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shelving with modular drawersModular drawers are useful in a range of industries. With an array of customization opportunities and maximizing space utilization, organizations find these systems as an optimal solution for storing parts and products compared to traditional shelving. If you're planning new storage space or looking to increase your existing storage capacity with a minimal footprint, modular drawers can help you create organized storage that is cost-effective and leads to better productivity and efficiency in the workplace.

Whether it is about storing a large inventory of parts, stocking records in bulk, or protecting medical instruments from contamination, these industrial modular drawer systems offer easy access to contents, maximize storage areas, and securely store your items in a variety of sizes.

Let's find out the key benefits of modular drawers, how they fare against traditional shelves, and some of the popular modular drawer configurations that organizations use to manage their inventory.

What is a Modular Drawer?

modular drawer shelving storageCabinets with modular drawers contain several horizontal drawers of different heights that you can open independently. The drawers also feature multiple partitions where items of various sizes can be stored and stacked on top of each other. Additionally, these drawers are fully extendible to ensure full use of the drawer space and easy access to items.

These smooth-sliding drawers can be used as a standalone cabinet or integrated with your shelving or industrial workstation to maximize cubic storage capacity and eliminate wasted space in your storage area.

Modular drawers are also customizable. Depending on the horizontal and vertical space available, you can add more drawers or specify each drawer's height to accommodate the contents of different sizes. You can even select layout configurations to subdivide each drawer into a range of custom compartments for better organization.

This efficient storage system is also available with additional accessories such as anchoring kits, trays, mats, shelves, brackets, and locking systems to organize and secure various tools, parts, and other stored contents.

The Benefits of Modular Drawers

Mmodular drawer cabinets supply storageodular drawers offer multiple advantages to organizations of all sizes. Here are some of the top benefits of modular casework.

Better Productivity

In many industries, items are typically stored on shelves using bins and boxes that offer limited access to the items when needed. The shelf height makes it difficult to see what items placed on the top racks, making it necessary for the individual to use a ladder. Besides, boxes often get moved around on shelves, shifting from their actual location. As a result, items are more likely to get lost or damaged, leading to inventory wastage or stock-outs.

With modular cabinets, you have the entire inventory spread out right in front of you in right-height drawers. The partitions within each drawer further make it easy to manage inventory. With such an organized inventory, there is a significant reduction in downtime spent locating the items when needed.

This ease of access helps employees to complete their tasks faster and more efficiently. Many modular storage drawers also come with built-in label holders that can be used to label SKUs, bar codes, or text for better inventory organization and efficient location of items.

Improved Space Utilization

One of the key benefits of modular storage drawers is their ability to dramatically reduce the cubic space utilization in the storage area. In a typical industrial shelf, cubic space above the boxes often gets wasted. On the contrary, modular drawers take advantage of the vertical space in a room, enabling you to maximize storage capacity without taking up more floor space.

Compared to traditional shelving, it is also easy to stack irregularly-shaped small and medium-sized items in these drawers. Since the drawers are also fully extensible, you can utilize the entire three-dimensional drawer space for storage. A single eye-level modular drawer cabinet can easily provide storage capacity equal to three to four sections of standard industrial shelving. As such, switching from standard industrial shelving to a drawer cabinet storage can reduce the required storage space by as much as 100% to 400%.customizable drawer partitions

Better Inventory Management

A modular storage system leads to efficient inventory management as it is easier to track and record the stock. With accurate inventory tracking, users spend significantly less time reviewing and counting supplies. This ensures that the business runs smoothly all the time since the parts and products are always stocked at suitable levels.

Modular drawers also have an indirect impact on customer satisfaction. Since the inventory of products gets managed efficiently and securely, the customers will receive their items intact and on time, leading to delighted customers.

Customizable Design

With numerous layout combinations, drawer configurations, and multiple accessories, modular drawers offer you complete control of your storage space. Depending on your inventory needs, you can decide the number of drawers to install, customize each drawer's heights, or add organizers to store items of different sizes. It is also possible to integrate these modular cabinets in existing open industrial shelves to benefit both the storage systems.

What makes modular casework versatile is its capability to adapt to the changing business requirements. As your inventory grows, you can increase the number of drawers, alter the layouts, and adjust the spacing between shelves to meet storage needs. This efficient storage system also has a seamless design that blends well into any area, be it a warehouse or office environment.customizable modular drawer cabinets

Better Protection and Security

Modular drawers also protect valuable tools, parts, and raw materials from environmental wear and tear. Besides, since the drawers keep the contents secured in a closed cabinet, it is also easy for occupants to evacuate the area in the event of a fire or other hazards.

These systems are equally useful in storing a class of products and supplies that needs to remain separate from others for security or quality control. With several locking options, modular cabinets limit access to only those authorized to handle the contents. You can lock the entire vertical bar of the cabinet as well as individual drawers. 

You can even use locking doors to lock the entire cabinet for enhanced security or integrate a one-drawer-at-a-time mechanism to prevent two drawers from being opened at the same time.

Common Modular Drawer Types and Applications

While there are infinite combinations and layouts possible with modular drawers, here are some of the most popular configurations that organizations typically use to store and manage their unique inventory.

Metal Drawers in Shelving

These modular steel drawers integrate with existing open industrial shelves to enhance the efficiency of temporary storage options and protect the inventory from dust and pilferage. Metal drawers in shelving are ideal for storing a product mix that consists of small, medium, and large-sized items. Open shelves can be above or below the drawers depending on the storage requirement.modular cabinet drawer partitions storage

Modular Drawers for Mobile Shelving System

These modular cabinets integrate with a moveable shelf system, offering better cubic space utilization and ease of access. One of the aisles of this mobile shelving system is always free so that you can access goods from the drawers easily.

Modular Drawers with Work Surface Countertop

With a countertop work surface stacked over the drawer cabinet, this modular system brings stored contents right to the point of use while keeping the inventory organized. Since the drawers can be further subdivided to create custom compartments, this type of configuration maximizes cubic capacity while also offers long-lasting functionality.

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Planning an efficient storage space is essential to the overall success of any business. While traditional industrial shelving is necessary to store large and similar-sized items, this storage option offers a limited scope of maximizing storage space utilization.

Besides, industrial shelves are also not suitable for storing irregular-sized parts and make organizing and managing inventory difficult. However, it is possible to maximize storage space with modular drawers while ensuring protection, security, and better inventory management for small and medium-sized items. It is possible to use both industrial shelves and modular drawers for efficient storage space utilization and inventory organization with multiple configuration options.

At Southwest Solutions Group®, we understand how critical it is to select the right storage solutions for your unique business needs. With our expertise and experience in the design and installation of modular storage drawers, we specialize in ensuring that our customers make educated investments when choosing a storage solution for their organization.

To learn more or speak with a storage specialist, give us a call at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today!

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