Why Choose a Roto-Molded Case?

August 27th, 2014

rotational moldingThere are a few different types of molding that we use at Advanced Packaging, Inc. One of the most common types of molding that we do is rotational molding (also known as roto-molding). Rotational molding can be used for many types of custom cases, including medical cases, military grade cases, and waterproof shipping cases, just to name a few. While injection molding is also a good route to go (especially if you need something inexpensive and quick), sometimes roto-molding works better. It all depends on what you need and what your budget looks like!

Benefits of Roto-Molded Cases

  • Quick production – Roto-molding isn’t quite as fast as injection molding, but it’s still a quick process when you need a quality product in a short amount of time. The best part about roto-molding is that you don’t lose any of the quality in the process. Roto-molded cases come out even and tough, sparing you the stress of the case cracking or the contents of your case breaking.
  • Customization – You can easily customize the case to whatever your custom case needs are and still get a mass production of your quality case. We can add pre-made sheets of plastic to the molds for different effects before we add the melted polymers to create your custom molded case. Because of this, instead of having a separate piece in the center that can break, you’ll have an entire uniform case that is less likely to come apart and is nearly seamless.
  • Low cost – The startup cost to create a making for rotational molding, as well as parts for rotational molding, is fairly inexpensive. Low startup costs means less money out of your pocket. We can manufacture quality, less expensive products by using the roto-molding process. Just because the cost is lower doesn’t mean you’re getting any less quality, though. The thickness of the case will be even and tough.

Custom Rotational Molded Cases

Advanced Packaging, Inc. was established over 40 years ago with the mission of engineering and delivering the highest quality shipping and cushioning systems available. Since then our worldwide customer base has grown to include those in the military, government, commercial and industrial business sectors, as well as many other industries. API’s local clients value our convenience to the Washington, DC tech corridor.

Not only do we make custom cases for every type of industry, API is also equipped with the latest in quality assurance and process control monitoring technology, including drop testing, protecting your electronic equipment from unforeseen accidents and events. Our team of craftsmen regularly build and then test a variety complex electronic assemblies.

If you have any questions, please contact Advanced Packaging Inc. by calling 1-888-206-5250 or visit our website today!

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How Custom Foam Inserts are Made

August 21st, 2014

custom foam interiorA good custom case needs an even better custom foam insert. Custom foam inserts operate to keep everything inside the custom case safe and cushioned. They’re an important part of what we do to make your transit and storage cases better protected. Have you ever wondered how foam interiors are created and what makes them a good option for cushioning even your most sensitive equipment? We’ve got some answers for you!

What are Custom Foam Interiors Made of?

First thing’s first – let’s talk about the composition of custom foam interiors. We use polyurethane foam, which is durable with just enough give. Polyurethane is made from small compounds called polymers. There’s a good deal of chemistry that goes into creating the perfect polyurethane foam. It is also used for other things that require fine threads, such as nylon for pantyhose. Polyurethane products come in four different forms: elastomers, coatings, flexible foams, and cross-linked foams. Most of what we use here are flexible foams.

How are Custom Foam Interiors Molded?

  • Liquid – Polymers and occasionally additives are combined together to form polyurethane, which starts out as a hot liquid. The liquid is poured down through a pipe directly into a nozzle where it is sprayed out over wax paper and mixes with carbon dioxide
  • Expansion – The carbon dioxide helps the polyurethane to expand and begin to form a foam strip. The original strip doesn’t have much shape, so the ends are trimmed off to help create a viable shape out of the polyurethane foam product.
  • Drying – When the foam is first created, it’s much harder than the final product – in fact, it’s about the consistency of a rock if the gasses aren’t released. The foam is heated by lamps on a conveyor belt that cause the bubbles to expand and pop. At that point, you get the foamy, spongy material you’ve come to know of custom foam interiors.
  • Cut – Once the foam is created, it is cut to fit into your custom case!

Custom Foam Interiors and Cases from Advanced Packaging

Advanced Packaging, Inc. was established over 40 years ago with the mission of engineering and delivering the highest quality shipping and cushioning systems available. Since then our worldwide customer base has grown to include those in the military, government, commercial and industrial business sectors, as well as many other industries. API’s local clients value our convenience to the Washington, DC tech corridor. If you have any questions, please contact Advanced Packaging Inc. by calling 1-888-206-5250 or visit our website today!

