Lessons Learned from Bad Media Equipment Containers

December 18th, 2014

media equipmentThe most commonly given bits of wisdom when someone encounters a failure tend to sound something like “You learn more from your failures than from your successes.” While there’s definitely something to be said for learning from disaster, if you work in broadcast media you know that when it comes to your equipment, failure is rarely an acceptable option. When packaging or storing your equipment, getting it right the first and every time is vital. That’s why Advanced Packaging is here with a few lessons we’ve learned from watching other people’s mistakes with their broadcast media equipment.

Intro to Media Equipment Storage: Keeping Your Cool

It’s well-known that computers, electronic devices, and broadcasting equipment tends to generate a lot of heat when in use and equipment can easily malfunction or permanently break if it gets too hot. Even when not in use, if hot equipment is stored in a case that’s not properly ventilated or cooled, it can easily overheat and break. We’ve seen it happen and the look on a cameraman’s face when he pulls a melted lens out of a bag isn’t pretty. It’s best to store broadcast media equipment in protective cases that are specifically designed to reduce the temperature of their devices. Aluminum cases are excellent for this.

Media Equipment 201: Interior Matters

During transit, whether it’s on a plane or in the back of a truck, media equipment can take a substantial beating. Even if the exterior of a container is tough, if the interior isn’t sufficiently protected your media equipment could be damaged. Advanced Packaging’s media cases are made with custom designed foam interiors which offer complete protection from rattling, impacts, moisture, humidity and other forms of damage.

Advanced Packaging Leads the Class in Media Equipment Protection

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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What to Look for in A Case and Packaging Company

December 8th, 2014

CaseIf you’re interested in investing money in a new aluminum, rackmount, plastic, or steel case for your Maryland business, you’re first step is finding the right case manufacturer. While there are many packaging manufacturers to choose from, and the decision can seem difficult, by asking yourself, and potential packaging companies, the right questions the process can be very easy. Advanced Packaging is here with factors to keep in mind when choosing a case manufacturer.

Company Reputation

When choosing a case manufacturer it’s important to look at their standing in the business community and among their clients. Look for companies that have a long and proven record of success and customer satisfaction. Companies that do a lot of repeat business are generally companies that treat their customers well and provide quality cases.

Staff Knowledge and Experience

A company is only as strong as its employees are.  Superior case manufacturing companies will employ skilled workers with plenty of industry experience. By choosing a company that hires exclusively talented and proven engineers, designers, and technicians, you’re virtually guaranteed an end-product that will meet your needs and their specifications exactly.

Custom Built Cases

While pre-made cases and packaging solutions will work in a tight spot, they’re nothing like custom made ones. Truly great case manufacturers offer complete customization in the case design process, helping you to craft a case that’s perfect for your needs resulting in a final product that will safeguard and transport its product far better than any pre-built solution.

Top Quality Materials

While the skill of the designers and technicians behind the manufacturing of your case is crucially important, nothing is more vital to an effective packaging solution than top quality materials. Choose a case manufacturer that offers you the best in aluminum, hardened thermoplastic, and other materials.

Extra Options

Top-notch case packaging and case manufacturers will give you possibility of employing additional options for your custom cases that extend beyond size, dimension, and material. The best case manufacturers will offer environmental controls, extra protection on the case’s exterior shell, interior linings, shock-absorbers, electronics integration and more.

Advanced Packaging Features All of The Above, And Then Some

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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Transport Broadcast Equipment in A Weatherproof Case: Why?

December 2nd, 2014

BroadcastIn the high stakes world of broadcast journalism, speed is everything. Getting to wherever the story is happening and being able to easily transport your equipment, with the confidence that it will work immediately once unpacked, is crucial to staying competitive in an increasingly instantaneous news cycle. You need to be sure that your broadcast equipment can be stowed safely and easily. Advanced Packaging is here with some of the many benefits to choosing a weatherproof aluminum case for storing and transporting broadcast equipment.

The Best Materials

If you’re looking for transport cases for your broadcast equipment then you’re going to want one that’s made of the highest quality materials. You’ve sunk a lot of money into your cameras and microphones, there’s no call to risk it all by using a substandard case. At Advanced Packaging we build our sturdy transport cases from thick, tempered aluminum, which can withstand even the harshest weather conditions.

