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Guide to Ordering Custom ATA Cases

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Oct 1, 2015 7:46:09 PM

What to Think About Before You Place Your Order

If you are thinking about using an ATA case to protect and transport your product, you may be wondering what questions you need to ask to get exactly what you need and want. Our design engineers are trained to listen and work with you to achieve the best possible result for custom ATA cases. When you speak with one of our team members, it is best to be prepared with a sample product or product pictures, dimensions and other key details - and don't hesitate to be creative. Imagination is the only limit to what's possible with custom ATA cases.

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What Does ATA Stand For?

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Sep 30, 2015 7:52:00 PM

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Setting Standards for ATA Custom Cases 

The Air Transport Association dates back to 1936 with 14 original airline carrier members. ATA cases first acquired their moniker in 1960, when the Air Transport Association established a set of specifications designed to ensure the cases could withstand high-impact airline travel. If a shipper conformed to these specifications, it was possible for a case to be "ATA Certified." Since then, the industry and it's association have changed. Now known as A4A or Airlines for America, explicit certification is no longer offered. However, it is possible to design custom ATA cases within the ATA 300 Compliance rules, (ATA Spec 300) and these rules can still be relied upon as the "gold standard" for shipping by air.  

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How to Deliver Medical Devices to Doctor's Offices and Clinics

Posted by Mark Hoffman

May 27, 2015 3:05:00 PM

How to Safely Deliver Medical Devices

Shipping medical equipment and devices to doctor's offices, clinics, hospitals and other related facilities, raises issues unique to the healthcare industry. Surprisingly, not all hospitals have loading docks designed to handle highly sensitive equipment. This is even more true for doctor's offices and clinics. If you are crating and shipping surgical equipment or other medical devices, here are a few things to think about.

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Select the Right Container for Shipping Medical Devices and Robotics

Posted by Mark Hoffman

May 21, 2015 5:16:00 PM

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Best Practices for Making the Best Packaging Choice

By the time you're ready to ship a sensitive medical device or complex robotic equipment, you've already invested a great deal of time and money in development and production. No doubt you want your product to arrive in perfect, working order. To a large extent, selecting the proper packaging for shipping medical devices or robotics depends on your particular circumstances.

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Tips on Safely Shipping Pre-assembled Devices and Machines

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Apr 24, 2015 12:05:00 PM

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Design Your Crates & ATA Cases for the Job

When shipping advanced electronics such as robotics and medical devices, the importance of delivering equipment preassembled is driven by the customer's need for simplicity. Destinations for such orders range from doctor's offices and clinics to trade shows and laboratories. Whatever the location, the top priorities from a customer's perspective are that the product arrives in working condition and that it works with little or no assembly. How you design your crates or ATA cases for shipping makes a large difference in accomplishing this. We suggest the best way to guarantee safe delivery of pre-assembled products, especially when shipping sensitive and expensive technologies, is to develop a relationship with and work closely with the company designated to crate and ship your product. 

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Tips for Shipping Your Hi-Tech and Robotic Equipment

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Apr 9, 2015 11:44:00 AM

 

Valuable Hi-Tech Products Deserve Innovative Package Design

In today's hospital environment, the nurse coming into your room may turn out to be a five-foot tall robot, fully equipped to take your vital signs and call for assistance if needed. Staying at a luxury hotel or spa? A charming mechanical butler may answer your room service call and appear at your door with dinner. No longer fiction or fantasy, highly complex machines are becoming part of our everyday lives.

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Best Practices for Medical Equipment Packaging and Shipping

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Apr 7, 2015 8:08:51 PM

Plan Ahead When Shipping Medical Devices

In our increasingly complex, technological world, hospitals and doctors have become major consumers and providers of sophisticated medical equipment. While health care professionals grow accustomed to their changing environment, little has changed at the points of delivery where medical equipment is accepted.  Many clinics, offices and other facilities lack appropriate loading docks and/or personnel to handle receiving bulky, high-tech shipments.

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Design Issues to Avoid When Shipping Server Rack Crates

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Mar 25, 2015 7:35:00 PM

Avoid Common Problems When Shipping Server Rack Crates

Shipping rack-mounted servers can be challenging. By their very nature, rack crates are top heavy, awkward and difficult to handle. What's more, they are high-value, high risk cargo where any damage comes with a potentially high price tag. The best way to prevent problems is to be proactive before your equipment is shipped. Knowing the difference between quality server shipping crates and sub-standard design and packaging, can help insure a safe journey.

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A Day in the Life of a Server Rack Crate

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Mar 16, 2015 11:53:05 AM

In the Beginning

The job of a server rack crate is to protect your sensitive equipment through all the trials of transit. In fact, the familiar police motto "to serve and protect" describes the role precisely. At the beginning of it's lifecycle, the crate undergoes custom design and engineering and is fitted with the right kind of wood, hardware and foam materials to hold up under severe challenges from the shipping environment.  

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Are Your Wooden Shipping Crates Made with Precision Engineering?

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Feb 12, 2015 6:10:00 PM

There's Science Inside Wooden Shipping Crates and Cases

If answering the question posed in the title of this blog was difficult for you, you're in good company. When your equipment (rack systems, medical devices, lasers and optics, robotics, etc.) is delivered without a hitch, you know that it was packed and handled correctly, but do you know why? Or if it was just luck? Conversely, if something goes wrong do you know what questions to ask your shipper? Can you zero in on what went wrong with the shipping crate so it doesn't happen again? Can you prevent it from happening before the fact? Understanding the art and science of building wooden packaging is one of the best skill sets you can acquire to protect your valuable cargo. 

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