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5 Sided Free Standing Case   5 Sided Free Standing Case
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The 5-sided cases with acrylic vitrines are well suited for displaying smaller to medium sized objects and flat art. They offer 360° viewing and have flexibility in placement within the galleries. Cases typically have standard lift-off vitrines and are offered with hinged pneumatic lift-assisted access for the flat art type.

Cases are offered with many options to provide unique display and viewing techniques. Cases with large vitrines can have an optional removable front or side panel. These removable acrylic sides are uniquely precision-machined to interlock and close without visible hardware. There are various style bases, including the standard pedestal, stepped base, case on legs, and case on solid legs.

Our cases are constructed from recognized conservation materials. Any other materials inside the artifact area, such as the composite and select wood materials, are sealed to prevent off-gassing of formaldehyde and other contaminants. The artifact area inside the vitrine enclosure is isolated from the case base to address other conservation and security issues. The standard cases are then finished with water based low V.O.C. paint. Also custom finishes are available.

Vitrines in Proto Cases are precision made with cast acrylic with bubble-free polished joints. They come in standard thicknesses of 1/4 inch, 3/8 inch, and 1/2 inch. Both the vitrines and glass enclosures use cured silicone gasket materials.

Standard decks are fabricated from Medex, a fiberboard material, which is sealed and finished with a low V.O.C. paint. The decks are removable, yet are registered (blocked) for a fixed position. Alternate conservation materials and finishes are optional. A standard deck is capable of supporting up to 200 pounds.

Access to security hardware, desiccant chambers, and levelers is typically through the lower pedestal, either by means of a hinged panel or a lift off access panel.

Case Options
Vitrines
Vitrine Frames
Case Bases
Decks
Case Dividers
Labeling
Custom Finishes
Custom Designs

4 Sided Free Standing Case   4 Sided Free Standing Case
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4-Sided case with acrylic vitrines provide easier access for larger artifact objects, where the 5-sided vitrine cases need to lift over the artifacts. The case provides generous view on three sides. Interior back panel is removable and set into a structural frame. The back frame is integrated into the case base to provide a rigid structure. 4-sided cases can be free-standing floor cases or secured and trimmed to gallery walls.

Our cases are constructed from recognized conservation materials. Any other materials inside the artifact area, such as the composite and select wood materials, are sealed to prevent off-gassing of formaldehyde and other contaminants. The artifact area inside the vitrine enclosure is isolated from the case base to address other conservation and security issues. The standard cases are then finished with water based low V.O.C. paint. Also custom finishes are available.

Vitrines in Proto Cases are bubble-free cast acrylic with polished joints. They come in standard thicknesses of 1/4 inch, 3/8 inch, and 1/2 inch. Both the vitrines and glass enclosures use cured silicone gasket materials.

Standard decks are fabricated from Medex, a fiberboard material, which is sealed and finished with a low V.O.C. paint. The decks are removable, yet are registered (blocked) for a fixed position. Alternate conservation materials and finishes are optional. A standard deck is capable of supporting up to 200 pounds.

Access to security hardware, desiccant chambers, and levelers is typically through the lower pedestal, either by means of a hinged panel or a lift off access panel.

Case Options
Vitrine Frames
Case Bases
Labeling
Decks
Shelves
Custom Finishes
Custom Designs

5 Sided Wall Case   5 Sided Wall Case
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A 5-sided wall case is a typical wall-mounted case for flat or shallow art and small to medium objects. The inside back panel is removable to allow access for case installation, silica gel tiles and the installation of artifact mounts. All wall cases are provided with custom wall cleat frames for gallery installation and security hardware.

Proto also offers a unique 6-sided wall case which has a clear acrylic back that mounts with a set of aluminum stand-offs. The case is a precision machined acrylic case that interlocks and is secured with at least two security machine screws at the lower back edge.

Case Options
Vitrine Frames
Labeling
Shelves
Custom Finishes


4 Sided Wall Case   4 Sided Wall Case
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The 4-sided wall cases are typically used to display flat textiles, flat art, and smaller to large objects for displays on gallery walls. They offer close viewing and are shallow in depth.