Ventilated Casing

As a media professional you know the importance of keeping cameras and sound equipment well ventilated. If you just shove a warm camera or microphone into an unventilated, waterproof container, it’s very easy from them to overheat and become damaged. Our rack mounted aluminum cases can be custom built to include side ventilation to ensure your broadcast equipment is well protected internally and externally.

Built-In Power

If you’re a reporter or technician in the field, you know that the time spent unpacking, setting up equipment, and routing power to it can often cost you a story. With cases from Advanced Packaging, you won’t even have to remove your equipment from its case. Our aluminum cases have A/C inlet and outlet ports, which can be instantly connected to external power outlets, saving you time and getting that story.

Want Weatherproof Aluminum Case For Your Broadcast Equipment?

If you’re transporting any kind of broadcast equipment and want complete protection from the elements, humidity, and impact, there’s only one way to go: Custom aluminum cases. At Advanced Packaging we manufacture custom aluminum cases designed to protect broadcast equipment from even the toughest physical and elemental conditions over and over. Light, strong, and cost effective, our aluminum shipping containers can be quickly manufactured to any specification, ensuring your broadcast equipment is protected during travel time and time again.

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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4 Things You Might Not Know About Aluminum Cases

November 24th, 2014

aluminum shipping casesIf you’re business needs to move sensitive cargo or equipment then choosing a custom case is a no-brainer. However, while cases can come in all shapes and sizes not every material is created equally, and one assuredly outshines the rest in the field of custom cases and packaging: Aluminum. Advanced Packaging is here with 4 things you might not know about cases made from this humble but astonishing material.

Incredible Strength to Weight Ratio

When you’re shipping items across long distances, weight matters, every extra pound costs you money. But safety is also paramount; you want everything you’re sending to come out pristine on the other side. So how do you balance the two? Aluminum cases possess incredible durability for their relatively low weight class, maximizing protection and minimizing shipping costs.

Extreme Temperature Resistance

Most plastics, wood, and metals are prone to cracking, warping, or suffering largely non-repairable damage when subject to extreme temperatures or sudden temperature changes. Aluminum is utterly unique as a packaging material because of its extreme temperature resistance, maintaining its shape under almost any conditions, hot or cold.

Long Lasting

The vast majority of cases used for transit are cheap and last for a single journey at most. Aluminum cases can be used over and over again thanks to their incredible durability, retaining their shape and structural integrity over hundreds of journeys, saving your cargo and your wallet.

Watertight

It’s fairly well-known that plywood and plastic do not stand up to moisture or water particularly well. Plywood can quickly rot and plastic cracks when repeatedly exposed to moisture or immersed in water. Aluminum cases have none of these weaknesses and can be completely sealed making them perfect for offering watertight protection for your cargo.

Aluminum Containers Provide Shipping Protection

If you’re shipping any kind of equipment or cargo that requires real protection from the elements, humidity, and impact, there’s only one way to go: Aluminum containers. At Advanced Packaging we manufacture custom aluminum containers designed to stand up to the toughest physical and elemental conditions over and over, making them ideal for shipping cargo by airplane. Light, strong, and cost effective, our aluminum shipping containers can be quickly manufacture to any specification ensuring your cargo is protected during airplane travel time and time again.

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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Airline Shipping Container Don’ts

November 18th, 2014

shippingWhen shipping your products across the country or even the globe via airplane there’s one thing that should be foremost among your concerns: Will my cargo survive the trip? Obviously, the most important element to guaranteeing cargo safety is the shipping container itself. It’s easy to fall for the allure of cheaper shipping containers made of wood or plastic but while they may seem to be less expensive initially, the cost of damaged materials and replacement containers swiftly adds up. Advanced packaging is here with some of the reasons why you may want to reconsider using other materials in favor of aluminum shipping containers for your next shipment by airplane.

Plastic

We’ve all seen bags and containers ruthlessly hurled about by airline personnel, crammed under the weight of thousands of pounds of other goods to be jostled about an airplane’s freight compartment. Do you think low-grade plastic will repeatedly stand up to that kind of abuse? Plastic also suffers during extreme weather conditions, becoming brittle and easily cracking in the cold, and weakening dramatically when subjected to repeated changes in temperature.

Plywood

While plywood can be strong, it’s also incredibly susceptible to water and moisture damage. Plywood can gradually warp and rot over time once it’s been exposed to a sufficient level of humidity. Once plywood has begun to rot there’s little hope of salvaging the container and new shipping containers must be purchased.

