Design Considerations With Custom Equipment Cases

In the medical equipment manufacturing field, especially for EMT and first responder types of equipment and devices, having the right custom equipment case is essential.

These cases are more than just a way to transport the device or equipment. They have to be carefully designed to provide protection, storage options as well as reflect the needs of the professionals working in very difficult situations.

Designing custom cases for medical equipment required attention to detail as well as a good understanding of what first responders and medical staff will require. By having the right configuration to allow necessary additional supplies to fit into the case, you build in value and enhance your brand.


Custom equipment cases have to provide two different types of protection. First, they need to be designed to cushion and hold the specific medical equipment in place within the case. This will include creating padded or formed components on the interior or even providing individual compartments, pouches or slots for storage.

Sensitive types of equipment that may include computerized parts and calibrated elements will require a different type of padding and compartmentalization than equipment that is more durable and requires less specialized type of padding and protection.

The second type of protection is from damage from the outside. This will include being stored in ambulances or moved about in all types of weather and in all types of locations. EVA cases are a great option to provide both, but soft-sided canvas can also be an effective option for some equipment.

Weight and Portability

The weight of the equipment and the custom equipment cases also has to be considered. This is particularly important for first responders who may have to carry equipment a long distance for use.

Lightweight cases that minimize any additional pounds while also providing maximum protection for the device or equipment will always be a priority. Specialized types of straps, handles or even recessed wheels for moving larger equipment will all need to be carefully considered.


One of the design elements that may not be considered in custom equipment cases is the accessibility factor. It is essential that the case opens and closes in a way that is efficient for use in the field.

Cases that are difficult to get into or to get equipment out of are not an asset to end-users. Working with a design company that understand these issues and has the experience in design to create an efficient, protective and a unique case style can make a very big impact on the overall sales of any OEM medical device.