Cabinet Quotation Information and Considerations

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Below are some considerations in the design of your cabinet. This is a list of options or things to think about in your design before we quote.

Cabinet design
  • Type/design or requirement to ensure there is adequate storage room for product or item placed into cabinet.
  • The internal cupboard, shelf or drawer size when door or drawer is closed must be considered to ensure it is adequate in size.
  • The level of adequate shielding or protection must be known.
  • The room where the cabinet will be placed, how will it look and fit with other equipment or furniture.
  • Will our standard beige color match or clash with other equipment or casework?
  • What will placed onto the top of the cabinet or inside the cabinet?

Cabinet size
Either outside dimensions or inside dimensions whatever is critical as one dictates the other based on what lead shielding is needed?

Note: Quite often there are critical dimensions like trying to fit a cabinet between other existing cabinets, under existing countertops, or matching current countertop heights or ensuring the product or item fits inside of the cabinet box, drawer, shelf or cupboard.

Cabinet shielding
We can shield the cabinet from 1/32’’ to 2” or more of lead. In shielding, less than 5/8” thick we layer sheet lead inside the cabinet and weld all seams. For lead over 5/8” thick we pour lead into the walls. When we pour lead it generates a good amount of heat that leaves the opportunity of the walls wanting to budge or distort. To prevent this we must manufacturer the cabinet from thicker steel plate and add temporary reinforcement prior to pouring. Unfortunately thicker plate adds to the inside or overall size of the cabinet. Composite solutions where Boron Filled Polyethylene is added to the interior of the cabinet are also available for Gamma / Neutron shielding applications.

Cabinet or product weight
It is important to know the weight of the item(s) to be placed into the drawers, shelves or in the cabinet. We allow for 100 lbs. as a standard capacity. The weight placed on top surface of the cabinet is also something to be considered. Adding L-Blocks or other heavy items must be taken into consideration when designing and building our cabinets. The overall cabinet weight should be noted. Most of our cabinets weigh 1,000 to 2,500 lbs. that place a large floor point loading. Please ensure the available space can take this floor loading and the floor surface is suitable. Soft-tiled or linoleum floors are not recommended.

Transportation and movement of cabinet
All our cabinets are built on 4” high adjustable-height legs rather than sitting flat on the floor like what our typical competitors build. This allows the end user to move from a loading dock to final position via forklift or pallet truck. A flat bottom doesn’t allow for this. It also allows the end user to adjust for uneven floors or when a cabinet, due to its heavy weight, sinks into a soft-tiled floor to adjust the height. These adjustable legs can be clad in a steel panel and hidden with a removable or fixed cover

Cabinet top
Can be a flat carbon steel top, or flat stainless steel top. As an option we can off 304 stainless steel tops with a front drip edge, back splash. Optional covered drop port holes for sharp containers, built in display stands. The size of these holes and location is required.

Cabinet doors
Can be a single door, or double doors. All doors have a step into the design to prevent radiation leakage. Double doors would have an overlap seam of lead or an astragal that is a common term in the door industry. Doors pending amount of lead can weigh a fair amount, sometimes in excess of 1500 lbs. Double doors should always be considered in lieu of single large doors. Opening and closing of large sized doors or thick leaded doors can take a certain amount of forced effort to open and close. It is recommended to always keep doors to a minimal size and when larger sizes are needed to consider double doors. Retail store bought hinges are not made to take this type of weight so we must manufacturer our own. The locks for the doors are welded to the outside and are not drilled and inserted into the door for a flush mount. This again is due to the radiation loss through this point. This door latches are usually placed on the outer edge or side of cabinet or sometimes at top of cabinet door. Please take this into consideration to avoid any problems and advise of any issues this may cause. Drawer latches face the same issues. Important note: Large doors in size or lead thickness can have a significant weight to them that require some strong effort to opening and closing them. It is recommended that large doors be split into double doors whenever possible to reduce this opening and closing effort required.

Internal cabinet options
We can offer shelves, drawers or other modifications/options. If you require shelves we need to know the load or weight for each shelf and whether the shelf has to be fixed or adjustable in height or if it needs to slide out. We will need to know the adjustments in height or increments if this option is required. For drawers, we need to know whether they require dividers, what the weight will be placed into each drawer and the internal size. We can put a lock on each drawer again on the outside or have a door close over all the drawers with one lock. Sometimes it is preferred to have no door and just all drawers. In this method we would make each drawer with a lead-faced front but not lead-lined in between the drawers. There is no lead placed between any drawers, cupboards, shelves or any other space – only the outer walls, sides, top, bottom, drawer or door faces.

Cabinet finish
Our standard finish is a beige spray on epoxy enamel. It can be touched up on-site, if scratched quite easily. We can offer a baked powder coat, however it does leave the opportunity for chipping if banged and cannot be re-touched if chipped. Our painting is an industrial paint finish and not a fine hospital finish that you might find on a filing cabinet or office furniture. They may be slight imperfections that show through the paint.

In order to provide a firm quotation we need the following information:

  1. Model number of the cabinet if standard or if it is a custom, non-standard model, then preferably a small hand sketch showing the type or design with detail and dimensions shown.
  2. Amount of lead shielding in the cabinet.*
  3. Options required such as stainless steel top, back splash, drip edge, drop through port holes, lockable doors, special colours or paint finishes, adjustable or fixed shelves, and drawers.
  4. Shipping address with city, state/province and zip/postal code.
  5. Door swing or hinge location, if applicable.
  6. Door or drawer latch location, if applicable.
  7. Required delivery time.
  8. State whether this request is budgetary or a firm price with anticipated order date.

* We cannot determine the amount of lead shielding for you. If you are unsure it is best to consult with a physicist.

Note: We do not provide shielding internally between shelves, drawers, or cupboards in the cabinet. All shielding is proved on the perimeter of the cabinet. This includes all sides, top, bottom, door, or drawer faces.

Additional Cabinet Options to Consider:

  • Tops can be ordered 6″ deeper than cabinets to accommodate pipes and services.
  • Card slots for labels
  • Built-in seismic anchor brackets
  • Alternative paint colours or a durable powder coat oven-baked paint finish
  • When ordering multiple units for grouped configuration, a unified countertop may be ordered to provide a continuous work surface.
  • Shielded cable port holes or shielded vent holes
  • Fume hoods
  • L-Block shields, lead brick caves or enclosures
  • Table top shields
  • Dose calibrator shields
  • Sharps containers
  • Waste containers
  • Decay drums for low or high energy
  • Lead pig vial containers
  • Custom cabinets: wider, deeper, higher, longer with lead thickness up to 4” thick
  • Cabinet stands to raise small cabinets from the floor to a workable height
  • Floor dollies for transporting your small cabinet