To avoid possible injury, keep your fingers clear of metal gears and other pinch points while they are moving.
- Never pick up the robot when it is moving.
- Be sure power is off when the robot is not in operation.
- Do not operate the robot in wet environments.
1. Personal Safety
The TETRIX® DC motors have a very powerful torque rating of 300 oz-in. Proper care must be taken to protect you as well as your assembly.
The robot should always be powered down before operating or working with any section of it.
Keep hair, clothing, and all parts of your body away from the moving components on the robot while it is turned on. This includes (but is not limited to) any motors, wheels, and gears that could start spinning.
2. Mechanical Safety
Never drive a smaller gear with a larger gear. Doing so risks exceeding the DC motor’s torque rating and damaging the inner gearbox (burning out the motor).
When two or more servo motors are used together, the centers must be identified and aligned so the motors will run on a common axis. If this is not
done, the servo’s motion may be hindered and moving parts damaged by contact with misaligned components.
3. Electrical Safety
Make sure the power supply is disconnected when wiring the DC Motor or Servo Controllers.
The battery should be positioned so it will not rub against sharp edges. A damaged, leaking battery is a safety hazard.
Never bypass the battery’s inline fuse. Doing so will damage your robot’s electrical components. To extend the life of the battery, don’t allow it to stay connected to the charger for extended periods of time.
Avoid running wires along pinch points. Sharp metal pieces and gears can damage the wires and their insulation, causing them to break or be exposed. When possible, run wires through metal tubing and wire-tie them to structural components.