As you research different types of foam you will often hear “open cell” or “closed cell” thrown around. Both types of foams have their place, but they most certainty are made for different applications.
All foam is made up of cells. The cells hold air. That is what gives foam its’ cushion. Open cell foam consists of cells that are all interconnected meaning air can travel freely through the foam. This can be seen with a household sponge. Because the cells are all connected, it allows water to be absorbed within the foam. (When submerged the air is replaced by water)
Closed cell foam on the other hand also has cells, but the cells are not interconnected. The air trapped in those cells cannot freely move between each other. This can easily be observed when swimming with a pool noodle you might find at a pool. Because the cells are all closed, water cannot absorb into the foam making this type of foam required for water applications.
Each foam has pros & cons. When it comes to cases we tend to choose the best foam for the job. If the foam is going to be deployed in wet environments or the gear going into the case could be oily, closed cell foams are the best choice as liquids will not be absorbed.
Alternatively if the foam is to be deployed in varying altitudes it is often wise to use open cell foam as the air pressure within the cells will remain consistent with the surrounding air pressure. Using closed cell foams in this situation could result in foam which changes shape due to expanding and contracting in various altitudes.
Anti-static foam is pink because of a pink additive that is introduced during the manufacturing process of the foam. The color pink is used because it is an industry standard and most other common foam applications don’t use pink. Therefore by using the color pink the foam is easily identified and not easily mixed with non-anti-static foam. When considering the importance of using anti-static foam in static sensitive applications, it is generally accepted the bright color of the foam can be overlooked because the trade off of having identifiable anti-static material far outweighs the awkward color of the material.
Using the color pink however is not a requirement or law, but rather a choice made by foam manufacturers. Although it may be difficult to find anti-static foam in a different color it doesn’t mean a different color such as black is not available. If you are working on a project that requires a decent amount of material in which you can meet minimum order requirements, you can purchase anti-static material made in any other color. Be warned however it is impossible to tell the difference between black anti-static foam and standard foam.
Some people will be quick to point out that a rifle should be positioned upside down in the case to avoid putting all the weight on the scope when carrying the case by the front handle.
That may seem logical, but is actually a common misconception when custom foam is involved. If the foam is not custom cut then that advice can definitely apply, but if the foam is properly cut for the rifle then that assumption is completely false.
Properly cut custom foam will protect a rifle in any orientation.
If your foam is cut to properly contour the rifle then the rifle can be placed in any orientation you’d like. No matter what the rifle position is, as long as the foam contours the rifle then the weight of the rifle will be spread evenly around the gun. Alternatively, an equally effective method is to contour the foam around the rifle, but leave the scope area open, either method will serve the same purpose and keep your optic holding zero.
This fact is further demonstrated when considering how the case is intended to be used. Whether you are taking it on an airplane or shipping it by mail, you cannot expect a baggage handler to always ensure proper case orientation. In fact anyone who has traveled anywhere will know how abusive baggage handlers can be on their cases.
In conclusion worry less about the orientation of your rifle and more about the foam that protects it because when all the cases fall off that conveyor it doesn’t matter what orientation your gun is in, but rather how the foam is configured.
Most people are familiar with Pelican Cases. They are of course some of the toughest cases out there, but they tend to be fairly expensive as well. For a consumer spending a little extra on a name brand case like Pelican, might not be a big deal, but for OEM applications an extra $20-$30 per case will add up quickly when you are purchasing hundreds or thousands of cases. Any manufacturer knows there is a fine line between saving money yet still offering a quality product. You can purchase inexpensive cases to save money, but if they are breaking all the time or your industry simply expects better quality then you will run into trouble. On the flip side if the cases you are purchasing are excellent quality, but the price is really expensive you may price yourself out of the market or eat into your profits.
What is the solution?
Introducing Case Club’s inexpensive line of durable, waterproof, shipping cases. Our line of Inexpensive Shipping Cases offer superior quality at an affordable cost. The durability of these cases are on Par with Pelican cases, but their cost point is significantly less. They fulfill the void between non-durable inexpensive cases & high cost name brands. These cases are similar to Costco’s “Kirkland” brand or cola’s “RC Cola” brand.
They are made very similar to the higher end Pelican type cases, but are not given the large marketing budgets nor do they carry the overhead that comes with a name brand. These cases are perfectly suited for medium to high volume OEM applications that require quality packaging which don’t necessarily need name brands. Customers love the quality of these cases and your business is sure to love the price.
