5 Reasons Why You Need Heavy Duty Cases

heavy duty cases

In a world where equipment damage can lead to significant financial loss and delays, it’s crucial to have reliable protection for your valuable assets. That’s where Bel-Air Cases arrives on the scene. We specialize in creating custom heavy duty cases designed to protect and transport your equipment securely. Here are five reasons to consider a Bel-Air case.

1. Superior Protection

Our heavy-duty cases provide an unparalleled level of protection against physical impact, dust, water, and other potentially damaging elements. With a hard exterior shell and custom foam interiors, our shipping cases and custom carrying cases offer dual protection. The exterior guards against outside forces, while the interior foam absorbs shocks and cushions your equipment, preventing damage during transit.

We vacuum-form each case shell using high-density polyethylene (HDPE), which is one of the most durable case materials. HDPE absorbs impacts and repels water as well as being resistant to many solvents. HDPE also can withstand temperatures ranging from -80 degrees F up to 180 degrees F and we can provide you with cases that include humidity control.

We also use the highest quality foam for your interior, and we provide you with a completely custom interior designed specifically around your equipment. Too often, in the case industry, we see manufacturers hand off cases with a chunk of diced foam inside. This cheap foam, also known as pick-and-pluck foam is not only low quality, but it also forces the customer to create cavities for their equipment, which hardly provides the best level of protection. For about the same price as you’d pay for a case filled with cheap diced foam, we can design you a custom case with a custom foam interior.

2. Customization to Meet Your Needs

Bel-Air Cases aren’t one-size-fits-all. We believe in creating solutions tailored to meet your specific needs. We have no off-the-shell cases, and every case, from our heavy-duty shipping cases to our medium-duty and heavy-duty carrying cases is built to order and designed specifically to house and protect your equipment.

As stated above, our team of experts also will design a case with a custom foam interior that perfectly fits your equipment, providing snug protection and preventing movement within the case during transit. But the exterior shell and interior foam aren’t the only components we can customize.

Need shipping cases with wheels? No problem. We can add wheels and a telescoping handle to just about any case, making it easy to transport your cases in tight spaces. We also can add a variety of latches and locks to any case, including TSA-approved locking systems.

When it comes to appearance, we can customize the color of all of our custom equipment cases, including our custom carrying cases, custom shipping cases and trade show shipping cases. Our standard colors are black and silver, but we have several stock colors including white, yellow, orange, red, green, olive and blue. We also can add molded-in logos, custom decals or engraved plates to your heavy-duty cases.

3. Compliance With Industry Standards

When shipping valuable equipment, particularly for military, aerospace, or entertainment industries, compliance with standards such as the ATA (Air Transport Association) and MIL (Military) specifications is crucial. Our cases are built to meet ATA and most MIL specs, ensuring that your equipment is protected to industry standards. If you’ve been looking for a custom ATA case, we have just what you need.

For our military and aerospace clients, we can design rugged, protective cases that meet just about any specifications you might need. If you are interested in cases that meet MIL specs, just let us know and our design team will provide you with cases that meet all of our requirements.

4. Durability For The Long Haul

Bel-Air Cases are built to last. They are robust, reliable, and designed to withstand the rigors of shipping and frequent travel. This long-term durability makes our heavy-duty protective cases a cost-effective solution, safeguarding your investment for years to come. In fact, some of the cases we built in our early days, in the late 1960s, are still going strong.

A Bel-Air case is meant to last a lifetime, and we have no written warranty. This is because we’ve never needed one. We stand by our rugged cases throughout their lifetime. If a component on your case breaks, we will fix it. We know that the transit industry is rough on cases, so while we cannot guarantee that your cases will never be damaged, we can assure you that we will always repair the damages

5. Peace of Mind

Perhaps the most crucial benefit of using our heavy-duty cases is the peace of mind it brings. Knowing that your equipment is securely housed and protected allows you to focus on the tasks at hand, rather than worrying about potential damage or loss. Our cases provide you with an extra layer of insurance for your equipment.

Types of Cases We Make

cargo casesAt Bel-Air, we’ve been making vacuum-formed custom cases for more than 50 years and we focus on three main types of cases – shipping cases, carrying cases and expo cases.  Our shipping cases can be used to hold just about anything from lighting equipment to diagnostic equipment to military equipment and much more. These cases are designed to withstand frequent trips as cargo, whether it’s in a 747 or on a rocket to Mars.

If you need a smaller case that’s still highly protective, our heavy-duty carrying cases are a good option. These can be shipped frequently as cargo or luggage, but they are a bit easier to maneuver in tight situations and, of course, we can add wheels and handles to make it easier to move your case from place to place.

If you want a professional carrying case that you don’t anticipate needing to ship as cargo and only occasionally as luggage, our medium-duty case can be a great option. These are ideal for sales kits and demo cases, and they also can be used as OEM cases.

trade show casesFor companies that frequently attend trade shows, our expo cases are built to house graphics, displays, banners and other oddly-sized items. Our trade show shipping cases with wheels are easy to move around a convention center floor and, if you select shipping cases and expo cases in the same color with molded-in logos, this makes everything easy to identify and adds a professional touch to your company’s booth.

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Investing in heavy duty cases from Bel-Air is a smart move that guarantees superior protection, customization, industry compliance, and long-lasting durability. You’ll also enjoy the invaluable benefit of peace of mind, knowing your valuable equipment is in safe hands. For more information or to get started on designing your custom case (or cases), contact the team at Bel-Air Cases today.

The Unseen Heroes Of Transport: Custom Flight Cases

custom flight caseWhile it might seem dramatic to assign heroic status to a flight case, Bel-Air Cases have provided an ultimate level of protection for our clients for more than 50 years, and this includes military and aerospace clients who truly have to put their cases into some highly rigorous environments.

Although your case might not be bouncing around inside an armored personnel carrier or taking a trip up to the International Space Station, we know that you need a flight case that can protect your equipment for hundreds of trips via land, sea or air and our cases are equal to the task. If you need an ATA case, our cases are built to ATA standards and can be built to meet most MIL specs, as well.

