How Does Roto-Molding Work?

October 28th, 2014

roto-moldingOne of the most common types of molding we do at Advanced Packaging is rotational molding, also known as roto-molding. Roto-molding uses heat and bi-axel rotation to create hollow individual pieces that are later assembled into the finished case. Roto-molding is quick and allows inexpensive mass production of customized cases without requiring a lot of startup money. But how is it done? Advanced Packaging is here with the scoop on exactly how roto-molding works.

Release Agent Application

To ensure that the finished part is cleanly ejected from the mold without leaving behind excess plastic or damaging the part, roto-mold technicians must first coat the mold with a release agent. Release agents are available in one-use, semi-permanent, and permanent coatings. Semi-permanent coatings are most often used, must be reapplied after every few uses, and are typically made from a polysiloxane.

Polymer

Roto-molding starts by loading a pre-measured amount of plastic polymer, often in a powdered form, into the molding chamber. The mold is then sealed to prevent leakage and preserve part integrity.

Heating

The mold is then simultaneously rotated and heated until the plastic polymer melts and sticks to the mold wall. The central, hollow portion is rotated on multiple axis at different speeds to avoid polymer accumulation. During roto-molding, it’s important to time the heating process exactly. Heat for too long and the polymer will degrade resulting in a weaker finished product. Heat it too little, and the polymer melt will be incomplete, resulting in a misshapen part with bubbles of unheated polymer particles along the surface.

Cooling

Typically done with an industrial fan, the mold must be cooled so that your roto-molded part can be safely removed. This usually takes 20+ minutes, during which the part will shrink, slowly detaching from the mold for easy removal. Cooling must be done gradually however, as rapid cooling of roto-molded products can sometimes warp and damage parts.

At Advanced Packaging, We Know Our Stuff.

If you’re looking for roto-molded cases made by industry professionals who have a deep understanding and respect for the technology they wield, then call Advanced Packaging today. 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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Benefits of Using A Double Entry Rack Mount Case

October 20th, 2014

double entry rack mount caseFor the uninitiated, a rack mount is a case designed to house electronic equipment with a durable outer shell that surrounds an inner metallic rack, into which the electronic equipment is permanently mounted. This style of case was popularized by the military, who took advantage of its ability to safely store sensitive equipment while maintaining portability, but the rack mount case has since been adopted into use by all manner of businesses. Read on to find out how API’s double entry rack mount cases can benefit your business or organization.

Protection

The most obvious benefit of double entry rack mount cases is the durability and protection they can offer your sensitive electronic equipment. API’s double entry rack mount cases not only shield your electronics from shock, vibration, or sudden impact, but also offer immunity to the equally insidious elements of humidity, dust, and moisture.

Easy Transport

With a double entry rack mount case from API you can be sure that your electronic equipment is not only safe, but can be transported to where it’s needed at any time. Our double entry rack mount cases have comfort-grip handles for easy lifting, can be securely closed in a matter of seconds, and feature molded in-rib exteriors for quick, secure stacking and interlocking.

Flexible Construction

Our double entry rack mount cases can be built to virtually any specification, meaning that no matter what the size or shape of your electronic equipment, you’ll have sturdy protection available. Additionally double entry rack mount cases from API can be constructed out of a wide variety of materials including the strongest synthetics, plastics, or recyclable aluminum.

Interested in Buying A Double Entry Rack Mount Case?

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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The Advantages of Aluminum Shipping Cases

October 1st, 2014

Thanks to today’s advanced metal forming technology, aluminum can be manufactured and shaped at speeds never before thought possible. Aluminum Shipping cases are lightweight, affordable, and durable. Useful for packaging computer systems, or other sensitive equipment, Advanced Packaging manufactures military grade aluminum shipping cases, available for purchase and use by any private enterprise. Read on to find out why aluminum shipping cases may be the best thing you could buy for your Baltimore based, or national business.aluminum shipping cases

Reliable

Aluminum is a hearty, durable material that is highly resistant to corrosion making it an ideal material for shipping cases of all kinds. Advanced Packaging’s aluminum shipping cases are manufactured to be shock and weather resistant ensuring that your sensitive materials and equipment arrive at their destination in pristine condition. If an aluminum shipping case is dropped, the exterior will absorb all the impact, unlike other cases which can directly transfer the force of an impact to its contents.

