Method and Apparatus for Environmental Detection to Ensure Sufficient Pre-Power on Acclimation
Publication Date: 2015-Nov-30
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Described is a preventative method to acclimate systems.
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Method and Apparatus for Environmental Detection to Ensure Sufficient Pre - Acclimation
Systems may be exposed to drastic temperature and humidity changes during shipment to customers. Therefore, systems need to have sufficient acclimation processing time before being powered up. If a system is turned on prior to the sufficient acclimation period, thermal stresses or condensation could potentially lead to premature damage, degradation, or corrosion of the system. It is recommended that customers allow systems to acclimate for 48 hours prior to power on, but there is currently no mechanism to prevent customers from powering up a system prior to the completion of the acclimation. The core idea of this invention is detection of the temperature and humidity environment surrounding a system while it is powered off, such as during shipping, to prevent the system from being powered on prior to proper acclimation. This invention will utilize temperature and humidity sensors within or on the system that sends data to a device such as a controller which will determine if an environmental change had occurred that requires the system to be acclimated prior to power-on. If an acclimation period is needed, the controller will prevent power-up of the system until sufficient acclimation time has passed. The core idea of this disclosure could be applied to other electronic devices/machines that require environmental acclimation and is not limited to server systems, although that is example provided in the text of this disclosure.
The invention is to have temperature and humidity sensors within or on the system that sends data to temporary storage which is read by a device such as a controller (in power supply, existing standby service processor, etc.). The sensors would have their own power source such that they can be used while the system is off or unplugged. Once at the customer location, the controller could use its own power source such as battery or standby AC power supply. The controller would detect if the temperature and/or humidity had deviated from an acceptable range or underwent drastic changes during shipment. If the temperature and/or humidity change had reached an unacceptable level, the controller would not allow the system to power up. The controller...