As was the case last year, slots for Chairman’s and Dean’s List interviews will be assigned randomly and will be available at Pit Admin. Note that the first interviews will be at 9:40 AM on Saturday so check early! If you need to switch a slot, please find another team or student to switch with and then notify Pit Admin of the switch.
Lead Robot Inspector notes
The primary goal of our Robot Inspectors is to ensure that every team passes inspection before the pits close on Friday. Our secondary goal is making the primary goal as educational and fun as possible for everyone. Inspections are performed to ensure safety and fair play for the teams. Section 9 of the Game Manual specifies Robot Rules which for the basis for the Robot Inspection Checklist. Section 10 describes inspection and eligibility to participate in matches – please review them.
Here are a few reminders and tips to speed up the inspection process:
1) Remember there is no more “Bag-and-Tag!” This means no more Robot Lock-up Form, no robot bag inspections, and no “withholding allowance” weigh-in.
2) During load-in (Thursday, 6 pm – 8 pm and Friday, 7:45 am) no more than 5 team members (with safety glasses) can bring in robot and pit items. Teams are only allowed to setup pits at load-in time. We encourage teams to complete pit setup on Thursday pm to reduce traffic and unsafe activities on Friday. No robot work is allowed until pits open (Sat 8:30 am).
3) Please bring your OpenMesh Wireless Bridge (P/N: OM5P-AN or OM5P-AC), (radio) to the Radio Configuration Kiosk near the inspection station. Radio configuration should take less than two minutes.
4) After radio configuration, Robot Inspectors conduct a safety check of the robot before their first practice round on the field, consisting of the following items: Verify Driver Station Firmware, RoboRIO image (updated!), Talon SRX, and other firmware versions, and Team Number. Inspectors will check for unsafe conditions at the same time. You will need a Preliminary Inspection plus radio configuration to enter the field for practice matches.
5) As soon as possible on Friday morning, please bring robot to the inspection area for the Initial Weight and Size Inspection. You should weigh all components planned for your various robot configurations (150 lb for all components, robot weight is limited to 125 lb for a given configuration). You can come back again later as you modify your robot, but we need to know if any robots need to shed pounds or inches as early as possible.
6) Students (not mentors) should interact with the Inspectors. We prefer to talk to the student leads for Mechanical, Electrical and Pneumatic Systems. Students should be familiar with the 2020 FRC Inspection Checklist posted on the FIRST website with the Game Manual.
7) Teams are encouraged to get their robot inspected early. Robots do not have to be “finished” in order to be inspected. After the Preliminary Inspection, Inspectors will complete as much of the inspection checklist as they can at each visit, help the team identify any additional work that needs to be done to pass inspection, and recommend other teams with resources that might be helpful. Teams need to pass the full inspection to get in the open queuing line for practice matches on Friday and to participate in qualification matches on Saturday. NOTE: Teams not completing inspection by 5 pm on Friday will not be permitted on the practice field.
8) The Robot Bill of Materials (BOM) compliant with R11-R13 must be presented in printed or electronic form at the time of Inspection. Teams are encouraged to use the BOM Template posted on the FIRST website with the Game Manual. Current year quantities of items in KOP (including rookie KOP), items from FIRSTChoice or purchased with virtual KOP vouchers (including Andy Mark drive chassis kit opt-out) are not cost accountable ($0.00), but still must appear in the BOM. Individual items less than $5 are not required to be entered in the BOM. Inspectors will pay special attention to identify higher-cost COTS items (gearboxes, cameras/sensors, electronics boards) on the robot.
9) All pneumatic components must have manufacturer ratings of at least 125 psi (>70 psi for components downstream of the regulator) and may not be altered.
10) Important note: All robots must be re-inspected after any changes (except those specified in Section 10, Rule I4, A-F).