Aurora Storage Products
Aurora Storage Products Full Line:
Aurora Mobile Shelving
750 Low Profile Mobile Shelving Allowing a 750 pound rating per carriage foot
1000 Mobile Shelving Allowing for a 1000 pound rating per carriage foot
Electric Powered Mobile Shelving
Side to Side Mobile Shelving
End Store Mobile Shelving
Condensity Mobile Shelving
Times-2 Rotary Cabinets – Times Two Speed Files
MJ Cantilever Library Shelving
Quik-Lok Shelving: The originators of Four Post Shelving
Wide-Lok Wide Span Shelving
Museum Collections Cabinets
Aurora Wire Shelving
Aurora Storage products is based just outside of Chicago in Aurora, Illinois. Aurora Storage Products is really known for their quality fit and finish. As president of NationWide Shelving, James Gault can honestly tell you, “It is the best four post shelving I’ve ever seen. In fact, all of Aurora’s products are the best in the industry”. Best products, best paint, and best installations. Installations, that is where it becomes obvious Aurora Shelving and storage products are the best. I’ve installed most if not all Mobile Shelving and four post shelving products available today. There are others that are good, but in today’s world these products get set up, torn down, set up and torn down over and over again. Things change more than ever. The Aurora Storage Products are the only mobile shelving, four post shelving and Times Two Speed Files that goes up the second and third time just as perfectly as the first time. Others fit together sloppier and sloppier. It can get hard to get them up at all and then they can be wobbly. Aurora Mobile Shelving, Times Two Speed Files and Aurora Four Post Shelving go together over and over again and it remains so solid. You can write all the marketing material you want about gauge of steel and other specifications but the proof is in an installer who has been installing for many years and has installed all of the products out there and taken them down and re installed them.
Aurora Storage Products the sister company of Richard Wilcox Conveyor and Hardware. Some new things are happening at Aroura Storage as we kick off 2021. Aurora hired a new president, Bob .McMurtry. Aurora Storage products bought the MJ cantilevers library shelving line and launched four new products in 2020. Aurora continues to invest in new machinery and factory improvements including implementing New Order entry software.
We’re going to just quickly look at a few photos and concepts of different products within the Aurora Quick Lock Shelving Line. Aurora continues to grow and add to their accessories list. A few groups are starting to decrease their options. Aurora is doing the complete opposite. Adding options to accommodate the specific shelving and storage needs of customers from educational markets, to athletic equipment storage including many security options. Aurora offers roll up tambour doors, swing open doors and sliding doors. Aurora’s available shelving accessories will continue to grow in 2021 with the expansion of available Industrial modular drawer cabinets, heavy duty drawers and weapon storage accessories for the Aurora Quick Lock Shelving Line.
Aurora Storage Products bought a one point five million dollar laser cutter machine in 2020, which is and looks very fancy and high tech. It’s much faster and does some cool custom things in terms of cutting perforated shelving end panels, perforated shelves and perforated uprights.
pic of perforated products
This image shows circles, but you can do diamond or grid, or any pattern or style you want. Some customers, from law firms to schools, laser etched logos and names into uprights and end panels. Aurora Storage Products has a lot of different capabilities to offer with custom the laser cutting.
The industrial market segment is seeing some of the biggest growth, especially with Aurora’s new mobile rack division. The wide span shelving fits so many industrial applications. Here’s our Wide Span Shelving is the black stuff in the top left there, so that’s heavy duty, quick lock shelving with three rivets to hold loads up to two thousand pounds, if not more per shelf level. And that can be steel, wood or wire shelves.
The system on the right is one that Aurora designed and sold for parachutes and flight gear.
The B 52 bomber pilots at Barksdale Air Force Base needed storage for parachute and flight gear transport. Aurora supplied the mobile shelving system to hold parachutes and flight gear. You can see on the bottom right. Those are the parachutes that the two pilots carry with them on the plane that weigh about forty five pounds each using Aurora weapons perforated panels. With perforated panels Aurora can add almost any accessory to storage almost anything you have. We were able to hang the parachutes and launch kits and all that stuff on that system. So pretty cool. They alre loving it!
pic of high bay
The bottom left picture shows some really high bay shelving in an Ace Hardware Warehouse. Yeah, we’ve done some extremely tall stuff! We’re more than comfortable to stack and grow those uprights very high. Built to compete with Space Savers High Bay Product. This a direct competitor and can be put on mobile bases.
pic of mj shelving
The MJ Library Shelving comes in both a welded and a bolt style, the welded end, the system 30 is the bolt style. It’s the more competitive stay and Borroughs would call that their designer series. It’s a more modern contemporary library shelving loom and feel. Without all the panels, it has every option and more than what Wilson Stack and SJ offers. So MJ is very established in 100s of libraries across America. There it is with some of the different slotted and slat wall end panels versus the solid end panels.
