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 are 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 more than 300 employees on our team, and 16,000+ loyal customers who work for organizations that range from small businesses to the best-known technology companies and research institutes. They are based in the United States, Canada, UK, and all over the world, including Asia and Australia.
But at the end of the day, it is the unparalleled simplicity, service and speed that we deliver that keeps our customers coming back again and again. Check out what some of our customers have to say about their experience with Protocase. We hope you'll work with us next time you need custom sheet metal, CNC machined or 3D printed enclosures, panels or parts (whether in quantities small or large), 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)
Protocase Co-founder and Vice-President
On buying enclosures for R&D:
His vision for Protocase: