To Galvanize or Not To Galvanize? That is the Question!


In 2015, SpaceGuard Products submitted a quote to a dealer for a locker project with the MN National Guard Armory. The project was for double tier 3x3x7 and 3x3x6 lockers with steel shelves, leveling legs, and tamper-resistant hardware. The specification also required hot-dipped galvanized lockers.


We informed the dealer and the National Guard contact that a galvanized locker would not pass the test inspection. We provided a quote using standard powder coat paint and took exception to the hot-dipped galvanized specification for the following reasons:

  • Hot dipping warps the panels and leaves sharp edges on the product.
  • BeastWire locker doors are pre-welded to the frame and cannot be galvanized.
  • Galvanizing is an expensive option.

As a result, the dealer submitted our bid using standard paint but pointed out the reasons for the exception to the specification that we requested. However, another dealer with a competitor’s locker won the order using hot-dipped galvanized lockers.

A full-size locker had to be supplied for inspection, approval, and sign off before final approval of the order. The competitor’s locker failed for all the reasons we had mentioned in our original quote.

The sample unit included sharp edges on the angle frame and the wire. The door bracing supports did not meet the specification, and the divider for the double tier lockers was not acceptable. Plus, the competitor refused to fix the problems and proved less than friendly with the contractor. Because of these issues, the National Guard decided to use another manufacturer.


SpaceGuard’s customer service team and our dealer worked with the general contractor to get an exception to the MN National Guard’s original specification. We then sent a BeastWire sample unit for a side-by-side comparison and inspection with the competitor’s locker.

The MN National Guard and the architect on the project were pleased with the better construction, quality, and the overall appearance of the BeastWire locker. As a result, SpaceGuard lockers are now in more than nine additional armory locations.


The SpaceGuard Products team works hard to get things done right the first time. We advocate for the best product for our customers. You will not be disappointed!

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Episode 1: Protective Guarding Safety & Standards

To kick off our podcast I am joined by Ray Niemeyer, Director of Business Development with SpaceGuard Products. Ray is also the Vice Chair of the Protective Guarding Manufacturers Association (ProGMA) and discusses the latest ANSI standard that was recently announced at MODEX 2020. We discuss the benefits of protective guarding in the material handling industry, and how that initial investment can help keep your employees and products safe and secure.

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  • Current trends in Protective Guarding
  • New ANSI Standard MH31.1 Steel Mesh Containment Panels used in Pallet Rack and Vertical Storage Systems Applications: Performance and Testing Requirements
  • Financial benefits to installing Protective Guarding in your facility

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First Ever Case Study Game Show—Featuring SpaceGuard Products Wire Mesh Storage Lockers

ATTENTION PLEASE! It’s time for another round of (drum roll) SpaceGuard’s Case Study Game Show! Most people are aware our Wire Mesh Storage Lockers are commonly used as tenant storage in apartments and condos. But, did you know there are a variety of other uses for storage lockers too?

In today’s Game Show episode, we will delve into a stunning example of the various uses of SpaceGuard’s Wire Mesh Storage Lockers. The winner of this show will win (another drum roll please)—a ridiculous amount of valuable information. This information can help ease any questions you might have when it comes time to purchase your own wire mesh storage lockers.

Let the games begin!

Today’s Challenge

In Orlando, Florida, a creator of innovative dietary supplements opened a new headquarters to expand their production capabilities. Not only does their headquarters house their manufacturing operations, the facility also packages the various nutritional supplements for international distribution.

Both the company’s own internal control processes department and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) require visible and secure storage for their dietary labels until placed on the product. This company needed a storage facility within their facility to meet these requirements initiating the search for a perfect solution.

So, how did we solve their need?  Care to take a wild guess?

Your Guess

With a need for a secure storage solution, this Orlando facility reached out to Curlin Inc. (a local integrator of material handling systems and solutions). After a thorough consultation, the Orlando company chose SpaceGuard’s Wire Mesh Storage Lockers constructed with 10-gauge triple-crimped woven wire securely welded to a full steel frame. The wire mesh design permitted full visibility of the secured labels, allowing the company to meet FDA regulations.

Each SpaceGuard Storage Locker consisted of fully framed panels with zero posts. This meant that the product went up faster than other wire locker products on the market. The customer also requested to have an integrated label organization system installed inside each unit. Pegboard Wall Storage Systems were easily attached to the angle framed panels, sandwich bolting them through the wire mesh (see pictures below).


If that was your guess, then…CONGRATULATIONS YOU WON! You’re the winner of…VALUABLE INFORMATION! Thanks for playing today’s round of SpaceGuard’s Case Study Game Show!

Contact our Customer Service Team for an immediate locker quote.

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