And then this was interesting and we like to show it. Both are case style shelving and our M.J., M.J. shelving offer the curved stacks option, which I don’t know if anyone else is doing that! So it’s popular for designers to use the curved stacks! Pretty Cool. Really stand out!.
pic of mobile library units
All right, this one’s big.
Aurora released library shelving stacks on wheels in 2019 and it became very popular in 2020. It allows library staff to easily alter the layout and design of a library where you can move ranges out of the way or easily alter the way your library aisles are facing and designed. Aurora can do these library stacks on wheels for the MJ Library Shelving line and the case style. We can do it with wood or laminate and we can do it with steel tops and ends as well.
Here’s a practical example. So there are some small units and some larger units in the library where they did just that. Aurora Libray Shelving offers both a concealed caster and the open caster. So whichever you’d like.
Another new product is modular lockers. These lockers are based off the Aurora Four Post Shelving design. These lockers offer more of an aesthetic design or for custom sizes. We offer personal duty lockers. We’re offering evidence lockers both front and double entry on those. We also offer three different handle types for all the units round handle, traditionally lever or the electronic keypad. So if you’re designing a drop off like Amazon parcels in a condominium complex or at a community center, those lockers are very popular right now.
pic of aurora wire shelving
Got the wire shelving.
pic of weapons rack accessories
nd then here are some weapons storage Sebold handgun and long rifle. I like showing the mobile The Times 2 Speed File option and a static shelving so we can put it in any of our products and all of its customizable inside that unit.
Here we go, here’s some more information on the Aurora Wide Span Shelving. A direct competitor with Space Savers Raptor, Rack. Montel and Space Saver make a similar product and this competes with them. And wow does it complete! With a thirteen hundred to two thousand capacity and so many widths! The widths 50, 60 all the way up to 96 inches. Basically it’s a triple rivet design, so it’s a super sturdy post. Aurora was able to lower the cost and increase the capacity on it to make it “the product” in that product class.. If you’re looking for nice heavy duty shelving, Aurora Wide Span Shelving is the way to go.
pic of wide span shelving
Here’s the Aurora Widespan Shelving being utilized on mobile, both for military and museum collections, those are flat files in the mobile system. And this is very close because the bulk rack from Tesco isn’t inexpensive. It’s nesh to right where it’s not Z line, but it’s not pallet rack. So it’s nice, especially in a museum setting where you can’t do the particleboard shells for off gassing, then this is a good option for you. Yeah, I just I like that as a flat shelf because the tents go as either particleboard wire or that corrugated the corrugated deck.
I had issues where I used to sell them to museums and then they put stuff on it and whether it’s big and bulky or whatever, then they have to like put like plastic sheets down on it or something that they didn’t have stuffed fallen into the different groups. Right. So this is a nice option for that.
pic of art rack
The art storage is kind of in partnership with the Richard Wilcox Conveyer Group. Some of the conveyer channels that they use in that division were incorporated into Aurora’s Art Rack Storage Systems. Now, this is interesting because Ororo is thinking of it as arts and high. And I said this is industrial storage. This can be used for belts and hoses and heavy duty tooling as much as it is for art storage. And they have three different styles of it. So we’ve started to incorporate this in the industrial division, more so and and seen a lot of success with it. Aurora also has the static requires that can be wall mounted and then the a frame style storage was shown art storage here, but it can also be used for industrial.
pic of museum cabinets
Museum cabinets I believe we’re the only group in North America that makes a drying cabinet. That’s the bottom right one. We don’t know of anyone else even offers that. We also have the mobile collections card, that little purple guy, that’s an exclusive. And then the herbarium and entomology in the flat file cabinet. So a ton of different museum storage and all of that can be utilized as static or put on mobile carriages as well.
pic museum cabinets
There’s some of it in the field with different collections pieces.
