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Service Test of Ideographic Composing Machine
The Ideographic Composing Machine had the vocabulary to meet the current demands of psychological warfare; however, it failed to meet some of the stated requirements. The following deficiencies were noted: electrical components were susceptible to failure caused by power line surges and/or transients or brief power failures; approximately 1 percent of the ideographs could not be reproduced from the vocabulary; proper adjustment of the video read level control was not possible; it did not operate 180 hours without maintenance; it was not possible to determine if the film was correctly threaded in the camera; and switches not used by the operator during operation were not protected to preclude inadvertent activation. Several shortcomings were noted, principally in the areas of operational characteristics and human factors.
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