Custom Shipping Cases: Built Around Your Equipment

If you need to transport delicate and/or expensive equipment, a custom flight case is typically your best option.  Off-the-shelf cases simply cannot provide the level of protection that a custom Bel-Air flight case can provide.

Each of our cases is custom-built to your exact specifications ensuring that whatever you place inside is protected, no matter what happens during transport. We construct case shells out of high-density polyethylene (HDPE), one of the most durable types of plastic available.

HDPE also offers many other advantages. It’s lightweight, which makes it easier to maneuver, but also can reduce your shipping costs. Additionally, HDPE is highly chemical-resistant and water-resistant, and we can design cases that lock out moisture and humidity to further protect whatever is placed inside.

We offer both heavy-duty carrying cases and heavy-duty shipping cases. The carrying cases are ideal for diagnostic equipment, medical equipment, camera equipment and anything that you need to be able to carry about easily.

For larger or heavier items, our shipping cases are the perfect option. Whether you are looking for road cases for your music gear, lighting cases, audio/visual equipment cases, computer equipment cases or some other types of expensive gear, our shipping cases are a perfect option.

Custom Case Foam:

Do you need a hard plastic case with foam inside? Of course, you do! Custom case foam is a crucial part of the case equation, absorbing impacts and vibration and cushioning every piece of your equipment perfectly. At Bel-Air Cases, we never hand off a case to a customer without providing a custom foam insert.

Too often, equipment cases with foam include a cheap type of foam known and pick-and-pluck foam or diced foam. This is just a large chunk of foam without any custom-made cavities. Not only is the quality of the foam poor, but it also forces the customer to cut away the material to create cavities for their equipment and this isn’t nearly as protective as a custom foam insert.

At Bel-Air, we are experts at crafting foam interiors. We can provide you with anything from a simple foam liner up to a complicated interior with panel mounts, shock mounts, windows, plastic dividers, interior walls and, of course, custom die-cut cavities created to fit perfectly around each piece of equipment.

Typically, we can provide a custom interior for about the same price as you would expect to pay for a case with cheap diced foam and our foam acts as a second layer of protection for your equipment, providing even more insurance against damage during transport.

Bel-Air Cases: 55+ Years Of Experience

Back in the late 60s, when we were just getting our start, vacuum-formed plastic cases weren’t common. In fact, we are the original manufacturer of custom vacuum-formed carrying cases and shipping cases!

We got in early during the plastic revolution, and throughout the last 50-plus years, we’ve designed cases for just about any item imaginable.

While we are proud of our history of producing amazing cases, we do have one small regret. Back in the 60s, many companies highlighted their products with amazing industrial musicals. These musicals often were presented as a celebratory event during yearly sales meetings or conventions, and we do wish that we had hopped on the industrial music bandwagon. (To learn more about the wonder that was industrial musicals, check out the documentary “Bathtubs Over Broadway.”)

Given that Bel-Air was founded in 1967, right around the “summer of love,” with the hippie movement in full swing and the off-Broadway release of the musical “Hair,” we imagine that the highlight of our industrial musical (no doubt entitled “The Plastic Case Revolution.”) would feature our version of a classic “Hair” song.

The Age of the Bel-Air Case (using the tune from “Aquarius”)

When You Fly, and Need A Shipping Case

And Worry The Air Is Rough

Let Bel-Air Guide Your Travels

And Protect Your Precious Stuff

 

This Is the dawning of the age of the Bel-Air Case

Age of the Bel-Air Case

The Bel-Air Case

The Bel-Air Case

 

A Design Team So Understanding

Custom Features Are Abounding

Amazing Custom Plastic Extrusion

Quality Custom Foam Inclusion

Join The Case Design Evolution

It’s A Plastic Revolution

 

The Bel-Air Case

The Bel-Air Case

 

This Is the dawning of the age of the Bel-Air Case

Age of the Bel-Air Case

The Bel-Air Case

The Bel-Air Case

 

Our cases shine, our cases shine

The vacuum-formed cases – let them shine

Our cases shine, our cases shine

The vacuum-formed cases – let them shine

 

Doubtless, it would have brought our sales and production staff to tears, but, alas, it was not meant to be. What was meant to be, however, was years of providing clients with the finest quality custom transport cases and we are still proud to be a top producer of custom cases to this day.

If you need a custom flight case (or cases) that can truly handle the rigors of transport, the team at Bel-Air Cases is always here to help. To get started on a custom case order, simply click on the Contact Us tab on our homepage and fill out our quick contact form. A member of our team will contact you as quickly as possible to gather more details and set your case project in motion.

Heavy-Duty Custom Equipment Cases With Foam

hard case with foam

If you need to ship expensive equipment or gear, custom equipment cases with foam are usually the best option. Our custom cases provide you with peace of mind that your equipment will arrive safely at its destination whether it travels by plane, train, truck or ship.

At Bel-Air Cases, we’ve been designing heavy-duty equipment cases and carrying cases for more than 50 years and can create a case that meets all of your specifications. While a custom case can be more expensive than an off-the-shelf case, the extra cost can be well worth the price.

Custom Vs. Off-The-Shelf

For some items, a simple off-the-shelf case might be fine. If you need to ship or transport something relatively inexpensive, it might not make sense to spend extra money for a complete custom equipment case with a custom foam interior.

However, if you do often need to transport expensive and/or delicate gear, a custom shipping case with a custom foam interior ensures that your equipment is protected, even on the most harrowing of journeys. Our cases meet ATA specifications and can be built to meet MIL specs, as well. Whether you need ATA cases that can handle hundreds of flights, or you need a case that can handle military-level or aerospace-level extremes, we’ve got you covered.

Each of our shipping cases is made-to-order using high-density polyethylene (HDPE). This thermoform plastic material is one of the most durable case materials. Impact-resistant, moisture-resistant and resistant to many chemicals and solvents, our cases will protect your equipment from the rigors or transport as well as water damage or damage from humidity.

HDPE is highly protective, but it’s also lightweight, which makes it easier to move around a crowded airport and cheaper to ship than cases built from other materials. We also use lightweight, but highly durable aluminum for our valances. The result is a case that can handle hundreds of trips by plane, train, bus, ship, rocket or whatever mode of transport you need to use.

