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Offline cborskyTopic starter

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Cleaning of old robotic arm
« on: April 10, 2012, 05:22:37 PM »

(This is background information, you can skip it if you'd like to save some time, question is after the 3 white spaces)

I was recently given a Scrobot ER-III from a friend, but most of it is rather dirty.
I will be building a control panel (I have circuitry planned out, just have to plot it down on a couple perfboards and debug or add components from there) and cleaning the arm.

What are a few methods of cleaning mechanical structures safely?
The arm has 6 motors: body; upperarm; forearm; wrist-pitch; wrist-roll; gripper. I haven't tested these motors yet, but they're 12vDC as far as I know.
There is an attachment on the back of each motor to figure out its position through the use of LEDS and phototransistors. On the front of each motor, there is a gearbox.

I have not taken any detail on the amount of muck that's on the arm, nor the majority of cleaning that needs to be done.

Here's a link to an image of the SCORBOT:
And here's a link to another, close up of the pulley system:

I am just looking for some advice on cleaning mechanical parts, gearboxes, and safely testing motors and phototransistors.

Any advice/help would be appreciated!
Thank you,

Offline Soeren

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Re: Cleaning of old robotic arm
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2012, 11:39:45 PM »

You can get various degreasing sprays that foams up on contact and then left to do its work for some time (read the specifics on the product). they make it a breeze to clean complicated structures, just hose off and leave it to dry - remember to lube up where needed.

However, you need to make sure it's not harming the material of the timing belts, so read the labels carefully.
I used a spray like that for cleaning out guns (in a distant time as a pro soldier) immediately followed by a coat of Gunol (a weapon spray lube).

Personally, I'd demount the arm from the base plate, remove the belts and soak it in a detergent for some hours (or a day), but the paint may take offense.

Whatever method, remember to flush it thoroughly and lube up the relevant parts afterwards!

A rather fast and fairly heavy robot with quite large wheels needs what? A lot of power?
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