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CEC Shipping/Install Packaging System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016412D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Dec-11
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Document File: 3 page(s) / 509K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Today’s CMOS servers (Z series) have an upper and lower location for its central electronics complex (CEC) and I/O assemblies. The packaging system described (7335603) in this disclosure is used to safely transport this assembly to customer sites to perform upgrades (MES’s) and FRU (field replaceable unit) repairs in both the upper (in conjunction with a portable hoist) and lower location of the server frame. As a container for shipment, the packaging system is utilized by removing the plywood tube (2) /corrugated cap (1) from the pallet base. This base consists of a pallet section (6,7) and a plastic plate (5) with a steel cable sling (4) attached. The assembly is held to this pallet/plate with two machined wood hold downs (3) that are screwed in place. To finish the packaging, the tube/cap is placed back over the restrained assembly and held in place with two metal bands. 1 2

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CEC Shipping/Install Packaging System

  Today's CMOS servers (Z series) have an upper and lower location for its central electronics complex (CEC) and I/O assemblies. The packaging system described (7335603) in this disclosure is used to safely transport this assembly to customer sites to perform upgrades (MES's) and FRU (field replaceable unit) repairs in both the upper (in conjunction with a portable hoist) and lower location of the server frame.

As a container for shipment, the packaging system is utilized by removing the plywood tube (2) /corrugated cap (1) from the pallet base. This base consists of a pallet section (6,7) and a plastic plate (5) with a steel cable sling (4) attached. The assembly is held to this pallet/plate with two machined wood hold downs (3) that are screwed in place. To finish the packaging, the tube/cap is placed back over the restrained assembly and held in place with two metal bands.

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As an install tool for MES's (in the upper location), the packed assembly is butted up to the front of the frame and the plywood tube/corrugated cap is removed. A manual hoist is then attached to the top of the frame and the hoist's hook is lowered down and attached to the steel cable sling. Next, the plastic plate (that is integrated with this sling) is unscrewed from its pallet. The assembly is lifted slightly above its upper location level within the frame and the tube/cap is placed under the assembly, similar to a table. The assembly is then lowered onto the tube/cap and aligned with the frame for install. Using two people, the assembly is slid off the plastic plate into the frame.

As a removal/install tool for FRU shipments, a slave pallet with a plastic plate and sling are also shipped on top of the packed assembly. For lower location...