The Custom Foam Interior

The Bel-Air custom foam interior acts as an extra layer of protection for your equipment. Off-the-shelf cases and, sadly, cases from many custom manufacturers, place a chunk of diced foam (pick-and-pluck foam) in the case and hand it off to customers.

With diced foam, the customer must cut away and pluck away at the foam to create cavities for their equipment. The result is ill-fitting and not nearly as protective as a cavity built precisely around your equipment.

We believe that every custom equipment case deserves a quality foam interior, and we build the interiors to fit each piece of your equipment perfectly. We also use high-quality foam that cushions your equipment and protects it from jostling and vibrations. We also can design a completely custom case with custom foam for about the same price as you’d pay for a case with cheap diced foam.

Once Upon A Case: Fictional Characters & Their Equipment Cases

Throughout the last 50 years, we’ve designed and built carrying cases and shipping cases for just about every type of equipment. This includes designing cases for military applications and aerospace clients as well as cases to hold music equipment, camera equipment, lighting equipment, diagnostic equipment and much more.

While we are serious about cases and can design a case for anyone in the real world, sometimes we dream up the type of cases we’d create for some of our favorite fictional characters, including:

Mr. Spock’s Custom Phaser Case

There’s nothing illogical about Mr. Spock’s custom-designed carrying case. The simple black exterior boasts a molded-in Vulcan logo to make it easy for Spock to find his case among the cargo on Starship Enterprise. Inside, there are custom foam cavities to protect his phasers during journeys from one side of the universe to the other.

Harry Potter’s Custom Equipment Case

One doesn’t always want to carry one’s wand from place to place, and Harry’s custom cases can handle a ride in a flying car, a frenetic trip on the Knight Bus or in the cargo hold of the Hogwarts Express. We also created his equipment cases with wheels to make it easy to transport his gear throughout King’s Cross Station.

While he opted for some of our smaller shipping case sizes, the interiors magically fit Harry’s wand perfectly, with spots for his Marauder’s Map, his Nimbus 2000 as well as a complete Quidditch set, a set of scales, an invisibility cloak, a time-turner and a Remembrall.  Of course, we designed the cases with a molded-in Gryffindor Logo in Gryffindor red with stylish gold handles.

Mary Poppins’ Shipping Case

Sometimes a magical carpet bag is simply not enough, and you need a custom padded equipment case. For Ms. Poppins, we designed a simple black case (nothing showy, mind you) that cam hold a bottle of medicine, many spoonsful of sugar, a measuring tape, a large floor lamp, a hat stand, a potted plant, a looking glass and many other odds and ends. Mary’s case holds everything safely and securely and, just like Mary, it’s practically perfect in every way.

The Top-Secret Carrying Case

Of course, not all of these heavy-duty shipping cases and carrying cases need be magical, and an internationally known spy such as James Bond needs a case that can hold and protect an assortment of clever gadgets from Q’s top-secret workshop. Bond’s sleek silver case has 007 molded into the frame, to ensure that 006 and 008 don’t accidentally grab his case on their next mission.

Naturally, we’ve added an impenetrable locking system on the case, which can only be accessed with a fingerprint and corneal scan. Inside, you’ll find a special section for secret documents as well as custom foam cavities for a fountain pen that doubles as a pistol, a mini-rocket cigarette, a fingerprint scanner, a tiny spy camera, a watch that can deflect bullets and, naturally, a chilled cocktail glass and tiny bottles of Gordon’s gin, vodka, and a bit of lemon peel.

The Millennium Falcon Cases

Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, our team of designers created specialty smugglers shipping cases for a certain rogue pilot and his furry co-pilot. These cases could be used to hold blasters, kegs of illegal spices, the technical plans for a certain Death Star, lightsabers or whatever else would be needed to save the Rebellion and make a quick extra buck or two along the way. Because each case is lightweight, it also makes it easier for the Falcon to make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.

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While your equipment cases with foam might not need to carry a broomstick or a lightsaber, we know that your equipment is important to you. At Bel-Air Cases we will create a custom case with a quality custom foam interior that meets your specifications, even if they are MIL specs or you need a case that can handle a trip to Mars. To get started, just click on the Request A Quote tab on our homepage and let our team know more about your case project.

5 Benefits of Custom Case Foam For Your Shipping Cases

custom foam interior bel air cases
At Bel-Air Cases, we can design custom carrying cases and shipping cases for just about any type of equipment, and while the exterior of every Bel-Air Case is made-to-order, we also design high-quality custom foam interiors for every case. Here are just a few benefits of opting for cases with custom case foam.

1. High Level Of Protection

Equipment cases with foam are always your best option, but many cases manufacturers sell their cases with a hunk of cheap diced foam inside. Also known as cubed foam or pick-and-pluck foam, this solid foam is not custom-made for your items or equipment. Customers are forced to create their own cavities to fit their equipment. The result isn’t a perfect fit, to say the least, and you end up throwing away much of the foam, which is a waste of money.

At Bel-Air Cases, we never hand off a case with this cheap, diced foam. We create custom foam inserts that are designed around the items you plan to store in your case. Each component in your case will have a custom pre-cut cavity that fits perfectly, providing you with the highest possible level of protection.

2. Durable & Shock Resistant

The exterior of our shipping cases and heavy-duty carrying cases are meant to handle being jostled about in cargo holds and delivery trucks with ease. We use high-density polyethylene for our cases, which is a highly durable and shock-resistant type of thermoform plastic.

While the exteriors are tough, the interior case foam also absorbs vibrations and provides a high level of shock resistance. With a durable exterior and a durable custom foam interior, you can rest assured that your expensive equipment will be able to handle trips by air, land or sea with ease.

3. Our Case Foam Has A Longer Life Span

A Bel-Air case is meant to last a lifetime. We’ve been building custom carrying cases and custom shipping cases for more than 50 years and many of those early cases are still being used today. While they might have a scratch or two, these cases have stood the test of time.