Resistant

Aluminum shipping cases are not only incredibly strong, but are also lightweight and durable making loading and unloading them a breeze. Advanced Packaging’s aluminum shipping cases are highly temperature resistant, protecting contents from temperatures anywhere between -238°F to 302°F. Aluminum is also UV ray resistant and cannot build or store a static charge, making them ideal for transporting sensitive electronics.

Customizable, Clean, and Green

Aluminum shipping cases can be completely customized in terms of shape and size at little-to-no additional cost, ensuring your product arrives looking exactly how you intend it to. Furthermore, aluminum shipping cases are hygienic and easy to clean, making them an ideal choice for moving sensitive medical equipment. Lastly, aluminum shipping cases use no petroleum products in their manufacture, and are completely recyclable at the end of their lifetime. Polymer or plastic cases and containers, on the other hand, use petroleum as their main ingredient and cannot be completely recycled.

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 Baltimore and D.C. based 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 is Injection Molding Done?

September 24th, 2014

Injection molding is one of the most widely used processes in custom case creation, ideal for high volume manufacturing of the same object. It’s a process that we at Advanced Packaging Inc. are intimately familiar with, but how is it done? The injection molding process can be most easily broken down into the 4 following steps:injection mold

  1. Clamping: Before injecting any material into the mold, the mold must be tightly closed so that none of the melted plastic escapes and damages the machine, or results in an irregularly shaped product.  Each half of the mold is placed in a hydraulic clamping mechanism, which pushes the two sections together. Larger machines will take longer to clamp a mold.

 

  1. Injection: Raw plastic, typically in pellet form, is fed into the injection molding machine and pushed towards the mold’s interior where it is then melted via a combination of extraordinary heat and pressure. The pressure forces the plastic to expand to fit the mold exactly. The amount of injected material is referred to as the “shot”.

 

  1. Cooling: As soon as the molten plastic makes contact with the interior mold’s surface, it begins to cool. As it cools it solidifies, taking on the shape of the mold and shrinking slightly. Packing more material in during the injection stage can mitigate this shrinkage. While the mold cools, the chamber is locked and cannot be open until the cycle is completed.

 

  1. Ejection: After the preset amount of time has passed, the cooled plastic will be expelled from the mold via an ejection system attached to the rear half of the mold. The mold opens and a hydraulic mechanism pushes the cooled plastic free. The mold is then typically sprayed with a mold release agent, to prevent subsequent injections from sticking.

 

This entire process can occur in 2 seconds or 2 minutes, depending on the size and efficiency of the machine. Injection molding allows precision control and quick manufacture of a wide variety of parts, and is both reliable and inexpensive. If you’re a Maryland business looking to have custom cases professionally designed and manufactured with the powerful tool of injection molding, then you need look no further.

Contact 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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Why Should I Choose Custom Foam Interior for My Custom Case?

September 18th, 2014

custom foam interiorWhether you’re in the military, own your own business, or work in the medical industry, you’ll eventually have to ship something and chances are that the something that you’ll have to ship will require a little extra care. Shipping electronics and medical equipment takes extra work than shipping a holiday gift to your grandma. It’s for that reason that we make custom shipping cases and foam interiors to go with those cases. You want to know that your equipment is in the best hands and has the most protection available. Custom foam interiors are the little extra step that can get you there!

Advantages of Custom Foam Interiors

  1. Better than peanuts – Packing peanuts and bubble wrap are great for certain jobs, but not when electronics or medical equipment that might mean the difference between life and death are on the line. You want something that can handle the extra pressure and keep everything in place throughout the shipping and storing process. Only custom foam interiors can do that.
  2. Specifically made for your equipment – The best part of this is that the foam is cut to specifically fit the equipment that you need. When you ship or store your equipment, the foam will essentially hug whatever you’re shipping. It makes the items shockproof and gives them a little cushion in case someone who is a little careless handles them. Having a waterproof, shockproof case coupled with a custom foam interior ensures that whatever you’re shipping is completely safe.
  3. Pack everything easily and quickly – Have you ever felt like you were playing Tetris while packing a bag or box? We’ve all been there before. It can be tough to fit everything in a small space when things are different shapes and sizes. You can have your custom foam interiors cut so that you get optimum space for everything. Additionally, you’ll already know where everything goes, cutting down time on packing and unpacking your custom cases.

