Meeting The Challenge of Covid Testing

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Meeting The Challenge of Covid Testing

The Covid-19 Pandemic has impacted every aspect of our lives. With the ongoing potential for new variants as well as a wide range of related health concerns, it seems Covid and it’s aftereffects will be with us for some time to come. For Laboratories, this means significant and ongoing demand for testing. In particular, Covid testing introduced a new set of logistical challenges for testing laboratories which included potential modifications to our line of Laboratory Lockboxes (Lab Lockers) to allow for installation in more public locations such as pharmacies and drive-through testing sites. Most importantly, the new Covid test collection process also had to address a frightening new reality; the highly contagious and deadly nature of Covid-19 and it’s variants.

Given these many challenges, it was not long before one of our test-laboratory customers approached us to help them develop a box more specifically designed for Covid test collection.


At McShane Welding we ‘transform metal into solutions”.

To us, this means striving to create products and services that ultimately help our customers succeed. In this case, we applied our knowledge of the test-lab and medical-logistics industry to design a custom box for Covid test collection. This “Covid Box” had to meet multiple new criteria. It had to be easily installed in public areas and secured with lags bolts in a tamper resistant manner. The drop slot had to be larger to accommodate both the Covid test sample and important patient documentation. Additionally, the access door had to open wide enough to allow drop-off into the slot but restrict tampering as well as protect the internal contents from weather and theft. Furthermore, since a traceable chain of custody is a requirement of the testing industry, the McShane Covid box had to be key-lockable and rugged enough to protect the specimens and documents until pick-up by authorized individuals from the Laboratory. All McShane metal box products are constructed from heavy gauge galvanized steel to withstand harsh conditions and abuse. Most importantly, the newly designed Covid box had to be produced quickly and in sufficient quantities to meet demand. As the factory, we were able to rapidly respond to our client’s needs and we delivered this new product in record time. In fact, you may have seen a McShane Covid test collection box outside your own local pharmacy or medical office.

No one is certain what is next for Covid or what new variants may appear. We may even face another new and an unexpected health challenge. At McShane Welding we will continue to be responsive to our testing laboratory customers and produce high quality box solutions that meet their logistics and test collection needs.

McShane Welding manufactures high-quality, secure box solutions for a variety of applications and industries including laboratories, couriers, home delivery, securing medications, and many others. As the factory, we can customize boxes for your unique needs. To learn more about McShane Welding, Fabrication and McShane Metal Boxes, visit our website, contact us, or alternatively, call/email us directly at the numbers below.

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My company has been using lockboxes from McShane Welding for over 6 years now and is very pleased with the product and customer service. The personnel are all friendly and go above and beyond. The boxes are great quality and our clients love them. We couldn’t be more pleased with our working relationship with McShane.

Autumn Simpson

Representative of a nationwide network of local laboratories

Our courier company strongly encourages the use of LabLockers. We have been a customer for over 10 years and no other metal box vendor we tried in the past compares to the quality and customer service we get at McShane. Any business in the courier industry, specifically medical samples, should consider LabLockers.

Rob Johnstone

Priority Express

Our laboratory has been very satisfied with our choice to purchase the ESC-10 for specimen collection and transportation. This product allows us to control the temperature of the sample by offering frozen and ambient storage solutions. McShane Metal Products have always delivered their products on time while consistently offering fair pricing.

Lazer Schlussel

McShane Metal Products, Welding & Fabrication

12 Port Access Road
Erie, PA 16507

Phone: 1 (800) 735-3632

Fax: (814) 452-3013