Fire could destroy your business! In fact, eight businesses burn almost every hour in
the United States resulting in nearly $1.5 billion in annual losses. Unfortunately, seven
out of ten have not adequately protected their vital records.
Don't be one of those businesses that gets hit by fire and loses customer, personnel
and tax files, accounts receivable and records of compliance. When that information is
destroyed, a business often fails. Survival is possible, but preparation is necessary.
How long do you think paper records will last in standard cabinets, files or
safes at 800° F? Or how much information will you be able to retrieve when a disk has
been soaked in water? It's not just fire, but the resulting heat, smoke and water that
must be guarded against, too. Schwab has developed quality insulated products that provide
guaranteed protection against these elements for paper, diskettes, tape cartridges, CDs
and all other forms of media in today's workplace.
The average business fire in the United States burns at approximately 800° F for 20
minutes. Schwab's insulated products are Underwriters Laboratory (UL) classified to
provide protection at temperatures reaching 1700° F during a one-hour test. The UL label
is assurance that Schwab products have passed the test. The Schwab label guarantees that
the contents are safe.
Schwab uses Insulite insulation in every fire file. Insulite is the most efficient insulation on the market today and provides UL
classified protection. Remember that thicker insulation does not mean better insulation.
Insulite allows Schwab products to offer features like thinner walls, lighter weight and
recessed handles without compromising fire protection. Schwab products look great, too.
The seamless construction of Schwab products has a much more attractive appearance than
the old cap and sleeve method. Each beautiful exterior comes in a variety of pleasing
colors that make them an attractive addition to any office. Many interior options are also
available to accommodate specific needs.
In the fire-protection industry, almost all insulation performs its duty with the same
purpose in mind: releasing moisture. In products storing paper records, this moisture
cools the air, thereby lowering internal temperatures and protecting the items from drying
out and charring. In products storing computer media, the moisture cools the air and, in
turn, cools a second compartment in which the media is stored. This second compartment
remains moisture and heat free, since the presence of either element would destroy the
media. The biggest difference between Schwab products and those produced by our
competition, is the type of insulation used for fire protection. While Schwab relies upon
the guaranteed performance of Insulite, the competition utilizes standard
"baked" insulation. Both are effective, but there is a world of difference
between them. With the competition's standard insulation, getting the moisture content
correct is half the battle. This insulation is first poured between the inner and outer
walls of the product, then must be "oven-baked". Too much moisture after the
initial bake will make the product rust and begin to produce a moldy smell. Too little
moisture and the product's fire-protective capabilities are severely compromised. In
addition, the moisture within the insulation evaporates over time, again compromising its
By using Insulite, Schwab has completely eliminated all of the guesswork. Since the
water in Insulite comes in a crystallized form, there is no unnecessary moisture and that
means no rust and no moldy smell. After being poured between the inner and outer walls of
the product, Insulite is chemically cured and then remains ready for action indefinitely.
It releases moisture through chemical reaction from extreme heat only. That's why Insulite
is the best insulation in the business and why all Schwab products bear UL classification.
But Insulite has another big advantage over standard insulation. You may have heard that
thicker is better. At Schwab, we'll tell you thicker is just heavier. Since Insulite is so
effective, it allows Schwab products to have thinner walls, lighter weight and recessed
handles without compromising protection.
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