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Drawer Slides Provide Practical Solutions For Retail Interiors

Aug 2, 2008
Retailers need a practical, safe but aesthetic solution to storing and displaying their goods on the shop floor.

This is a highly competitive area requiring, not only head-turning design, but also the need for goods to be stored and accessed safely and easily.

Telescopic drawer slides come in many sizes, lengths, finishes and with a large range of features to meet these design needs of the retail industry. Constant innovations in these seemingly simple products have made drawer slides an important part of many storage and access applications.

There are multiple benefits of using drawer slides for the specifier or designer, the cabinet fabricator and installer, and for the retailer.

For the specifier or designer:

Modern interiors now call for sleek design that also takes into account health and safety regulations for the retail employees and the customers. The new touch release or push-to-open slides allow the drawer to be opened using gentle pressure to the front of the drawer- no need for handles or knobs that could cause snag or bump hazards.

Soft closing slides have made a move out of the kitchen drawers and are now widely available as side mounted slides for wooded drawers. These soft close slides pull the drawer closed without slamming and ensure that no drawers are left ajar.

Telescopic slides provide a range of options to suit many design needs from short and light duty runners to very heavy duty slides suitable for large storage drawers and heavy contents.

For the fabricator and installer:

Slides are widely available off-the-shelf for fast delivery globally. The major drawer slide manufacturers have global offices and sales channels. Components for multiple fit-outs across the world can be sourced from local suppliers who can also provide technical back-up and local warranties. Using off-the-shelf slides from global manufacturers means that replacements should always be easy to find.

The slides' various disconnect and rail mounting options make the installers' life simpler. This has an important impact on installation times. It is sensible to source drawer slides with disconnect features so that the drawer and cabinet members can be installed quickly. Adjustment features for drawer leveling are additional time savers.

For the retailer:

Smooth movement in display and storage drawers enhance the feel and quality of the environment and a reliable product is important for hard-working retail environments.

Drawer slide features such as dampened soft-close and hold-in mean that the drawers close cleanly and stay closed for aesthetics and safety. Access and movement functions required for retail display, such as drawer locks, roll-out shelving with hold-out, pull-out keyboard supports, easy to access trolley baskets or simple disconnect features for drawers can be delivered using a drawer slide.

These points are important factors for the shop worker who needs to be able to work efficiently and display goods effectively and have easy access to stock.

So when it comes to store fixtures, a carefully chosen telescopic drawer slide can mean the difference between a hazardous work area and an attractive, unobstructed walkway or display.
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Accuride has evolved from beginnings in the 1960s making drawer slides . Accuride is now at the forefront in the design and manufacture of access and movement.
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