Proto's 4-sided wall cases are built with a welded steel armature to provide support for heavier objects. They can easily handle larger objects where the vitrine size adds more weight to the case frame. The inside back panel is removable to allow access for case installation, silica gel tiles and the installation of artifact mounts.

Shallow desiccant chambers can be integrated into the lower frame with access through the bottom. Deck and back panels are both removable. Alternate materials and finishes are available.

Each case is provided with security hardware and a custom wall cleat frame for installation.


Case Options
Vitrine Frames
Labeling
Shelves
Custom Finishes

Glass Wall Case   Glass Wall Case
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Glass wall cases are used for all types of flat art, small and large objects, textiles, furniture, and other artifacts whether they are historic, art, or natural objects. The cases are built to be free-standing or attached to the gallery walls and offer large viewing areas. They are offered with Optiwhite or Starfire iron-free glass, tempered or laminated with optional ultraviolet filtering. The case typically provides large glass access panels with concealed hinges that open 90°.

Cases can have various security devices and can be sealed against contaminants or optional desiccant chambers for relative humidity control. They are provided with lower access panels for desiccants and upper access panels for case lighting. The interior has decks and/or back panels that are removable and offered with optional finishes and materials.

The cases structures have welded steel frames. These rigid steel frames ensure the stability required for the hinged glass access panel that has to maintain perfect registration.

Our cases are constructed from recognized conservation materials. Any other materials inside the artifact area, such as the composite and select wood materials, are sealed to prevent off-gassing of formaldehyde and other contaminants. The artifact area is isolated from the case base and canopy to address other conservation and security issues. The standard cases are then finished with water based low V.O.C. paint. Also custom finishes are available.

Glass enclosures use cured silicone gasket materials. Proto cases use iron free glass in standard thicknesses of 1/4 inch, 3/8 inch, and 1/2 inch as tempered or laminated.

Standard decks and panels are fabricated from Medex, a fiberboard material, which is sealed and finished with a low V.O.C. paint. The decks are removable, yet are registered (blocked) for a fixed position. Alternate conservation materials and finishes are optional. A standard deck is capable of supporting up to 200 pounds.

Access to security hardware, desiccant chambers, and levelers is typically through the lower pedestal, either by means of a hinged panel or a full extension drawer.

Case Options
Bases
Shelves
Case Lighting
Labeling
Decks
Custom Finishes
Custom Design

Free Standing Wall Case   Free Standing Glass Case
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Free-standing glass floor cases provide 360° of viewing. They are used for the display of large objects, textiles, and multiple artifacts. They are provided with large hinged access panels of glass and various optional security devices. The glass is iron-free Optiwhite or Starfire, tempered or laminated with optional UV filtering.

Cases can be illuminated and/or equipped with desiccant chambers through sealed slide out drawers.

Case structure consists of steel welded frames for the base and canopy sections with various styles and finishes being available.

Our cases are constructed from recognized conservation materials. Any other materials inside the artifact area, such as the composite and select wood materials, are sealed to prevent off-gassing of formaldehyde and other contaminants. The artifact area is isolated from the case base and canopy to address other conservation and security issues. The standard cases are then finished with water based low V.O.C. paint. Also custom finishes are available.

Glass enclosures use cured silicone gasket materials. Proto cases use iron free glass in standard thicknesses of 1/4 inch, 3/8 inch, and 1/2 inch as tempered or laminated.

Standard decks are fabricated from Medex, a fiberboard material, which is sealed and finished with a low V.O.C. paint. The decks are removable, yet are registered (blocked) for a fixed position. Alternate conservation materials and finishes are optional. A standard deck is capable of supporting up to 200 pounds.

Access to security hardware, desiccant chambers, and levelers is typically through the lower base, either by means of a hinged panel or a full extension drawer.

Case Options
Bases
Decks
Lighting
Labeling
Custom Finishes
Custom Design

Built In Wall Case   Built In Wall Case
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Built-in cases are typically installed in gallery walls and are shallow in depth. They are used for textiles, flat art, and small to medium objects. They have framed glass access panels that are hinged to swing out 90° or have an assisted pneumatic hinged frame that opens 60°.

