What is High Density Storage?

July 31, 2014

The Definition of High Density Storage and Access Aisles

High density storage is a concept based on the idea of condensing stored items into less space. The concept is represented by many different products with the same the basic function: moving shelving that compacts together to eliminate excess aisle space. When compared to lateral cabinets or traditional static shelving, high density storage systems will offer the same amount of storage capacity in approximately 50% less space.

The spaces between rows of shelving (called access aisles) are what you walk through get to the item you need that’s sitting on the shelf. These access aisles are redundant. The amount of space the aisles take up coupled with the amount of time it takes to navigate through them, wastes both real-estate and productivity. Getting rid of access aisles makes sense, and high density storage systems do just that.

Different Types of High Density Storage Systems

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There are many different storage products referred to as high density, but they basically fall into three different types.

High Density Storage Shelving

The first product – generally known as high density storage shelving, mobile shelving, or compact shelving – is the most popular and typically what people think of when they’re referring to a high density system.

These storage systems can be used for small, medium and large applications and in a variety of different markets including,

  • Commercial businesses
  • Industrial and material handling
  • Libraries and schools
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Museums and art galleries
  • Public safety and law enforcement facilities
  • Government buildings and military bases

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Sliding Mobile Shelving

The second product is a double depth type of high density storage system. It’s usually called sliding mobile shelving, movable lateral shelving or bi-file shelving. These systems are the most cost-effective of the high density storage systems and work best for small to medium size applications. They can also be used throughout the same markets as the first product.

high density storage product compact pallet racks

Compact Pallet Racks

The third product is generally used in warehouses that have large heavy-duty storage needs. Referred to as compact pallet racks, mobile pallet racking and mobilized warehouse racking, this product works best in warehousing and industrial facilities.


Contact Us for More Information on High Density Storage

If you think a high density storage system might be right for your storage needs, Southwest Solutions Group® is here to help. We’ve been designing and installing all of these space saving products since 1969. Give us a call at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message, and we will put you in touch with the specialist in your area.

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