Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department Selects Montel’s High-Density Storage Systems

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Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department


If you break the law in Stanislaus, then the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department has room for you to serve your time. But, until recently, there wasn’t room as much room for the records, clothing and possessions of 1,500 inmates, not to mention the personal items of the local deputies and booking staff.

With 40 new inmates booked and 20 to 30 released during every 12-hour shift, these public safety officials needed smarter organization than filing cabinets and hooks to reduce their lost property claims. Good thing Montel and BMH Equipment Inc., an Authorized Montel Distributor, were there to provide some much-needed backup.

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For their strength, accessibility and customizable design, Mobilex mechanical-assist mobile storage systems were the obvious choice: one for general administration – including historical records, personnel belongings, confidential items and training materials – one for in-custody filing and another for inmates’ possessions. Complete with adjustable SmartShelves, Mobilex offered the sheriff’s office storage that met high capacity demands without sacrificing on square feet or versatility.

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Since as many as 20 team members or more would require access to the systems throughout a given day, the mobile storage installations had to open quickly and keep staff safe during operation. Each Mobilex storage system came equipped with SafeCrank ergonomic handles and push-button locking mechanisms designed to prevent closure while in use. Embedded rails underneath the Mobilex carriages also protected against tripping and allowed access for wheelchairs and carts.

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Custom in-shelf features, such as clothing racks, ventilated lockers and numbered bins, gave sheriff’s office personnel the freedom to organize according to how they processed inmates, instead of having to create workarounds for static, inflexible shelving.

And for added safety, what storage system in Central Valley, California would be complete without anti-tipping technology capable of withstanding an earthquake? Montel, BMH Equipment and the sheriff’s department covered all the bases to ensure officers and office staff would be safe no matter when an emergency strikes.

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Thanks to high-density Mobilex storage systems, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department can book and release inmates comfortably, reduce its liability for lost property and provide its staff with safe, frictionless access to a dynamic library of records, resources and more.

Set the bar high with Aetnastak cantilever shelving and hanging storage accessories

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We at Montel truly believe anything and everything can fit on a shelf.  All it takes is finding the right shelf for the job.

That's the motivation behind Aetnastak cantilever shelving, the endlessly configurable high-density shelving solution that redefined library storage.

But librarians aren't the only ones impressed by all that Aetnastak can do.  Many of our clients in other lines of work have outfitted these already powerful shelving systems with hanging storage options to suit their diverse needs.

What is Aetnastak cantilever shelving?

There's no such thing as a typical Aetnastak cantilever shelving system. They come in many shapes and styles because the hardware is compatible with compact static modules, Mobilex® mechanical-assist mobile shelving systems and SafeAisle® powered mobile shelving systems.

No matter how you deploy your Aetnastak shelving, you can look forward to these benefits:

  • Efficient storage always: Users can easily adjust the height, length and depth of Aetnastak cantilever shelves to match the dimensions of what they want to store. Choose single- or double-faced storage for extra efficiency. And of course, go mobile with Mobilex or SafeAisle to optimize your footprint even further. No wasted space. Just limitless storage potential.
  • Immediate organization: Arrange your inventory according to what makes sense to you, not what your inflexible shelving forces you to do. Aetnastak cantilever shelving is the storage system that changes with you.
  • Preserve your stock: Not everything takes to standard flat shelves as well as boxes do. There is no shortage of customizable accessories our customers can affix to the Aetnastak cantilever universal frame. Pick the features that protect your inventory and support low-maintenance management. 

Hanging options, however, take Aetnastak cantilever storage to the next level. Here are just a few of the applications our imaginative clients and their local Authorized Montel Distributors thought up:

1. Harness storage

Are you a field service dispatch center with technicians that climb utility poles or repair wind energy turbines? Or are you a small professional bungee company serving local thrillseekers? Either way, your equipment deserves storage that ensures safe usage and management.

2. Parachute storage

Even though parachutes are engineered to endure the harshest conditions, improper storage can damage them and compromise their performance. Aetnastak cantilever shelving with hanging storage accessories all but eliminates those concerns for military paratroopers and commercial parachutists.

3. Outdoor equipment retail storage

If only storing outdoor backpacks was as much fun as adventuring in the wilderness. Designed for the elements, this rugged, bulky equipment does not take to traditional storage well. Hanging storage accessories, on the other hand, keep operations clean and orderly.

4. Kayak storage

A kayak? On a shelf? Forget about it. Unless, of course, you invest in an Aetnastak cantilever shelving system with hanging bars. These features cradle each kayak so retailers and rental services can display them safely.

In fact, hanging bars are so dependable, museums use them to store canoes that are hundreds of years old!

5. Textile storage

Whether you're a textile manufacturer or a retail rug seller, you can enjoy the flexibility of adjustable roll bars on customizable Aetnastak shelving. Double up to maximize your storage area. Be sure to check out our options for static and mobile shelving systems.

6. Military mobility bags

Every good mobility bag has one thing in common: field readiness. Troops deploy at a moment's notice, and so must their mobility bags. Aetnastak cantilever shelving systems give soldiers everything they need to organize their equipment, access it when the time for action comes and keep their supplies safe in the interim.

Aetnastak cantilever storage systems aren't just for libraries. For more information on these and other applications, contact your local Authorized Montel Distributor today.

Optimize or maximize? Win-wins with mobile shelving solutions

A change to mobile shelving can make a big difference to all sorts of businesses, whether they’re looking to shrink their storage footprint, expand it or simply do more with it.
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When was the last time you thought about how you shelve?

