We have both electronic and manual shelving here.
Our electronic shelving was put in in 1994. Due to the length of the
ranges, manual was not an option. Over the years we have had to do repairs
due to the changes in temperature on the floor and eyes not aligning but it
was all minor. However in the early 2010 we were told by the local
Spacesaver technician that we would need to upgrade our electronics as they
were beginning to phase out the old system. We did so at a large cost.
When we added a smaller range for our periodicals we decided to do manual to
avoid this in the future. Our manual shelves were chosen by the remodel
contractor and are not Spacesaver and we've had issues with the "emergency
brakes" and have since detached them.
Check with a salesmen as the length and weight of the collection might
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The current compact/space saver shelving in my library needs to be replaced
because parts will soon be obsolete. The current system is electronic and
could be upgraded, but I may have to go with manual due to pricing of a
* For those with compact shelving, have any of you moved from
electronic space saver shelving to manual assist?
* What issues have you encountered? Pros and cons of each?
* Those with manual assist shelving, have you had any maintenance
issues? How often is maintenance needed?
* Any lighting issues using the manual shelves? My current system has
light built-in which comes on when a section is being used. The manual
system doesn't have lighting which would require installation of lights over
I would appreciate any input from my colleagues on this issue - thanks in
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