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Our industry, along with many others, has its own language when it comes to describing its products and their features. We sometimes forget that the terms we use are perhaps not as familiar to our clients as we may think.

So, we thought we would put together a few lines that we hope will go some way to helping our customers understand the most commonly used lingo and help get them through a session with any sales person!

The space used for access by users between mobile bays within a certain set-up. Minimum width (as recommended by PD5454) is 750mm. The maximum can be whatever you want.

Aisle Lock
Push button or ‘Plunger’ on the end of a mobile run of bays that you either turn or push in to lock the entire mobile run in position while you are in the aisle…Usually integral to the handle but can be positioned on its own somewhere on the end panel. Imagine this is like a handbrake on a car. NOT to be confused with a key lock.

A bay is simply one storage compartment usually designed to take a certain size box or file type. Rather like a cupboard or cabinet it will have shelves or similar internals. Bays are of a set width, depth and height. Bays can be double (back-to-back) or single (usually in a run side-by-side).

End Panel or Cladding
These are finished aesthetic smooth panels that go on the end of mobile runs or other storage units giving a finished look. They are not functional and are not required in order for the systems to perform.

Guide Track
The guide track is the beefy, usually 15-20mm high, part of a set of tracks that a mobile system runs on. It is the one which the drive shaft is using to push or pull a mobile carriage.

Infill Floor
A false floor built upon an existing sub floor that is required in order to allow the guide track and wear strips to be recessed….rather than attempting to dig trenches in an existing floor material.

Linear Metres
The measure of which we use to quantify most media types in terms of capacity. A shelf that is 1200mm wide (left- to -right) and 400mm deep (front-to-back) is 1.2 linear metres of storage. If there were 5 levels of these in one Bay, then there would be 6 linear metres.

The number of storage types within a bay. Can be plain shelves or a combination of shelves and file frames. Levels can be any width depth or pitch.

Mobile Base
This describes the actual mechanical chassis of a mobile system that houses the drive shafts and chain gearing components that drive the system and which the bays sit upon.

Shelf Pitch
The distance between the top surface of a shelf and the top surface of the one above…therefore this dimension should include the thickness of the shelf. The clear aperture will be the distance between the surface of a shelf and underside of the one above. This dictates the height of any media that is to be stored therein.

Static Bay
A floor standing storage bay or cabinet that is not fixed to a mobile base and so remains in position.

Upright panels are all the vertical panels within a system. Either solid panels or post uprights these define the bay widths and are normally slotted to take the shelves.

Wear Strip
The flat strip of metal or aluminum which the mobile bases run along via small wheels concealed below the mechanical carriages.