Archive for October, 2009

Locker Terminology

October 26th, 2009

Locker – A locker is a unit containing a number of grouped or individual compartments used for the storage of personal and / or valuable items.

Nest – A nest of lockers is where singular lockers are joined together during manufacture to provide cost savings on the amount of raw materials used in the build process. Lockers may be supplied in nests of up to four single lockers. The terminology calls the units supplied as a ‘Nest of 2’ or ‘Nest of 3’ or ‘Nest of 4’. There are limitations on the quanitity of single lockers that can be nested. This is normally either size and weight.

Compartment – A compartment is normally referred to as the accessible space behind a single door. This space can have a multitude of different sized storage spaces. The total number of compartments may be quoted as a measure of the maximum number of people who can store the personal items in the area or room being quoted for.

Door – Each door on a single locker which provides storage for a single person.

Tier – A tier is generally referred to as a compartment or the number of individual compartments in a single locker. For example: A six tier locker is a single locker with six compartments.

NOTE: The terms door, compartment and tier are generally used to express the number of compartments in a single locker. The term nest is often confused with these three terms.

Carcass – The frame around the doors including the sides, back, top and base or each locker is referred to as the ‘Carcass’. This term is used when referring to colour choices.

Lock – A lock is used for the security of each locker compartment. Locks are available in a variety of options. See the Locking Mechanisms blog post for further information on locks, types and uses.

Key Fob – A small plastic disc used for the identification of an individual locker. Key Fobs are attached to an ‘O-ring’ which is attached to the relevant key. Key Fobs are used with Number Plates to identify keys to locker compartments.

Number Plate – A Number Plate is a square or rectangular plastic plates with an engraved number which is affixed to the card holder on each locker compartment to identify each individual locker compartment.

Card Holder – A card holder is the immediate area (generally moulded plastic) around the lock barrel.

In Brief: Know your locker terminology

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Anti Bacterial Paint Finish

October 20th, 2009

An anti bacterial paint finish normally requires an additive to be used with the standard paint formula. Anti bacterial paint finishes are now widely used throughout the locker industry to prevent the growth and spread of potentially harmful bacteria. The anti bacterial paint finishes are generally harmful against many bacterial illnesses including MRSA and E-coli. Anti bacterial paint finishes for lockers are generally known otherwise and include Activecoat, Germguard, Eliteguard and Biocote. These are but a few of the anti bacterial paint finishes used on lockers.

In Brief: Anti Bacterial Paint finish – MRSA and E-coli – Prevent growth and spread

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Bench Seating

October 13th, 2009

Bench Seating can be used to compliment a locker room or can be used on its own to provide effective changing room layouts where lockers are not required. For example, a gym locker room generally would require compartment lockers with bench seating included in the layout. A school changing room however would generally require the bench seating only as the changing room would normally be locked by a teacher after and before use.

Bench seating generally has two forms; wall bench seating and island bench seating. As the names suggest, wall bench seating is for use against a wall or perimeter, and island bench seating is for use in the middle of a room. Wall bench seating may be supplied as a bench alone or with a coat rail. The coat rail may be supplied separately and can be mounted at any level suitable for the age group being catered for. Where a suitable wall is not available for fixing to, the coat rail can be supplied adjoined to the frame of the bench seating. There are many variations for wall bench seating and include wall-to-floor, floor fixed and cantilever. These three styles form the basis for most bench seating applications and cater for the majority of all installations. Island bench seat is in contrast less complicated. Island Bench Seating can be supplied as single sided or double sided and can be supplied with overhead coathooks, hanging rails and storage shelves. Both wall bench seating and island bench seating can be supplied additional baskets or shelves which are located beneath the bench seat for the storage of shoes.

Bench Seating can be supplied from a wide range of materials, but in the main the frames are generally steel and the seats are slatted from hardwood, softwood, plastic or metal. Bench Seating frames and coathooks can be supplied colour coded to suit the environment application. We will discuss the task of specifying and planning a bench seating installation in future blog posts.

In Brief: Bench Seating – Island or Wall Bench Seating – Locker rooms

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Bench Seating

Bench Seating

Laminate Lockers

October 12th, 2009

Laminate lockers are available as steel lockers with laminate doors or can be supplied completely manufactured from laminate panels. The use of laminate panels to manufacture lockers with allows the lockers to be used in constant wet environments. Where standard mild steel lockers, and even zinc plated or galvanised lockers will over time normally degrade and rust, the laminate locker will withstand the wet conditions with ease. Laminate, or solid grade laminate as it is also known is impervious to water. In wet changing room environments such as leisure centres, swimming pools or changing facilities located adjacent to shower rooms, the laminate locker ranges available can be easily complimented with matching toilet and shower cubicles in addition to bench seating and changing cubicles.

