ATA Road Cases

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    Why buy a new shipping or hard travel case when you can save big money refurbishing your old one?

    Modern shipping cases are built to last for decades. Your case will show the normal dings and dents from its life on the road but, with proper care, will retain its functionality. Custom case interiors, however, wear out, “ugly” out, and become obsolete within only a few years. In actuality, many people that decide to…

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    Avoid Common Pitfalls in Case Cushioning and Custom Case Interior Design

    The unfortunate result of most case interior designs is improper internal cushioning for its contents. There are many great cases on the market, and choosing a sturdy case is much easier than designing a proper interior. Most people would think this problem stems from not having enough foam in the case. In actuality, most cases…

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    Using A Custom Soft Case to Prevent Electronic Hacking and Eavesdropping

    Threats to confidential information stored on your personal electronic devices has been growing exponentially in recent years. Airborne electronic hacking, which started out as a government and industrial espionage concern, has migrated to the larger world of consumer electronics. Everyone if aware of online virus and hacking threats, but most people would be shocked to…

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    How to Use Your Shipping Cases In Your Trade Show Booth Without Looking Like a Flea Market Vendor

    As everyone who exhibits regularly knows, shipping cases provide a rich source of delay and hassle in trade show setup and take down. You have wait for them to be delivered to your booth, unpack then, and then wait for someone to pick them up for off-the-floor storage. At the end of the show, the…

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    Fragile Stickers on Shipping Cases – Do They Help, or Just Challenge Shippers to Break It!

    The answer to this depends on whom you ask. The major freight companies will all tell you that “Fragile”, “Handle With Care”, “This Side Up” and “Do Not Stack” stickers alert them to your packages special needs, and that they follow these instructions accordingly. Ask shipping and receiving professionals, tradeshow road warriors, and people that…

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    Plasma and LCD Shipping Cases: New Products Save Money, Reduce Weight, and Provide Great Protection

    The last 3 years have seen the introduction of several high quality rotationally molded cases, many with off-the-shelf interior options, that fit specific (or a range) of screen sizes. These cases are also being offered at a much lower price points due to mass production efficiencies, and the standardization of interiors. These cases feature rib-protected…

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    A How To Guide for Panel Mounting Electronic Equipment in a Shipping or Carry Case

    Make sure you have the right style case: Many of the smaller injection molded and aluminum carry cases come standard will molded-in panel tabs sets down a short distance from the lid split. This is not true for luggage style cases that are either soft-sided or thermoformed. It is not recommended that you use luggage…

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    Plug-N-Play Custom Demo Cases – How to Give Your Customers a Hands on Demo Without Being There

    At times, we all wish we could be two places at once. Since human cloning is not on the horizon, we have relied upon online meetings and other productivity tools to maximize our work flow. If your sales pitch revolves around a product demo, however, there really is no substitute for actually being there face–to-face…

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    6 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Shipping Expensive Rack Mount Gear

    1) Shipping gear inside a metal rack cabinet: Plain and simple, most metal rack cabinets are not meant to be shipped with gear racked into them. These cabinets are meant to be in a fixed location and at most, only wheeled from room to room. People assume that if they crate them for shipment, with…

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    Sales Demo Cases – How to Beat Airline Baggage Surcharges and Still Get Your Samples on the Plane

    It used to be so easy. Pack your items in a hard case and check them through. You were allowed 2 bags, and nobody bothered to weigh them at check in. Your sales samples could go with you, and you could be sure they would be there when you got there. Times have definitely changed….

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    What your Shipping Case Warranty is Really Worth?

    The only honest answer is; It depends. The large case companies such as Pelican, SKB, Parker, and UK all offer “Lifetime” warranties on their products. However, like most warranties, there are some significant details in the fine print. An example of this is that none of the manufacturers’ warranties cover the contents of the case….

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    Shipping Multiple Laptops: Get Better Protection and Save Money with a Properly Designed Case

    Many corporate training professionals need to travel frequently with multiple laptops, a gaggle of cabling, routers and other gear in order to be fully functional in a remote location. They must choose between shipping the items ahead, which may cause logistical and damage problems, or paying overage charges to check them through on the airplane….

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    The Top-5 Mistakes You Should Avoid When Buying A Hard Case for Shipping

    1) Buying a custom case shell when an off-the-shelf case shell is appropriate: In ancient times (about 15 years ago), there were limited options in molded shipping case sizes. In addition, the shells were mostly thin-walled and had metal valences that damaged easily. For this reason, many people got in the habit of buying custom…

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    Trade Show Shipping Cases: How to Loose the Weight, and Still Survive the Exhibit Hall War Zone

    Supposedly, everyone driving a forklift truck at an exhibit hall loading dock has some sort of professional certification. It seems like this school must also teach demolition derby tactics. A plywood case panel is no match for a dockworker in a hurry. Still though, heavy wood crates, and wood ATA cases, are the standard in…

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    Travel Case Diet Tips – 5 Ways to “Lose Weight” and Check Your Hard Cases Without Paying a Fortune

    1. Get rid of all that extra foam: Most people that pack equipment in a travel case are either using a factory pluck foam kit, or a design that subscribes to the old adage of 2 inches of foam around everything. In many cases, using custom cases with partitions and/or separators will allow you to…

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    Keep Track of Your Tools With a Visual Management System Inside Your Traveling Tool Case

    A visual management system for tool cases utilizes the same inherent logic found in the chalk outlines on every handyman’s garage pegboard. On the pegboard, every tool has its place, and the outline shows exactly where it goes. An empty space means your neighbor did not return it after he begged you to borrow it….

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    Are Wood ATA Road Cases A Dying Breed?

    The one thing that nobody can argue with is a product that passes the rigorous test of time. For 10,000 years, wood has been successfully used to manufacture shipping cases. Despite the fact that wood is heavy, brittle, not weather resistant, and is a delicacy to some insects, it does offer some benefits. On the…

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    Safest Ways To Travel With Your Camera Equipment

    Every experienced photographer understands the importance of reliable travel equipment. However, not everyone is experienced. There are several key factors to consider when deciding which travel equipment is best for you. Before you look online, there are several key questions you need to ask yourself. What purpose does your camera serve? Videos? Photos? Think about your goals in the film…

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    6 Common Misconceptions About Air freight Shipping

    1. Everything that can be shipped on a truck can be shipped via air: This is a dangerous assumption. Many of the same Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) rules that apply to airline travel also apply to airfreight shipments. If you have any doubt, it is a good idea to check with your carrier before you…

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