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Advanced Packaging Partner Spotlight: SKB

August 15th, 2014

custom military caseAt Advanced Packaging Inc., we only work with the best companies out there because we want to deliver you the best products available. When you work with second rate companies, you get second rate products. All of your partners are globally recognized as the best in the industry. We work with military, medical, and private sector personnel that need to know that their products are getting the job done. It’s not enough to just have them. One of our partners is SKB Cases, based out of Anaheim, California.

History of SKB Cases

SKB Cases have been around since 1977, and like most good things, started in a garage in California. Dave Sanderson and Steve Kottman created the first SKB case: a guitar case. Though they’ve definitely branched out from making musical cases, they started out with a solid foundation of making transport cases for sensitive equipment. SKB began to expand in 1979 when they created 2,500 cases for none other than Fender’s Stratocaster. By 1983, SKB had 20 employees and was cranking out over 600 cases per week. They began picking up military contracts and working with sports companies by the late 1980s/early 1990s and continued to expand the employee base. In 1998, they won entrepreneurs of the year. Kottman and Sanderson do everything on their own roto molding and injection molding machines. They are continuing to innovate and improve their standards as well as grow the company. Today they create custom shipping cases using vacuum, rotational, and injection molding for military, industrial, and medical facilities. We are proud to call them an Advanced Packaging partner!

Custom Case Options from SKB Cases and Advanced Packaging

We offer many different SKB Case options through Advanced Packaging, included single lid transit cases, military grade cases, and double entry rackmount cases for easy stacking and access.  Advanced Packaging, Inc. was established over 40 years ago with the mission of engineering and delivering the highest quality shipping and cushioning systems available. Since then our worldwide customer base has grown to include those in the military, government, commercial and industrial business sectors, as well as the medical industry. API’s local clients value our convenience to the Washington, DC tech corridor. If you have any questions about SKB case options through API, please contact Advanced Packaging Inc. by calling 1-888-206-5250 or visit our website today!

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Why Should You Choose Custom Medical Cases?

August 7th, 2014

custom medical caseMedical professionals hold people’s lives in their hands every day. They’re who we go to when we have nowhere else to turn and all seems lost. Medical professionals are valued above many other types of professions. Many times, though, they’re only as capable as the equipment they have to work with. It is possible to create some equipment, but things like CT scan units and important surgical equipment can’t be re-imagined when medical professionals need to get to them quickly and have them work efficiently. It’s important to protect this expensive, sensitive equipment in every way possible – especially when it’s being shipped or stored and is at its most vulnerable.

What are the Benefits of Custom Medical Cases?

  1. Perfect fit – Custom medical cases are made so that the medical equipment that you’re shipping or storing fits perfectly, reducing the risk of things shifting around in transit and breaking. You need everything to get to you in one piece. With a custom case, you know that everything that you’re shipping will arrive at its destination intact.
  2. Accessorize – Sometimes you need to get things from point A to point B quickly, but they’re too heavy to lift and run with. That’s what handles and wheels are for. API allows you to choose how you want to accessorize your custom medical case to fit your specific needs. We can also do a silkscreen logo on your case to identify your company/hospital/practice or what’s in the case.
  3. Safe – The cases we manufacture can be shock proof, water proof, heat proof, aluminum, thermoplastic – or basically just about anything you need to keep your medical equipment safe. We customize to the best of our abilities and with our esteemed partners to make sure that everything ships or is stored safely.
  4. Custom foam interiors – These are always an option when you order custom cases from us. Custom foam interiors will cushion the equipment in your custom medical case. We all know that shipping companies aren’t always as careful as they should be. The foam will keep everything in the case safe and intact.

Custom Medical Cases from Advanced Packaging Inc.

Our medical professionals need the best to be the best. Advanced Packaging, Inc. was established over 40 years ago with the mission of engineering and delivering the highest quality shipping and cushioning systems available. Since then our worldwide customer base has grown to include those in the military, government, commercial and industrial business sectors, as well as the medical industry. API’s local clients value our convenience to the Washington, DC tech corridor. If you have any questions about custom medical cases in the DC area, please contact Advanced Packaging Inc. by calling 1-888-206-5250 or visit our website today!