Wood Laminate/ Composite Materials

Suffering from many of the same weaknesses as plywood, wood laminate often breaks down once exposed to extreme weather conditions, bowing and bending. While these materials certainly have their usefulness, as airplane cargo containers they simply don’t cut the mustard.

Aluminum Containers Provide Cargo Protection

If you’re shipping any kind of equipment or cargo by airplane that requires real protection from the elements, humidity, and impact, there’s only one way to go: Aluminum containers. At Advanced Packaging we manufacture custom aluminum containers designed to stand up to the toughest physical and elemental conditions over and over, making them ideal for shipping cargo by airplane. Light, strong, and cost effective, our aluminum shipping containers can be quickly manufacture to any specification ensuring your cargo is protected during airplane travel time and time again.

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 Having a Quality Military Weapons Case is Important

November 10th, 2014

Military weaponsThe United States Military’s active presence is often required at all corners of the globe for international stability, peacekeeping, and infrastructural support. And where this military presence is required, so too is the presence of military weapons. The very nature of military-grade weapons, as well as extensive legislation, mandates that these tools are kept in secure, weather, and impact-resistant cases to ensure the safety of our troops. The very success or failure of a military operation can depend entirely on the functionality of the weapons being used. Advanced Packaging is here with some of the many reasons why choosing quality weapons cases is vital to maintaining a well-equipped military.

Weapons Don’t Come Cheap

Military weapons aren’t exactly inexpensive. While a standard sub-machine gun typically costs a little under a thousand dollars, most military weapons will run over $15,000, and that’s not including the cost of ammunition, tripods, or other attachments. Electronic Weapon systems are even more expensive and fragile. With military weapons costing this much, it’s important to protect them during transport with superior weapons cases to avoid wasting funds. And that’s no accounting for the unquantifiable toll that a fallen soldier or civilian can take on their family, friends, and countrymen. With so much more than money hinging on a weapon’s performance, it’s vital to keep them protected with weatherized and impact resistant cases during transport and storage.

Security

In addition to protection from the elements military weapons must be secured against tampering or unauthorized use. Unprotected military hardware is easy prey for motivated vandals and enemy combatants, who will often seize the opportunity to engineer a potentially lethal weapon malfunction. Even worse is the possibility of these highly advanced weapons falling into the wrong hands. That’s why it’s of paramount importance to keep your weapons stored securely, rendering them tamper-proof and unusable in the wrong hands.

Need Military Weapons Cases?

API offers the largest selection of field proven military weapons available from any authorized dealer, bar none. In addition, API can quickly customize interior foam inserts of existing weapons cases for easy, mission specific solutions. At API there are no limits, choose from durable roto-molded or injection molded tactical firearms cases too complex metal fabricated, total weapons systems transport and storage solutions.

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 Use Aluminum Shipping Cases for Mining Equipment?

November 4th, 2014

aluminum shipping caseLet’s not mince words: Mining can be an extremely hazardous occupation. Working deep inside the earth extracting valuable resources with advanced, and powerful machinery is simply an inherently dangerous task. Staying competitive in the mining business means being able to quickly and safely transport mining equipment across large distances. Whether you’re above ground or below, being able to depend on your mining equipment is vital. Advanced Packaging is here to talk about the advantages of using custom aluminum shipping cases to transport sensitive mining equipment.

Wear and Tear

The beating a shipping case undergoes could often be comparable to the force routinely doled out by an industrial grade mining drill. Between slips in handling, sliding around an unsecured truck or aircraft, and exposure to the sun, rain, wind, and snow while it waits on a tarmac, your average shipping case undergoes a lot on its way to your destination. And that’s just the journey there, once your equipment arrives on site it has to contend with coal dust, powdered minerals, and bombardment from chunks of sediment routinely dislodged during blasting.

Protection

An aluminum shipping case not only protects against the raw force of sheer explosives, but is corrosion resistant, virtually immune to weather degradation, solar-radiation proof, and mitigates the effects of sudden temperature changes. A fully welded aluminum shipping case offers an impermeable barrier against water, airborne particles, dangerous chemicals, and almost all physical harm. The same can’t be said for wooden or low-grade plastic cases, which can easily chip, splinter, warp, dissolve, or be otherwise compromised by the extreme conditions faced on a daily basis in mining.

Protect Your Mining Equipment with Aluminum Shipping Cases Today

Call Advanced Packaging, Inc. Advanced Packaging 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 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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