Archive Storage

Save money and space with mobile archive storage.

Despite increasing digitalisation many types of documents and objects still need to be stored in an archive. Objects of historical value and legal documents often need to be held in their original physical form. Some organisations will maintain a physical business archive for speed and ease of access. Companies are increasingly relying on mobile archives – or archive racking – to allow for efficient storage of assets. This maximises the storage capacity of a given space, providing safe, compact storage as well as delivering cost savings.

How to create an efficient archive

Maintaining accessibility and maximising storage capacity go hand in hand when setting up an archive. By choosing the right storage system, every cubic centimetre of archive storage can be used efficiently and all documents remain at your fingertips. Bruynzeel Storage Systems consultants will help you maximise the use of your available space. Our bespoke solutions can work around door openings, restricted height ceilings – even ventilation ducts.

Static archive shelving

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Static shelving is a good choice for an archive that is in regular use by a number of different people. Archive material is readily available to all users via permanent aisles, avoiding bottlenecks in the store room. Bruynzeel’s steel static archive racks are available in varying length, height and depth measurements.  This flexibility has the following advantages:

  • Easy to build around obstacles such as doors and ventilation ducts for an efficient use of space
  • The system is modular, making it easy to extend or customise as required
  • Shelf measurements are adjusted to suit the goods stored in the archive, avoiding half-empty shelves.
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Save space with a mobile archive

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Mobile storage systems offer a number of advantages over static archive shelving. For example, static shelving requires gangways between the rows in order to gain access to the shelves and drawers. Mobile shelving for archives make the best use of the available space by using only a single aisle, nearly doubling the storage capacity in a given space. Mobile shelving – also known as roller racking – can be moved individually or in multiples, where necessary. The system can be specified with extra-wide aisles, suitable for wheelchair users, without any loss of storage capacity.

Double decker archive storage

If floor space is scarce but there is sufficient height in a storage facility, a double decker mobile shelving system offers the ultimate space-saving solution for archive storage. A double decker system increases storage capacity in a given floor area by 400 per cent, when compared with single storey static shelving. The double decker has two layers of mobile filing cabinets, with the lower and upper cabinets made up of a single unit, moving together in tandem. The first-floor mezzanine is therefore not load bearing, avoiding the need for bulky and costly alterations to the fabric of the building.

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Different types of archive storage at a glance

The choice of system for archive storage depends on the available space, the size of items stored and the number of people who must have access to an archive. Watch this short film to explore the impact of static archive shelving, mobile shelving and the double decker systems that Bruynzeel offers for archive storage.

Archive storage for special collections

The archive storage of historical documents has special requirements. Ventilation ducts and filters ensure an optimum climate to protect the archive against dust and mould. In addition to climate control in the archive room itself, your choice of archive storage can help optimise the preservation and protection of special collections. Bruynzeel mobile systems offer night parking to ensure maximum ventilation to avoid stale air pockets, vibration-free movement and ‘fire park’ linked to the building’s fire alarm.

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