When it comes to our case foam, the high-quality foam we use also will last for many years, far longer than the cheap pick-and-pluck foam used by many case manufacturers. This cheap diced foam typically breaks down within just a few years forcing you to purchase new foam and create new cavities for your equipment.

4. Custom Case Foam Is Cost-Effective

It might surprise you to learn that our custom case foam is not a huge extra expense. In fact, we usually can create a completely custom hard case with foam for what you would expect to pay for a case with cheap diced foam.

Custom foam is far more protective and provides an extra layer of insurance against damage, which means you are much less likely to have to shell out a bunch of cash to fix or replace broken gear. Our foam (and our case exteriors) also is extremely lightweight, which can reduce your shipping and transport costs.

5. Custom Foam Adds A Professional Touch

From an aesthetic standpoint, opting for custom case foam adds a truly professional touch to your shipping cases or carrying cases. Diced foam looks cheap because it is cheap, and if you want your cases to speak to your level of professionalism, opting for custom foam inserts is always a good option.

Of course, we have many other custom features that can add a touch of class to your heavy-duty shipping cases and carry cases. For instance, we can create your cases with a molded-in logo or add custom engraved plates or decals to your cases.

We also can provide you with a bit of color, if you like. In addition to our standard case colors of black and grey, we also have several additional stock colors including white, green, olive, blue, yellow, orange and red. If you are ordering a fleet of cases, such as for sales kits or OEM cases, we may be able to provide you with custom colors or color matching.

Of course, we also can add many other helpful features to each case. This includes wheels, locks, latches and feet as well as different types of handles. A Bel-Air case with wheels and a telescoping handle isn’t just attractive and protective, it’s also easy to maneuver through tight spaces and crowded airports.

Bel-Air Cases: Quality Since 1967!

All of our shipping cases, carrying cases and trade show cases (as well as our case foam) are proudly made in the United States, and we can design just about any size case you might need. If you need ATA cases, we build each case to meet ATA guidelines and we also can design cases to meet many MIL specifications. If you need custom cases, just click on the Request a Quote tab on our homepage and fill out our quick contact form.

Heavy Duty Cases: Protect Your Delicate Equipment

If you’ve ever suffered the misfortune of opening luggage only to discover that your expensive equipment has been damaged during transport, you aren’t alone. The transportation industry can take its toll on cases and luggage, but our Bel-Air heavy duty cases are built to handle the rigors of transport and protect your delicate or expensive items.

 

What Makes Bel-Air Different?

We are the first company to design and create vacuum-formed cases, and over the course of the last 50+ years, our cases have stood the test of time. In fact, many of those original cases are still going strong today. There are many case manufacturers and types of cases on the market, but our heavy-duty cases are unique for several reasons, including:

 

Materials

Back in the late 1960s, plastic cases were considered a new type of material, and we chose a specific type of plastic for our cases – high-density polyethylene (HDPE). This material has several advantages over other types of case materials, including other types of plastic.

 

HDPE is highly impact-resistant, which is crucial if you want to build shipping cases that can actually handle being shipped again and again. HDPE is water-resistant and chemical-resistant and also is able to handle temperature extremes. Whether your equipment case has to sit on a rain-drenched tarmac, spend a few weeks on the tundra of Antarctica or scuttle through a hot, humid jungle, your Bel-Air case will protect whatever is placed inside it.

 

Additionally, we use durable aluminum valances to join the two halves of each case together. These also can handle temperature extremes, moisture and humidity. Both HDPE and aluminum are lightweight, which improves maneuverability and can reduce your overall shipping costs.

 

If you need ATA cases, our cases meet or exceed ATA standards, and we also can meet MIL specs, as well. Through the years, we’ve designed many cases for the military, and if you need MIL spec cases, we can design whatever you might need.

 

Our cases are suitable for storing and transporting a wide range of equipment, including:

  • Lighting Equipment
  • Aerospace & Military Equipment
  • Medical Equipment
  • Audio-Visual Equipment
  • Diagnostic Equipment
  • Computer Equipment & Much More

 

While our cases are suitable for just about any type of equipment, if our team believes that another type of case would be a better fit for your items, we will let you know. We believe that the customer always comes first and if we see a better option for your equipment, we will point you to a quality case manufacturer that meets all of your case needs.

 

Customization

With HDPE and the process of vacuum forming, we can create heavy duty cases in virtually any size you might need. For smaller items, our heavy-duty carrying cases might be a good option to consider. The heavy-duty carrying cases are built using the same materials as our shipping cases, but they are formed using our traditional carry case molds.

 

For larger and heavier items, our heavy-duty shipping cases are a perfect option, and these are available in a wide range of sizes. If we don’t have the exact size that you need, our team can create a new, custom shipping case size to fit your needs.

 

Quality Interior Foam

To further protect your equipment, our heavy-duty cases come with custom interior foam. Our high-quality foam absorbs impacts and prevents vibrations from damaging delicate equipment.

 

While many case manufacturers, either don’t provide custom foam interiors or simply hand off your case with cheap pick & pluck foam, we can usually construct custom foam sets for around the same price you’d pay for cases filled with cheap diced foam.

 

Our design team can fabricate interior walls, add plastic dividers and interior doors as well as die cuts, windows, panel mounts and shock mounts. With our design expertise, our foam interiors not only provide an ultimate level of protection, but also display your items to their best advantage. Our cases often are used for sales kits and as OEM cases, and our foam interiors can serve an impressive display for potential clients.

 

Additional Custom Features

While the main purpose of a heavy-duty transport case is to provide a high level of protection, at Bel-Air Cases, we also believe that heavy duty cases can be attractive. We can customize your cases with molded-in logos, engraved plates or custom decals.

 

We also can provide you with an assortment of color options. Black and silver are the standard colors we offer, but we have several additional stock colors, including blue, green, olive, red, orange, yellow and white. Color matching and custom colors also might be available with a specific minimum purchase.

 

Order Heavy-Duty Cases Today!

If you need custom heavy-duty cases, contact our team at any time. Whether you need just one custom shipping case or many, we can build cases that protect your equipment perfectly. You can request a quote by calling us at (866) 235-2472 or clicking on the Contact Us tab on our homepage and filling out our quick contact form. All of our cases are built-to-order and designed and made in the USA.

