Day 54: Comp Bot Assembly 8 – The Big Belt Package (2/26/2020)

Authors: Ritik Mishra


Today, we finally got our shipment from SDP/SI. If we had not contacted them about our belt shipment, it would have arrived in April, which is a ways away. 

Anyways, now that we have our belts, we installed as many as we could onto the comp robot, which ended up being

  • All intake belts
  • Bottom squeezer roller belt
  • Bottom hopper belt

The belts are quite tight, which is good for operation, but makes installation a little difficult. In any case, we’ll be able to install the rest of the belts shortly, including

  • Side hopper belts
  • Shooter belts

Above: A picture featuring the bottom hopper belt. It only has a small amount of clearance on the top side (shown) with the HDPE plate (maybe 0.020”), but clearance nonetheless. The bottom squeezer belt can be seen to the left hand side. 

Above: A picture of the bottom squeezer roller, with the timing belt visible.


Today, we put the following items onto the robot

  • Stored pressure gauge
  • Pressure switch
  • Working pressure regulator
  • Dump valve

They are all in a nice, neat line (pictured below)

They were also installed onto the robot (pictured below)

Core Values

The leads had a meeting to finalize our core value statements today. A long time ago in the fall, there was a team meeting to decide our core values. Eventually, we landed on 5 values agreed upon by both the mentors and the team. These values are 

  • Cooperation
  • Hard Work
  • Integrity
  • Competitiveness
  • and Fun

The core value statements are small paragraphs that describe why the value is important to Talon. These were successfully finalized today.

Scouting App

We began testing our homemade scouting app to find potential improvements today. This weekend, there will be a full test of the app on the LA North regional. Scouters will watch matches and use the app as if we were in a real competition. This way, we will be able to find important problems before we use the app in Duluth.

Here are some screenshots of the app. It looks similar to the custom app made for the 2019 offseason.

Quote of the Day: “Spare me the analysis” — Isaac Ash, after having an analysis provided to him about which team member submitted a strange robot name suggestion under an inappropriate name.