BeastWire—DEA Compliant

With many states legalizing recreational and medical use marijuana and cannabis, the need to secure their inventory is necessary to meet government compliance. All DEA cages must meet strict US Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) requirements for the physical security of Schedule III through V controlled substances as outlined in Title 21 CFR Sections 1301.72-1301.76.

Our BeastWire Mesh Partitions meet these DEA requirements, plus we offer over 25-years of experience providing these types of solutions. When properly installed, our cages will always pass DEA inspections.

How Can We Make Such A Bold Statement?

First, BeastWire Mesh cages are available in our standard 2”x2” square 10-gauge and a heavier 6-gauge welded wire mesh. Our 2” square mesh has a 1.87 ID dimension measured across the square. It is also available in our 1-1/2” woven wire diamond mesh, along with smaller mesh sizes in expanded metal or other wire mesh options.

“Having walls constructed of not less than No. 10 gauge steel fabric…Having a mesh construction with openings of not more than two and one-half inches across the square.”  (DEA Spec)

Next, BeastWire posts come in a 14-gauge thick 2” square or larger tube that’s pre-drilled for secure through bolting to the panels and can range in widths up to a maximum of 10-feet. The posts weld to base plates that are pre-drilled for 3/8” lag bolts. Also, the larger panels come reinforced with a one-half inch stiffener bar every 60”.

“Mounted on steel posts, which posts are: at least one inch in diameter…installed with lag bolts that are pinned or brazed; and which are placed no more than ten feet apart with horizontal one and one-half inch reinforcements every sixty inches.” (DEA Spec)

Additionally, BeastWire cages can come equipped with a full ceiling made of the same material as the panels. Or we can design the enclosure to the full height of the enclosed area. However, the installers may need to fill in gaps due to uneven floors or at the top of the cage due to field cut-outs.

“Having a ceiling constructed of the same material, or in the alternative, a cage shall be erected which reaches and is securely attached to the structural ceiling of the building. A lighter gauge of mesh may be used for the ceilings of large enclosures if walls are at least 14 feet in height.” (DEA Spec)

Finally, our cage may be quoted with swing or slide doors that use a mechanical, hydraulic, gravity-based, or powered operated self-closing device, and it comes with the appropriate locking mechanism. Keep in mind that all doors require an electronic alarm system and key control measures outside our product scope. Due to DEA requirements, all doors must be self-closing and self-latching, so we do not include bi-parting gates, Dutch doors, and services windows in BeastWire DEA enclosures.

“Is equipped with a door constructed of No. 10 gauge steel fabric on a metal door frame in a metal door flange, and…is equipped with self-closing, self-locking doors constructed of substantial material commensurate with the type of building construction, provided, however, a door which is kept closed and locked at all times when not in use and when in use is kept under direct observation of a responsible employee or agent of the registrant is permitted in lieu of a self-closing, self-locking door. Doors may be sliding or hinged. Regarding hinged doors, where hinges are mounted on the outside, such hinges shall be sealed, welded, or otherwise constructed to inhibit removal.” (DEA Spec)

And We Don’t Stop There!

While many comparable products meet DEA requirements on the market, we take it a step further to offer exceptional quality and customer service.

Beyond the general standard requirements, we minimize the maintenance sweep space below with channel or angle frame. All hardware, other than exposed anchors, is located on the secure side of the cage for enhanced security.

Also, to help facilitate the DEA inspection approval, we provide drawings in advance of the order and fabrication so that all appropriate parties can review it.

The advantages of SpaceGuard Products DEA compliant enclosures make it ideally suited for pharmacies, laboratories, hospitals, and other medical facilities, pharmaceutical distribution centers and warehouses, evidence storage for police stations, border patrol, and courthouses, as well as, record storage/disposal sites. Additionally, we offer unrivaled quality and a Quick-Ship program on all our standard stock materials.

Call us today and let one of our experienced customer service representatives assist you with your next DEA compliant storage cage.

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Episode 3: Design Considerations for the Modern Cleanroom

Zac Adams, from Gateway Marketing Solutions, joins me to discuss Modern Cleanrooms and what needs to be considered when installing one for your business. We discuss the financial impact different options will have, and how to choose which style is best for your specific scenario. Learn how to maximize your space and invest in equipment that will be around to benefit your business far beyond next year’s budget.

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  • Differences between a “cleanroom” and a “controlled-environment”
  • Benefits to installing a modular cleanroom
  • Factors to consider when evaluating doors, windows, ceilings, etc.
  • Increasing your scope as a salesperson in this industry

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Why Smart People Buy BeastWire DEA Cages!

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BeastWire DEA Cage

Why Smart People Buy BeastWire DEA Cages!

Federal regulations for the storage of controlled substances and narcotics are strict and for a good reason. But, the common misconception is that an expensive custom application is required to achieve this higher level of security.  BeastWire Mesh DEA cages, however, squash that false belief!

Did you know that BeastWire Mesh partitions meet all US Drug Enforcement Administration’s requirements for physical security of Schedule III through V of controlled substances as outlined in Title 21 CFR Sections 1301.72-1301.76

Indeed, you read it correctly! But, how you ask?

Well, by using readily available components including our proprietary growth plate to secure beneath the cage mesh panels and doors, BeastWire provides the desired level of security while offering a cost-effective solution.

So, what makes the BeastWire DEA cages so protective?  Let me explain.

The Mesh Panels

BeastWire pharmaceutical and DEA cages are constructed using panels that meet or exceed the specification. We manufacture our panels using a 10-gauge welded wire mesh with 2” square patterns which are small enough to keep items secure.  The FDA requirement is an opening no larger than 2-1/2”. With our standard mesh panels along with a variety of other mesh options we meet and exceed this requirement.

The Hardware

Whether you’re bolting a panel to a panel or a panel to a post, a breakaway nut or tack welded standard nut is required. Both nuts allow your cages to be tamper-proof which means they would have to be cut to be removed. Standard tools such as wrenches and sockets won’t let the nuts/bolts to be stripped from your cage. And because BeastWire uses all straight through carriage bolts for the connections, no nuts should be exposed on the outside of the cage anyways.

The Spacing 

First and foremost, a DEA style cage means there can be absolutely no sweep space below your bottom panel. Second, the cage walls are required to elevate to the underside of your facility’s ceiling.  If the cage is shorter than a mesh ceiling must be added. BeastWire Mesh DEA cage ceiling panels are constructed from the same rigid and heavy-duty materials as the wall panels.

The Doors

BeastWire Mesh DEA Cage Doors conform to all the requirements of 21 CFR 1301.72(b)(3)(ii). Our DEA cages come with either a hinge or slide door and both are available with hydraulic self-closers and provide self-locking capabilities for all mortise cylinder and electronic access control locks. Our slide doors come with hydraulic closers. But, for larger cages, the slide gates can use hard-wired automatic gate closers with a chain-less driver track.

We also offer a variety of controlled entry options, as well. For instance, slide gates with hydraulic closers are often paired with our slide door electric strike—providing additional security and safety measures.

In Conclusion

BeastWire Mesh cages meet and exceed all US Drug Enforcement Administration’s requirements for physical security of pharmaceutical items, narcotics, and other controlled substances.

Let one of our customer service team members help you create your next controlled storage unit. Contact us today!

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