Quality Heavy-Duty Cases For Equipment

If you need to transport any type of delicate or expensive equipment, you need custom cases that can protect your items from the bustling and bumping the transportation industry inflicts on freight and luggage. At Bel-Air Cases, we design heavy-duty cases for equipment that can withstand hundreds of trips by air, land or sea (or spaceship).

 

How To Choose The Best Custom Case Option

 

There are many different kinds of cases for equipment, including vacuum-formed, roto-molded, injection molded, aluminum, laminated wood and blow-molded cases. At Bel-Air Cases, we focus on providing vacuum-formed hard plastic cases for our clients, and we believe these cases have some distinct advantages over other types of cases.

 

With vacuum forming, we can create nearly endless case sizes and can create special features such as molded-in bumpers and custom molded-in logos. We use high-density polyethylene (HDPE) for the case shells and this versatile, durable plastic not only can absorb impact but also is moisture-resistant and chemical-resistant and can withstand extreme temperatures.

Aside from versatility and strength, HDPE is extremely lightweight, which not only makes it easier to move a case through a crowded airport or train terminal but also reduces your overall shipping costs.

When choosing a custom case for equipment, there are several factors that we will discuss with you, including:

 

1. Size

We consider the size and dimensions of the equipment you need to protect, as this will help us select the best shipping case size for your needs. Keep in mind, with vacuum-forming, just about any size of custom case is possible.

 

2. Environments

We talk about the environments where the equipment will be used. Our cases can be used safely in conditions such as high-humidity or damp locations or in places where high or freezing temperatures are common. Dust resistance and pressure resistance also can be important factors when selecting a case.

 

3. Level Of Protection

At Bel-Air Cases, we can design heavy-duty shipping cases and carrying cases that meet ATA standards and most MIL specs, if needed. We’ve designed many cases for military clients and the aerospace industry, so if you need ATA cases or MIL cases, you’ve come to the right place.

 

Through the years, we’ve created custom shipping cases and carrying cases for a myriad of different types of equipment. Here are just a few examples:

  • Lighting Equipment
  • Camera Equipment
  • Audio-Visual Equipment
  • Music Equipment
  • Diagnostic Equipment
  • Military Gear & Equipment
  • Aerospace Equipment
  • Medical Equipment
  • Sales Kits & OEM Cases

 

 

4. Customization

At Bel-Air Cases, our custom carrying cases, shipping cases and trade show cases can be customized in a number of ways. Aside from the many size configurations available, we also can add custom hardware to your cases, including wheels, feet and handles, including creating cases with telescoping handles and wheels.

 

We also can a myriad of different latches and locks to any case, and we can create custom engraved plates, custom decals or molded-in logos for your custom case. In addition to our standard colors of black and silver, we also have several additional stock colors including white, orange, yellow, blue, green and olive. In some cases, we also might be able to provide color matching or custom colors.

 

Custom Foam Interiors

 

At Bel-Air Cases, we don’t just design tough, durable case exteriors, we also design high-quality custom foam interiors for each case. Our custom foam will cushion every piece of equipment, protecting it from impact and vibrations.

 

Too often, when a person purchases a custom hard plastic case with foam inside, the case manufacturer simply hands it off to their client with a chunk of diced foam. This low-quality foam, also known as pick-and-pluck foam, forces the client to create cavities for their equipment, and if you are paying for custom equipment cases, we believe this should include a custom foam interior not just a hunk of cheap foam.

 

We are experts at crafting case interiors and while we certainly can provide you with just a simple, quality foam liner, we also can fabricate interior doors and windows, create custom die cuts for your equipment, add shock mounts and panel mounts and much more. Our padded equipment cases offer the ultimate level of protection for your equipment.

 

Contact Us Today!

 

If you need custom cases for equipment, the team at Bel-Air Cases is always here to help. To get started on your custom case project, just click on the Contact Us tab at the top of our homepage and fill out our quick contact form. A member of our sales team will be in touch as soon as possible to discuss your case needs.

Hard Cases With Foam: Shipping & Carrying Cases

Our protective, heavy-duty cases are built to handle frequent transport as luggage or freight and while this level of durability is crucial, that’s only one of several reasons to consider purchasing a custom Bel-Air hard case with foam.

 

Weatherproof & Protective In Any Environment

Every Bel-Air hard case with foam is built to handle the jostling and bumping that accompanies travel by plane, train, ship or even crossing a desert in a Humvee. But our equipment cases also are built to handle rugged environments.

 

Whether your transport case is sitting on a tarmac in the middle of a monsoon or being hauled across a remote rainforest, the equipment inside your case will be protected from the elements.

 

Need ATA cases? Our cases meet ATA specs as well as many MIL specs and our clients include various branches of the military as well as aerospace companies. If you need to trek out to the tundra or are planning on a mission to Mars, a Bel-Air hard case with foam can be equal to the task. Just let us know what you need, and we will build a case that suits your specifications.

 

Light In Weight & Easy-To-Maneuver

A durable, protective case shouldn’t be difficult to lug from place to place. The materials we use include hard plastic shells crafted from high-density polyethylene. While this material is durable, moisture-resistant and chemical-resistant, it’s also extremely lightweight.

 

This makes it easier to move from place to place, but also can reduce your shipping costs. Keep in mind, we can add wheels and telescoping handles to many cases to further increase your maneuverability.

 

Custom Foam Adds Extra Protection

Every Bel-Air case includes a custom foam interior. This could be a simple, quality foam lining or a complicated design that includes die cuts, interior walls and doors, plastic dividers, windows, shock mounts and panel mounts.

 

Many case manufacturers simply provide their customers with basic foam slabs or diced foam. This cheap pick-and-pluck type of foam breaks down quickly, and the customer is forced to cut away at the foam to create cavities for their equipment.

 

If you are paying for a custom hard case, we believe a custom foam interior should be included. We usually can construct a completely custom foam interior for around the same price as cases that are just filled with cheap pick-and-pluck foam.

