Equipment Cases That Can Protect Your Gear While Keeping It Cool

CP Cases makes protective equipment cases and racks that keep your valuable gear safe despite extremes in temperature and come in bullet-resistant versions for those really tough assignments.

CP Cases makes protective gear for your valuable equipment for any remote assignment--even if someone is shooting at you! And with the world in the shape it is these days, that may be something to keep in mind.

CP Cases has more than 40 years of expertise in producing cases, 19-inch rack containers and bags for all kinds of gear. About half of CP Cases’ products are made for the military, which means they are accredited to MIL-STD-810, rated IP65 and carry NATO stock numbers. The company is now using that experience to create film and video cases and racks that can stand up to almost anything.

If the case is good enough for military use, it ought to securely protect your camera.

If the case is good enough for military use, it ought to securely protect your camera.

“Of course, with custom foam cut-outs inside them, we can produce cases or racks to hold just about any equipment,” began Bruce Blackway, sales manager at CP Cases, “but about 8 years ago we started to make a line of rack mounted, shock-resistant trans cases that are air conditioned. These cases can keep your cameras, batteries, or field computers cool even in the 125 degree heat of the desert.”

CP Cases uses thermoelectric cooling based on the Peltier effect that creates a heat flux between the junction of two different types of materials. Because it is basically a heat pump, a Peltier module can act as either a heater or a cooler.

Picture of a thermoelectric cooling module

Picture of a thermoelectric cooling module

“The Peltier effect has been around since the late 1800’s,” Blackway said. “It uses no compressors, no refrigerant, no filters, no copper tubing. Except for the fan it is all solid state, and can range from 200 BTU (British Thermal Units) to 3000 BTU. We mount the air conditioner in a special molded case called a ‘COOL-COLLAR’ that travels separately from the delicate electronics. When on site, you match the air conditioner module with the equipment case and your valuable gear stays cool no matter what the ambient temperature.”

But now CP Cases has come out with a new line that is even more of match for our modern times.

COOL-COLLAR Amazon case

COOL-COLLAR Amazon case

“For the past few months we have been developing a line of cases that will be bullet-resistant,” Blackway said. “This could be very useful if you are assigned to cover a story in one of the conflict areas of the world.”

Blackway is careful to point out these are not bullet “proof”. They comply with National Institute of Justice (NIJ) standard 3A the most common standard that police departments adhere to for ballistic vest products. With the wide range of armament in the hands of ner-do-wells these days, that would be an impossible goal. But with all their military case experience behind their design work, this new family of cases will give your $100,000 digital cinema and $70,000 zoom lens a fighting chance.

1-6UX29 INCH (MIT) rack (left) and AR0419-0305-DT case (right)

1-6UX29 INCH (MIT) rack (left) and AR0419-0305-DT case (right)

These bullet-resistant cases, which can also be air conditioned although the cooling unit’s external fans are inherently vulnerable, should be on the market by Q2. Blackway hopes this will be just in time for The NAB Show 2016.

Bruce Blackway, sales manager, CP Cases

Bruce Blackway, sales manager, CP Cases

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