times 2 speed file pic
The Times 2 Rotary File, The really cool feature about the Times Two Cabinet is the the space savings of instead of using lateral cabinets,. You can fit almost twice as much stuff in a Times 2 Unit plus add the security of locking all of it. Offices have really started moving towards smaller units that can be used like workstations or collaborative work areas. And here’s some more so that they’ve added laminate tops and made a workstation out of them.
pic of aurora mobile shelving
Aurora Storage offers three different types of mobile carriages. The largest one is the 1000 Series, does a thousand pounds of linear foot and then the smaller low profile carriage at seven hundred and fifty pounds. We’re looking right now at developing a smaller retail carriage, but also making adjustments to both of these systems to keep increasing their capacities. We also do a density system which is putting times two shells on top of the mobile carriage. It greatly increases the I guess lowers the cost of adding draws to a unit if you throw at times to shell on top of it.
Again, athletic storage, and we’re continuing to add accessories to this to compete with Space Saver and Montel for all of that.
Our electric system, because of our mobile rack, is getting an overhaul. We’re looking at doing new controls and actually getting rid of the wiring and pendulum arms altogether. We’re going to be doing Bluetooth connect ability so that you can actually operate the system via your phone on an app or in the mobile rack.
The forklift driver can do it on a cell phone inside the box without getting off the forklift. So that’s getting overhauled and here it is, the mobile rack so far this month, I’ve quoted five mobile rack systems in my new territory. So this is something people are doing it. It’s that Min Max concept, Jim, that I’ve my father taught me a long time ago. Are you going to try to maximize the capacity or minimize the footprint? Well, if you’ve got a ton of mobile or pallet racking and you’re running out of warehouse space, the next logical step outside of leasing a new facility is, hey, mobilize what you’ve currently got.
So, yeah, I think the pause on that for just a second, because there are. There are high density pilot applications available already. Have you guys compared? So there would be pushback, drive in and drive through rock and then gravity flow. Raef would be the current high density options previously to Mobarak. Have you guys compared pricing on the mobile rack to options like that, or do you have like you have like sales approaches that would where you could convince a customer this is going to be better for them than one of those three options at this time?
Not to the degree I’d like, Chris, but I know that the actual because because our track in one thousand series carriage is so robust right out of the gate, they didn’t have to do a lot of changes to it.
Unlike Monteil in Space Saver, where they completely had to do a track and carriage wheel redesign and we were already rated for higher than a thousand pounds on a carriage ride out of the gate because we had such robust product cost wise for the carriages and those components, I believe we are more competitive is what I’ve been told so far from other dealers, because they’re like, well, yeah, you’re not doing crazy. Huge upgrades from what you already had. Now we aren’t making the pallet. We can either let you source that locally or we can add it to the quote as an added value. But I’m not sure the Montelena space saver necessarily making their own pallet rack right now either.
I don’t think so. So, again, I think that’s also a wash. But yeah, our carriages and such are really not overly they’re not being altered. And when we’re getting into heavier, longer carriages, all that they’re doing is adding extra motors to the carriages. So basically, when you’re touching the direction, it’s not that they’re adding everything up. They’re just adding motors that get triggered at the same time to move the carriage all at once.
And how coastwise we should be very competitive with, say, push back rack.
Oh, you’re saying with other mobile raque, correct? What I’m curious right now is how it compares to other high density Pallot systems. So I don’t know, maybe we’ll just have to have you press one out for us in the future. Yeah, yeah.
Like I said, from the four or five of Artec quoted this month. Everyone said it looked good.
Ok, so, yeah, I’m just looking for instances where we could say, oh, this is going to be better for the customer or or or if they shop for one of our pushbacks systems price shock, we could have this as a backup if it’s cheaper. So a lot of things to explore, but we’ll do that throughout the year.
And I will I will be as you, Chris, I haven’t done enough. I really didn’t ever get into the pallet rack stuff when I was still there. That was usually the foothills division that was doing that stuff. So I wouldn’t I wouldn’t be able to even tell you, like where a mobile like our mobile rec stands versus like static push rack. I wouldn’t be on that.
Yeah. My guess is that a lot of Aurora’s dealers this is going to be a whole new world for them. Oh, yes. Whereas for us, we’re already kind of offering high density rack’s systems. So it’s a little bit different for us. So we just we’ll just need to, you know, run comparisons and stuff like that.
Now, have you sold, like a space saver or Montel mobile rack system before?
