My millwrights/riggers made it to the lab this morning and they got the heavy lifting done in a safe and professional manner. Next steps are to get the basic control systems talking to each other and validating the precision (accuracy coupled with repeatability) of each of the 4 axises of motion. Down the road (next week) is the assembly of oil coolant and pneumatic drives, automatic tool changer, and a host of other punch-list items. The final part is the assembly of the chip bins/trays, main housing, and sliding safety doors within the enclosure. Also, I was supposed to receive a custom-order 6-axis MotoMan robot today (~$78,000.00 USD), air
freighted from Japan, but the freight company missed the school receiving deadline (no staff after 2:30 PM). They were supposed to deliver no later than 11:30 AM and I waited with a pallet jack and hydraulic lift until 3:00 PM; this one is on them!
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