This is my first year being a lead pneumatics person and I was wondering if anyone knew any of the questions that are asked about pneumatics during inspection. Also what are somethings they check for? Thanks for the help!
And the makes an inspector happy list:
Use large gauges so we don’t have to go blind reading your pressures
Making everything easily accessible makes it easy to see if setup is correct and to test shorting system to check pressure relief valve
Thank you very much
Any idea what questions judges will ask?
I can’t give you any actual questions since I don’t judge, but if I saw the system not connected to any major subsystem (shooter/collector/climber) I would ask what are you doing with it and why you made that choice. This also applies to a team where the students are feeling/looking a little stressed. Getting them to start talking about their robot and show it off does wonders some days to make an inspection go quicker and smoother by getting them to open up and feel more comfortable. And it makes the inevitable teaching moment worth a lot more when they are in a place to accept constructive criticism/advice.
Keep in mind there are robot inspectors, who wear bright green hats, and inspect the robot to make sure it meets the rules. Then there are judges, who wear blue shirts, and talk to the team about the robot, and team things, etc. They decide which teams get which awards, and really have not much to do with the actual robot competition.
These are two completely different sets of people.
Do you know what they would ask and want to know?
I ask simple questions about the system to make sure it meets the rules and is safe to operate. Questions include locations of items, pressure ratings, modifications, types of regulators, demonstrations of dump valve location and access, relief valve settings, etc.
Also put those gauges where we can see them at the same time, ideally without having to get into a weird position or look through half the robot to get a reading (which can get a little challenging when we get into the multifocal lenses).
At DMR today, the average age of all robot Inspectors is north of 50.
Please, make it easy for us to see everything with our bifocal safety glasses.