is proud to present our "Functional Soil Sampler"!
animated Soil Sampler adjusts to fit most Tread Sections and arrives
fully assembled. Be sure
to read the online manual below to fully understand what is included
and what will be required for you to install it in your Robot. (A
printed version of the manual is included in your purchase.)
here for a short Windows Media demo video of the Soil Sampler
in action! SoilSampler.wmv
sure to read this entire page before placing an order!
The B9Creations Functional
Functional Soil Sampler(FSS) is a precision
made unit designed to duplicate the animated soil sampler used by
the Robot in the first season episode, “Island
in the Sky”. In this episode the Robot exits the Jupiter
II with instructions to analyze the alien planet’s environment. As the camera focuses upon the right tread section
of the Robot we see a small door slowly open and watch as a drill
tube extends out. As the
tube nears the soil it begins to spin, drilling into the alien planet. After taking the sample, the drill tube stops
spinning, retracts into the tread section and the cover closes.
Now, with the B9Creations FSS,
you can replicate that exciting scene with just the flip of a switch! The FSS is designed to mount inside the right
treadsection and requires only the hookup
of a 12 volt power supply and connection to an activation switch
(use of one of the three programming bay switches is suggested).
The FSS comes fully assembled and is adjustable to allow
installation in most tread sections.
It has been successfully installed in Norm Sockwell’s
aluminum tread section, Scott Sanderson’s steel tread section as
well as in Dana Covert’s aluminum treads (no longer available).
Installation in other tread sections should be possible but
may user require modification of the mounting hardware.
See the Installation section for mounting details.
The unit is constructed out of
precision laser cut
parts. The drill
tube has been CNC machined out of solid aluminum.
All parts have been anodized for a professional finish that
will not corrode. Two precision gear motors are used. One motor drives the extension & retraction
of the drill tube unit and the other spins the drill tube. The unit is activated by depressing a switch
or toggle for a couple of seconds.
After this you can step back and observe the entire cycle. No additional sensors or electronics are required, the FSS comes ready to go. As a safety feature, the drill extension connector
is designed to “pop off” if the movement of the unit is obstructed
during operation. (This feature is to help avoid accidentally taking
a sample of your foot, for example!)
Electronic interference from the motors is filtered by a
noise reduction capacitor on each motor.
This helps minimize electrical interference from the motors
which might cause static in the sound system or the neon to flash
when the soil sampler is in use.
The compact design allows all
components to operate below the level of the upper wheel axle bolts.
This is important if you wish to use these upper bolts when
mounting supports, etc. for the upper legs.
Also, the unit is designed to allow a person’s foot to fit
within the tread section if Robot is constructed as a costume suit.
(CraigR’s Robot is a costume. He demonstrated the use of the FSS
at FV2004, with an operator inside the Robot.)
There are several steps to installing the FSS. First it must be physically mounted. Second, testing and adjustment of the mounting
position to ensure proper operational clearances is required. And finally, wiring the unit to the power supply
and the activation switch finishes the installation process.
Take time to read through this
entire document before beginning.
It is important that you understand how the unit operates
and how its mounting position can be adjusted.
Failure to properly mount the unit could result in it binding
or jamming which may result in damage to the unit. Failure to correctly power the unit may also
Note that the unit is moved into
position through the bottom of the tread section.
If your Robot is already assembled, you will have to disassemble
it in order to give you full access to the tread section from all
sides. The side panel will
also need to be removed during the mounting and testing phase.
There are three axis
through which the unit may be adjusted.
First the width of the unit may be changed to allow
it to fit snugly between the inner vertical plates.
This adjustment is made by loosening the four Width Adjustment Screws. The
elevation(or height) of the unit may be
adjusted by use of the four Elevation
Adjustment Screws. The
FSS is attached to the tread via the four Attachment
Slots. These slots are designed such that the axle
bolts from the wheels extend through the slots and the axle nuts
then hold the unit in position.
Fore/aft position of the unit is determined as the unit slides
fore/aft on the axles that pass through the four Attachment
Use this photo to help identify
1, Determine and set the correct width adjustment.
Turn the tread section upside down.
Loosen the four Width
Set the FSS into place with the unit sitting up
out of the tread section and pointing aft.
As shown in this photo:
(You will need to ensure your axles extend far
enough into the interior of the tread section that you can put the
four slots over the axles and still attach the nuts.
