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Banding to prevent system DOAs in the field

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237762D
Publication Date: 2014-Jul-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 19K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to place a strap around a unit’s split chassis in order to prevent separation during system shipment and reduce the risk of a system dead-on-arrival (DOA) situation at the customer location.

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Banding to prevent system DOAs in the field

Computer systems often encounter issues during transit to customer locations. Specifically, a split chassis design during shipment can separate enough to cause a system dead-on-arrival (DOA) situation at the customer location. This situation can also cause a planar to become disengaged, which allows damage to occur to the mid plane. The damage is not repairable in the field. All damaged Field Replaceable Units (FRUs) then have to be replaced.

A method is required to keep the split chassis design from moving out of specification during shipment. A cardboard block along with foam packing is the current method. DOAs are still occurring with this current cardboard and foam method.

The solution is to place a single shipment band or strap of nylon or plastic around the circumference of the system (i.e. applied to the sides running front to back) during final manufacturing packaging. This can ensure that the system split chassis does not separate during shipment to the customer. Once the system arrives at the customer location, the band can be removed. This approach should prevent system DOAs.

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