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Custom Foam Inserts for ATA Cases or Pelican Cases

Posted by Joe Marcal

May 25, 2018 5:31:41 PM

An ATA case or Pelican case has a very rugged exterior, but it is the foam cushioning system inside the case that prevents damage to your equipment or product from shock and vibration. A custom foam insert isolates and protects each part or subassembly  This may include a custom fit cavity so that the part is secured from movement within the case.

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Topics: custom ata case, foam insert, pelican case

Shock and tilt Indicators provide inexpensive handling insurance to get better product care.

Posted by Keith Drachmann

Mar 13, 2018 9:59:05 PM

Transporting your equipment is fraught with risk - Use shock and tilt indicators!

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Topics: Packaging, Crates, shipping

Beaded polyethylene foam packaging excels in many applications.

Posted by Ariana Loijos Spencer

Jan 29, 2018 9:11:21 PM

Choosing the type of foam packaging is an important design decision that can affect the performance, cost and aesthetics of product packaging. Beaded polyethylene foam (BPE) makes an excellent protective packaging because it has a soft surface, but is very rugged and firm. Consequently, BPE is frequently used for Class A surfaces such as medical equipment, semiconductor equipment, IT servers, automotive, robotics, and other instrumentation. BPE is used in heavy and fragile cushioning, impact and vibration dampening for crating, high end case interiors, electronics, industrial material handling,  automotive dunnage, finished part separators and many more applications.

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Topics: ATA Cases, Foam

Alternatives to a Pelican case for shipping your equipment

Posted by Joe Marcal

Oct 11, 2017 8:05:17 AM

Pelican cases, the best known hard shell case brand, are injection molded from plastic. They come in a variety of sizes, and have optional handles and/or corner casters. They are available either online or from an authorized Pelican Dealer such as Larson Packaging Company (LPC).

ATA cases are made of rigid panels and aluminum extrusions which are riveted together. ATA cases are custom built, and the most common form is the road case which opens like a trunk and is used by musicians.

Both types of cases provide excellent protection for transporting valuable or fragile equipment repetitively and can be used for more than 100 trips. This makes either case the lowest cost packaging on a cost-per-trip basis when compared to a corrugated box or crate. While the case will provide protection against exterior impacts, the internal protection for your equipment will come from standard or custom foam cushioning. The correct type, amount, and density of the foam should be specified, designed and fabricated by an expert.

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Topics: ATA Cases

Choosing ATA Case Panels: Hexagrip vs. ABS Laminate

Posted by Joe Marcal

Jul 21, 2017 5:09:20 PM

The choice of materials and construction for case panels affects the attractiveness, strength, longevity and durability of a custom built ATA case that repeatedly transports equipment. A high quality panel will more effectively resist splits on impact, and it will not warp or degrade over time. Consequently, the transit case will always provide great protection for your equipment and resist damage despite harsh transportation, logistics or supply chain conditions and frequent loading and unloading

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Topics: ATA Cases

How to Inspect Rack Crates

Posted by Joe Marcal

Jun 15, 2017 10:37:24 AM


A well-made rack crate should open and unload easily, the loaded rack should slide smoothly up or down the ramp and fit snugly against the foam and blocking inside the crate. Unfortunately, when receiving empty crates, you will have to do your best with a visual inspection and a tape measure. Get a copy of the design and critical dimensions to confirm that the construction matches the specification.

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Topics: Crates, Server and Storage Racks

What is an ATA case and how should you customize it?

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Apr 11, 2017 4:09:02 PM

ATA cases are also known as road cases, transit cases, or flight cases depending on the industry.

Many people don't know what an ATA case is when they begin researching packaging to transport their equipment. Even more confusing, different industries refer to the same type of case by different names. The music and entertainment industry calls these cases road cases, and they are typically rectangular with casters, and store a variety of gear for a traveling band. Flight cases are usually smaller and can be used as luggage for transporting instruments or equipment on an airplane. Transit cases is a term used by the transportation industry.

ATA cases excel in reusability and mobility.

ATA cases provide optimal shipping protection for fragile or sensitive items. They are designed and reinforced to meet rigorous standards of durability and stand up to air handling and trucking. ATA cases excel in reusability, durability, ease of use, speed of loading and unloading and they can be used and reused many times (typically 100 or more uses). Because they are reused so many times, ATA cases are less expensive on a cost-per-trip basis than other modes of packaging.

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Topics: ATA Cases

Notes from the Band - The Best Custom Road Case Scenario

Posted by Gary Usinger

Apr 4, 2017 3:50:32 PM

The Case for a Well Constructed Road Case 

As an experienced musician who has toured the country many times over, I've learned to appreciate the value of a good road case. When so many things can go wrong in transit, why leave anything to chance? After spending a considerable sum of money on your instrument, it only makes sense to protect your investment. Which brings me to my first point: Always get protection for your instrument immediately after you buy it. If necessary, wait until you've saved enough to acquire both. Prior to buying your instrument, do some homework and be prepared to choose your case as soon as possible. 

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Topics: custom cases

Common ATA Case / Road Case Styles

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Feb 10, 2017 6:31:53 PM

How will your ATA case be used?

When designing a custom ATA case, start with the “case style” which defines how the equipment will be stored and accessed, and how the various lids and openings work. For example, will you top-load your equipment or does the case need to pull away? Does it make sense to remove the lid(s) from the case entirely, or should it hinge open? If it opens on a hinge, should the lid be able to be locked in an open position? When your equipment needs to be handled from the bottom, a pullover or split shell lid will come completely off, exposing your entire equipment on the base of the case. 

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Topics: custom cases, ata case styles

LPC Expands Its Road Case Business for “Production and Events.”

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Feb 2, 2017 10:44:09 AM

LPC Met Music Industry Manufacturers.

Larson Packaging Company (LPC), manufacturer of Kryptonite Cases, traveled to the Anaheim Convention Center to show off its custom road case capabilities with the mobile green room and display at the NAMM trade show. LPC president (Mark Hoffman),

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Topics: Cases, NAMM

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