 

Many Custom Features

Our cases are built to last, but we also offer our customers many stylish options. For instance, we can create cases with molded-in logos or perhaps engraved plates or custom decals.

 

Our standard case colors are black and silver, but we have several additional stock colors including white, orange, yellow, blue, red, green and olive. With a specific minimum order, we also can provide you with custom colors and perhaps color matching.

 

This can be a great option if you have to transport many cases at once. The custom color and logo can make your cases easy to identify. Additionally, if you need OEM cases, a custom color and molded-in logo or decal add a professional touch to your case design.

 

Additionally, we offer a wide assortment of hardware options including different types of case handles, case locks, hinges, latches and feet. If you don’t see precisely what you want, we usually can find a source for what you want.

 

Choose Your Case Type

At Bel-Air, we create three different types of hard cases with foam. Our medium-duty and heavy-duty carrying cases are ideal for lightweight and fragile items weighing about 30 pounds or less, as well as for sales kits, medical kits and diagnostic equipment.

 

The medium-duty carry cases are not meant to be shipped as freight but may be shipped as luggage occasionally. If you want a carrying case that can be shipped frequently either as freight or luggage, our heavy-duty carrying cases will be a better fit.

 

Our heavy-duty shipping cases are the perfect option for just about any type of equipment that you need to transport frequently. These cases can handle hundreds of trips with ease, and they include built-in protective bumpers and stacking lugs. These features ensure that the toughest part of your case absorbs impacts and not either the case hardware or the items inside the shipping cases.

 

We also offer custom expo cases, which also are often just called trade show cases. These heavy-duty cases are ideal for shipping and storing graphic materials, trade show displays and other objects that don’t fit into our regular-style shipping cases. These cases also feature a unique overlapping lid design which can reduce shipping costs by providing you with more case height flexibility.

 

Get Your Custom Case Quote

Whether you need just one hard case with foam or a fleet of cases, we can help. To get started, just click on the Contact Us tab and fill out our quick contact form or click on the Request a Quote form and provide us with a few details about what you need in terms of case design.

Hard Carrying Cases & Shipping Cases With Custom Foam

If you need custom hard carrying cases or custom shipping cases, the team at Bel-Air Cases can design the perfect case to house your equipment. Each carry case also can include a high-quality custom foam insert and many other custom features.

 

Is A Plastic Carrying Case The Right Option For You?

If you need to transport expensive or delicate equipment, our custom vacuum-formed cases can be the most versatile and protective option. Other case types, such as roto-molded and injection-molded cases have limitations that make them a less attractive option for some case projects.

 

For instance, injection-molded cases while durable and waterproof are only available in limited sizes and the ability to customize these cases also is limited. Roto-molded cases are highly durable, but they are quite heavy, which can be a disadvantage, especially if your equipment is also heavy.

 

Fabricated laminated wood cases are another common case option, and these can be highly customized, but they aren’t as durable as plastic cases, and they also are quite heavy. If you are looking for road cases that are highly durable and lighter in weight, our custom heavy-duty shipping cases can be a good option to consider.

 

While our hard carrying cases and shipping cases can be a great option for a wide range of items, if we feel that a different type of case is a better fit for your needs, we will let you know and point you in the direction of a great case supplier.

 

5 Reasons To Select Bel-Air Hard Carrying Cases

  1.  50+ Years of Experience

Bel-Air Cases was the first company to offer custom vacuum-formed plastic cases and through the years, we’ve built cases for clients from just about every imaginable industry. We can build cases for just about any type of equipment or product, and our carry cases often are used for sales kits, demo kits and OEM cases.

 

  1. We Use Durable, Rugged Materials

The materials we use for our custom hard carrying cases and shipping cases include shells that are vacuum-formed from high-density polyethylene (HDPE). For the valances, we use aluminum and case components such as latches and locks are made from stainless steel.

 

HDPE was chosen for several reasons. This thermoform plastic is lightweight, which makes it easier for our customers to handle and can reduce shipping costs. HDPE also is highly durable and resistant to moisture and many chemicals. Likewise, aluminum is a lightweight, durable material that can handle the rigors of transportation and stainless steel also was chosen for its strength and durability.

 

  1. Protection Against The Elements

While some carry cases are toted gently from place to place without so much as encountering a drop of dew, some hard carrying cases need to be able to deal with temperature extremes, humidity extremes and inclement weather.

 

If you need a tough, water-resistant, weather-resistant carrying case or shipping case, a Bel-Air case is built to withstand the extreme. For instance, our heavy-duty cases often are used by the military, and they require cases that can handle a bumpy trek across a hot desert or slogging through a hot, humid jungle with ease as well as bumping about in the cargo hold of a C-17.

 

  1. Custom Foam Inserts

Case exteriors need to be able to absorb impacts, but we also believe that the interior foam needs to be just as protective. We design custom foam inserts for our carry cases and shipping cases built entirely around your equipment or items and we use the highest quality case foam.

 

Too often, custom case manufacturers provide customers with a chunk of diced foam instead of a custom foam interior. This cheap type of pick-and-pluck foam forces the customer to cut away at the material to create cavities for their equipment.

 

Not only is this a poor way to protect your items, but if you are paying for a custom hard plastic case with foam inside, we think that custom foam should be included in that cost. We usually can construct custom foam sets for around the same price as you’d expect to pay for cases filled with foam slabs or diced foam. At Bel-Air, we can provide you with custom foam inserts that include die cuts, interior walls, interior doors, plastic dividers, panel mounts, shock mounts and more.

 

Additionally, we offer many other custom features. We have many options for wheels, handles, latches and locks. We also can add custom decals, molded-in logos or add an engraved plate to your case. Our standard case colors include black and silver, but we have several optional stock colors, including white, yellow, orange, red, olive, green and blue.

 

  1. Great Value

We don’t provide a price sheet for our cases, simply because every case we make is 100% custom. While we don’t sell any cheap $50 cases, you won’t find many $900 cases either, and we offer an exceptional value for made-to-order thermoformed cases.

