Business Notes – Issue 28, 2014

AutomationDirect supplies automated trophies for state robotics competition 

AutomationDirect has supported competitive robotics at the local, regional and national levels for many years. This past year, in addition to sponsoring the annual Georgia Robotics Invitational Tournament and Showcase (GRITS) competition, AutomationDirect also provided the very unique trophies awarded to the winners.

GRITS is a one-day event, produced by GeorgiaFIRST Robotics, the arm of US FIRST that promotes FIRST Robotics Competitions (FRC) in Georgia. This year’s event, “Ultimate Ascent”, took place at the World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia on Oct 5th, 2013.

This year’s trophy design grows to almost twice its starting height with the flip of a toggle-style hand lever pneumatic valve. The cylinders, regulators, valves and fittings used to animate the trophies are all part of the NITRA™ line of pneumatics offered by AutomationDirect; two dial pressure gauges are from the ProSense™ family of process control and measurement devices. Each trophy is fitted with an on-board air tank, allowing the trophy to operate 10-15 times before being refilled with air. The trophies are topped with the same Frisbee game element used by the robotics teams in the competition. Trophies were awarded to the competition winners (an alliance of three robotics teams), as well as team awards for Spirit and Outreach. But, perhaps the most sought after trophy was awarded to the team that embodied the unique FIRST concept of Coopertition®.

According to the FIRST Web site, “Coopertition is displaying unqualified kindness and respect in the face of fierce competition. Coopertition is founded on the concept and a philosophy that teams can and should help and cooperate with each other even as they compete.”
See the trophies in action…

 

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