A little Postal Update on 2 systems.

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The remediation people finally showed up at my site and did their survey. All the in house systems were said to be compliant with the exception of the Scan Where You Band (SWYB) system.

SWYB is the input scanning system which is used by remote sites to download flight manifest data to the Aircraft Contract Data Collection System (ACDCS).ACDCS is used to let the airlines know what type, poundage, and where the mail is to go. We were told SWYB will be upgraded later this year. What that means I have no idea.

As a side note, ACDCS has still not been "remediated". I've contacted my Bro's at The Maintenance Technical Support Center (MTSC)in Norman OK. and they can't give a date for ACDCS "remediation". I have been told on good authority that "they" will have the problem fixed later this year.

For what it's worth.

-- nine (nine_fingers@hotmail.com), July 10, 1999


nine, always read your informative posts with great interest. The thing that stood out the most to me was the comment "later this year". That phrase is on a real short fuse.


-- Ray (ray@totacc.com), July 10, 1999.


Appreciate the update. I guess the SWYB system would serve no purpose without the ACDCS? Which may explain a lack of urgency to get the SWYB system compliant. Any guess how badly the USPS would slow down if they had to resort to manual for the ACDCS? Wowser.

-- RUOK (RUOK@yesiam.com), July 10, 1999.

nin -- sorry to sound like an idiot, but can you be a little more direct with respect to what this (might) mean and, perhaps separately, your current gut feel about overall remediation for USPS?

-- BigDog (BigDog@duffer.com), July 10, 1999.

fwiw - my brother has been working on USPS remediation in the St. Louis area. He was let go when remediation was finished, and the money ran out. No, I have no idea what that means, other than he is working building houses now.

-- Mitchell Barnes (spanda@inreach.com), July 10, 1999.

Mitchell -- this thread is clear as mud. Which is it: was the remediation finished? Did the money run out? Or both?

-- BigDog (BigDog@duffer.com), July 10, 1999.

As far as the SWYB system goes, I think all they need to do is swap out the 386Everex machines with Pentiums. The reason it hasn't happened is the budget crunch the PO is going thru. When the rate increase happened last spring the revenue which was supposed to rebound back didn't. SO no extra moola for new PC's. The programing for it is a piece of cake(so I'm told). And as a non committed user I guess they are right. After all it's just a label printer program with a data base tied to it with the newest airline data to fill the fields.

As far as ACDCS goes, I don't have a clue because everyone I know who is in the know isn't talking. I do feel if they were done then there would be a blurb posted in the internal postal news papers. There's a LOT of mail flown around and it would be a HUGE feather in the cap of the guru who could fix it. So far NADA.

Other than ACDCS the word I get, which I'm inclined to believe, is the internal postal systems will work. There are some conveyor systems which are causing local problems but they are site specfic and the work arounds for that are already on board.(Christmas surge volume equipment/rolling stock etc).

So I'll sit and hope the contractors who haul the mail will still be able to haul it.

-- nine (nine_fingers@hotmail.com), July 10, 1999.

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