 

In general, you can expect to pay about $400 each for five large shipping cases, while a lightweight medium-duty carry case with custom foam might sell for about $150 each. Off-the-shelf cases can be more affordable, but they typically don’t provide the level of protection that our cases afford. A custom Bel-Air Case offers extra insurance, keeping your items safe and secure no matter what type of transportation conditions the case might endure.

 

Which Type Of Bel-Air Case Do You Need?

We offer two types of carry cases – our medium-duty cases and heavy-duty carry cases. Medium-duty cases are ideal for items that won’t be shipped or rarely need to be transported as luggage. These are ideal for sales kits and demo kits and items weighing less than 40 pounds.

 

Our heavy-duty carrying cases are among the most durable and lightest-in-weight transport cases you can buy. For these cases, we use the same heavy-duty materials as our shipping cases, but the case shells are formed on our traditional carry case molds.

 

If you need hard carrying cases that can be shipped again and again, heavy-duty carrying cases are the perfect option. These also are ideal for heavier items, weighing 30 to 40 pounds or for highly delicate items.

 

If you need shipping cases rather than a carry case, our heavy-duty shipping cases are formed from special tooling that adds molded protective corner bumpers and stacking lugs into each case. These features ensure that the toughest part of the containers absorbs impacts instead of the case hardware or your equipment case components.

 

Get Started With A Case Project Now!

If you need a simple carry case or several hard carrying cases or shipping cases, you can get your project started by clicking on the Request a Quote tab at the top of our homepage. Simply provide us with basic information and one of our case specialists will be in touch with you as quickly as possible to provide a free quote, get started on your order or answer any question you may have.

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Bel-Air Cases: Quality Custom Road Cases

Whether you are a DJ or part of the crew for a band or perhaps on the road for video production, heavy-duty custom road cases are nearly as important as the equipment itself. As a professional, you put a significant amount of money into the tools of your trade, and it’s also essential to put money into protecting them.

A custom road case is an integral piece of equipment for a musician or band, a recording studio, a DJ, or an AV professional. Whether you’re storing, transporting or shipping your equipment, these cases ensure that your equipment gets protected from physical damage and moisture and dust.

At Bel-Air Cases, we can provide you with custom road cases that fit your needs and completely protect whatever you place inside. Here’s a quick look at our made-to-order road cases.

Why Custom Cases?

Made-to-order road cases are custom designed to protect a specific piece or pieces of equipment safely and securely. With off-the-shelf cases, you won’t enjoy the same level of protection as a custom case can provide. Our cases are built around your equipment, which provides you with the highest possible level of protection.

While custom cases come with a higher price tag than off-the-shelf cases, the quality workmanship and custom foam interiors act as a sort of insurance against the type of damage that typically occurs when you ship and transport expensive equipment.

Our heavy-duty shipping cases not only can withstand the punishment the transportation industry tends to inflict on shipping cases but they also are built to handle extreme conditions and environments. Our cases can withstand temperature extremes and high humidity with ease, protecting your equipment from heat-related or moisture-related damage.

Traditional Vs. Plastic Custom Road Cases

When you think of road cases, the typical fabricated wood or composite cases probably spring to mind. While these traditional road cases do offer a high level of customization, they do lack a few of the features you would enjoy with our heavy-duty shipping cases.

Bel-Air Cases Offer High Durability

You want a case that can withstand the rigors of the road, and our heavy-duty, custom road cases are built to handle the abuse of transportation. Our vacuum-formed cases are built using high-density polyethylene (HDPE) shells with durable aluminum valances.

Our cases meet ATA standards and even many military specifications, and if the armed forces trust our cases to protect their equipment, you can rest assured that your music and audio equipment will be well-protected.

How Strong Is High-Density Polyethylene Plastic?

High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is one of the most common and reliable plastics on the market today. This durable plastic is even used for many applications in the automotive and industrial markets.

HDPE can be used for carrying heavy loads, shipping, and storing. It’s lightweight and durable, making it an ideal option for many shipping needs.

HDPE is resistant to corrosion and damage from chemicals. It’s this reason that it is one of the most commonly used plastics in the marine industry. It’s also why it gets used as a liner in concrete forms when constructing buildings, bridges, and other large structures. While you wouldn’t anticipate your road cases coming into contact with chemicals, they can protect your equipment from water damage or just about any other liquid.

Our Custom Foam Interiors Add Extra Protection

While the exterior of our custom road cases can handle just about anything the transportation industry throws at it, we believe the custom foam interiors are just important.

We use high-quality, durable foam and each insert is custom-made to cushion and protect your equipment perfectly.  The padding helps absorb impact as well as limit vibration, which can damage some types of delicate equipment.

It is important to note that, unlike some case manufacturers, Bel-Air Cases will never hand off a custom road case with a chunk of diced or pick-and-pluck foam. This is a cheap type of foam common to the case industry and using this type of foam forces the customer to pick and cut away at the foam to create cavities for their equipment.

Not only does this provide inadequate protection, but this cheap foam also tends to break down quickly. Additionally, if you are paying for a custom case, we believe that this should include a custom foam interior and we can provide any type of foam interior you might need from simple foam liners to foam interiors with custom die cuts, interior walls, plastic dividers, interior doors, windows, panel mounts and shock mounts.

Lightweight = Lower Shipping Costs

These days, with astronomical gas prices, shipping costs are skyrocketing. Our HDPE cases are much lighter than traditional road cases and this can help to reduce your shipping costs. Lighter cases are easier to manage, as well, and we can add wheels and handles to your cases to further increase the ease of transport.

Many Custom Features

At Bel-Air Cases, we offer an unparalleled number of custom features. For instance, while our stock colors are black and silver, we offer several other optional stock colors including white, yellow, orange, red, olive, green and blue. With a specific minimum order, we also may be able to provide custom colors or color matching.

We can add custom engraved plates or custom decals to any case, and we can even design your cases with a molded-in logo, which adds a professional, personalized touch to any case.

Our custom features also include many different types of wheels, handles, latches and case feet, as well as case locks. If we don’t have precisely what you are looking for among our stock items, we will do our best to find what you need and provide you with complete customization that meets all of your case needs.

