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Re: Accu-Votes failure in relation to temperature

From our (manufacturing/shipping) experience, the cold has never been associated with introducing fragility into the unit.  Most of our shipments experience cold weather, be it in the belly of a plane at 30,000 feet or in the back of a truck in the middle of a MidWest winter.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, February 19, 2000 7:07 PM
Subject: Re: Accu-Votes failure in relation to temperature

Larry: The units being acceptance tested were inside for 24 hours before the first test. They had been inside for 48 hrs plus prior to the second test. Is there a chance that the cold makes the read heads extremely fragile, and normal shipping procedures could then damage them?
Thanks: Don

Larry Dix wrote:

Don – 

I would hope that having them inside for 24 hours before testing would eliminate the temperature issue.I believe that this is indicative of the problem that is popping up in many locations and not related to temperature.

Larry J. Dix

Global Election Systems


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-support@gesn.com [mailto:owner-support@gesn.com]On Behalf Of Don Biszmaier
Sent: Wednesday, February 16, 2000 6:23 PM
To: support@gesn.com
Subject: Re: Owen Dunn Printers and Ian's Soapbox on Print Shop Certification


    Thanks for the input. Do you think this could be a problem with 24 units out of 149 that I had fail today? The units were stored in an unheated warehouse, but were inside for 24 hrs before testing. All would not take or reject ballots. 

Thanks Don

-----Original Message-----

From: Greg Forsythe <gfglobal@earthlink.net>
To: support@gesn.com <support@gesn.com>
Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2000 9:16 AM
Subject: Re: Owen Dunn Printers and Ian's Soapbox on Print Shop Certification

Hi Don

Living in a cold climate makes one conscious of condensation.  That poor frozen little Accu-Vote brought from 20F to probably 70+F would create all kinds of condensation on the circuit boards.  That's why they put little packages of silica gel into some electronic devices for shipping and storage.  Covered with moisture the circuit boards would either short out or cause erratic behavior.  A cold Accu-Vote should be warmed up for 2 hours before being turned on.  Twenty degrees F would not do good things for the life of the battery.

It sounds like the read head is suspect.  I bet if you swapped the read head (for a proven one) it would work like a charm.

My two cents worth