This page will feature the accomplishements and projects of the 2017-2018 team as they develop an ROV for the 2018 MATE competition.
The images below show the first iteration of a potential future frame design. One goal with this iteration was to design an ROV that is easy to maintain. Several features of this design were inspired by Shigeo Shingo’s Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED) system to reduce set-up time. These features include the use of milled U-slots instead of drilled holes, the use of wing nuts instead of hex nuts and the use of two washers underneath each nut to reduce friction.
(1) View of the frame, the pressure case and the L-bolt.
(2) The pressure case is set on the frame.
(3) The pressure case is slid forward on the frame, held in place by the rod at the front.
(4) The pressure case is secured with an L-bolt and wing nut.