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Advanced Packaging Inc. Remembers World War 1 Vets

August 4th, 2014

world war 1This past Monday was the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. The war lasted a little over 4 years, ending in 1918. In that time frame, almost 18 million people perished as a result of battlefield deaths, genocide, food shortages, and bombings. World War 1 has gone down in history as the first “modern” war that was fought without the original “rules of war.” Check out the timeline below to find out more about World War 1.

World War 1 Timeline

1914 – The catalyst to World War 1 took place in June of 1914 when Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary was assassinated by a member of The Black Hand, a Serbian Nationalist. The war didn’t officially begin until August of that year, when Germany officially declared war on Russia. Germany followed up by quickly declaring war on France and invading Belgium, which brought England into the war against Germany and Austria-Hungary. Canada entered the war on the side of the Allies in October. Many battles took place in 1914, though none were deciding battles. This was the year of the unofficial Christmas truce between soldiers on the Western Front.

1915 – Germany begin to use U-boats at this point in World War 1, which was problematic for all naval vessels. They sunk the British liner Falaba, killing an American citizen, which is one of the things cited as what spurned America to join the war. Poison gas was used for the first time in April of this year by the German forces. Italy joined the war on the side of the allies and the British ship Lusitania is sunk by Germans, killing more Americans.

1916 – This year was a fairly big turning point in the war. Tanks were introduced for the first time and Germans performed the first air raid involving planes rather than zeppelins over London, causing mass casualties. The longest battle of the war, The Battle of Verdun, begins in January and ends in December of this year with the French holding steady against the Axis powers. The US still hasn’t officially joined the war, but is working to build the military.

1917 – America joined the war in 1917, after discovering a telegram from Germany to Mexico, suggesting that Mexico should declare war on the United States. This spurned President Woodrow Wilson to declare war on Germany and join the Allies. Troops from both sides suffer a massive amount of casualties and realize how devastating the First World War is becoming.

1918 – November 11th of 1918 is known as Armistice Day and is the official day of peace that occurred after World War 1. The Allies chose to accept Woodrow Wilson’s 14 points plan, which laid out a future for the nations of the world after World War 1 concluded. With the help of the Americans, Allied forces were finally able to overcome the Axis powers and Kaiser Wilhelm abdicated the German throne on November 9th, leading to a brief peace between World Wars 1 and 2.

Honoring our Troops

Without our talented American troops, World War 1 may have gone on for many more years. Our brave men and women in uniform are just as important now as they were then and we’d like to continue to honor them. That’s why we at Advanced Packaging Inc. strive to create the best shipping and storage cases for our military heroes. They need the best to be the best. Advanced Packaging, Inc. was established over 40 years ago with the mission of engineering and delivering the highest quality shipping and cushioning systems available. Since then our worldwide customer base has grown to include those in the military, government, commercial and industrial business sectors, as well as many other industries. API’s local clients value our convenience to the Washington, DC tech corridor. If you have any questions, please contact Advanced Packaging Inc. by calling 1-888-206-5250 or visit our website today!

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The Advantages of Custom Shipping and Storage Cases for Government Use

July 24th, 2014

government shippingThe government plays a very specific role in the machinations of a country, state, or city. Its job is to make sure that everything runs smoothly for citizens and that they stay safe. That’s a big job and responsibility that falls on the shoulders of a few different people and agencies. Some government agencies have jobs that require shipping specific, important items back and forth and it’s imperative that these items arrive at their destinations safely and in one piece. Shipping things in boxes simply won’t cut it most of the time. The best way to ensure that everything arrives safely to its destination is to use tried and true custom shipping cases.

What are the Benefits of Custom Shipping Cases?

  1. It’s all in the name Custom shipping cases are made specifically for your uses. You can choose from injection molding, rotational molding, aluminum, or a vast array of other cases. The point is that you can choose exactly what works for you in the size and shape that you need to keep your cargo safe and properly stored.
  2. Add custom foam interiors – Once you’ve commissioned your perfect custom shipping cases, you can add custom foam interiors, which keep everything safe from the inside out. Nothing in the case can rock, roll, or rattle around. You know that your contents will get from point A to point B without suffering some kind of internal catastrophe.
  3. Accessorize them – Many of our cases can be professionally screen-printed to add special customization to your case. You can also add handles and wheels or opt for a double entry rackmount case that allows you to access it from two different sides. Add what you need and don’t pay for what you don’t want.
  4. Add technology – Electronics integrated cases are becoming more popular as technology becomes more and more a part of everyday life and business. Government can’t function without the ability to access technology from different places. While these cases aren’t ideal for shipping, they’re great for government field workers who spend their time working with the public and other agencies.