Custom Foam Interiors for Custom 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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Protecting Electronics with Custom Shipping Cases

September 12th, 2014

custom shipping caseWhatever industry you’re in, you know that electronics cost money. They’re the backbone of most companies and industries today. From medical companies to the military, everyone needs to be able to safely ship and handle electronics to keep businesses running and even protect homeland security. One of the problems that faces companies is properly shipping electronic items. You don’t want to put a couple-hundred-thousand-dollar piece of equipment in a cardboard box and hope that it makes it to its destination safely. It’s crucial to treat sensitive equipment with care, especially when shipping or storing it. A custom shipping case can help keep your electronic equipment safe through the entire shipping process in a few different ways.

How Does a Custom Shipping Case Keep Your Electronic Equipment Safe?

Waterproof – We talked about the benefits of a waterproof case in the previous blog. If there’s one time to really use a waterproof case, it’s when you’re shipping or storing electronics. Our cases allow you to literally dip them in water without worrying about any leaks or damaged equipment. When you’re shipping overseas or in adverse conditions, this will help you to keep your electronics safe and dry for the duration of shipping.

Shockproof ­– Our cases are multi-layered to keep everything inside safe. The outer shell is the part that can really take a beating. It can be dropped repeatedly, slammed against walls, or worse, and it will continue holding your equipment. Add a custom foam interior, and you can have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that the electronics won’t budge an inch.

Customized – Being able to customize your case so that it works perfectly for your industry or company makes shipping and storing even easier. You can choose from single-lid cases, rackmount cases, and more. Double entry rackmount cases allow you to open them from two sides and easily stack and store them. You’ll save space, whether you’re shipping or storing your electronic equipment. You can also add handles or screen printing for easy transportation and identification!

Custom Electronics Cases from API

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 about custom electronic shipping cases, please contact Advanced Packaging Inc. by calling 1-888-206-5250 or visit our website today!

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Source: Cases2go

Advantages of Water Tight Cases for Military Purposes

September 3rd, 2014

Military CasesThe American military is the heart and soul of our country. They work tirelessly to keep American soil and freedom safe. We have the ability to speak our minds and enjoy holidays like Labor Day because our military never rests. At Advanced Packaging, we work to supply our military with the toughest cases around. Our cases need to work just as hard as our military, and in this case, it means that they need to also be waterproof. Waterproof cases are important for our men and women in uniform to be able to do their job efficiently. These cases are necessary for a few different reasons!

  • Electronics integration – Many of the cases that the military needs require an electronic component. It’s a well-known fact that water and electronics aren’t a good mix. These cases frequently have to ship overseas or in adverse conditions. Without watertight cases, expensive, important, and sensitive electronics equipment could end up ruined and unusable.
  • Weapons and ammunition – We always hope that our military personnel can avoid using their weapons and ammunition. As much as we would like them to be safe 100% of the time, we live in turbulent times. Weapons and ammunition need to be safely delivered so that our military can safely defend itself. For that reason, it’s important to keep the whole shipment dry. Our cases allow for safe, watertight transportation.
  • Medical equipment – One of the other things that our military has to have on the front line is medical equipment. When it comes to saving a life, equipment counts. Our military doctors and nurses are resourceful, but we’d still rather they had the right equipment delivered safe and sound. While some medical equipment is just fine after getting wet, a lot of it needs to remain dry for proper use.

Types of Watertight Cases

We manufacture straight to the military and we know that the cases need to be rugged and reliable. Not only are the majority of our cases watertight, but they also can be fitted with custom foam interiors to make sure that any cargo gets safely from point A to point B without getting shuffled around and breaking. We have watertight cases for weapons, electronic integrations, medical supplies and more. 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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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!

Source: eHow,

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