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Best Answer Snookie, 10 July 2014 - 10:30 PM

I often used the tall Rubbermaid type of cabinets.  They won't rust, are not reactive to chemicals and you can find brands that are much cheaper than Rubbermaid.  They can also be locked up if need be. 

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#1 Caboose

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 06:08 PM

What can cabinets be made out of in the main production area? We are looking to install some lockable cabinets (for holding sanitizes/tools) in the production area so I want to find out what they can be made of (or more importantly if there is something they can't be made of). I was thinking a regular steel cabinet since it won't be zone 1 or 2, but I wanted to double check since I'm relatively new at this.



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Posted 10 July 2014 - 06:27 PM

Depends on the environment.  Most likely steel is your best choice, but if a wet environment you may want a plastic material. 

 

More information is needed to be of help.  What type of products, what kind of environment?


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Posted 10 July 2014 - 06:39 PM

We package dry powders, the bottom could get wet from mopping but there will not be any kind of spray water cleaning. If water did become a problem are there any kinds of plastics that can't be used/are there any cabinets you recommend?



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Posted 10 July 2014 - 10:30 PM   Best Answer

I often used the tall Rubbermaid type of cabinets.  They won't rust, are not reactive to chemicals and you can find brands that are much cheaper than Rubbermaid.  They can also be locked up if need be. 


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Posted 11 July 2014 - 02:07 AM

for additional you may put frame support on the bottom of the cabinet so you can assure cleanliness of the floor



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Posted 18 July 2014 - 02:35 PM

We use metal cabinets throughout our facility.  Many have been constructed of stainless steel. And as Indra commented we have all cabinets raised off the floor for easy cleaning underneath. Also have the tops sloped so material can not be stored on top of them.


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Posted 18 July 2014 - 04:19 PM

We use metal cabinets throughout our facility.  Many have been constructed of stainless steel. And as Indra commented we have all cabinets raised off the floor for easy cleaning underneath. Also have the tops sloped so material can not be stored on top of them.

 

Sloping is a great idea as your right, it easy for them to become catch-alls which drive me crazy.  These cabinets can't be cheap, do you have them custom made?  Why type of environment do you have?


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Posted 18 July 2014 - 05:46 PM

We have a wet and dry environment.  The stainless ones are all located in wet areas, they don't rust.  We have like school lockers through out the plant with our staffs PPE's and tools stored.  We try and keep them in dry areas.  They seem to work well so far knock on wood. :sorcerer:


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Posted 19 July 2014 - 04:17 AM

Dear Caboose,

 

IMEX for a wet, salty environment, SS of an appropriate Grade is simply unbeatable. Any attached Workshop facility of reasonable quality should know the minimum requirements and be able to knock them up for you. The Grade is relevant unless you like brown spots everywhere.

 

Tried various cheaper homemade alternatives, all failed although protected mild steel is popular for equipment suppliers and generally seems to work for a reasonable lifetime. Maybe proprietary.

 

More friendly situations / cost tend to promote variations. Personally i would stick with SS.

 

Rgds / Charles.C

 

PS - i have audited flour mixing facilities put together with 2nd-hand equipment on a budget, mainly "mild steel". Some items look fine, some have had successive repaint jobs giving an ugly overall appearance. And similarly for the cabinets. :smile:


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Posted 24 July 2014 - 09:28 PM

Whatever type of cabinet you put in, it needs to be

 

a) clear of the floor for cleaning beneath - as already mentioned

b) cleaned out regularly - it will get product dust inside and consequently, if neglected, get insects or even mice in it!

 

Transparent doors on production area storage cabinets have many benefits....!






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