Government Custom Cases from Advanced Packaging Inc.

Advanced Packaging, Inc. was established over 40 years ago with the mission of engineering and delivering the highest quality shipping and cushioning systems available. Since then our worldwide customer base has grown to include those in the military, government, commercial and industrial business sectors, as well as many other industries. API’s local clients value our convenience to the Washington, DC tech corridor. If you have any questions, please contact Advanced Packaging Inc. by calling 1-888-206-5250 or visit our website today!

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Custom Foam Interiors for Your Custom Cases

July 16th, 2014

custom foam interiorFeel like we throw the word “custom” around a lot? It’s because we can back it up! Custom made items give you a lot of advantages over typical stock items. There are definitely times when stock cases and other stock items are beneficial (especially if you’re in a hurry and need a large quantity of cases), but a custom made case generally has many more benefits than a stock case, especially when manufactured by Advanced Packaging. Custom cases wouldn’t be nearly as efficient without custom foam interiors, though. You want the most protection to be directly surrounding whatever you’re shipping or storing. Custom foam interiors can give you peace of mind.

Benefits of Custom Foam Interiors

  • Cushioning – This is the most obvious of the benefits that come with custom foam interiors, but it’s more than just having cushioning around what you’re shipping or storing. Custom foam interiors are molded to perfectly hold and cradle that item. Packing peanuts and bubble wrap will do the job for sending packages around the holidays, but for important medical and military equipment, you need something that provides a little more protection than packing peanuts.
  • Protect from the elements – The outside of the case is the first line of defense, but the most important protection is inside the case. If anything does happen to get in the case (such as water), it has to go through the extra line of defense inside the case. The more defenses you put up against letting the elements in, the better off your important equipment will be. You’ll be able to keep everything safer.
  • Easy presentation – We’ve all opened our suitcases to an utter disaster where we can’t find anything that we need because everything managed to get thrown around during a flight or a car ride. Custom foam interiors don’t allow that to happen. When the case is opened after shipping, everything will be right where you put it. There’s no worry about anything breaking or coming apart either.

Custom Foam Interiors from Advanced Packaging Inc.

Advanced Packaging, Inc. was established over 40 years ago with the mission of engineering and delivering the highest quality shipping and cushioning systems available. Since then our worldwide customer base has grown to include those in the military, government, commercial and industrial business sectors, as well as many other industries. API’s local clients value our convenience to the Washington, DC tech corridor.

Not only do we make custom cases for every type of industry, API is also equipped with the latest in quality assurance and process control monitoring technology, including drop testing, protecting your electronic equipment from unforeseen accidents and events. Our team of craftsmen regularly build and then test a variety complex electronic assemblies.

If you have any questions, please contact Advanced Packaging Inc. by calling 1-888-206-5250 or visit our website today!

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Superior Quality Products from API

July 10th, 2014

quality packagingCompanies like to advertise that they have the “best products for the best prices” or that their quality control is head and shoulders above the rest. We understand this, because we do the same thing. The difference between API and other companies that make these claims is that we have the evidence to back it up. Because we work with companies like Pelican, SKB, and ECS, we know that we’re getting the best stock products. We would never work with vendors that we didn’t trust to help us get the best quality product to our customers and clients. We know how important the cases that we manufacture are for our military, medical professionals, and those in the private sector. Every case is made carefully and with precision using a time tested molding technique.

  • Certified MIL-I-4280A – We’re certified to make all of our cases and have been in the business for over 40 years. We’ve perfected our art of case making, but we’re always willing and ready to learn any techniques that could make us even more useful and beneficial to our valued clients and customers.
  • ISO 9000 Compliant – In order to be ISO 9000 compliant, all employees and management have to go through rigorous training to meet up to international business standards. These standards have become what most companies need to abide by in order to be a good company to work for and buy from. We take our standards seriously at Advanced Packaging.
  • All products 100% inspected and tested – Nothing leaves Advanced Packaging without being rigorously tested. We need to know that our products will survive the harshest conditions and stand up to their job without any issues. Customer satisfaction is a top priority and we work to do everything in our power to make a great product.

