The #1 Custom OEM Case Manufacturer
Underwater Kinetics is a leading custom OEM case manufacturer that provides proven solutions to meet our customers' custom hard case needs.
Underwater Kinetics cases are trusted by OEMs, end users, government agencies, and professionals to protect, mount, and transport their valuable products. The quality of our products and our people, who bring decades of experience together to solve design and production challenges, make for reliable results for any industry.
Unlike some OEM case manufacturers who will only lift a finger if you can order a huge run, we provide a flexible, lean, and mean service. We go the extra step to find solutions to our customer's casing needs.
Benefits of Custom OEM Cases
A custom OEM carrying case can offer multiple advantages, including:
- Shielding: An individually crafted carrying case can be fashioned to safeguard its contents from bumps, dirt, humidity, and other external elements, ensuring they stay secure and protected while in transit.
- Identity: Personalized carrying cases can feature a company emblem, product label, or other graphics, allowing for enhanced brand recognition and advertising.
- Toughness: A custom-made carrying case can be engineered and constructed to meet specific sturdiness standards, ensuring long-lasting use.
- Ease of Use: Tailored carrying cases can be made to fit specific dimensions and shapes, making it easier to transport the contents and conserving additional space.
- Economical: Custom-made carrying cases can be crafted to meet specific budget restrictions, providing a cost-effective solution for transporting and storing equipment.
What is an OEM Case Manufacturer?
An OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) case manufacturer produces cases designed to fit a specific product or device. To provide custom cases for its customers, the OEM case manufacturer needs to have a good understanding of the product or device for which the case is being made, as well as the specific requirements and preferences of the customer.
The OEM case manufacturer may need to provide detailed design specifications and drawings for the custom case and samples or prototypes for the customer to review and approve. The manufacturer should also have the necessary equipment and capabilities to produce the custom cases in the required quantities and with the desired level of quality.
Unlike when cases are designed to general specs, custom OEM cases often have very niche or even unique requirements. A manufacturing company must also be flexible and adaptive to find solutions for the customer's needs.
Additionally, the OEM case manufacturer needs to support and assist the customer throughout the design and production process, including helping with any modifications or adjustments that may be required. The manufacturer should also have a reliable and efficient process for delivering the finished cases to the customer on time.
Mount switches, dials, controls, displays and electronic components to an instrument panel and create an instrument unique to your business. Our instrument panel rings are normally installed at our factory but can also be purchased as kits to fit each case.
Whether it's a perfect pop of brand color inside your case, a stiff 3D cut foam, or a softer layering of foam - whatever your product specifications, UWK can provide the ideal foam solution for your case.
Popular choices include:
- Polyurethane - a soft foam ideal for shock absorption. A must for technical and fragile equipment.
- Polyethylene - a more rigid foam that provides support and protection for heavier items.
- Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate Foam - another rigid foam that comes with a smooth finish for display purposes.
We also have foam with specific properties, such as anti-static, so contact us today to learn about our custom foam options.
We can manufacture custom OEM cases with a range of materials, primarily ABS, Flame Retardant ABS, and Polypropylene. We also have speciality materials for specific needs, such as anti-static, RFL shielding, and PC-ABS alloy.
Choosing the right material and characteristics (such as weight and waterproofing) for a custom OEM case will depend on the specific needs of the equipment it is designed to protect, as well as the conditions it will be exposed to during transportation and storage.
The case experts at UWK can help you identify the right material for your product and environment.
FARADAY CASES (EMI/RFI SHIELDING)
If you need to protect electronics from incoming EMI/RFI or prevent the emission of electromagnetic radiation, at Underwater Kinetics (UK) we have developed our own unique Faraday cases to provide a simple solution.
Our RF shield cases are molded with a unique conductive resin formula that provides a high level of attenuation for electromagnetic radiation over a wide range of frequencies. Additionally the cases are o-ring sealed against dust and water and do not corrode.
FLAME RETARDANT CASES
Cases used for electronic instrumentation and storage are often required to resist fire or even extinguish flames. Upon customer request, we can mold a case that meets the UL94 flammability standard and resists burning.
Underwater Kinetics continues to work with OEM customers who require cases for their electronic devices that meet the standards for Electrostatic Dissipation (ESD). We can mold any of the cases in our line from special plastic resins that are classified as permanently static dissipative.
Custom Labeling and Branding
Custom OEM cases can be labeled and branded with a company logo, product name, or other graphics to enhance brand recognition and marketing efforts. This type of customization allows the case to act as a portable advertisement and, in our experience, can be a cost-effective marketing tool.
Labeling and branding can be added to the case using various methods - contact us to learn more. We are always quick to point out that going the extra mile with customization can improve the case's overall appearance and leave a positive impression for the brand.
UWK has a range of set hard case sizes to choose from, but if you need a custom case size and a big order, we may be able to assist with a custom injection mold. However, this will have implications on the price per unit. We’re happy to discuss the various options and trade-offs associated with using a custom size.
Custom Safety Features
Do you need custom carrying cases for electronics that are anti-static? Do you need them to be flame retardant? Intrinsically safe? Waterproof? Do you need UL certification?
Underwater Kinetics has the technology and experience to produce custom OEM cases that meet the safety specifications that your industry requires. Whether it's a case for electronic equipment, medical gear, or even fireworks - we've seen it all and have a custom solution perfect for you.
If you're looking for a custom carrying case solution for your company, whether it be a simple sizing and branding solution or a total out-of-the-box technical requirement - contact us today, and we'll gladly work with you to find a solution.