Maxline cases are available in a wide variety of internal configurations including:


  • Empty: No foam lining or filling;
  • Foam filled: 2" layered foam from top to bottom, which can be easily trimmed to perfectly fit around irregular or odd shaped equipment;
  • Foam lined: Lined throughout with 1", 1 1/2", or 2" foam;
  • Custom foamed: Fabricated to your measurements by skilled craftsman at Maxline.


Step 1 - Determine Equipment Size:


Accurately measure the length, width, and height of your equipment. The length is determined by facing it and measuring from left to right. The width is from front to back, and the height from top to bottom. If your equipment is an irregular shape or has protrusion, knobs, connectors, or handles, measure to the longest point. Write down your equipment size, Length-Width-Height.


Most applications will use 2" of quality foam for cushioning and surrounding delicate equipment. Add the foam around your equipment to each dimension. With 2" foam, it will add 4" to the Length, 4" to the Width, and 4" to the Height.


The total of each dimension represents the inside case dimensions needed for your equipment.


Step 2 - Accessory storage layout:


Determine what accessories will be put in the case such as: cables, power strips, manuals, etc. will determine if there is a need to separate storage space and measure how much space will be needed.


Generally the storage area is located at one end of the case. High-density 1/2" foam lining is sufficient for most storage areas. Add your storage space and the 1/2" foam.


Step 3 - Other Items:


If more than one item is going into your case, you must consider what kind of partition will separate them. Several options are available;


1 1/2" to 2" foam between the equipment and the storage area (adequate for light to medium weight equipment).

A 1" wide floating partition made with 1/4" ply wrapped with high-density foam. This partition is glued to the foam but not to the case. This allows some movement (this partition allows for a more compact interior design that works well with most equipment).


A stationary hard partition made with 3/8" ply riveted directly to the case. This divides the case into individual compartments and is generally used to separate large heavy items. Foam for each compartment is figured individually.




Let's assume that your equipment that is to fit within this case measures as follows:


18" Long x 12" Wide x 8" High


With 2" of foam on all sides, add 4" to each dimension, which yields measurements as follows::


22 " Long x 16" Wide x 12" High


If you need a 4" wide storage area on the side of the case, add 4 1/2" to the length. Now, the dimensions are as follows:


26 1/2" Long x 16" Wide x 12" High


Determine if a partition is needed. This example case currently has 2" of foam separating the equipment from the storage area, which is sufficient in light duty applications. If a 1" floating partition is needed, add 1" to the example case Length, making it 27 1/2 " long.



Step 4 - Case Size and Style:


The dimensions you calculated in the steps above are the inside dimensions of the case needed for your equipment. Look for a case that comes close to the size you need. If it's a little big, you can add extra foam. The size you need and the weight of your equipment may determine the type of case you should choose.


Most cases are trunk or suitcase design with a hinged lid. Some options to consider are casters, recessed wheels, and telescoping handle (Wheel-Easy™ System), which is available on some types of cases. Maxline ATA cases afford many different designs and options, most of which are beyond the scope of this exercise.


Please call to discuss the many variables in choosing this type of case.


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