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Custom Cases Styles

Case style is one of the most important considerations to be decided upon prior to purchasing reusable shipping cases and containers. Imagine a case for a 200 pound laser printer that has no handles. Imagine again that you ordered a case for that laser printer and the "style" of the case was what is commonly referred to as a 'hinged lid' style A. This style (Star Case style A) has a deep bottom section and a thin lid, much like a common foot-locker.



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A-style cases have full-length piano type hinging attaching the lid to the lower case. Applications are lighter weight items that are easily removed from the case, i.e; small instruments, monitors, and devices with handles on top. Metal id-stays or webbed straps provides lid support when case is open. Twist catches provide positive closure when closed. B3 or B4-style cases have a pull-over-clamp-on lid design. Your equipment is placed in a shallow (B3 is 3" high and B4 is 4" high) tray and a higher lid is slipped over the top. Applications are heavier weight items that are not easily lifted from the case, i.e; larger instruments, monitors, and items with no handles on top or for items that need to operate within the case. Twist catches, both front and rear, provide lid closure when case is closed.
CM-style cases also have a pull-over-clamp-on lid design. Your equipment is placed in a tray with an equal-height lid that slips over the top. Applications are heavier weight items that are not easily lifted from the case, i.e; larger instruments, monitors, and devices with no handles on top. Twist catches, both front and rear, provide positive lid closure when case is closed.


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CS-style cases (clam-shell) have a two part lid design. Your equipment is placed in a tray with an evenly split lid. Each lid half loads onto case lower section from the top or from the side. Applications are heavy weight items that are not easily lifted from the case or for items with enough height to preclude a B3 or B4 style.Twist catches, both front, rear & top, provide positive lid closure when closed. D3-style cases have a fully removable 3" height lid. This style is essentially identical to our A-style case, except the lid has no hinge & is removable. Applications are lighter weight items that are easily removed from the case, i.e; small instruments, monitors, and devices with handles on top. Twist catches, both front & rear, provide positive lid closure when case is closed. E3-style cases have a removable front lid. Applications are heavier weight items or combinations of components that need front loading or access. This style adapts well for multiple drawers or partitioned compartments for components. Mechanical catches, typically two per side, provide positive lid closure when case is closed.


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E4-style cases have a hinged front lid. Hinging is typically on the left side of case. Applications are heavier weight items or combinations of components that need front loading or access. This style adapts well for multiple drawers, paritioned compartments for components or roll-in ramp loading of large, components. Twist catches on one side and full-length hinge on the other provide lid closure when case is closed. FF-style cases have removable front & rear lids. Applications are heavier weight items or combinations of components thatneed front & rear loading or access. This style adapts well for partitioned compartments for front control and rear component cabling. Twist catches, typically two per side, provide positive lid closure when case is closed. X-style cases have a removable, telescopic lid that overlaps the cases lower section. Applications are large items that typically lay flat in the case. This style adapts well for graphic panels, exhibit panels and modules or multiple light weight items that are easily lifted from case interior. Webbed straps and steel buckles provide positive lid closure when case is closed.

O.K., you go to load your 200 pound laser printer into the case - right? You hold the laser printer over the, say, 24" x 24" case opening after the lid has been canted up. What do you do? "Bombs away," I think, is what we called it on the marble patch back in pre-school.

By this time you're already mumbling expletives about the company from whom you purchased this case.

A week passes - you arrive at the trade show site - and you commence unpacking your exhibit and all your show support computers, printers, whathaveyou. It's time to unload the 200 pound laser printer (a chore you've been subconsciously postponing - right?)

The printer looks innocent enough as you gaze down into the opening of the hinged lid case. Now, you try to wedge your hands between the foam case lining and the 1/10th of a ton piece of high technology. If you're lucky, you might get a grip on something (a paper tray, a power switch, maybe the AC cord exiting the rear of the printer.) No luck, it just won't budge. Finally, you either turn the case upside down and attempt 'pouring' the printer out or you hire show labor ($75.00+.hr) to help you get the printer out of the case.

The moral of this story - had you been asked the proper questions when ordering the case, had the case company with whom you transacted provided the right information to you rather than just quoting the cheapest and least effective solution to your packaging needs, then this whole fiasco might never have happened.

CASE STYLE IS OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE! ! !

At Star Case, we're on your side. We want you back. We want your referral. We'll recommend the right case style for your application - whether it's a hinged-lid style A case, a removable lift-off lid style B or style D, a front loading style E, or a case with a two-part 'clam-shell' style lid - you'll be happy every time - our product knowledge and experience allow us to make this claim!