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Ira
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Drop detector technology
      #5687806 - 02/18/13 09:02 PM Attachment (19 downloads)

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.

/Ira


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wolfman_4_ever
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Re: Drop detector technology new [Re: Ira]
      #5687812 - 02/18/13 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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Ira
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Re: Drop detector technology new [Re: wolfman_4_ever]
      #5687814 - 02/18/13 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.

/Ira


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Ira
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Re: Drop detector technology new [Re: Ira]
      #5687817 - 02/18/13 09:07 PM

Hmmm...seems to be pretty cheap.

http://www.apakinc.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=APAJ...

/Ira


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Re: Drop detector technology new [Re: Ira]
      #5687953 - 02/18/13 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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Ira
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Re: Drop detector technology new [Re: GUNER]
      #5688012 - 02/18/13 10:55 PM



Maybe that's why no one uses them.

/Ira


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ahopp
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Re: Drop detector technology new [Re: Ira]
      #5688019 - 02/18/13 11:00 PM

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

Tony


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Re: Drop detector technology new [Re: Ira]
      #5688026 - 02/18/13 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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Re: Drop detector technology new [Re: Ira]
      #5688561 - 02/19/13 09:41 AM

Quote:


Have you seen these yet?
/Ira




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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Re: Drop detector technology new [Re: JAT Observatory]
      #5688743 - 02/19/13 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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