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Blueprint Storage Options
Blue print storage – The storage of blueprints is important. Ideally blue prints are stored in a safe secure manner, where they can be retrieved quickly for easy reference. There are several blueprint storage methods with their inherent advantages and disadvantages. When planning for blue print and drawing storage there are several points to consider:
- The current number of blueprints needing stored
- The projected number of blueprints needing stored in the future
- Are the blueprints used frequently and need to be accessed quickly
- Is it permanent storage for the blueprints
- Are drawings being stored important and expensive to reproduce
- Do you want to store your drawings flat or rolled
Most of the time when planning blue print storage you will use a combination of the methods listed below selected based on budget and need.
Rolled blue print storage also known as upright roll files, wire upright roll files which can be constructed of metal or corrugated materials are inexpensive. Their advantage is cost and the ability to place the drawings near workers. Disadvantage is the time to access blueprints or plans since they are rolled, and a limited number of drawings that can be easily organized. Extra protection for blueprints and drawing can be gained through the use of Blue print tubes or drawing tubes. blue print storage
Blueprint mobile stands also known as vertical files, blueprint stands, blueprint racks etc. offer quick easy access to blueprints using hanging clamps. They can be placed near the people who use the plans most, removed quickly using the hanging clamps and placed on a reference table or desk for use then returned. Blue print stands offer greater flexibility and convenience than either rolled blueprint storage or steel flat files. They are more expensive then the rolled blue print files, but less expensive than flat files. The flat files have much greater capacity and offer much more protection. blue print storage
Steel flat files offered greater protection for prints and blueprints and some are made with archival quality paints that do not give off damaging vapors. Some of the manufactures are safco and mayline. The flat files are excellent for protecting important drawings or drawings that are used less frequently, they can hold a lot of blueprints and drawings in a minimal space with greater security and protection but is the most expensive option. Flat Files By Safco
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.
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