Every business, commercial or industrial, does it – but do they shelve as well as they could or should? And if not, what are they all missing out on by avoiding the problem?

A change to mobile shelving can make a big difference to all sorts of businesses, whether they're looking to shrink their storage footprint, expand it or simply do more with it.

Are you an Optimizer?

Is your storage occupying more cubic footage than you expected it to? With the wrong layout and static shelving, even businesses with minimal storage needs are susceptible to wasted space and high inventory management costs.

Mobile shelving systems optimize the area devoted to storage, freeing up new possibilities. What can businesses do with the space they save by installing customizable mobile storage solutions in their warehouse or stockroom?

For one, they can just leave it empty. After all, mobile storage modules condense the same volume of goods into an area 50 percent smaller than with static shelving. That level of spatial efficiency saves businesses immediately, especially if those businesses were planning to expand their properties, relocate or invest in off-site storage facilities because of their chronic storage issues.

Moreover, mobile shelving reduces recurring costs associated with per-square-foot refrigerated storage. According to investment management firm JLL, cold storage facilities cost triple what conventional warehouse storage cost. Mobile storage protects from overspending those who lease refrigerated storage units or who aim to invest capital in their own.

Are you a Maximizer?

On the flip side, a significant space savings of 50 percent will certainly tempt leaders to conceive of new ways to utilize areas once devoted to storage. Here are a few ways some Montel customers have used the space they saved by switching to mobile storage:

Expanded the sales floor: With a smaller storage footprint, retail businesses can grow their revenue-generating areas. Whether they choose to provide more room to mill about or a more diverse selection of goods, patrons will appreciate the improved shopping experience either way.

Added production or processing power: Industrial businesses such as manufacturing need their shop floors for far more than storing inventory and finished products. Reductions in storage open up opportunities to build a new line, for example, without overspending capital on a whole new facility.

Doubled up on storage: Warehouses are in the business of space. If they so choose, these businesses can reclaim aisles and maximize storage. Mobile shelving installations therefore give warehouses twice the capacity, twice as many vacancies to sell or utilize and twice as many SKUs to offer end users.

Whichever route you decide to take, trust that manual, mechanical-assist or powered mobile shelving solutions will propel your storage operations toward success. For more information, visit the Montel blog or reach out to your nearest Authorized Montel Distributor today.

6 industry-leading safety features built into Mobilex mechanical-assist mobile shelving [Video]

Goucher College, Baltimore, MD. Assembled by Douron Inc., Authorized Montel Distributor in Maryland.
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In the industrial spaces where high-density storage performs the greatest service – warehouses, off-site storage facilities and the like – all business must be built from the foundation of safety.

While the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports indicate the rates of fatal and non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses in the private sector are decreasing, facilities managers and site supervisors can’t let their guards down. After all, any number higher than zero is not worth celebrating.


In the heat of the moment: Custom storage solutions for fire departments

Will your fire equipment storage help you reach victims in time, or will it hold you back?
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Twenty-three seconds.

Every 23 seconds a fire department somewhere in the country responds to an alarm, according to 2015 averages from the U.S. National Fire Protection Association.

Will your fire department be the next to answer the call? And will your fire equipment storage help you reach victims in time, or will it hold you back?


Introducing SafeCrank mobile shelving technology from Montel

How does mechanical-assist mobile shelving keep users protected at your place of business?
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Safety should always be a chief concern among business leaders.

Protecting employees from accidents in the workplace is not only the right thing to do morally, it’s one of the most cost-effective commitments an employer can make. According to research from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, American businesses spend an estimated $1 billion every week on workers’ compensation payments alone. Yikes! That can’t be good for the company checkbook or a brand’s reputation.


SmartShelf® vs. L&T Shelving: Which packs the biggest punch?

How does Montel's SmartShelf® Hybrid 4-Post boltless shelving system stack up against a traditional L&T commodity shelving unit?
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How does Montel’s SmartShelf® Hybrid 4-Post shelving system stack up against a traditional L&T shelving unit?

Frankly, we don’t think it’s a fair fight at all, especially when it comes to customization and spatial efficiency. Boltless shelving like SmartShelf® wins round after round.

We’ll walk you through a standard shelf adjustment step by step, compare the two shelving options and demonstrate exactly what we mean.


Oh, the humanity: Human resources storage possibilities for any business

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A company’s HR department handles all things involving its human capital: how employees interact with each other, with the company and the knowledge they gain therein. With this broad job description comes a level of responsibility unlike any other position in-house.

Human resources storage can keep this department moving diligently to service everyone from entry-level interns to corporate stakeholders. Who knew the greatest asset to human resources might not be human at all?


Proof positive: How smart crime lab storage serves and protects

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In modern policing, crimes labs play a crucial role in an officer’s caseload. Collecting information and interrogating witnesses or suspects can only do so much. With science on their side, public safety officials can use all the information at their disposal. But to do so, their crime labs need the very best resources, including smart storage capabilities.


Smart storage solutions protect our public safety officials

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Every day, public safety officials selflessly safeguard citizens and keep trouble at bay. However, their duty also goes into protecting other things as well. These jobs can range from holding fragile evidence, housing firearms and even securing possessions belonging to inmates for extended periods of time. To fulfill their obligations to their neighborhoods, public safety officials look to smart storage solutions to keep their minds focused on the tasks at hand and not on whatever’s back at the station.