An outlook to File Cabinets

by admin on September 24, 2010



A file cabinet is office furniture, consisting of drawers which hold papers in vertically placed folders. As these cabinets are mainly used to store documents, they also facilitate organizing, removing, and using such documents. In ancient times, files were stored in clay tablets that were kept in libraries, and leather or papyrus scrolls, which were sealed in stone or earthenware vessels. Gradually, many different methods of storing developed like; records were simply kept on shelves. During the late Middle Ages, clerks used spindle files.

A file cabinet consists of a case whose parts are uniformly made of 18-gauge steel; the bottom of the case may or may not be enclosed. Some file cabinets are costlier, because their walls are made up of special encapsulated chambers filled with vermiculite (a light weight, highly water absorbent clay mineral) and lots of water. When the file cabinet is heated by the presence of fire, the vermiculite melts and the water turns into steam thereby accepting the heat and keeping the documents cool. A complete vertical file cabinet includes a compressor, a sliding mechanism, and a handle for each drawer. A good quality cabinet will resist rust, drops, and impact. The most important work of a file cabinet is to store documents, but another less important work of a file cabinet is to store documents, but another less important function is to protect the documents from dust, water, light, drafts, and, in the case of fireproof file cabinets, fire. A properly built file cabinet can take a load of around 250 pounds to 300 pounds. The drawers should roll in and out smoothly and properly, to make the work easier and quicker. The compressor must keep functioning to hold the papers tightly. The file cabinet must be built to confirm to the standard folder sizes. For the fire proof file cabinets, the ideal climate for documents would offer temperatures between 60-70 degrees of Fahrenheit with relative humidity of 50 percent.

Though in today’s busy humdrum, computers have taken up the market, but still the professionals prefer these file cabinets. These are economical, as they only invest-one time money in purchasing them and then they only provides service. On the contrary a computer being an electronic machine consumes a particular budget. People, still now prefer file cabinets for storing documents, rather than computers. Computers are mending to function as merely another means of generating paper, or hard copies. This familiarity with and preference for paper documents will, at least in the near future, necessitate the continued use of filling cabinets.

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