Glossary of Terms


Glossary of Terms



A Thermoplastic Resin = Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene. It is a tough durable material, resistant to impact, scuffing and general abuse. It is used as the outer skin of the laminated panels.




Aluminum Laminate


A laminated structure or material. Aluminum which has a stucco embossed finish.






Common Term for an extruded aluminum right angle.




Anti-Static Foam


A specially treated foam which is non-conductive and does not produce a static charge from surface friction. It is used for static sensitive circuit boards and magnetic media.






Federal organization responsible for setting guidelines for testing of cases and containers. The ATA has set the standards for commercial airline shipping cases and containers. This is a guideline in which manufactures need to meet or exceed the Airline Transportation Association.






Using wood or foam blocks to provide support for encased items. Blocking ensures stability of items in cases.






A frame that wheels are mounted to. Casters may be rigid, swivel or stop with brake.




Composite Foam


When two types or densities of foam are bonded together with adhesives to create varying cushioning effects, Composite Foam is the result.






A partitioned area within a case for isolating attachments or accessories.






There are three types of corners made from stamped steel, ball corner, flat corner and stacking corner. A steel corner is stamped to provide a “ball” at the corner of the case. This “ball” also provides ¼” ground clearance. A flat corner is a corner that is flat on three sides with a slight radius. A stacking corner is stamped in a male/female configuration to allow stacking of cases.




Cubed Foam


Also called, "diced" or “pick and pluck” foam. Polyester foam which has been precut into cubes. Only the corners are left attached so you have the ability to "pluck" cubes to achieve a desired space. This foam is used only in Pelican and Underwater Kinetics cases.




Custom Insert


A foam insert that is formed to the specific shape of your item.






A word used to define the relative compactness of the cell structure of foam materials. Higher density, rated in pounds per square inch, is for higher weight items and lower density is for lighter weight items.




Double- Angle


Extruded aluminum structure consisting of joined inner and outer angles. This is what makes the structural “frame” of the case.




Drawer Slide


Ball bearing mechanism that permits drawers to open and close freely. This can also be used on shelves.






Short form or trade name for polyethylene foam.






The process of forcing a semi-soft material (i.e. aluminum or plastic) through a specially shaped die to produce a specific profile or shape.




Foam Blocks


Specially cut polyfoam or high density polyethylene foam blocks used at strategic positions within a case interior to provide added support and cushioning.




Forklift Pocket


An opening in the base of a container for the insertion of the prong of the forklift.




Hand Slot


Strategically located holes in foam to facilitate removal of item(s) from case.




Hot Cutting


The process by which foam is cut using either a hot wire table or a hand held sculpting tool.






The internal design of the case.






Either aluminum or ABS plastic bonded to high quality plywood to create a hard composite panel.






Also referred to as catches, these are devices used to keep your case closed.






Another term for flush mount or recessed.




O.D. Ball-to-Ball


"Outside Dimension, Ball Corner to Ball Corner." Due to the fact the ball corners are rounded and protrude from the outer angles of the case, sometimes you'll need to know the O.D. from Ball-to-Ball.






"One of a kind" item, typically, the first article. It's a good practice where multiple cases are concerned, to purchase a "prototype" before ordering a quantity of the same item.






Something that sticks out. Often referred to in case drawing and dimension gathering. Protrusions might be small micro switches, fuse holders, or hard rubber feet protruding from the surface of an item.




Reverse Catch


Where a standard latch is installed upside down for any reason.




Skid Plate


A ¾ inch plywood panel on the bottom of a case. A skid plate is usually used in conjunction with casters.






The rotation of a caster on its mounting plate. This is a standard definitive word for a particular type of a caster. The alternative to a swivel caster is a rigid caster.






A hard pattern used to cut shapes into foam.




Valance Spanning Latch


When the catch portion of the latch spans the tongue and groove to engage the strike. This permits the use of a neoprene seal in the groove. This is used on dust proof/waterproof cases.




W x D x H


Abbreviation for Width (left to right of object), Depth (back to front of object) and Height (bottom to top of object).