Carrying cases are used by many industries to provide safe storage and transportation and storage for sensitive equipment. Carrying cases are most commonly made from aluminum, plastic, or laminated plywood. Cases made from these materials are also known as hard cases. Aluminum cases provide the utmost impact protection, and are commonly used as transit or shipping cases.
Rotationally molded plastic cases are made to be durable and waterproof, and are capable of protecting sensitive equipment from the elements. Laminated plywood is used to fabricate ATA shipment cases, and adhere to strict shipment regulations made by the Air Transport Alliance. Additionally, these cases are used to transport sound and electronic equipment.Read More…
These cases can also be waterproof and completely airtight. Along with robust hard cases, soft cases may also be available. Soft cases are made from materials that are less rigid, such as neoprene, vinyl, suede, canvas, or leather. Depending on the needs of the consumer, soft cases can come in different shapes, sizes, and colors, and may be sewn either by machine or by hand.
A wide range of industries and individuals use carrying cases. Globalization has enabled businesses to market their products worldwide, and efficient shipping has become a necessity. Every business can benefit from safe and reliable shipment of their products, and carrying cases have helped make this a reality.
Industries such as telecommunication, medical, aerospace, digital, manufacturing, sales, music, defense, photography, and many more depend on carrying cases for their day-to-day functions. Sensitive items such as televisions, handheld tools, musical instruments, sales posters, firearms, cameras, satellites, and computers can be safely transported using carrying cases. ATA cases are most commonly used for music, sound, and electronic equipment, despite initially being manufactured for airline shipment.
Aluminum and ATA cases are equipped with hinged breakaway sections, and designed to permanently hold electronic equipment such as sound boards and control panels. Aluminum cases may be the size of a standard briefcase or the size of a large shipping boxes. They are designed to carry delicate items such as wine glasses, gaming equipment, and lab microscopes.
In industrial and heavy duty settings, rotationally molded plastic carrying cases are used for shipping, transit, and to hold items such as tools. Rotationally molded plastic cases are ideal for use in extreme environments. Blow molded cases are a cost-effective alternative, as they provide low to medium impact resistance. The injection molding process may also be used to make plastic carrying cases. In this process, molten plastic is poured into a mold cavity and is left to cool and solidify. Plastic carrying cases can also be reinforced with fiberglass, making them stiff and durable.
Transit cases are reserved for when conditions are more extreme than usual. For example, rackmount cases are cases that are designed to meet military specifications. Rackmount cases are capable or being airtight and waterproof, and can be made from aluminum or ultra-durable plastic. Rackmount cases contain an inner frame that is mounted to the exterior with shocks.
This frame provides more reliable shock absorption and protection than foam padding, and can successfully protect the case’s contents from rugged terrain. Rackmount and transit cases are highly dependable and durable because of the materials used to fabricate them. The cases may differ in strength-to-weight ratios, and the benefits of some materials may differ from others.
There are a few methods that are used to fabricate carrying cases. The materials used to make the cases offer various benefits. Every type of carrying cases except for rackmount cases are lined with foam padding. Sometimes this padding may be cut for particular objects. Depending on the amount of necessary impact absorption, the foam may be open-cell or closed-cell. In fabricating aluminum cases, the case is drawn before being equipped with hardware.
Many different types of carrying cases can be designed to be air and water tight, which provides resistance to electromagnetism and provides an adequate strength-to-weight ratio. It is not recommended to use blow molded cases for rugged, high-impact applications, but are ideal in low to medium impact transportation. Rotationally molded plastic carrying cases are capable of withstanding intense levels of shock and pressure, and have excellent grainflow strength.
There are some ATA cases that are fabricated similarly to the cases that meet ATA regulations, but do not technically meet their requirements. True ATA cases meet the traditional requirements by featuring the placement of steel ball corners, steel hinges, stress testing, and laminated handling. In terms of price, ATA and rotomolded cases are mid-range, while aluminum and rackmount cases are more costly.