pricing
  • Ability to negotiate prices with further discounts
  • Customize terms and conditions at the order level
  • Quick and easy access to industry partners
  • Faster and easier bidding process

Contact Us About Year-End GSA Schedule Contracts

Southwest Solutions Group® offers a wide variety of products and services available on GSA Schedule contracts. It’s not too late to take advantage of the year-end buying season before September 30th. Contact us or call us at 1-800-803-1083 and we would be glad to help you choose the right solution for your business!


Industrial Packing Benches Shipping Station Worktables

Industrial Pack & Ship Benches

industrial packing benchesA good packing station isn’t just a worktable and necessary supplies. A haphazardly organized packing station could lead to significant inefficiencies in addition to worker injury. So if you’re looking for an all-in-one packing station solution that is ergonomic, cost-effective, highly customizable, check out these modular industrial packing benches. Click here to watch a video showing a variety of industrial packing bench features.

These packing benches are designed with ergonomics and productivity in mind with a wide variety of modular components allow you to assemble the benches to your needs without the high cost of customization. And since the components are all modular, you can adjust and add accessories as needed for your business’s growth.

Choose from multiple types of tabletop materials, sizes, and lengths in addition to manual, hand crank, or motor bench frames for stepless height adjustment. This allows employees to adjust the industrial packing benches to their comfort levels, which prevents injury and boosts productivity. Additionally, a clean and comfortable workstation facilitates faster and more accurate picking and makes it easier to switch between packing personnel. Lastly, as we all know, a clean environment lends to a stress-free and productive atmosphere.

Packing & Shipping Station Bench Benefitspacking picking station worktables

  • More efficient rotation of packing personnel
  • Modular design allows customization to your exact needs
  • Generous surface area and storage above for more organized work space
  • Wide range of accessories for virtually any combination
  • Sturdy and stable surface for long-lasting use
  • 50+ accessories and add-on components
  • Improves ergonomics
  • Easy to assemble, modify, and transport
  • All-in-one packing station solution

Contact Us for Industrial Packing Benches

Southwest Solutions Group® provides design and installation services for industrial packing benches and worktables. We will also provide you with a free consultation to determine your 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.


Sliding Overhead Track Shelving High Density System

Saving Space with Overhead Track Shelves

sliding overhead track shelvingIf you can’t use high density shelving systems for any reason, this new sliding overhead track shelving is a cost-effective alternative that offers many of the same space-saving and productivity-boosting benefits. For those who don’t already know, high density systems are designed to drastically reduce storage footprints by eliminating the extra space between aisles of shelves. And if you think your shelving doesn’t take up too much space, think again. The unused space between rows quickly reduces the amount of usable storage capacity. For more information about how high density systems work, click here.

The sliding overhead track shelving is great for a wide variety of storage applications for hospital supplies, athletic gear, property and evidence, cleaning supplies, tools, and much more. Since the shelves use an overhead track, there are also no floor rails. Because of this, it’s easy to clean under the system to remove dust and debris. Additionally, if you ever need to move locations or rearrange your storage, you can easily add onto or relocate the system. There is no need to modify your existing floors or ceilings since the shelves are installed quickly with just a few tools.

We would be happy to tell you all about the benefits of this shelving system. But for now, here are just a few:

  • No rails installed onto the floor
  • Easy to relocate
  • Easy installation with minimum disruption and downtime
  • Cleaner, more organized space
  • Choose from a variety of accessories to customize
  • Inexpensive
  • Professional, clean appearance
  • Rail-less design eliminates tripping points for user safety and ergonomics
  • Bulk storage in less space
  • Wire decking above for extra storage space
  • Reuse your existing shelves

Contact Us for Sliding Overhead Track Shelving

Southwest Solutions Group® provides design and installation services for sliding overhead track shelving and high density storage systems. We will also provide you with a free consultation to determine your 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.


Cannabis Vertical Growing Compact Storage Rack Systems

Cannabis Vertical Growing Racks

cannabis vertical growing storage racksWith increasing amounts of legalization, cannabis is a growing industry (literally). Since marijuana requires a carefully controlled environment, you probably want to focus more on plant cultivation and less on your physical storage space. But this can be a difficult task when space is at a premium. This is especially true for the climate-controlled storage that cannabis requires. Thus, many businesses are turning to cannabis vertical growing systems to combat rising costs.

Unfortunately, cramming as many plants as possible into any available space isn’t an option since it inhibits air movement and limits the plants’ access to light. And it’s much more difficult to tend to individual plants when they’re stuffed into a tiny space. Additionally, there is a constant need to make operations more efficient.

