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Blueprint drawing plan & map storage solution options
Blue print storage – The storage of blueprint plans & maps is important. Ideally these documents are stored in a safe secure manner, where they can be retrieved quickly for reference. There are several options the storage of document plans. Each method has advantages and disadvantages. blueprint storage methods with their inherent advantages and disadvantages. Points to consider before selecting a storage option:
- How many current blueprints, plans, maps needing stored
- What is the future projected number of documents needing stored
- Are the drawings frequently used and need quickly accessed
- Is it permanent storage
- Are drawings stored important and expensive to reproduce
- Do you want to store your drawings flat or rolled
Most storage solutions of important plan documents and maps use combination of methods based on budget and need. Below are some typical storage options for plans and maps listed based on budget and need. Rolled Storage is the least expensive method for storing documents & maps. Their advantage is cost and the ability to place the drawings near workers. Disadvantage is the time to access plans since they are rolled, and rolling documents limits the volume of drawings that can be easily accessed & organized. Blueprint Plan Racks & Hanging Clamp Holders - offer quick easy access to plans and maps. Most racks hold up to 1200 drawings using 12 hanging clamps some models hold even more. The advantage blueprint racks offer over rolled storage or plan file cabinets is the ability to organize, access, and move plans to the people and places they are used. Plan racks more expensive than rolled storage, but are more convenient and have a much smaller footprint for same volume of storage. The are less expensive than flat files , offer less protection, and volume of documents storage, but can be moved exactly where they are needed for a project. Flat File Cabinets - offer one of the best protections of important documents, maps, and drawings some cabinets are made with archival quality paints that do not emit damaging vapors. Flat file cabinets can be arranged to store semi active drawers ½ full or inactive drawers 100% full. The most expensive option flat files secure and protect a large volume of document plans and maps within a small footprint of space. Below are some options of storage to consider. Please let us know if you need any help selecting the products that will best meet your needs and budget.
Roll files rolled storage blueprints, drawings, plans, maps, documents, etc. Alvin & Safco wire roll files, upright roll files, mobile roll files, and steel roll files for rolled storage
Blueprint racks, plan racks, blueprint stands, blueprint holders, hanging clamps by Alvin, Mayline, & Safco plan racks and blueprint racks
Flat files, flat file cabinets, Mayline and Safco 5 drawer flat files & 10 drawer flat files, SMI oak & birch wood flat files, selection below Mayline, Safco, & SMI flat file cabinets & flat files.
The Safco MasterFile II is compact blueprint storage system for active blueprints, drawings, maps etc. The MasterFile stores up to 1600 3-mil documents of various sizes within an easily accessible enclosed hanging plan file storage unit. Easily retrieve one or more drawings without having to bend over or stoop down.
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