We’ve served the DC, Virginia, and Maryland areas for over 40 years. We know who we’re serving and how to create the best product for every customer that walks through our door. Our  mission is to engineer and deliver the highest quality shipping and cushioning systems available. Our worldwide customer base has grown to include those in the military, government, commercial and industrial business sectors, as well as many other industries. API’s local clients value our convenience to the Washington, DC tech corridor.

Not only do we make custom cases for every type of industry, API is also equipped with the latest in quality assurance and process control monitoring technology, including drop testing, protecting your electronic equipment from unforeseen accidents and events. Our team of craftsmen regularly build and then test a variety complex electronic assemblies.

If you have any questions, please contact Advanced Packaging Inc. by calling 1-888-206-5250 or visit our website today!

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Custom Medical Case Options

July 2nd, 2014

medical equipment casesThe safe transportation of medical equipment is important for hospitals and medical facilities. Equipment that arrives safe and on time could be the difference between life and death for a critical patient, whether the doctor is on the front lines or running a practice. If you work in the medical field, you want to know that your shipments are going to make it through the process unharmed and whole. The best solution for easy, secure shipping or storage is to buy custom medical cases. These cases come in many different shapes, sizes, and levels of durability. The important thing is for you to find the custom medical case that will work for the specific equipment that you need to ship or store.

  • Electronics Integrated Cases – Sometimes you need cases on the go in the medical field. Our electronics integrated cases allow you to take sensitive medical equipment wherever you need to go. These cases are great for mobile medical professionals, such as EMTs.
  • Different Durability Options – Cases from API come in welded aluminum and thermoplastic, depending on your needs. Both are durable and will last you for a long time so that you won’t have to frequently replace the cases.
  • Accessorized Cases – Medical cases can have wheels, handles, and more added to them so that they’re perfect for your needs. Don’t forget to also ask about our custom foam interiors to properly cushion your sensitive medical equipment.

Medical equipment cases need to be built to last and carefully constructed to transport the important equipment within. Advanced Packaging Inc. only works with the best companies in the business to bring you cases that will last.

Advanced Packaging, Inc. was established over 40 years ago with the mission of engineering and delivering the highest quality shipping and cushioning systems available. Since then our worldwide customer base has grown to include those in the military, government, commercial and industrial business sectors, as well as many other industries. API’s local clients value our convenience to the Washington, DC tech corridor.

Not only do we make custom cases for every type of industry, API is also equipped with the latest in quality assurance and process control monitoring technology, including drop testing, protecting your electronic equipment from unforeseen accidents and events. Our team of craftsmen regularly build and then test a variety complex electronic assemblies.

If you have any questions, please contact Advanced Packaging Inc. by calling 1-888-206-5250 or visit our website today!

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Salute Our American Troops on Independence Day

June 27th, 2014

fourth of julyThe 4th of July is next week. It seems like this summer has absolutely begun to fly by! While the Fourth is a great day to spend with friends and family enjoying a cookout and some cold drinks, it’s important to remember the reason for the day: having the freedom to spend that day as we choose. At Advanced Packaging Inc., we’ve had the privilege of working with the American military. We manufacture them the best cases that we have to help them continue to protect our freedom. It’s important for our men and women in uniform to have the most durable products available when they’re working on the front lines. We work with world-renowned companies such as Pelican, SKB, and ECS to ensure that our products can survive the harsh conditions of the military. Electronics integrated cases allow our military to access information from just about wherever they are at any time. Our custom foam interiors cushion sensitive, important equipment and can be customized for any job that our military men and women need to do.

When you’re watching fireworks go off in DC or Baltimore this year, remember our service men and women who are actively fighting for our freedom and the freedom of others overseas right now, as well as the veterans who have ensured that we still have the ability to live our lives freely. Remember to thank them and celebrate the Fourth of July for the significance of the role it plays in the life of every American.

Advanced Packaging, Inc. was established over 40 years ago with the mission of engineering and delivering the highest quality shipping and cushioning systems available. Since then our worldwide customer base has grown to include those in the military, government, commercial and industrial business sectors, as well as many other industries. API’s local clients value our convenience to the Washington, DC tech corridor.

Not only do we make custom cases for every type of industry, API is also equipped with the latest in quality assurance and process control monitoring technology, including drop testing, protecting your electronic equipment from unforeseen accidents and events. Our team of craftsmen regularly build and then test a variety complex electronic assemblies.

If you have any questions, please contact Advanced Packaging Inc. by calling 1-888-206-5250 or visit our website today!

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