Considering a Compact Storage System?

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You already know that Spacesaver’s compact storage systems allow you to store more in less space, which makes room for work areas or even more storage capacity. You also know that you can use new or existing shelving, cabinets, or racks on mobile carriages, and that Spacesaver systems are safe and fully customizable. Now you want to decide whether to go with a mechanical assist control (aka hand cranks) or electronic controls. Let us help you make the right decision for your team.

Reliability Concerns

Are you worried that you may not be able to count on our powered systems for many and many years to come? We want you to know you can trust any of Spacesaver’s powered systems. They are the most reliable in the industry. We offer a ten-year warranty and many of our systems have performed reliably for 25 years or more without needing an electronics update. When these systems do need servicing, wireless diagnostics let your local technicians assess the situation quickly, with minimal downtime and disruption. If the power goes out, a battery backup kicks in to ensure reliable operation.

Are you still not convinced and need more proof?


Both control options have safety systems, with a manually operated lock on mechanical assist systems and a variety of advanced safety options with electronic systems. An electronic system’s safety beams sweep open aisles, similar to an automatic garage door opener, to detect when someone enters an aisle or when an object is blocking an open aisle.

All powered systems come standard with redundant built-in safety devices. That’s one of the reasons why we recommend powered systems, depending on the application. For example, we recommend that systems accessed by the general public be equipped with electronic control because of their additional safety features. Open-access libraries often choose powered shelving to add more safety precautions because untrained people will be using the system.

Speed / Efficiency

Electronic systems can move many carriages at once, and users enter an aisle as soon as it begins to open. The time savings add up when aisles are opened many times a day.

Touchless Access

In the days of the pandemic and into the future electronic shelving opens with the press of a button or LCD screen. If you’re concerned about high-touch surfaces, you can easily open powered systems with your own mobile device via the TUSC app. This can help your location cut down on possible transmission of illness.

Soft Start – Soft Stop

If you’re storing fragile items, a powered system’s “soft start – soft stop” feature eliminates the risk of shock damage. This feature also reduces wear and tear on the system’s drive components and reduces electric draw. This feature is especially useful for fragile pieces in a museum.

Restricted Access & Audit Trail

Electronic shelving offers PIN- or badge-operated security and an audit trail. The system won’t open for unauthorized users, and it generates a report of who accessed any aisle, and when.
The restricted access allows provides you with an audit trail to safeguard employees’ personal information.

Wireless Diagnostics

Although service calls are rare, our powered systems allow technicians to use a wireless diagnostic system to minimize downtime.

Automatic Movement

Electric shelving systems offer a variety of pre-programmed automatic movement modes for optimal efficiency. Do you have an aisle that’s accessed more frequently than all the others? Set the system to default to keeping that priority aisle open. Need to avoid fully closed aisles to promote ventilation? Set the system to “ventilation park.” You can also choose a “fire park” mode that connects to your building’s alarm system.

What’s the cost difference?

So now that you know more about an electric shelving system’s features, you’re probably wondering how much they cost. And the answer? It depends.

Cost depends on the size of your compact storage system, any aesthetic add-ons you might want, and other factors. In general, electronic shelving systems do cost more than our mechanical assist systems but when our clients consider the value they’ll get day after day, they decide it’s worth it.

Time to Decide

No matter which Spacesaver compact storage system you choose, you’ll gain the ability to store more supplies or equipment in less space. If you’re looking for optimal efficiency, choose powered systems for their safety, ease of use, efficiency, reliability, and other features.

Contact us today.

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