No, no, we’ve never sold any mobile racking. When I say we sell high density rack, I’m talking about just static. Bacharach driving rock and gravity flow. Right. OK, ok. Yeah. You would know more about that stuff than I do. Chris, I’m right. So those are those are the industries current or most likely use high density rack systems, those three I just described. Yes. So this isn’t necessarily a new product.
I’ve seen mobile Poltrack around for maybe the last ten years or so, but it’ll be really interesting to explore the possibilities with it. So I’d love to sell one.
Yeah. And I’ll take any feedback that you can give me as well as we’re going forward. As you know, I’m humble enough to know if it ain’t work and we need to fix that.
So, yeah, you know, I did have one more question on it. How does the how does the track work? Is this something that you typically would recommend gets embedded so that the forklift drives over it or do you have some other we’re recommending to play it on the existing concrete floor and back still.
And then for the front track that you would basically have your contractor for what would be a concrete ramp, it’s not like a sidewalk transition.
Oh, OK. So, OK, so you you lay the track, you don’t need a cut. You don’t need to have a concrete cutter come in. You just lay the track right on their existing warehouse floor. Then then they come in and they backfill between those rails. Correct. And then the concrete company will also pour a concrete ramp. Yes. Interesting so far.
Ok, interesting. Now, if you had a thick enough slab and the reason that that would be my number one recommendation out of the gate is because more often than not, what I’ve discovered and seen is a lot of people coming to us with a five inch or a six inch slab. Well, then you’re going to have to get engineering involved to say, OK, if we cut down the slab two to three inches. Right. To try to do an embedded travel, that’s a good point. Will the slab be able to take the weight of everything that you’re putting on? Because don’t forget, if you’re doing a mobile system to maximize the capacity, well, now you’re putting a whole lot more weight in a concentrated area. And if you’re going into that slab, it is getting thinner and thinner. You run the risk of losing structural integrity in the concrete slab.
That’s a great that’s a great thought. Yeah. So, yeah, cutting troughs does not make sense.
Now, the one thing that needs to be confirmed and Tim and the engineers are getting that again, they launched this four months ago and we’ve already had over a dozen requests is and I told him, I said we need to get it hashed out. I said, what’s the height that we need to raise from the high point to the track? And he goes, What do you mean? I said, if it’s a crowded mobile system, you need an extra quarter inch to get the ground underneath on the high point. But I said, if you’re doing a concrete sidewalk transition out the front track, how much do I need to have for the grade of it to the slope so that the forklift doesn’t feel like it’s going up and into the system? Right. I that transitional grade in and out of the system.
That would be that’s going to come down to more of a site by site call to be like, OK, this is how out of level we are. This is what we need to do.
Yeah, I mean, that’s going to depend on how level the warehouse floor is. Assuming it was perfectly level, then you only really need an inch. Correct.
But how often how often have we seen. Perfect.
I’ve never I’ve seen it once in 12 years, especially warehouses, because typically a warehouse, depending on the size, has a slope floor intentionally for a runoff. So that could be an issue as well. So, yeah.
Yeah, but the nice thing is, now that they have it, like I said, they’re they’re looking at beefing up and upgrade the electric system and everything on top of our bulk crack or heavy duty for Poes, plus what they’re doing with the pallet racking in other options. And again, we’re not we’re not married. If someone’s got existing shelving, throw it on our carriages. That’s not an issue for us.
And are you finding that you’re quoting mainly electric systems or are you actually quoting Poltrack systems with a mechanical handle out of, like I said, a dozen quotes?
I think three of them have an option of mechanical. It’s just not you have to think if you’re used to whip in and out of aisles on a forklift having to get down and crank those things over, although doable on not giant systems, the cost savings is not going to be worth it when it’s like, man, this is slow.
And I guess if you were not accessing the Dirac’s that often it’s not a big deal, you’d be on the campaign. But if you’re in and out of it at least two to four times a day, I tell you, you need you need to go with an electric system.
You’re sure? Well, and also just. Depending on how long and tall, the carriages wouldn’t make any sense if it was yes.
Right now it’s loads up to sixty thousand pounds per section. So averagely that’s about three high, three opening. Kind of like in the top photo.
Any other questions? I guess one other, just because I’m looking at the picture that’s giving me.
Raising questions in my head, typically, Poltrack will utilize the top shelf, a warehouse that’s twenty four feet as twenty four feet ceilings, they’ll put 16 foot rack in there and put a four foot pallet on top and still correct.