Laminate Lockers and Laminate Door only Lockers are available in a range of standard sizes and are available with compartment quantities covering the range of compartment lockers. Solid Grade Laminate Lockers are available in a massive range of finishes which vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Locking mechanisms include all the standards for dry changing rooms, but also include stainless steel locking mechanisms for wet area changing facilities. For further information, see the Wet Leisure Locker Installations guide later in this blog.

In Brief: Laminate Lockers – Wet Area Changing – Leisure Centre, Swimming Pools

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Laminate Door Lockers

Laminate Door Lockers

Wooden Door Lockers

October 8th, 2009

Wooden Door Lockers are designed to provide the end user with a more up market aesthetic feel to the standard compartment lockers. Wooden door lockers generally are available with one, two, three or four compartments. They are available in a limited range of sizes although 300mm wide x 450mm deep and 380mm wide x 380mm deep seem to be the most generally available. Locking mechanisms available for the wooden door lockers generally includes key locks, hasp and staple locks as well as coin operated locks. The doors themselves tend to be a veneered covered composite with options on the finish. These options generally include Oak, Ash, Beech and Cherry. In some cases, patterned door finishes are also available. The Wooden Door Locker range is more suitable to the office environment where aesthetics are top priority. Due to the limited demand for wooden door lockers, lead times are generally longer than for standard compartment lockers.

In Brief: Wooden Door Lockers – Aesthetics – Offices

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Timber Effect Lockers

Timber Effect Lockers

Wooden Door Lockers

Wooden Door Lockers

Wire Mesh Lockers

October 5th, 2009

Wire Mesh Lockers are designed to provide a secure environment for clothes, boots and tools in industrial circumstances where regular steel lockers will not suffice. The wire mesh lockers are manufactured from a mild steel wire mesh sheet welded to a rod framework and finished with either a bright zinc plating or a hot dip galvanised finish. These coatings allow the lockers to be washed down. Wire Mesh Lockers are available with compartment quantities ranging from one through to six and are available in a range of size options, although all wire mesh lockers are generally 1950mm high. This height includes for a 150mm foot which keeps the base of locker above the floor level and prevents items being stored in the lower compartments coming into contact with the floor, particularly useful if the floor is wet. Wire Mesh Lockers are useful on building sites and can be used to fit out a container to provide site operatives with a secure location for tools or protective equipment required for site access. Wire Mesh Lockers are fitted with a hasp and staple door locking arrangement allowing for a padlock to be fitted at the users discretion. Wire Mesh lockers may be finished as bright zinc or, subject to quantity, be finished with an epoxy powder paint finish.

In Brief: Wire Mesh Lockers – Secure washable lockers – Construction Sites

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Wire Mesh Lockers

Wire Mesh Lockers

POD Lockers

October 2nd, 2009

What are POD Lockers? A POD locker is a circular set of smaller lockers designed to allow for more locker compartments where the available space is confined and cramped. Each POD locker unit is made up from 7 or 11 smaller individual lockers, each called a SEED. Each SEED locker is an individual locker specially designed in a wedge shape to be fitted together to create the POD. The SEED lockers are available with either a 305mm or 460mm front face. The 305mm wide SEED lockers create an 11 SEED POD and the 460mm wide SEED lockers create a 7 SEED POD. SEED lockers are available with one to six compartments. Each compartment is available fitted with standard locking mechanisms and available with the standard colour finishes.

POD lockers are available as a static unit or can be fitted onto a rotating base allowing for units to be placed in the corner of a room or in a small room. When fitted with a rotating base, a grab handle is supplied to fit to the side of the POD to allow ease of rotating the unit.

In Brief: POD Lockers – Rotating Bases – Confined Spaces / Small Rooms

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POD Lockers

POD Lockers

Disabled Lockers

October 1st, 2009

Disabled Lockers are a derivative of the low locker and the single compartment locker with the exception that they were specifically designed for wheelchair users. The Disabled lockers are generally 1300mm high and have a shelf fitted internally approximately 300mm from the base of each locker. This lower shelf provides a handy storage shelf which is within easy reach of a wheelchair user without straining. Each locker is fitted with a double coat hook generally at the top of the locker. Each disabled locker is available with a range of standard locking mechanisms and is also available finished in a range of colour options.

As an alternative to the bespoke disabled locker, consider using either quarto or cube lockers mounted on top of a work surface. This allows the wheelchair user to approach the locker from the front and the worktop allows the wheelchair to operate is clear space beneath the worktop. The user can then easily access the rear of each locker without straining or twisting.

In Brief: Disabled Lockers – Wheelchair Users – Quarto / Cube Lockers

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Disabled Lockers

Disabled Lockers