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Hard cases are traditionally been fairly simple in design though custom and specialty cases are also widely used. Many are shaped like boxes and have packing material inside such as packing peanuts, heavy foam, special racks, shelving or a lining made of paper, foam, rubber, wood shavings, plastic or other materials. Read More…

Hard Cases Hard cases are manufactured in many sizes, shapes and materials and are very common. Hard cases may be constructed from wood, aluminum, steel or plastics such as high density polyethylene (HDPE), fiberglass reinforced polyester (FRP), carbon fiber, rotationally molded polyethylene or linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE).
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Santa Maria, CA  |  805-928-8840

One of the top carrying case suppliers, Princeton Case West provides quality carrying cases, custom cases, shipping cases, plastic cases, aluminum cases, tool cases, computer cases, instrument cases, transit cases and ATA cases. Princeton Case West offers custom foam inserts for varying applications. From design to delivery, Princeton Case West offers the complete package at affordable pricing.

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Princeton Case West $$$

Chicago, IL  |  773-585-1164

Our cases come in various configurations such as soft sewn cases, hard cases, model cases, exhibit cases, and more. We are experts in contract sewing and there is no project too complex for our experts. With manufacturing experience dating back to 1994 we are confident we can provide you with a top of the line custom carrying case.

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Custom Case Company, Inc. $$$

Indianapolis, IN  |  800-466-3351

Founded in 1902, C.H. Ellis Company supplies the military, medical and music industries as a leading manufacturer of custom cases and tool cases. Our products include carrying, shipping and ATA cases. Also as a leader of custom foam inserts we offer a variety of colors and densities. Partnering with many brand-name manufacturers, we offer the broadest range of plastic and tool cases in the market.

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C.H. Ellis Company Inc. $$$

Chicago, IL  |  800-817-5288

Platt for 85 years has been building "Quality That Lasts!" Cases for equipment, tools, samples, products, demo & shipping. Molded, watertight, sewn & fabricated. Autocad, foam fabrication, water-jet cutting, molded-in logos, embroidery, silk-screening & nameplates. Small quantity specialist.

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Platt Luggage, Inc. $$$

Ontario, CA  |  866-235-2472

Bel-Air, a division of California Quality Plastics, is a supplier of custom carrying cases, shipping cases, plastic cases and transit cases. Bel-Air offers quality, durable cases that can be designed to meet your unique needs. You can expect prompt service, quality products and attentive service!

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Bel-Air Cases $$$
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Others are shaped like briefcases and have pockets and organizers inside for that specific purpose. The automotive, athletics, business, outdoor, travel, medical, emergency, optical and music industries use hard cases to protect or organize items like camping equipment, first aid supplies, hearing aids, electronics, audio production equipment, musical instruments and firearms; hard cases are most also used for electronic instruments, computers, monitors, medical supplies, important documents, jewelry and many other items.

Plastic Tool and Storage Chests Hard Cases - Custom-Pak, Inc.

Hard cases can be customized and specifically designed to accommodate the contents. The packing material inside the cases may be cut in the pattern of the item or certain materials may be used instead of others. Straps, zippered pockets, rubber gaskets, shock mounts, enhanced and fortified steel or aluminum framing, buckles, heavy duty swivel casters, twist latches, spring loaded handles and other features are available to customize the case.

Many hard cases come with handles and wheels to allow for easier handling and transportation. The materials and fabrication methods used to manufacture hard cases have an impact on the case's performance, especially in terms of strength, shock absorption and fracture resistance. Blow molding is a procedure that creates a hollow part by applying pressurized air to a stream of hot plastic. Rotational molding is the process of rotating a mold while the plastic resin is being shaped into its final form.

Plastic cases may also be formed through injection molding where hot plastic is poured into a mold cavity and left until cool. FRP plastics have fibers that must be woven, knit, braided or stitched together before they are bonded to the matrix, a tough plastic surface. Metal cases are made from thick sheets of metal that have been fastened onto a metal frame. The corners are often reinforced with steel to counteract pressure applied during transportation.

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