Why Choose Bel-Air Cases?

Bel-Air Cases has been an industry leader for custom road cases, carry cases and shipping cases for more than 50 years. Our cases are custom-made to fit your exact requirements and can be used for a wide range of equipment, audio, lighting and video, and more.

We love working with musicians and bands, and our team includes professionals who understand the importance of protecting your equipment. Bel-Air’s heavy-duty shipping cases are built to handle any kind of transport, which makes them ideal for use as custom road cases.

Order Your Custom Road Cases Today!

Our custom road cases can protect your gear for many years and even decades. If you are ready to get started on a custom case project, you can click on the Contact Us tab on our homepage and fill out our quick contact form or give us a call at (866) 235-2472.

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ATA Shipping Cases: Advantages of Custom Shipping Cases

Do you wring your hands in fear every time you send your specialized equipment through air mail? How about when you check it on planes? If so, you’re not overreacting. Airlines mishandle and break millions of checked packages and bags every year, and that’s why ATA shipping cases can be so important.

Basic shipping cases don’t lend as much protection as ATA shipping cases custom-built for the purpose. These shipping cases are designed and built to rigorous standards that were created by the airline industry to ensure that they can handle the jostling and bumping common during transport yet still protect whatever might be inside.

If you aren’t certain whether to opt for a stock shipping case versus one of our custom shipping cases, let’s take a look at some of the key advantages of opting for custom cases before sending your equipment on its next journey.

Avoid Airline Shipping Drama

If you’ve ever had damaged cargo, you know how hard it is to get any reimbursement from the airlines. With ATA custom shipping cases, the wasted time and drama of arguing with stubborn airlines and shippers are things of the past. You don’t need to fret over whether you have the right shipping for medical equipment, scientific goods, or even musical instruments.

ATA stands for the Air Transport Association, which is now called Airlines for America and is the trade association for the United States’ biggest airlines. They don’t inspect ATA cases but set guidelines that companies making shipping for lighting equipment and other sensitive goods follow. Their standards protect airlines’ equipment and yours as well.

There’s No Wiggle Room in Custom ATA Shipping Cases

If you’re reading this, chances are good that you’re not sure of the best ways to ship expensive and fragile goods. Yet, non-custom shipping case companies make you do all the work. They want you to think you’re an expert in shipping medical equipment and other specialty items!

You’d be right to feel they don’t care about your equipment at all.

That might sound silly for companies that make their names selling protective plastic cases, but they show their feelings with the standard “pick and pluck” style of case lining. Unlike the custom foam linings in Bel-Air’s ATA shipping cases, these aren’t suited to shipping for lighting equipment, medical equipment and other valuable things. The company that’s supposed to help protect your things hands off a case full of chopped-up foam to pick at until your equipment fits.

This is a particular issue with shipping for diagnostic equipment and other sensitive tools that have both large areas and small, sensitive parts like probes. Even doing your best, picking away at diced foam leaves uneven areas where the shipping process causes jostling. In many cases, that damages the encased items.

Custom shipping cases, on the other hand, have every nook and cranny custom-made with your specific equipment in mind. There’s no wiggle room, making them perfect shipping for medical equipment, camera equipment, audio equipment and similar breakable things.

Add Special Compartments

Another downside of typical, cubed shipping case foam is that it doesn’t have exact compartments for different items. If you want to keep an item with its accessories in a standard shipping case, you have an organizational nightmare.

All you can do is cross your fingers that all the items fit in one case. Trying to find space in the pick and pull foam for things like five items in a computer set often leads to one or two odd items out. A custom case lets you add compartments for those things and keep everything together for more convenient shipping.

Spend a Little, Save a Lot

Consider how much bad shipping for lighting equipment and other sensitive items can cost you. Large shipping cases could crush your items or knock them around, and poorly-fitting shipping material would lead to damage.

With that in mind, ATA shipping cases are an obvious investment with great value. Using them, you don’t have to spend an endless amount as airlines and shippers damage your equipment year after year. Even in rough conditions, ATA cases tend to many years (or even decades) before needing replacement. Our shipping cases are built to meet or exceed ATA standards and designed to protect each piece of your equipment perfectly.

Don’t Risk the Weather

High-quality ATA custom shipping cases are great for keeping the elements away. Most premade, standard cases offer no such guarantee. That’s not a risk you want to take with shipping diagnostic equipment or other expensive items.

Even standard shipping cases that claim weather resistance aren’t appropriate for special things. Shipping for medical equipment must have a custom fit or there could be issues with rain, snow, and even dust storms.

Equipment parts that are a little too wide or fit awkwardly strain the seams and closures of poorly-fitted cases. This could make room for water or dirt to make its way into the case. Custom shipping cases that fit ATA guidelines avoid this devastating problem and our heavy-duty shipping cases are up to the challenge.

Make Your Shipping Case Your Own

Even standard shipping cases with colorful options and prints only have so much variety. It’s easy to mix them up during shipment, delivery, or pick-up because they look alike. You can mark yours, but labels wear and peel and tags fall off.

Instead, it’s better to opt for professional custom shipping cases instead of trying to personalize basic cases. Choosing a unique combination of molded designs, engraved labels and custom colors will distinguish your shipping case from others.

Specially-designed custom shipping cases with personalized designs also look better than self-decorated ones. Chances are good that your items have a professional use and shipping for medical equipment or a band’s instruments should have a dignified look. Investing in branded custom ATA shipping cases will bolster your or your organization’s reputation.

We offer black and silver as our stock case colors, but we also offer several additional colors including white, yellow, orange, blue, red, green and olive. With a bulk case order, we may be able to provide you with custom colors or color matching. We also can add a molded-in logo to your cases or add custom decals or engraved plates.

We Have the Custom Shipping Cases You Need

ATA-quality equipment cases are ideal for transporting all your valuable equipment, and we build each case from scratch, to meet all of your specific case needs. At Bel-Air Cases, we’ve been designing custom shipping cases and carry cases for more than 50 years and can provide you with whatever you might need. Don’t hesitate to get in touch online or call (866) 235-2472 to learn more about our ATA shipping cases to start an order.