Protocase delivers a whole new experience to engineers and design professionals by delivering custom electronic enclosures with unmatched speed, simplicity and service.
The History of Protocase
"At Protocase, we're changing the way that engineers and designers think about electronics enclosures."
The Story Behind Protocase
Protocase is rooted in the work experience of our founders, both of whom were engineers. One worked in product development and low volume manufacturing, and the other in R&D. In 1999, they had a casual conversation with a third engineer, about how difficult it was to get a metal shop to build a run of 10 custom rackmounts. He had found a metal shop to take the work, but they couldn't paint it. He found another shop who would powdercoat it, but they couldn't silkscreen. He was frustrated over the wasted time and effort, and they talked about just buying off-the-shelf enclosures. But it takes so long to customize them, and you usually do damage to the paint.
This story resonated with our founders, who had experienced the same pain in their working lives. So we built a unique business that provided fully finished custom enclosures with a 2-3 day turnaround, no minimum orders, and super service from sales and tech. It was built on deeply lean manufacturing and carefully designed processes, but most of all, never losing focus on the fact that we are here to help our customers get their jobs done, fast and simple.
Although we started with a handful of local customers, the concept took off. We now have over 100 employees and 8000 loyal customers who work for organizations that range from small businesses to the best known technology companies and research institutes. They come from the United States, Canada, UK, and all over the world, including Asia and Australia.
But at the end of the day, it is the experience that we deliver that keeps our customers coming back again and again. We invite you to check out what they have to say, but most of all, we hope you'll work with us next time you need enclosures so you can experience the difference for yourself.
Steve Lilley, P. Eng. (Mechanical)
President and Cofounder
On procuring enclosures for manufacturing:
Vision for Protocase:
Doug Milburn, Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering)
Cofounder and Director of Sales and Marketing
On buying enclosures for R&D:
His vision for Protocase: