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    2018

    What is blow molding?

    Developed in the late 1930s, blow molding is a manufacturing process that is used to form hollow plastic parts. It is most commonly used to make plastic bottles. In principal, the basic blow molding process is similar to glassblowing. Plastic resin (pelletized raw plastic material) is melted and formed into a hollow tube or parison which is then placed into a mold. The parison is then inflated using compressed air to form a finished part.

    In the early 1960s, PFC founder Peter T. Schurman realized that he could combine two hollow blow molded parts to form the lid and base of a portable container or enclosure, and the “double‐wall blow molded carrying case” was born. Read more about blow molding here.

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    2018

    Do you recycle your products?

    We have an on-site recycling operation that allows us to grind plastic and incorporate it back into the manufacturing process. Our black cases can be made using 100% recycled plastic, depending on availability. Regrinding does not affect the quality or durability of the cases.

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    2018

    What type of hinge is on the case?

    All PFC cases incorporate our patented mechanical pin and socket hinge. Originally developed in 1972, our hinge has undergone constant improvement and has been licensed to over 30 other companies around the world. Both the pins and sockets are formed during the molding operation to ensure maximum strength and longevity.

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    May
    2018

    Can cases be made in a clear material?

    Although uncolored HDPE is a translucent material when formed, our manufacturing process makes it opaque. All PFC cases have a surface texture to improve scratch resistance. The surface texture also makes it impossible to see through the case.

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    2018

    What types of foam are available?

    We stock 2# Charcoal Ether foam and 1.7# Dark Grey Laminated Polyethylene foam in a variety of thicknesses. We can also supply Ether, Urethane or Poly foams in different colors. Check out our foam options for more information.

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    2018

    Are the cases waterproof?

    PFC cases are water resistant but not waterproof. All PFC cases are designed with a closefitting interlock which provides a water and dust trap but does not seal the case interior. AllConditions™ cases are weather-resistant and feature our proprietary gasket sealing system to keep your gear clean and dry. In fact, AllConditions™ cases have recently been certified IP53 by a nationally accredited independent testing laboratory.

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    May
    2018

    What is the temperature range for the cases?

    HDPE has a working temperature range of -30°F to 150°F. PFC latches are tested over this same temperature range for stretch and fatigue resistance and their ability to withstand shock.

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    May
    2018

    What are the cases made of?

    PFC cases are made of HDPE (High Density Polyethylene). HDPE provides a good mix of abrasion resistance, impact toughness, resistance to chemicals and strength for a general purpose carrying case. Latches are made of a proprietary blend of Polyolefins specially formulated to give high flexibility and fatigue resistance over an extended temperature range.

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