Find out how to get the most from your Peli Storm cases’ pick and pluck foam inserts.
The range of Peli Storm cases that we keep in stock at Cases UK are all available with the option of pick and pluck foam inserts. These layers of foam can be used to further protect items stored within the case (by adding an enhanced level of cushioning from impact) and for keeping multiple items organised within a single case.
The foam inserts are manufactured in such a way that the end user of the case can tailor the foam to practically any item, creating a truly bespoke protective case system at a fraction of the cost of fully engineered solutions.
This guide will show you how to use pick and pluck foam inserts and get the most out of your Peli Storm case.
What is pick and pluck foam?
Before we go through the step by step process for creating the perfect pick and pluck foam insert, we will first explain what exactly you will receive with your case.
Usually you will receive at least 2 pieces of foam with your case (although it is more for the larger cases). The bottom or base layer will be a heavier, denser foam that is used to provide cushioning at the bottom the case. This does not need modifying and should be used as supplied.
The upper layers will comprise of what is known as the pick and pluck foam. This foam is “pre-cut” into 1 centimetre cubes, which are still partially joined together. What this means is that these smaller sections of foam can be removed neatly and easily, allowing for detailed profiles to built up. It also ensures as well as different shapes, different depths can be created in the pick and pluck foam insert.
Excellent results can be achieved if a little time and patience is used with the resulting protection offered by the case being very effective. The below guide provides a step by step “how to” guide on getting the best results from your foam inserts.
Step by step – creating your tailored foam insert.
Step 1: Work out the optimum layout
The first stage is to mark out the shape(s) you wish to remove from the foam. Lay out the items on the foam to work out the best configuration / orientation within the cases (this is particularly important when working with multiple items).
As a rough guide, for light weight items leave a minimum separation of 1/2″ (1.5cm), especially delicate light weight items (e.g. cameras, laptops) the suggested separation is 1″ to 1-1/2″ (2.5cm to 4cm), and for heavier items (with a weight of approximately 10 to 20 lbs.) leave 1-1/2″ to 2″ (4cm to 5cm) of separation.
One other thing to bear in mind is that, for maximum protection, it is also best to keep equipment inside the pre-cut grid area.
Step 2: Marking out the profiles
Once you have decided on your preferred layout, it is wise to mark the boundaries of the areas to be removed. Cocktail sticks, toothpicks or pins / needles all work well for the purposes of this.
With the various objects in place, insert the position markers around the object. When the object you are marking out is halfway between one row of the pre-cut section sections, always choose to go in one row towards the object. This will ensure a much more snug fit and offer greater protection of the items being transported.
Remember to always err on the side of caution. If the space is too small, it is always possible to remove more foam at a later point (as it is obviously a bit harder, although still possible, to put it back in).
Step 3: Pre-cutting the foam
While it is not required, many people find it can be helpful to “pre-cut” the foam before plucking it. Although it is quite easy and straight forward to remove the pick and pluck foam without doing this, the rows of foam cubes are stuck together quite well and pre-cutting the profiles can eliminate the risk of removing additional sections of foam accidentally.
Always remember to take your time and, if you are careful, you can skip this step if you feel confident enough.
Step 4: Picking and Plucking!
With the layout and areas of foam to remove identified, it is now time to start removing the required sections.
To pluck out the foam, simply place your fingers into the gap between the rows you have marked off and with a steady, consistent action begin pushing down and pulling towards you. You should find that the foam begins to separate before breaking off.
It is a good idea to try and remove large sections of foam at a time, as opposed to the individual cubes. This will provide 2 benefits, firstly saving you time, but also giving you large blocks of foam that you can use elsewhere if required. It may be possible that you can use some or all of the “excess” foam to improve the fit by re-adding it, as it can be stuck back in with a suitable glue or spray adhesive.
Step 5: Testing and Modifying
At this point you should have well defined sections cut into the foam for the items that are going to be put into the case. This is a good time to test the fit by placing the items into the relevant sections.
If the cut out sections are too small you can remove further foam, or if they are too large then you can add some of the excess foam back in as described above.
Step 6: Enjoy using your new case!
From start to finish, this process should not really take much longer than around 30 minutes. This does however depend entirely on both the complexity of the items you will be storing / transporting in your Storm Case, plus the size of the items and the case itself. As a very rough guide, quarter of an hour should be about right for a simple, large item, while closer to an hour should be expected for numerous, intricate shapes.
Always remember to take your time, be patient, and you will end up with a foam insert that will offer a great level of protection.
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