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Old February 5th, 2018, 02:58 AM   #1
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Laptop Bag For PLC Programmers

Not sure if this is the right forum to ask.

What laptop bags do you guys use?
I currently use a roller type bag - swissgear. Itís nice to use but the wheels are taking a hammering and I believe it wonít last that long.

Want to switch to backpack but would like a good quality with lots of space for cables etc and should last a couple of years.

Any suggestions?

Was looking at the SwissGear Travel Gear 1900
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Old February 5th, 2018, 03:27 AM   #2
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Can't go far wrong with your Swissgear suggestion. A colleague has one and its very nice.

I have a Targus one, which is about 3 years old and coming up to retirement.
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Old February 5th, 2018, 05:55 AM   #3
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I like Eastpak and used one for a while, and although it has plenty of space, it doesn't have partitions.

One thing I found was that I would rather have a small backpack for the laptop and a couple of cables and carry all the rest in a separate bag. But I usually would fly an awful lot and carrying all of that on my back and through customs proved a challenge. Since I didn't carry any obsolete cables, I could live with losing them and it became the norm.

Also, the sites I worked at were dirty, so I wouldn't want to carry the backpack through the airport when someone dropped paint over it or was full of dust.
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Old February 5th, 2018, 05:57 AM   #4
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Anybody got experience with Thule backpacks as this type would be more accessible to me
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Old February 5th, 2018, 06:03 AM   #5
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Can't go far wrong with your Swissgear suggestion
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Thats all I use, they are made by far the best! we have been looking into becoming a distributor for them

See this link then click on the size of your laptop, I have the 1900

https://www.swissgear.com/backpacks/...ndly-backpacks
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Old February 5th, 2018, 06:09 AM   #6
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Want to switch to backpack but would like a good quality with lots of space for cables etc and should last a couple of years.
Not sure what PLC's you are working with but this is the reason we starting making what I call a System Integrator set, we were trying to come up with a small size carry cables

This one is for AB PLC's https://www.plccable.com/usb-allen-b...ing-cable-kit/

And our Profibus/MPI cable is a lot smaller and lighter then the Siemens one https://www.plccable.com/siemens-6gk...ppi-32-64-bit/
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Old February 5th, 2018, 06:30 AM   #7
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I've had good luck with High Sierra bags from ebags.com
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Old February 5th, 2018, 06:37 AM   #8
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Old February 5th, 2018, 06:38 AM   #9
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Old February 5th, 2018, 06:54 AM   #10
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And our Profibus/MPI cable is a lot smaller and lighter then the Siemens one https://www.plccable.com/siemens-6gk...ppi-32-64-bit/
When it comes to the MPI cables, it's the cable itself that becomes unwieldy and not the adapter, I found.

This being said, the adapter number you posted is, in my humble opinion, only good for setting stuff up in the office but not good at all for field application as I couldn't get it to work when connecting to a Profibus remote node. It works in the PLC only.

The even bigger ones, that have a din rail support work everywhere and are a blessing for maintenance or field engineers as you can plug anywhere on the network. I never bothered to look too deep into why there is a difference, but there is and can be a life saver in some cases.
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Old February 5th, 2018, 06:59 AM   #11
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I have had my Swissgear roller for at least 4 years, and it has been pretty well abused but still works good. I tried a backpack, but it really didn't offer enough protection for the laptop. I use the backpack for extension cord, cables, etc.
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Old February 5th, 2018, 07:22 AM   #12
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I'm a big fan of my backpack from ebags. It has a ton of zipper pouches to keep various kinds of dongles separate. It works for me because I don't fly much.
https://www.ebags.com/product/ebags/...uctid=10230513

There's also a bigger version that has a zip open TSA compliant laptop pouch and a bigger storage area (intended as an overnight bag for clothes but could easily be that cable stash).
https://www.ebags.com/product/ebags/...uctid=10586001
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This being said, the adapter number you posted is, in my humble opinion, only good for setting stuff up in the office but not good at all for field application as I couldn't get it to work when connecting to a Profibus remote node. It works in the PLC only.
Our version of the Siemens cable?
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Old February 5th, 2018, 09:19 AM   #14
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Our version of the Siemens cable?
No, the Siemens one that you listed (6GK1571-0BA00-0AA0).
I never used yours so have no clue how it actually works and whether it has the same "issue" as the official Siemens one.
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Old February 5th, 2018, 10:07 AM   #15
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I use a pelican u100. Watertight and crush proof.
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