They have access to canopy lighting and desiccant chambers. The deck, back, and side panels are all removable and can be provided in various materials and finishes. The case frames are extruded aluminum, which is assembled or welded and is also offered in various finishes.

Our cases are constructed from recognized conservation materials. Any other materials inside the artifact area, such as the composite and select wood materials, are sealed to prevent off-gassing of formaldehyde and other contaminants. The artifact area is isolated from the wall structure and canopy to address other conservation and security issues. The standard cases are then finished with water based low V.O.C. paint. Also custom finishes are available.

Glass enclosures use cured silicone gasket materials. Proto cases use iron free glass in standard thicknesses of 1/4 inch, 3/8 inch, and 1/2 inch as tempered or laminated.

Standard decks and panels are fabricated from Medex, a fiberboard material, which is sealed and finished with a low V.O.C. paint. The decks are removable, yet are registered (blocked) for a fixed position. Alternate conservation materials and finishes are optional. A standard deck is capable of supporting up to 200 pounds.

Case Options
Decks
Shelves
Case Lighting
Labeling
Custom Finishes
Custom Designs

Furniture Case   Case on Furniture
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Proto offers four different styles of cases. These cases are used in displaying artifacts on furniture artifacts or display furniture. They are viewable from 360° and used typically for the display of smaller objects.

Case style #1 has a shallow vitrine frame and a variety of raised case decks with sloped faces. The inset deck is removable and the case riser provides a cavity for the desiccant.

Case style #2 is an all acrylic case with a 3/4" or 1" thick acrylic base. All seams and joints are polished. The vitrine is secured with hardware that is tapped into the acrylic base.

Case style #3 offers a shallow vitrine frame or base plate and is provided with a removable deck. The vitrine is secured through the frame using various types of security screws.

Case style #4 is similar to case style #1 with a custom vitrine frame profile constructed from hardwoods, acrylic, or aluminum. The deck is removable and the vitrine is typically secured through the frame.

All four types of cases on furniture can be provided with Volara or an Ethafoam sheet to separate the case from the furniture.

Case Options:
Decks
Labels
Custom Finishes

Wall Shelf Case   Wall Shelf Case
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We have four types of wall shelf cases to offer. Each type displays small objects and/or small flat art objects. They have internally secured vitrine access through a sealed access panel on the bottom of each case. Vitrines are the lift-off type and are 5-sided. Cases provide chambers for desiccant with access through the bottom.

These cases are engineered to be rigid and all have internal welded steel frames that distribute the weight to the case back.

A full size wall plate attached to the wall structure is provided for the installation.

Wall cases are offered for case viewing from the top only, top and front, and top, front and two sides. They can have a removable flat, sloped, or raised deck with sloped face and inset deck.

Case Options
Labeling
Custom Finishes
Custom Designs


  Plinths
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Plinth bases provide platforms for the display of a single or multiple objects. They offer 360° viewing and offer flexible positioning in the gallery. Optionally, these bases can be engineered with concealed steel structures or additional framing, to support objects of hundreds to thousands of pounds if required.

Removable decks are provided for objects with custom mounts to be mounted prior to the installation in the gallery. Plinths and pedestals with small footprints that are top heavy can be offered with access panels to install ballast to ensure stability.

Our cases are constructed from recognized conservation materials. Any other materials inside the artifact area, such as the composite and select wood materials, are sealed to prevent off-gassing of formaldehyde and other contaminants. The standard plinths are then finished with water based low V.O.C. paint. Custom finishes are also available.

Plinths are fabricated from MDF, a fiberboard material, which is sealed and finished with a low V.O.C. paint. The decks are removable, yet are registered (blocked) for a fixed position. Alternate conservation materials and finishes are optional. A standard plinth is capable of supporting up to 200 pounds.

Access to security hardware, desiccant chambers, and levelers is typically through the lower pedestal, either by means of a hinged panel or a lift-off panel.

Case Options
Base
Labeling
Dividers
Custom Finishes
Custom Design