Transportation solutions: Keeping equipment safe during transit

black iM2720 peli storm case fitted with telescopic handle and wheels

Transporting equipment safely is crucial in various industries, from sales and marketing products to medical instruments and scientific research tools and everything in between. One of the essential aspects of ensuring the safe transit and storage of any product or piece of equipment is selecting the right carry cases. In this blog post, we’ll explore the best cases to use for transporting products or equipment to be used in various environments and transported by varying methods to help you make informed decisions to provide the correct level of product protection.


The Importance of Safe Transit Equipment Cases

Before we delve into the nitty-gritty details of protective equipment cases, let’s understand the importance of safe transport. Whether you’re moving medical instruments, precision test and maintenance machinery, installers or distributors’ demo kits, or scientific devices, mishandling or neglecting to secure these assets during transit can lead to dire consequences.

  • Protection: 

Your business equipment is an indispensable investment. It’s essential to prevent accidental transit damage, environmental factors, lost items or theft. Adequate safety measures can make the difference between equipment arriving in pristine condition, in need of costly repairs or, worst case scenario not at all.

  • Safety: 

Numerous industries involve the transportation of equipment that may pose risks if it is damaged or mishandled. Ensuring safety during transport is essential for safeguarding not only the contents but also promoting professionalism, productivity, and the overall efficiency of individuals and the surrounding environment.

  • Cost-Efficiency:

Equipment that arrives at its destination in working order requires minimal downtime for repairs or replacement. This leads to improved operational efficiency and reduced costs.


Which Protective Case is Right For You?

The choice of protective cases for transporting work equipment greatly depends on the method of transport and your specific needs. Ensuring the right protection is essential not only to safeguard your equipment but also to maintain its functionality and reliability. By selecting the appropriate cases and accessories, you can embark on your transportation endeavours with confidence, knowing your equipment will arrive safely and ready for use, whether it is a marketing sales demo kit or essential calibration tools. Remember, safety should always be your top priority when transporting business equipment, and the right cases are a crucial part of that equation.

Heavy Duty, Hard Carry Cases for Harsh Environments:

When transporting business equipment in harsh environments, hard carry cases are your best friend. These cases are typically made from durable materials like polypropylene or aluminium and are designed to withstand the rigours of the most demanding environments. 


Look for cases with

  • Custom foam inserts to secure your equipment in place.
  • Lockable latches for added security.
  • Wheels and retractable handles for easy manoeuvrability


We would recommend you browse our range of NANUK cases. They come with all of these qualities, making them ideal for protecting all kinds of items, from medical apparatus to sound and lighting gear and machinery parts. They take the abuse so your equipment doesn’t have to. 


Nanuk Protective Cases – PottertonPacs


Our Peli Protector and Peli Storm Cases are equally good options. With most of these products available for immediate dispatch, which is ideal if you need a quick solution as your business trip looms closer. 


Both of these are included in our standard product lines, offering a diverse range of sizes and colours for most models. Additionally, we provide internal accessories like pick-and-pluck foam sets for self-customisation, as well as other accessories such as divider sets, panel frames, and padlocks for added security. Larger models are equipped with wheels for convenient transportation.

However, if you are looking for a bespoke solution, our custom flight cases would be ideal for you. With every case made to order, our experts will craft you a heavy-duty case built to your exact specifications, ensuring a super secure fit. We can also incorporate features such as padlock lugs for additional security and castors to ease the burden of transporting large, heavy items. With this option, you also have the option to customise your case with your branding, including screen-print and digitally printed logos or graphics panels..


Soft Cases for Ground Transport:

For ground transportation, padded bags and soft cases offer a versatile solution. They are particularly suitable for more unusual size formats or objects that don’t require the very highest level of protection but do require a lightweight product storage and transport solution.

Soft cases offer advantages like

  • Flexibility of size with no tooling required and minimal initial set-up costs.
  • Various colours, multiple padded and non-padded material options. 
  • Foam insert interiors to protect against shocks and vibrations.
  • Pockets and compartments for organising smaller accessories.


