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Behind the scenes of manufacturing the New Micro Tuffboxes – Part Two

powder coating

We follow on from last week’s blog post showing the initial stages of a Micro Tuffbox being cut and welded. This part highlights the powder coating stages and assembly that goes into making a Micro Tuffbox.

Stage Six – Powder Coating

The Tuffboxes take a trip to the powder coating department in our factory.  The first step is to always  ‘hang them on the line’…

Stage Six – Powder Coating

Stage Six – Powder Coating

Then the paint team were going to get a little surprise as the first batch of Micro’s were not going to be the traditional blue…  they test the powder coating guns first on a piece of metal…

Pink Paint

The guys get to work in the powder coating plant, firstly doing the bodies and brackets of the pink Micro Tuffbox.

powder coating

powder coating

powder coating

powder coating

And as they go into the curing ovens so the powder fluidises to form a perfect finish.

curing ovens

Curing ovens

The blue Micro Tuffboxes are sprayed…

Blue Micro Tuffboxes sprayed

Blue Micro Tuffboxes sprayed

Blue Micro Tuffboxes sprayed

Blue Micro Tuffboxes sprayed

Once the blues are going through the curing booth, the lids for both the pink and blue models are painted black…

painted black

painted black

Stage Seven – Assembly

The now painted and cooled Tuffboxes are taken to our assembly department.

Stage Seven - Assembly

The hinges are first riveted to the lid and main body.

The hinges are first riveted to the lid and main body.

Then the stainless steel lock casing, lock and tamper proof bolts we’re attached to the front panel. The team test every lock first to make sure it is aligned, and the keys fit the lock.

Installing the Lock

Installing the Lock

Installing the Lock

Onto attaching the lid brace. Our braces can be removed by the customer to make it left or right handed depending on the requirements and user.

Attaching the lid brace

Final touches are then ticked off – plug caps for the handle holes, attach the keys to the unit and last but not least the Tuffbox label.

Tuffbox label

attach the keys to the unit

plug caps for the handle holes

Stage Eight: QA

Before it leaves assembly, each Tuffbox is given another ‘once over’ to check for quality assurance purposes and then is either sent directly out to a customer or placed in our holding stock in our warehouse.

Stage Eight: QA

And voilà!

The Micro Tuffbox Pink and Blue are launched. To celebrate the launch of the limited edition range of pink models, Tuffboxes are donating £2 from every sale of the pink models to Cancer Research UK.

 Micro Tuffbox Pink