Y Case – premium microclimate case for sensitive and valuable objects

Y Case

The Y Case is a 100% archival microclimate case with a silica gel chamber below the removable deck.  We offer standard designs, but we do not have standard sizes. We manufacture each case  to your size requirements.

Archival materials

We use only inert materials for the Y Case; it will not off-gas or otherwise damage your objects. Each Y Case has microclimate capability. This means you can maintain a Relative Humidity inside the case that is different  than that of the surrounding area.  Y cases typically have an air exchange rate between .75 and .5/day. Silica gel access is via a sealed port within the pedestal, accessible by a locking cabinet door.


SmallCorp is well-known for the quality of our acrylic vitrines.  On the Y Case, you lift the vitrine to access your object.  The vitrine sits on an archival gasket to create a seal. We manufacture museum quality acrylic vitrines from clear and UV filtering acrylic, and from Optium Museum Acrylic®.

Object Deck

The Y case features a removable object deck.  We offer several archival deck options. Our standard ODP deck consists of dibond and aluminum, wrapped in fabric. Our ethadeck uses the ODP deck as a base and includes a layer of pinnable ethafoam beneath the fabric.  We also make object decks out of HDPE, expanded PVC and other materials.  We offer standard fabrics or we can work with those that you specify.


We finish Y case pedestals with latex paint or wood veneer. An internal leveling/weight plate and silica gel chamber are housed within a locking cabinet in the base.  The powdercoated aluminum collar captures the vitrine and accommodates the hidden pneumatic locking system.

Microclimate Case Options

Y Cases may include interior or external label rails, and are frequently outfitted with LED lighting systems.

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