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Offline Hawaii596

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Traveling Cases for 5520A
« on: 04-04-2014 -- 18:40:04 »
Fluke 5520A that is used a lot on the road....  Anyone know if there is a "best fit" model foam lined transit case.

QUESTION 2:  Anyone know if there is perhaps a shock mount rack mount case ("militarized"/ruggedized sort of) for a Fluke 5520A.  This would be a form fitted type that fits exactly one 5520A with rack mounting hardware, and with the rack mount shock absorber isolated from the case.  This would be to keep it in the case all the time for a dedicated on the road unit.

If anyone knows particular models that are perfect for this application, please share.  I need to do this to a couple of units.
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Re: Traveling Cases for 5520A
« Reply #1 on: 04-04-2014 -- 20:12:15 »
We use Pelican cases for this type of equipment.
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Re: Traveling Cases for 5520A
« Reply #2 on: 04-04-2014 -- 21:56:29 »
aI like to use my old suitcase... Of course I hate my boss soooo
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Re: Traveling Cases for 5520A
« Reply #4 on: 04-07-2014 -- 03:05:07 »
We use Pelican cases for this type of equipment.
They work great, even as proection for shipping equipment off to cal
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Re: Traveling Cases for 5520A
« Reply #5 on: 04-07-2014 -- 12:50:19 »
Those carrying cases are a pain in the ass if you're onsite and have limited work space.  Pelican case is the way to go.
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Re: Traveling Cases for 5520A
« Reply #6 on: 04-07-2014 -- 15:14:14 »
For those of you who use pelican cases- Do you just carry it around in the case then remove it and set it up on the bench when you get there, or do you actually have it rack mounted inside the pelican case somehow?
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Re: Traveling Cases for 5520A
« Reply #7 on: 04-07-2014 -- 21:02:27 »
Thinking about getting either a transit case (foam lined for shipping, etc.) or rack mount case with shock absorbers.  According to some literature, the rack mount case is not adequate for shipping, which means, I think, it isn't as protective as the transit cases.

It is tempting to get the rack mount cases and leave the 5520A's in them on the road.  But may be a little of a pain taking up more bench space back home (and on the road).  The main goal is protection for many on-site trips.  These things are work horses that spend a lot of time on the road.  This is to protect their tolerance limits mostly.  I guess the question is, when is most of the wear and tear?  If it is while they ride in vans to on-site jobs, then transit cases may be a better answer (besides the ability to use them to ship in for cal each year).

Anyone have thoughts as to which may be the better of the two?  Not so concerned about minor price differences.  But I am concerned about making the choice that will do the best job to reduce wear and tear on them.
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Re: Traveling Cases for 5520A
« Reply #8 on: 04-08-2014 -- 02:06:17 »
When I was working for JDSU on their mobile cal team we had some  equipment in the rack cases and some in transit cases. Our stuff was shipped from point to point via UPS, we found that we had to pack foam blocks around the equipment in the rack cases to keep the racks from collapsing. The only advantage to the rack cases is you can be up and calibrating a lot quicker.
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Re: Traveling Cases for 5520A
« Reply #9 on: 04-08-2014 -- 16:39:56 »
I've toyed with the idea of using the sort of Anvil cases that bands use to transport their amplifiers, mixers and other sound gear. Bands tend to run on much thinner budgets (that usually comes out of the pockets of the band members), so they place more importance on taking care of their instruments, am I right?
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Re: Traveling Cases for 5520A
« Reply #10 on: 04-08-2014 -- 23:23:07 »
Between these replies and some other thoughts from other folks, I am leaning a little on the side of foam lined transit cases.  The number one priority here is protection, not convenience.  The rack mount cases would provide SOME protection and make a nice setup once we get to on-sites.  But the foam cases provide more protection.  And as far as on-sites, a criteria that needs to be considered is space.  We sometimes have minimal setup space (those of you experienced in on-sites I think know this).  And it would be nice to have cases to use to ship off for annual cal as well.
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