It just would come down to it would come down to the loading that they’re doing.
Ok, but could they use the top. Yes.
Yeah, all rt, that was good. Hey, that’s the kind of stuff I want, especially for those like 3D digital renderings where I can be like, hey, guys, should put the pallets on top. Yeah, totally.
The side to side, this is a little bit different than the lighter duty laterals I was used to, number one, that the modular deck and number two, they can utilize that overhead track from the Richard Wilcox division. So this is really nice in terms of anyone that’s worried about these units tipping or falling over. These are very secure.
Here’s some filing and then on the right hand side, some pharmaceutical applications for the laterals. So a lot of this I don’t know if there’s been a rush because of covid, but the pharmacy industry is one where we’ve seen a lot of growth in.
Talk about growth, we do also look at the cannabis systems. We haven’t done a lot of it. I’m not going to say this is something where we’ve seen a lot of growth. We haven’t, but we have done a couple of systems. The express program, with lead times being longer than usual over the last year or so, this express program took off in a big way. We’re offering six colors for our times, two quick lock and side to side. So it’s a less 50 discount, but it’s a one week lead time. So if someone needs something quick, we can offer that in those three product lines.
The thirty one ecofriendly lost tack, the one that has taken off since I’ve been there has been the white color and that’s what they also just added to the express program. It’s very popular. That’s something that I was excited since, like rain and sand seemed like the only colors anyone did for the last 20 years, Aurora support. So this is where I want to go. And some stuff’s obviously you all are aware of the configurator. What we’re offering new also is the Revit objects for architects and designers that are specking the Aurora projects that they can actually drop our products right into the cans for plans that they’re designing Jim and Chris. And Jessica, you’ll be excited to know that we’re also going to be getting our products on master spec. What this means is that we should see a significant increase in leads for specified projects on Ice Square and Construct Connect. Also, we’re hoping just general leads. Also, we still have our in-house design support team and then myself, I’ll be in tandem with Dan Schorr. They also have my own in-house customer service that will help with tracking information. Any quick revisions? Hopefully that just speeds things up. I’m the hunter. He’s the farmer. So we’re working that way. And so far we’ve seen big success. They’re also going to be implementing a new I figure if I don’t get the acronym correct and our FPO, RPO basically from quote to purchase to production to the delivery or shipment, new software that’s going to help the company input data have real time tracking and information as it’s being built that we can show to dealers and relay to customers. So as Chris has experienced, when there are no answers or delays and we just don’t seem to be connecting or have much synergy at the plant, this will help to eliminate those stresses so that you guys are not feeling that same angst that we have over the last year or so. It won’t be happening right away, Chris, but they’ve just spent half a million dollars on it. And they said by the time we get up and running, it should make a big improvement.
So they already bought a car.
As a matter of implementation called Epicor epicures, the one that they went with, and then they’re also going to be implementing a new CRM through there as well. So a lot of big upgrades with it.
Yeah, you know what, CRM, it’s going to be the Epicor CRM app because they were looking at Zoho and Salesforce.
But Epicor has a highly rated CRM. They figured that they’re running, that they wanted to look at the Epicor as well. So.
We will see.
Additional services, they are looking at gaining additional state contracts. I don’t think we have any Utah have a state contract for Ephiny for Division 10 specialties, Chris.
Yeah, we have a state where we actually have a state contract. Nationwide shopping does OK and our products are on it. In fact, they’re the they’re the basis of the state contract. We’ve had it for 20 years now, so. Oh, wow. OK, well, I’m learning something new every day. Yeah, well, Jim got it for us about 20 years ago by really busting my ass to to try and get it and then they renew it every five years. And I kind of have taken that over and just giving them what they need to get it renewed.
We also added source well contract, which was formerly the Ngapa, so whether it’s in partnership with the card star Greg, it’s Jim. I’m sure you’re familiar with Newcrest probably as well. But when Tenso go drop their mobile line, they work in partnership together. But as soon as Tedesco got rid of the mobile line for them to actually retain that source while contract, they needed to partner with another Division 10 specialty group. So they grabbed auroral. And that’s another one where a lot of end users, you can, working through that contract, avoid bad situations. So it is helpful in that sense, not the greatest discounting in the world, but it can help keep a project from going to bed, which is usually more important.
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