How to build museum display cases/museum display cabinets/museum display showcases/vitrines?

9 Nov

How to build museum display cases/museum display cabinets/museum display showcases/vitrines? Hereinafter is basic methods to build up museum quality display cases/display cabinets/showcases/vitrines:

1. Glass: prepare glass panels,ultra clear glass with low iron contents,usually at 4+0.76+4mm or 5+1.52+5mm for typical museum display cases but higher specifications like 6+1.52+6mm for larger museum display cases.Glass panels are preferred to have 45 ° mitred cutting and mitred joint so as to create nice appearance,solid structure and well airtightness.Build clear frameless all glass display space by installing clear glass panels into glass-receiving aluminum extrusions with dedicated curing adhesive.Bond glass panels together into clear display space with dedicated transparent glass adhesive and get the bonding cured by dedicated curing devices.

2. Steel: prepare (1).steel section(cube steel) of low carbon steel, 40x40x3mm,50x50x3mm for typical display cases or 50x100x3mm for larger display cases;(2) 3mm thick steel panel of low carbon steel.Weld cube steels into display case skeleton by oxygen-free welding.Have steel surface treatment before powder coating:derusting,deoiling,anodization,dedusting for better attachment by powdered coat.Powder-coat all steel surface by static powder-coating,solidify the powdered coat by high-temperature oven and dry the coated steel completely.

3. Aluminum extrusions:prepare (1).aluminum extrusions for glass panel receiving; (2).aluminum extrusions for parts of light chamber; (3).aluminum hinge mechanism if available.Have aluminum treatment:derusting,deoiling,anodization,dedusting for better attachment by powder coat.Powder-coat all aluminum extrusions surface by static powder-coating system,solidify the powdered coat by high-temperature oven and dry the coated steel completely.

4. Top light chamber:welding and install steel and aluminum into finished light chamber,fix light diffuser consisting of aluminum gridding for light distribution and laminated clear glass for UV,IR and heat filtering,install electrical wiring.

5. Lower base/plinth:assemble welded steel skeleton into final plinth or base,externally clad plinth or base with  powder-coated folded steel panel or Corian or other required cladding material.

6. Door opening mechanism: for hinged access,install hinged mechanism onto glass panel door or for pull&slide access,install sliding system onto lower plinth and upper channel(if available),or lift-off access,install elevating system(by manual operation or electrical operation or wireless operation).

7. Timber:prepare ZF-MDF panels with zero formaldehyde content for structural panel and dressing panel. Process ZF-MDF panels into right dimensions.

8. Fabric:prepare fire-proof and environment-friendly fabric,usually Bauman Creation fabric,for dressing panel,have seal treatment on ZF-MDF panels before dressing,mechanically fasten fabric onto dressing panel.

9. Light system:prepare light system with cold light source,LED lighting system like LED spot light or LED panel  within discrete light chamber or F/O lighting system with cold LED light source for no heat accumulation and no IR or UV radiation into internal display space to create any damage on exhibited artifacts.

10. Microclimate system:steel compartment for silica gel tray for passive humidity control with RH between 40% and 60%,or chamber in lower plinth for electronic mode active microclimate control system for RH 30%-70%.

11. Other accessories:install levelling adjusters and/or castors at the bottom of display cases for display case levelling and/or easy movement.

12. Assembly:mechanically fix dressing panel onto lower plinth or base and/or side and/or back(if available),install glass parts within aluminum extrusions into upper channel attached to top light chamber and lower structure on the lower plinth(if no top light chamber,install bonded glass hood into lower plinth),then install top light chamber if available,then internal lighting fixtures if available,and microclimate system if available.

13. Have a double check at all the installed parts,then make all-round debugging and final test on the finished museum display cases.

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