As the temperature drops this time of year, more and more issues with field gear start to happen. In order to ensure the best performance from your Trimble survey equipment, here are a few things to take into consideration when surveying through the winter months.
Batteries and power supply are the most common cause of failures in cold weather. If your batteries are two or more years old, they may be getting towards the end of their life and may fail in the cold weather. Along with replacing your batteries every couple of years, make sure they get fully charged every night, and try to keep your batteries warm. Also, when using a base receiver with external radio, it is recommended to use separate power supplies for both the base receiver and the external radio. This will ensure that both instruments get an ample amount of power to function properly.
Screen protectors should be changed every month of use. Make sure you are always using a good fresh screen protector to ensure you get the most out of your touch screen. If you are still using the “Javo Edge” brand screen protectors, it is recommended that you replace them with the latest “Screenguardz” or “Bodyguardz” brand screen protectors that we now carry. Unlike the Javo Edge screen protectors, these use a static method to attach to the controller, versus the adhesive method. This offers the same protection of the screen, but also eliminates controller display failures do to adhesive screen protectors.
Please remember, controller touch screens are sensitive electronic components. Their life span is defined by the number of times they are tapped on with the stylus. All of the functions in the Trimble survey software can be performed or accessed by using the key pad. The more you use the key pad, the less taps on the screen you will have, and the longer you will get out of the life of your controller display.
Cables can become stiff and brittle in cold weather. Carefully plug and un-plug cables from their respective units. Use care when coiling cables up, making sure to never fold or kink them. Be sure not to close the case lid on the cable. This could “crimp” or break the wires inside. Lastly, when working in the mud or snow, always check the cable ends for debris before plugging them in.
These are just some of the common cold weather issues that we come across every year with users in the field. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your local sales representative, or the technical support staff.