Following are the minutes from the last MADE Equipment Group meeting, held Thursday,
1. Discussion on project scope: Our group agreed the scope of this
initial project would be more "process" orientated rather than
quantitative. In other words, we want to limit the scope to test the
process of collecting good data, instead of focusing solely on
capturing lots of data. Therefore, we would like to see 5-6 shipments
with one "package" through the FedEx environment, and 5-6 shipments
with one "package" through the UPS environment. One shipment will
consist of one complete roundtrip. The packages will not be opened
until the end of the shipment.
2. Discussion on the "package": We agreed each package will consist
of one IST EDR-3 recorder, and one Lansmont SAVER. The units will be
packaged side by side, protected to a 50 G, 48" drop criteria. A big
thanks to Herb, who has generously offered to build the packages.
Herb, we will take you up on your offer. Lansmont and IST will send
one recorder each to Herb to be packaged (date to be determined).
First, insurance details need to be worked out to compensate in case of
loss or damage. Otherwise, the recorders are ready to be sent. The
Equipment Group recommends modeling the package for a 70 lb product,
but we will follow the results from John Cornell's 25 lb vs 70 lb
survey. The box will be white (no dioxins, of course).
3. Discussion on recorders: Agreed to use Pacific Standard Time as
the default time/date setting. For optimal results, IST recommends
using only EDR recorders having a 50 G full scale maximum. In parallel
to the first test shipment, we agreed to sanction lab testing of both
recorders, to better understand how each records and reports data. I
will write the test plan, and have the HP Quality Assurance Group do
the testing. I will then make the report available to MADE. Expected
completion date for this testing is end of November. One SAVER and one
EDR-3 from HP divisions will be used for testing.
4. Results of data recorder survey: 15 responses indicating recorders
available for use. 8 Savers, 5 EDR-3s, 100 G full scale, and 1 EDR-3,
50 G (maybe 500) full scale. Only the 50 G full scale would be used
for the study.