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#1 Ira

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:02 PM

Here's something I'd never seen before. On the JTW Astronomy Facebook page today they had a photo of a new accelerometer that serves as a drop detector for packages. If the G forces go above a certain level, apparently the detector goes off, alerting the recipient to a potential problem. Plus the shipper is on notice that they've caused a problem.

Have you seen these yet?

It would be great if all retailers started using these for fragile goods.

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#2 wolfman_4_ever

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:04 PM

Been around for years in the Information Technology high end equipment boxes.. I first saw one about 12 years ago.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:06 PM

Has the price come down so it can be used for cheaper gear? JTW makes some expensive cameras, but I've never seen any astro shipper use it, even for quite expensive items.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:07 PM

Hmmm...seems to be pretty cheap.

http://www.apakinc.c...re_Code=APAJ...

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:22 PM

I used a few on my Meade 12" when I shipped it to Dr. Clay. They all came back shattered or ripped off.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:55 PM

:roflmao:

Maybe that's why no one uses them.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:00 PM

I have also seen 'tip sensors', notifying you how far an item was tipped during shipment.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:02 PM

They don't get used much on the outside of the box.. that's usually a bullseye that screams "please drop me!!"

It makes filling a claim with the shipper a lot easier..

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:41 AM

Have you seen these yet?
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We have been using them for as long as I can remember. All of our flight hardware is packed with them. That includes full spacecraft or just flight boxes. We also use temp and humidity sensors during shipment. Believe it or not we've sometimes use UPS as our spacecraft shipper. No brown trucks for the spacecraft but we do use their planes for some of the smaller non-military birds.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:54 AM

My LX200GPS came with one of these probably 10 years ago now. Probably would be something good to add to OTAs. I had one OTA broken in shipment. The box looked fine and I know how to pack things right, so it must have just taken a hard enough straight drop to break the corrector. Of course the shipping will always say that it must have been shipped broken.






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