Nick Larson

Designing for Challenging Environments

Our team puts a lot of time and effort into testing every RIGID ROBOTICS’ product before it arrives at a mine site. This is because products used in mining are subjected to conditions that are much harsher than those typically found in other industries. Aside from high levels of dust and limited protection from the elements, the equipment used for mining often produces powerful vibrations and high temperatures.

Most commercial products will fall apart within minutes on a Caterpillar D10 Dozer, which is a vehicle notorious for the harsh vibrations it produces. While some manufacturers may test products in isolated vibration conditions, very few also test the connectors, attached cables, and other accessories such as antennas. Unfortunately, these cables and connectors are often the first point of failure in mining environments.

RIGID ROBOTICS’ Approach

Our mechanical systems team, led by Thomas Huryn, takes every component into account throughout product development, from conception to production. At the earliest product stages, we use state-of-the-art finite element analysis to engineer our products to achieve a 15G shock rating.

The team then uses a custom vibration test stand to discover whether any components will fail or weaken under the stress of both continuous and variable vibrations.

We subject products such as trackPIN™ (shown in the video) to harsh vibrations at a range of frequencies and amplitudes. These tests are the designed to match the power spectral density profiles outlined in MIL-STD-810 G.

If any issues are revealed, we iterate on the engineering design, selection, and testing process until products are performing to the highest standard. We only begin production of a product once several prototypes have completed this process.

This attention to detail is just one part of what separates RIGID ROBOTICS from other companies. Contact us today to learn more.