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Before Your Robot Goes Into Your Crate

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  • Before Your Robot Goes Into Your Crate

    A few things to think about before your robot goes in the box:

    1. Take lots of close-up, detailed pictures. Even if you have excellent CAD models, pictures are invaluable for planning changes to the robot.

    Also, it avoids the question "did we ship the <insert your favorite part here> or did we withhold it?".

    2. Consider how fast you will be able to install withheld items on Thursday morning. Many teams have ignored the fact that qualification matches for many regionals will begin on Thursday afternoon this year.

    3. Complete your BOM while the robot is in front of you.

    4. Use the Inspection Checklist and do a dry run of the items. You will be amazed at how many seemingly small items get missed.

    Note that this list will change a bit over the next few weeks but these should not be huge changes.

    5. Take great care in securing the robot in the crate. Many teams have opened their crate at the event to find that their robot broke loose during shipping.

    Also take care to properly secure all other items in the crate such as batteries and operator consoles.

    6. Make sure that any stored energy devices are completely neutralized. Besides being a safety hazard going into and out of the crate, some springs may suffer permanent deformation during storage.

    7. Use bungee cords or other suitable devices to secure "bouncy" items such as robot arms or kickers.

    Experienced veterans: Please feel free to add to this list.



    Post Script: Did I mention to take lots of pictures?
    Mike Betts

    Alumnus, Team 177, Bobcat Robotics, 1995 - 2010

    As easy as 355/113...