Division 6 vs. Division 12

When is a Cabinet More than Just a Cabinet?

Specify Division 12 for your peace of mind.

For many people, a cabinet is a cabinet is a cabinet. You might think: how different can casework be from one type to another-one producer to another?

When thinking about institutional grade casework, a box is not just a box-a cabinet is not just a cabinet. Besides the function, it serves there are many variables that will impact how satisfied you will be when your project is finished.

The experience you and your clients have with a casework project goes beyond the box: You rely on your supplier to deliver the same quality and look consistently over the entire project in all its phases. You have to be confident that your manufacturer has the capacity to produce high volumes when crunch time comes towards the end of the project.

Specifying Division 12 Furnishings takes the guesswork out of your specifications and gives you the confidence to focus on the aspects that make your design unique, knowing that your manufacturer has the strength to support your vision.

Would you like to learn more about why Division 12 makes a difference for you? Here are 12 reasons why you should specify Division 12 for your casework projects.

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Division 6 vs. 12

12 Reasons Why It Matters to Your Project.

Division 6 aka: “Millwork” Division 12 aka: “Engineered Casework”
1. Consistency & Repeatablility
Depends on architect’s specification and details for construction. Manufacturer is agnostic with regard to construction consistency between jobs. Consistent cabinet construction, appearance and performance from job to job, phase to phase, etc.
2. Interchangeability
Each cabinet is built individually with parts/pieces that typically are not interchangeable. Built on an assembly line and has modular flexibility/interchangeability.
3. Testing
Testing is rarely done on cabinet construction or hardware. Published test data meeting minimum standards for strenth and durability. Also, to assure lasting performance, all hardware and construction is fully tested and pre-engineered down to the type of screws and size of screw holes. Engineering is all based around AWS quality recommendations.
4. National Reputation
Cabinets are typically built by local shops that do not have a national reputation to uphold. Nationally recognized manufactueres with product sold nationwide through exclusive dealers with certified installation crews.
5. Clear Specifications
Cabinets are specified using AWS standards which often leave room for builder’s interpretation. Has various CSI specifications available for products representing general casework, laboratory casework, healthcare casework, educational casework etc.
6. Cataloged Library
May or may not have a database or library of cabinets and their assemblies. Rarely are cataloged. Complete casework line of individual cabinets (with catalog#’s) as well as assemblies.
7. Liability for Performance
Build cabinets per architectural details and specifications leaving the liability of performance on the designer. Casework product line fully engineered for different market segments (e.g. general casework, laboratory casework, healthcare casework, educational casework, etc.) with cabinets designed for specific institutional needs (ie: teacher wardrobe, nurse server units, lab stations. ADA, etc.) Liability for performance rests with the factory.
8. SEFA Certification
May or may not comply with SEFA 8 certification. Can comply with SEFA 8 certification if required.
9. Warranty
1 Year warranty. At least 5 year warranty.
10. Volume
A typical millwork shop has a maximum capacity of approx. 50 cabinets a day. A Division 12 manufacturer can easily produce 750 cabinets a day or more. Since casework more often than not is one of the last trades installed, the capacity your supplier can deliver is crucial for a timely completion of your project. In the race against time you want a high volume manufacturer at your side.
11. Financial Stability
Especially for large or phased projects you need to rely on a financially stable organization that has been in business for a long time. Make sure that a smaller millwork shop isn’t overextending itself with your project. Most Division 12 manufacturers have a long tradition and are specialized in building and project managing large scale projects. Company size and history help with financial stability.
12. Customization
Since specifications and designs fully depend on designer most cabinets are custom built. There is little standardization in Division 6. Large selection of different standard cabinets that are pre-engineered. Additional custom capabilities allow to create custom and personalized environments.

Which Division is Right for You?

Division 12 takes casegoods to the next level. Choosing the right quality involves truly knowing the difference between Millwork and engineered Casework – and there are a lot of important aspects to understand. Feel free to download our PDF chart so you can review it and let us know if you have any questions.