Controlled Drugs Cabinet Manufacture from H.E.C. Showman Limited

H.E.C. Showman manufacture controlled drugs cabinets for some of the best known names in the UK

We have many years of experience in controlled drugs cabinet manufacture. All the drugs cabinets we manufacture are fabricated in a similar way. This ensures all the controlled drugs cabinets we manufacture conform to:

  • BS2881:1989 Level one – The standard for medicines in healthcare premises
  • The Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody) Act 1973 – The standard for the storage of controlled drugs

Controlled Drugs Cabinet Manufacturing Process

1.Laser Cutting the Blank Profiles

The first step in the cabinet production process is to cut out the profiles. To do this we employ both CNC operated laser cutting machines and CNC guillotines. Using computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines allows us to maintain a high degree of accuracy. This means that every cabinet we produce is identical to the last. Unlike most, we use lasers rather than CNC punches. The advantage of a laser is the accuracy and the finish. CNC punches often leave rough edges that can be sharp. Lasers are also much more advanced systems and allow us to produce more complex shapes and profiles. You can read more about laser cutting here. The profiles for the cabinet bodies and the doors are cut at this stage. The anchor plates are also laser cut at the same time. This creates a kit of parts that are transported to our press operators.

Laser cutting controlled drugs cabients

2. Forming the Controlled Drugs Cabinets

After the blank profiles of the cabinet have been laser cut, we need to form them. Forming them takes the flat blank profile and turns it into something that resembles a cabinet shape. To do this we use our CNC press brakes. The press brake is a hydraulically powered male and female tool which creates a V bend manipulation in sheet steel. Using a series of specially calculated programmes we can create accurate and repeatable bends in our cabinet blanks. When creating the bend programmes, we have to factor in sheet steel thickness, radii, and pressures to ensure the bend is accurate. Every cabinet has around 26 bend operations to form it. You can read more about our metal forming services here. We form the bodies and the doors of the cabinets at the same time. This continues the kit of parts that are then transported for welding together.

Forming controlled drugs cabinets

3. Welding the Controlled Drugs Cabinets

Welding the drugs cabinets together is one of the most important stages. To comply with the misuse of drugs (safe custody) regulations, these controlled drugs cabinets must be fully welded. We use a process called TIG welding to join our cabinets together. TIG welding is a neat weld. It’s a bit more precise and slower than other forms of welding, but produces a better result.

When welding the cabinets together, we first use small tack welds to create the cabinet. This allows us to check for fit within the jig, and against the template doors. Once we have the cabinet in the correct ‘shape’ we start to fully weld it together. Welding the cabinet together in this way ensures they are the same size, time after time. It also ensures that all the door gaps are within the correct tolerance. You can read more about our welding services here. As with the previous steps, the doors and bodies are welded together at the same time. In this step, the hinge is also welded to the door and paired up to a body. This ensures the correct fit is achieved at the assembly stage. Once the cabinet is fully welded, it is transported across to our paint shop.


4. Painting the Controlled Drugs Cabinets

Once the cabinets have been welded together they arrive at our paint shop. All the controlled drugs cabinets we manufacture here at HEC Showman are powder coated. Powder coating is a very tough and resilient finish, prefect for medical environments. Powder coating is a painting process that uses powder and heat. Powder is applied statically to the cabinet which is then transported to an oven. The oven then bakes the powder to the cabinet. The cabinets are transported around the painting process on a conveyor reducing the areas of contact, and improving the overall finish. We paint all our cabinets in a white textured finish. The texture is slightly more resilient when compared to smooth and hides general wear and tear much better.

When the cabinets have been painted, they are allowed to cool and taken off for assembly. You can read more about our powder coating services here.

powder coating controlled drugs cabinets

5. Assembly

Assembly is the final stage of the controlled drugs cabinet manufacture process. When the cabinets have been painted, they are moved over to the main factory for assembly. Here the doors are installed onto the cabinet body, the locks attached and the relevant labelling installed. The assembly stage is one of the quicker stages, however during the assembly process we assess the quality of the cabinet making sure they are fit to be dispatched.

7. Packaging, Warehousing and Dispatch

Once the cabinet has been assembled, it is packaged up ready for storage or dispatch. Once the cabinet has been checked, ensuring all keys and fixings are in the packaging, we add our final inspection sticker. We then put the cabinet out for our courier, or into storage.

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