Montel, a global leader of high-density mobile storage shelving system solutions, is pleased to announce today that it has been granted a fourth Patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its latest technological development. Titled Braking System for Mobile Storage Unit, also known as Mechanical Safety Brake, Montel’s Patent No. 7,645,000 covers a driving mechanism having a braking system, for use on a movable storage unit.

“Montel is very proud today to have been awarded this new innovative Patent,” explained Jerome Doucet, Vice President Sales & Marketing at Montel. “For our high-density mechanical mobile storage systems, we believe this granted new Patent will clearly reflect Montel’s commitment and leadership in the marketplace to the level of safety we provide to our customers for their storage needs. Montel is raising and setting the bar for our industry safety standards.”

More specifically, Montel’s Patent No. 7,645,000 is described as a braking device immediately stopping any carriage movement while a user or an object is in the aisle, where the handle-locking device has not previously been engaged. A toe-level kick plate engages a gravity-activated mechanism, which stops Montel’s full-length torque-resistant shaft rotation thus, any carriage movement at the same time. The braking mechanism resets itself upon removal of the pressure on the kick plate.

Montel’s Mobile Storage Unit Braking System is available with manual or mechanical carriages. Full-length floor-level safety bar on both sides of the aisle will stop carriage movement anywhere in the module when as little as 1.5 lbs (6.7 N) of pressure is applied on the safety bar. Additionally, Mobile Storage Unit Braking System:

Improves user safety;

Automatically stops the carriage from moving into a closing aisle if a person applies pressure on the sweep;

Automatic resets once the obstruction is removed; At 5/8” (16mm) above the floor, even small objects will stop the carriage from moving;

Ensures a consistent high quality installation in the field since factory pre-assembled; Stops smoothly the system and reduces vibration due to a unique absorber coupling;    

Requires no electrical power due to the unique gravity-activated mechanism, thus contributes to earning LEED™ certification.


Established in 1924, Montel Inc. is the pioneer of high-density mobile shelving storage system solutions in North America. Manufacturer of products for office, institutional and industrial applications, Montel’s achievements include some of the most prestigious projects in North America and around the world. Family-owned and privately held, the company serves clients through a network of Authorized Distributors throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. To learn more about Montel and/or for a no-obligation space storage analysis, contact us at 877-935-0236 or

Founded in 1924, Montel is a company specialized in the design and manufacture of high-density mobile storage systems for a multitude of markets, including libraries, museums, industrial warehousing, education, healthcare, public safety, military, sports and indoor vertical farming.

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