At PottertonPacs, we manufacture custom-made padded bags, also commonly called soft cases, to your exact needs. They are made to measure using the highest quality materials to provide both protection and durability. To ensure maximum security, we can add custom cut foam interiors to your design to safeguard your products or equipment to keep items firmly in place, well organised and professionally presented. 

custom zip round folder with dual colour foam inlay for medical products

Custom Made Sample or Equipment Bags

Waterproof Cases for Maritime Transport:

When transporting equipment on ships or in environments where water exposure is a concern, waterproof cases are the way to go. These cases feature tight seals, corrosion-resistant hinges, and materials that prevent water ingress.

 Key features to consider include

  • Watertight gaskets and seals to maintain a dry interior.
  • Buoyant properties to keep the case afloat if it accidentally goes overboard.
  • Pressure equalisation valves to handle changes in air pressure during sea voyages.


We have a wide offering of waterproof cases, including the Peli Protector and Peli Storm Case ranges, which is designed to be able to understand adverse weather conditions and damp environments. Not only can they withstand water, but they are crushproof and dustproof, which is ideal when being transported in turbulent cargo areas. They protect your valuables from being crushed by other boxes and drops if handled roughly. Cargo areas aren’t always the cleanest places, so the dustproof qualities also protect from dust infiltrating delicate parts. 

black peli storm im2600 heavy duty case with folding handles and secure catches

Peli Storm iM2600 Heavy Duty Tool Case 

ATA Cases for Air Travel and Oversized or Heavy Equipment:

For large and heavy industrial equipment, especially when transported by land or air, ATA (Air Transport Association) cases are the gold standard.

 These cases are built to withstand the harshest conditions and often feature

  • Pressure relief valves to regulate internal pressure for flight travel.
  • ATA-approved standard- Air Travel Association Compliant 
  • Rugged exteriors, often made from impact-resistant materials.
  • Reinforced corners and edges for added strength.
  • Secure locking mechanisms to prevent tampering.
  • Stackable designs for efficient storage.

Many of our cases are ATA compliant, including our heavy-duty made-to-order flight cases. We have produced thousands of custom flight cases; our UK manufacturing facilities allow us to incorporate safety features such as padlock lugs for heightened security, pallet riser and castors to ease the burden of transporting heavy pieces of equipment. We listen to your requirements so we can design and manufacture a protective case tailored to your exact needs.


Customised Foam Inserts and Interiors Fragile Items

If you are using any equipment, carry or sample case, adding foam inserts can offer a huge range of benefits – improving protection, eliminating damage, enhancing appearance, boosting productivity on site and much more besides”

If you’re facing challenges such as frequent damage to your products, equipment, or components during transit, or if valuable equipment is consistently being misplaced on-site, you might be seeking a more sophisticated method for presenting samples during sales meetings to enhance order volumes. Irrespective of your specific needs, industry, or financial considerations, the incorporation of custom foam inserts can address these issues to provide a tailored solution. 

These inserts are

  • Precision-cut to fit your equipment snugly.
  • Shock-absorbing to minimise the risk of damage during transit.
  • replaceable if damaged, ensuring long-term use.


We are experts when it comes to manufacturing bespoke inserts for protection. At PottertonPacs, we use the latest technologies, such as water jet cutting and CNC routing, to manufacture precision-cut protective foam inserts, allowing your equipment to fit securely and snuggly. Our inserts are designed to offer maximum protection to your products or equipment however you choose to travel. 


Speak to us for advice!

If you need further advice or are interested in getting a quote for a custom protective equipment case, don’t hesitate to get in touch

With our experience and wealth of knowledge gained in over a century of trading and manufacturing protective equipment cases. We ensure our valued customers receive the most innovative designs, along with our long-standing commitment to quality. 

Talk to a member of our team today to experience stress-free product transportation.