Document Protection – Easy to Use Blueprint Cabinet
The comments below are from the Engineers at the Board of Public Utility
The Board of Public Utilities, Jamestown, New York is a city owned utility. At all our substations we use the Ulrich Cadfile as our blueprint cabinet.
Our old system didn’t work
Our previous blueprint storage system had many problems. We hung our blueprints with clamps on an open rack system which leaves the prints exposed to the environment. Consequently this exposure makes the prints dirty, wavy, damaged and brittle. In addition, we set prints on tables when referencing them. And these prints would get coffee stains and spills. In short, we needed a better system.
We learned about these Ulrich Cadfiles. And we feel they are among the best products in our substations.
Capacity and Organization!
The Cadfile blueprint cabinet works well. In this case, we use D sized, 24″ x 36″, prints at the substation. And the Ulrich Cadfile stores D sized prints perfectly.1
In addition these cabinets hold a lot of folders, and these folders provide great organization. First, we organize prints for each piece of equipment in a unique folder. Then we attach a large label to each folder. As a result, our prints are always easy to find.
Even if we don’t fill the cabinet all of the way, there are little “tabs” that hold the blueprints straight up and down, and nice and flat.
Easy to Use
The Cadfile is easy to operate. For example we find it easy to locate and access individual prints. In contrast, with our old rack system, we needed undo the clamps, and take all the drawings apart. And it was even harder to put the prints back in the clamps.
With the Cadfile it is quick and easy to find and file a print.
It’s a rolling shelf
In addition this blueprint cabinet moves so easily we call it our “rolling shelf”. First we roll the cabinet to the equipment needing repair. Then we can lay the print safely on the cabinet while completing our work. The cabinet makes a great reference table.
Another key point, the Cadfile provides protection from moisture, spills or leaking water. To be sure, no more wavy prints. (need fire resistance – see our Minifile Cabinet)
Would we use them again?
Would we use them again? To explain, we use the Cadfile blueprint cabinets in nine different substations. And our offices file blueprints in the larger capacity Planfile cabinet. So, we use these blueprint cabinets a lot. For all these reasons above we will buy a new Ulrich blueprint cabinet any time we build a new substation.
Easy to use blueprint cabinet – Video
1Cadfile also comes in a larger size for 30″ x 42″ documents.
2The Cadfile has a better fire protection than the replaced exposed rack system. If you need a fire resistance cabinet please see our Minifile Cabinet.
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