Keep in mind the pricing you see online for these cases is retail. Expect your pricing to be less when ordered in quantities. Please call us and we would be happy to supply you with a quote based on your volume. We guarantee pricing will 30%-50% off comparable Pelicans.
Finally we offer custom screen printing for these cases, so if you want a company logo on each case they can easily be branded just for you.
This one is more of a life hack. If you travel all the time with expensive equipment and want to ensure nothing is stolen or broken by the TSA buy a starting pistol. You know, the ones that are fired directly in the air to signify the start of a race. Track and field events use them all the time. They can be obtained for cheap and don’t require any background checks or paperwork however they are classified by the airlines as a firearm. That may sound scary, but in reality we can use the airline’s rule in our favor. Once you have the starter pistol throw it into your luggage. It doesn’t matter if your luggage contents consist of expensive camera equipment, a microscope or a delicate drone.
Once you check your bag in, declare the firearm with the clerk. A special inspector trained in firearms will check it out and verify the gun is safe. Then they will mark your case appropriately so no other TSA agents will be allowed in after that point. You will then be instructed to lock the case. At that point throw any lock on it. The lock doesn’t even have to be TSA approved. Any lock will do. In fact use a heavy duty non TSA Masterlock if possible which will make your luggage that much more secure.
So there you have it. Protect anything you have of value from the TSA when flying by purchasing a starting pistol. Please note: Airlines require your firearm to be in a hard-sided container so don’t try this trick with your soft sided luggage.
Anti-Static foam (also known as anti-stat foam) is a form of foam which has a chemical agent that will not create a static charge when rubbed against itself. The foam will allow static charges to pass through it in essence protecting your sensitive equipment & not passing the charge into your items. Anti-stat foam is dyed pink for visual identification & generally cannot be bought in other colors without a minimum volume order. Why pink? It has been like that since the beginning of time & no one really knows.
Remember this: when creating an anti-stat insert which will fit inside of a case to use anti-stat foam in the lid as well. People often forget this and will use regular convoluted foam in the lid rather than anti-static foam. This will defeat the purpose altogether of using anti-static foam in the base.
Now for the big question… Should you buy your foam insert with anti-static foam or not? Generally speaking if you are not sure then the answer is usually no. With that being said if you are not sure, but the foam is within your budget & you are putting sensitive electronic equipment in the case then go for it as it can’t hurt. You can learn further about different types of case foams here.
Here at Case Club we do a lot of gun cases & often get asked which foam to go with. Obviously the answers depend on circumstances, but 90% of the time the best foam for gun cases is polyethylene (abbreviated PE) . Polyethylene is hands down the best for gun cases because unlike polyurethane, polyethylene is closed cell. What does that mean you ask? Closed cell foam prevents moisture from absorbing into it. Have you ever seen those foam noodles kids play with at pool parties? Notice that they don’t absorb water like a sponge would. The same can be true with the oils from your gun or the rain from the field. No matter how wet PE foam gets the liquid stays at the surface so it can be wiped clean.
On the other hand if you use open cell polyurethane it will get extremely gross over time. It will absorb moisture, oils, & cleaning solvents causing it to break down much quicker than PE. Hope that answers the question for all you gun lovers out there!
It seems the larger the case you buy, the heavier it gets. This is especially true with cases like Pelican. It’s often a big problem because the item(s) you’re putting inside the case may be large, but not heavy. What cases are shippable yet light weight?
Most Pelican Cases come with pre-scored pluckable foam. This foam can be customized to a specific item. What happens if the specific item changes to a different item or you accidentally messed up the foam?
Unfortunately Pelican does not sell just the pluck foam layers for their cases. They only sell the entire foam set (lid foam & base foam) most of which you don’t need.
I present to you our pre-scored pluckable foam page: https://www.caseclub.com/buy-case-foam/?form_material=pick_pluck
Measure the dimensions of the pre-scored pluckable foam sheet you need to replace & enter the dimensions on that page. From there you can easily order only the replacement pre-scored pluckable foam you need & save money not having to order the whole foam set. Generally it works best if you measure the pre-scored pluckable foam piece you already.
Every case has a purpose. Some are made to withstand a tornado while others are perfect for selling with your product. We have a wide selection of cases including cases which are inexpensive & perfect for giving away with your product or using as a promotion. The following case families look good and function well, yet are very reasonably priced (especially when ordering in higher quantities).
These cases are perfect if you’re a manufacturer in need of inexpensive cases to ship out with your products.
Be sure to call us for volume discounts to ensure you’re getting the best price! 1-877-412-2737
Don’t forget about our custom labeling options. Nothing beats having your logo on a case!