Unplanned costs are a burden to any business, and the replacement of damaged devices is no exception. Whether due to the stress of drops, vibrations, extreme temperatures or moisture, the end result is the same: companies have to reinvest time and money into a new device — and even when the delivery issue is addressed, the customer relationship still remains scarred.
While silicone skins are valued as a protective layer for iPhones, they serve the same purpose for other ruggedized and handheld devices, thermal imaging equipment, spectrometers and heart monitor sensors (to name a few examples). And when these lightweight, heat-resistant skins are customized specifically to your product and your brand, the opportunities are endless.
Microphone Transmitter Silicone Skin
With plastic bags and duct tape often used to protect sound equipment during hurricanes, a manufacturer of wireless products wanted to help news and weather agencies block out moisture and prevent the microphone system from shorting out. Not to mention, they were spending thousands of dollars replacing damaged microphones. This initiative led the business to reach out to Cases By Source for a custom watertight casing.
The customer came to us with the idea for silicone skins that would protect transmitters — the bottom rectangular piece that plugs into the microphone and relays the audio to the rest of the communications system. While we had ample experience making silicone skins for clients, this was the first case where a watertight seal was needed.
The Cases By Source team worked with the client to create a two-piece silicone casing. One silicone skin covers the actual transmitter, while a second goes on the bottom of the microphone and rolls up onto the other to establish a watertight seal. The silicone skin was designed and manufactured to have all the openings needed to allow the microphone to screw into the transmitter and for wires to extend out from the microphone.
With a skin-on-skin solution to ensure total protection, news and weather agencies were able to avoid shorts during Hurricane Dorian and ensure that the audio equipment worked as it should. This innovative skin offers great protection for rainstorms, snowstorms and other environments where moisture can cause disruption.
For quantities as low as 500 units (or larger production runs), Cases By Source can design and manufacture custom silicone skins with quick turnaround times. Once we receive your parts or 3D files, the "design to your door" process takes only a few weeks. Check out the interactive chart below for standard and expedited timelines (and yes, pricing will vary).
"CBS's solution to our problem was so innovative! A protective silicone skin is now saving us thousands of dollars in replacing damaged equipment."
Sometimes your device will need increased protection in sensitive areas — usually around corners and edges. We can provide extra cushioning from drops and heavy everyday usage.
The thickness of your skin can be customized to the protection needed for your device. A thinner thickness may work best to protect from scratches. Thicker walls can add shock absorption.
You want your device to stand out and for your branding to shine bright. Logos and design features that are indelibly molded into your silicone skin are great ways to give your product branding power.
The color of your skin can be made to fit any PMS color. You can set the color to reflect your company branding or give your end users as many color options as possible to express their own style.
Open windows for touchscreens, to co-molded transparent silicone material, or clear injection molded plastic inserts — there are many ways we can protect your screen without reducing functionality.
Your device needs access points for functionality. We can create cut-aways, ports, and flaps for an uninterrupted user experience. Protecting your device does not have to limit its functionality.
Tell us about your needs, and Cases By Source will come back with a quote for your application.