If your axle bolts are not long enough you will need longer
ones. Axle bolts and nuts are not provided.) Secure the unit
in place with the axle nuts. Note
that you can now slide the upper portion of the FSS from side to
side a bit. Make sure the
upper portion is centered and then tighten the four Width
Adjustment Screws. Remove
the axle nuts and back the axles out far enough that you can remove
the FSS by sliding it straight up.
(See the above photo, hopefully a picture is worth a thousand
2, Mount the unit in position for initial testing.
The unit should arrive positioned to the highest
elevation position. The elevation
can be adjusted(if needed) using the four Elevation Adjustment Screws. Check
that the elevation is adjusted to the full up position (the “tallest”
With the four wheel axles backed out, slide the
unit into position carefully. While
holding it in place, insert the axle bolts fully so that they engage
the four Attachment Slots. Place
the axle nuts on the bolts finger tight. (See the photo below.)
This will allow you to easily loosen them and slide the unit
fore/aft as needed. To determine
the initial fore/aft position, hold the soil sampler door closed. Slide the unit forward until the tube contacts
the inside of the soil sampler door.
The best position for the unit is as far forward as it can
go but note that this position may not allow the soil sample door
to open fully. In my experience this is a good thing since
opening the door too far can result in the upper edge of the opening
scratching the paint on the door where it contacts.
3, Adjusting the final FSS position.
During this step we will be using a power supply
(12 volts DC) to momentarily
apply power in order to slowly “step” the unit through the extension/retraction
cycle. During this process we will be watching carefully to ensure clearance. If needed, the unit must be removed and adjusted
(elevation, or fore/aft position) to avoid binding.
I suggest using extra long wires
running from your power supply to the unit.
Note that your wiring harness has four color coded wires;
white, brown, yellow & green. For this test we will connect the white wire
to our positive
voltage (12 volts DC) and both the brown and green wires to ground
(GND). The yellow wire is not used.
Warning: When you hook the unit up in this manner it
WILL RUN CONTINUOUSLY when the power is on!
Set up the test so that you can quickly and easily
turn the power on & off. This
will allow you to apply power in small
steps to slowly move the unit through the entire
cycle. Continue to tweak
the unit’s overall position until you can run the entire cycle with
satisfactory clearance. Once
this final position is determined tighten down all the adjustment
screws and axle nuts.
Do NOT reverse the polarity of the power supply,
the unit will not function correctly in "reverse".
For final wiring you will need to connect the unit
to a fused, 12 volt DC power supply capable
of providing at least 1 amp of current.
Be sure to use an inline fuse (not provided) to protect your
motors in the event the unit becomes jammed.
Failure to use a fuse may result in permanent damage to the motor(s) if
it’s operation becomes obstructed! An inline fuse can be purchased at most electronic
supply stores such as Radio
Shack. The fuse should
be rated for 1 amp.
Connect the white wire to your
fused, 12 volt power supply.
Connect the brown wire to Ground.
Run the green & yellow wires
up to the programming bay and connect them to a single pole, single
throw, normally open switch (SPST N.O.).
I suggest using one of the three
toggle switches in the programming bay for this function.
You can use either a normal toggle switch or a momentary
(spring loaded to the N.O. position) toggle switch.
In either case, activating the switch for 1-2 seconds (Holding
it in the “on” position then returning it to the “off” position)
will start the drill extension cycle. Once activated the unit will
extend, drill and then retract, shutting off automatically. It is left up to you to determine what additional
wire, connectors, etc. are best for use in your particular installation.
Once properly installed, activation of the soil
sampler is done by simply holding the activation switch in the “on”
position for 1-2 seconds and then returning it to the off position.
If the unit is installed properly it will extend slowly,
pushing open the soil sampler door as it extends.
As the unit nears the last inch of extension the drill bit
will start spinning. It will continue to spin until the drill starts
retracting. As the unit is
pulled back into the stowed position the door should close due to
The unit should not require maintenance or lubrication
but should be kept clean.
Disclaimer: B9Creations has done its best to provide an
excellent product. However,
successful installation and use depends greatly upon the skills
and knowledge of the user doing the installation and we can not
be held responsible for any damage or loss due to incorrect installation.
We recommend you contact a reputable electrician if you have
any questions as to the proper wiring, etc.
If, after receiving and inspecting your FSS, you are not completely
satisfied then you may return it within 30 days for a full refund,
less shipping charges.