Aluminum cases are lightweight, durable, and ideal for the storage, protection, and transportation of sensitive items. Due to its lightweight and its high levels of durability and resistance, many business and industrial applications have made aluminum the material of choice for their carrying cases. Due to the wide range of applications for which aluminum cases can be used, the majority of carrying case manufacturers offer varieties of aluminum cases. Aluminum cases can vary in size, from as small as a briefcase to large cases ideal for shipping.
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Aluminum Case Fabrication
Aluminum cases are fabricated by fastening sheets of metal onto a metal frame. The process begins when the raw material is heated until homogenous. The next step involves shaping the metal into a certain configuration. Once cooled, the aluminum is thinned out by a set of rollers. Depending on the case’s intended application, it may undergo other processes such as ironing, wheeling, bending, stamping, press brake forming, spinning, perforating, and cutting. Once the sheets are in their desired form, they are fastened onto a metal frame made from aluminum bars or pipes. The bars or pipes that make up the frame are made by extrusion. Extrusion is a process where a bar or a rod is forced through a die and creates a specific cross section that discards any negative space. The parts may also be welded together. If desired, a finish may be applied. Reinforced corners can also be applied to the case for added protection for the case’s contents, and to help protect the case itself from wear and tear. There are other features that may be added to the final product to minimize the effort of managing the case and its contents. These additional features include grooves for easier stacking, straps, buckles, enhanced and fortified aluminum framing, shock mounts, lugs for secure stacking, recessed latches for the purpose of meeting military standards, rubber gaskets around the doors for increased water resistance, spring loaded handles, twist latches, and heavy duty swivel casters. Aluminum cases can be customized to permanently contain sound boards and a variety of other control panels and include hinged breakaway sections.
Design of Aluminum Cases
Aluminum cases are most often fabricated in square or rectangular shape, and may feature handles, latches, pull handles, and locks that are mounted to the case’s exterior. The case’s corners can also be reinforced to provide extra protection. There are some varieties that feature wheels for easier movement, especially if the case is carrying heavier items. Aluminum is a robust material with quite a few distinct features that put it at an advantage over other carrying case materials. Aluminum is light in weight, waterproof, magnetically neutral, and it is resistant to corrosion, harsh impacts, and ultraviolet radiation. Additionally, aluminum is fully recyclable. Aluminum cases are used extensively by professionals such as exhibitioners, cosmetologists, magicians, disc jockeys, and photographers.
Applications for Aluminum Cases
Aluminum cases, such as aluminum briefcases, are recommended for transporting pieces of equipment that are highly sensitive or breakable, and for those who wish to keep each a variety of types of items safely in one place. For example, a photographer may want to store a camera and several different types of lenses. In instances such as these, aluminum cases are recommended. In order to provide optimal protection, aluminum case manufacturers may offer the option of custom making cases with extra padding to prevent the case’s contents from shifting around, which may put the equipment at risk for damage. Inside a custom case, there can be spaces that are molded out from the padding in order for a specific piece to fit perfectly inside. Custom cases are recommended to house items such as medical equipment, video cameras, jewelry, laptops, rifles, guns, and cameras. The standard aluminum color is most often used in fabricating aluminum cases. However, the color black has grown in popularity.
Aluminum cases are also used extensively by trade show and sales professionals, as the cases can be customizable to organize, display, and safely store equipment and products. Aluminum case manufacturers may offer the option of applying custom cut foam inserts and custom decorative silk screening. OEM and industrial electronics applications greatly benefit from custom aluminum casing, as their equipment can be built directly into the case. Industries such as photography, video, digital, and electronics rely heavily on aluminum casing to safely transport and store their sensitive equipment. The beneficial characteristics of aluminum make it a highly recommended material for the transit, shipping, and storage of other applications such as craftsmen hobby boxes, motorcycle storage attachments, video games, computers, hunting equipment, firearms, industrial equipment, and much more.