Luckily, compact storage rack systems provide a solution that can meet many of your cannabis vertical growing storage needs at once. Instead of taking up space with traditional racks, the systems compact into a much smaller footprint during storage. In fact, these high density racks can increase your growing space by 50% compared to static storage. This is because the systems utilize your full vertical space and eliminate the need for extra floor space between aisles, which also reduces your real estate costs.marijuana growing vertical storage racks

To access stored plants, the user simply turns a handle or pushes a button on the aisle they need while the other aisles remain compacted together. This video shows how the system works.

Lastly, since cannabis vertical growing requires specialized storage, the compact racks can also be outfitted with a variety of options including LED lights, stainless steel, netting, and more. We would be glad to help you design and customize a system that works for you.

High Density Vertical Growing Benefits

  • Space optimization
  • Higher yields
  • Durability
  • Phased installations
  • Improved ergonomics
  • Code compliance

Contact Us for Cannabis Growing Racks

Southwest Solutions Group® provides design and installation services for compact storage rack systems in cannabis vertical growing applications. We will also provide you with a free consultation to determine your 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.


Pathology Blood Slide Vertical Carousel BIM Revit Model Kits

Pathology Slide Vertical Carousels

pathology blood slide vertical carouselsIf you work in pathology, you’re probably familiar with the difficulties of glass slide storage. Though the slides themselves are small, boxes of slides are extremely heavy. They’re difficult to handle, and can even damage the shelves they’re stored on due to sagging from the weight. They also take up a lot of space. But there is a better solution with vertical carousels for storing pathology blood slides and tissue blocks.

Space-Saving Storage for Blood Slides & Tissue Blocks

The vertical carousels are designed to address multiple problems with one solution by providing secure storage that saves space, provides ergonomic access, improves security, saves floor space, and reduces the risk of damage or injury during slide handling.

bim revit kit tissue block vertical carouselThe vertical carousels are an enclosed system of trays that rotate with the push of a button. When you need to retrieve or store a pathology slide, simply press the button until the carousel rotates to the desired storage tray. Since the carousel delivers the item directly to the operator, there’s no need to waste time walking and searching through boxes to find the right slide. You can also add other options like position lights and inventory management software to further increase accuracy and productivity. With its vertical design, the carousels can also save up to 75% of floor space compared to standard storage methods.

Implementing the ideal carousel for your application is also easier than ever with our pre-fabricated BIM kits. Simply choose a design and modify it to your specific needs with the click of a button. This allows a custom design solution that doesn’t have to start from scratch, saving you money and time. Each model also includes smart budgetary numbers that automatically adjust to any changes you make. Click here to visit our BIM website for vertical carousels.

Contact Us About Pathology Vertical Carousels

Southwest Solutions Group® provides design and installation services for pathology blood slide vertical carousels for labs and healthcare facilities. We will also provide you with a free consultation to determine your exact needs and specifications before the design process begins. For more information or to speak with a healthcare specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message.


World Paper Free Day 2017 Encourages the Digital Office

Celebrate World Paper Free Day

World Paper Free DayThere’s a day for everything nowadays, even for reducing paper use. On November 9, 2017, World Paper Free Day encourages businesses to go completely paperless for just one day in an effort to raise awareness for the importance of a digital office and less reliance on paper documents. But for some businesses, going paperless even for a day might be impossible. If that applies to you, don’t worry. It may seem daunting, but starting the paperless transition can be fast, easy, and worry-free with the right techniques and equipment. That’s where we come in to manage all of your paper and digital information with quality and compliant scanning services.

Don’t worry if you’re still tied to paper. In fact, most digital offices still use paper processes in some form with a “paper-lite” office. For some records, it’s required to keep a paper copy. There is a long way to go before any business can be truly “paper-free,” but digitizing even just a portion of your documents can provide valuable time savings and efficiency boosts. Additionally, digital records are more environmentally-friendly than paper.

Starting the Transition to a Digital Office

Though establishing a digital or paper-free office has countless benefits, these benefits could mean nothing if digitized documents and processes aren’t implemented effectively. Every business has different needs, whether it’s a focus on accessibility, security, or compliance. Consequently, there is no “one size fits all” solution for digitizing documents.

That’s why we tailor our document scanning services to your needs, not the other way around. Our processes and scanning teams are completely HIPAA compliant and CJIS certified. Have documents that can’t leave your building? We’ll bring our team and equipment to you and scan your documents on-site. There is no need to provide your own scanning equipment, as we own multiple high-speed and high-quality scanners. Click here for more information about our document scanning services and processes.

