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Alternatives to a Pelican case for shipping your equipment

Posted by Joe Marcal

Oct 11, 2017 11:05:17 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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Choosing ATA Case Panels: Hexagrip vs. ABS Laminate

Posted by Joe Marcal

Jul 21, 2017 8:09:20 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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What is an ATA case and how should you customize it?

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Apr 11, 2017 7:09:02 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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LPC Expands - Acquires Kryptonite Cases

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Mar 14, 2016 12:54:11 PM

Acquisition a Logical Extension for LPC

Building upon its existing engineering and design expertise, LPC recently closed on the friendly acquisition of Kryptonite Cases, a custom road case manufacturer specializing in the production and entertainment industries. Kryptonite is best known for crafting cases to accompany touring bands and singers (including Santana, Lady Gaga, and Keith Emerson) and other entertainers with highly specialized needs.

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Customizing Trade Show Shipping Cases

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Oct 28, 2015 4:15:58 PM

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Show Case Your Product

Are you gearing up to hit the road with your exciting new product line or your latest design concept? Will you need a new travel case to display your wares? Do you know what to consider before purchasing an ATA case?

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A Case for Quality: Why Not to Buy Cheap ATA Cases

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Oct 5, 2015 1:10:00 PM

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Why You Should Invest Upfront in Your ATA Case

It's always tempting to find ways to save, so why pay more for a custom ATA case when there are lower cost alternatives? The reason is straightforward and simple - because spending less initially can end up costing you much more over the long haul. Buyers that try to cut corners on cases typically experience either one or both of these outcomes:

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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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