Materials Matter: Part 1 — Plastics: 5 Tactics Behind Plastics For Custom Cases

While from the outside it might seem like a box is a box, nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to transport cases. Take a $270 million MRI machine: Even miniscule exposure to the elements during transport could mean disaster for this device (and the company transporting it). Enter plastic cases. These cases, which are either injection-molded or thermoformed from rugged, durable plastic, serve as protection powerhouses thanks to five outstanding plastic capabilities.

They can be made watertight. From kiddie-pool design to biomedical research technology, the watertight capabilities of plastic make the manufacturing world go ’round—and custom cases are no different. Among case materials, plastic is king when it comes to keeping water out.

They’re easily rendered crushproof and shockproof. This is one of the lesser-known features of plastic materials. Combined with its other capabilities, the level of protection plastic can provide for transport cases in situations posing high risk of crushing and shock is one of the main reasons designers choose the material. For this reason, case manufacturers that specialize in plastic materials, such as Pelican Hardigg, often design outer cases for customers like the U.S. military.




They can be made airtight and pressure-regulated. Related to the natural watertight characteristics of plastic, pressure regulation is a breeze. This is especially helpful for delicate items requiring air transport, where extreme pressure changes are a guarantee.

They conform to a wide range of standards and certifications. The varied and vast features of these materials mean that cases made from plastic meet the majority of standards and certifications mandated in most industries.

They’re highly customizable. While plastic cases are manufactured in thousands of sizes by top manufacturers like Pelican and Pelican Hardigg, the transport of modern technologies often requires intricate customization. Developing custom case sizes is usually cost-prohibitive in all but the largest quantities. This is where interior customization saves the day.




Cases manufactured by companies such as Pelican and Pelican Hardigg—like those in Custom Case Group’s plastic line—can be affordably engineered for hand-in-glove fit by incorporating brackets, racks, drawers, keyboard trays, nets and straps, shock-mounting, and waterjet cut foams, inserts and dividers.

Plastic materials also allow for simple exterior customizations like routings and holes, forklift skids, locks, recessed telescoping handles, wheels and casters, and even handy details like labels and logos.

To learn more about custom plastic case manufacturing, visit our Plastic Cases page.


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