World Paper Free Day is a great opportunity to start your transition to a business that is less reliant on paper documents. Have questions? We would be more than happy to help you determine if a digital office is right for you. Contact us today.

Contact Us

Southwest Solutions Group® provides document scanning and digitization services to help your transition to a modern digital office. Want to try before you buy? We will scan, index, and upload a box a box of your records for free. For more information or to speak with a document scanning specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.


IRS Section 179 Tax Deductions for 2017 Business Equipment

Don’t Miss IRS Section 179 Deductions

irs section 179 tax deductionsIt’s that time of year again! Don’t wait to take advantage of the IRS Section 179 tax deductions for new and used business equipment. To qualify for Section 179, you must finance and use the equipment by the end of the day on December 31, 2017. Read on for more information.

2017 Equipment Deductions & Bonus Depreciation

What is IRS Section 179? It allows many small and medium-sized businesses to write off thousands of dollars at the end of the year of the purchase. And you can too by investing in your business’s future growth with up-to-date equipment.

2017 business equipment section 179 deductionsThe deduction limit for IRS Section 179 in 2017 is $500,000 with a $2,000,000 threshold for the total amount of equipment purchased. In addition, Section 179 also offers a “bonus first year depreciation” on qualifying equipment. Section 179 sets the current bonus depreciation at 50% of the cost of new equipment through the 2017 tax year. This means that if you reach the deduction limit of $2 million in equipment purchases, you can still take a bonus depreciation on the rest. Bonus depreciation only applies to new equipment and doesn’t occur every year, so make sure you take advantage of it!

We have a huge number of new and used business equipment that qualify for Section 179. Some of our solutions include high density shelves, automated vertical lifts and carousels, compact pallet racks, and much more.

You can also shop online at our partner, StoreMoreStore, for a variety of solutions available for immediate purchase.

Contact Us for More Information

Southwest Solutions Group® wants to help you make sure you get all of the tax deductions you qualify for this year. We can help you find qualifying equipment before time is up. To find out how we can help, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.


NCHIP Government Grants for Criminal Record Scanning

NCHIP Government Grants for Criminal Record Scanning

NCHIP grants for criminal record scanning Do you know about the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP)? The grant, as established by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), “provides direct awards and technical assistance to states and localities to improve the quality, timeliness, and immediate accessibility of criminal history records and related information.” The program intends to ensure the accurate and immediate access to criminal records used in law enforcement, including sex offender registries, firearm purchases, felony convictions, warrants, records of protective orders, convictions involving domestic violence and stalking, drug arrests and convictions, mental health adjudications, and others. Automating these records will also reduce wait times for gun purchasers with no criminal records.

NCHIP Eligibility

“Eligible applicants are limited to the agency designated by the governor in each state to administer the NCHIP program and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior).”

NCHIP Program Goals

  • To make more records available to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)
  • Updating and automating case outcomes in state records and the FBI’s Criminal History File
  • Converting manual records to electronic records in accordance with CJIS policies
  • Establishing more effective accuracy and information quality controls
  • Converting juvenile records to the adult system
  • Upgrading equipment where appropriate to improve availability of data
  • Developing access to data on persons prohibited from firearm purchases under the Gun Control Act (18 U.S.C. Section 922)
  • Participation in the FBI’s Identification for Firearms Sales (IFFS) program
  • Reduce delays for law-abiding gun purchasers
  • Comply with requirements for NICS record-keeping and transaction status reports
  • Establish electronic interfaces or information exchanges to provide a complete data review in connection with background checks
  • Automatic criminal record databases
  • Full participation in the III and National Fingerprint File (NFF), including adoption and implementation of the National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact
  • Synchronizing records between the state and the FBI
  • Developing software and hardware to enable electronic access to state records

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through We can help you find an experienced grant writer to assist you in the application process.

How We Can Help

  • We can help you find a grant writer to assist you
  • After the grant process, we can help you complete your record scanning and digitization goals
  • CJIS compliant digital scanning of criminal history record jackets
  • CJIS compliant staff, scanning process, and scanning facility (or on-site at your location)
  • High speed, large volume scanning equipment (400 pages per minute)
  • High quality on-site color scanning
  • Contracts with experienced grant writers for your NCHIP application

Contact Us for Criminal History Improvement Record Scanning

Southwest Solutions Group® provides on-site CJIS compliant criminal history record scanning and digitization. We will even scan, index, and upload a box of your records for free so you can try our services before you buy. For more information or to speak with a scanning specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.