The mobile robot MP-500 is packed in a rugged wooden box which can be reused for future transports. If the original box cannot be used anymore it is recommended to build a new box of similar design.
The base plate of the box has to be strong enough to carry the robot and to take asymmetric forces, e.g. when moving the box with a forklift. When packing the robot it has to be secured against unintended slipping by sufficient cushioning. In order to prevent dust and dirt from the cushioning material to enter the robot all connectors should be fastened or covered prior to packing the robot.
Unpacking the Robot¶
If the robot is shipped in the original transport box only the lid should be removed. Then all small components and the cushioning material can be taken out.
Once the robot is free of all cushioning it can be lifted out of the transport box. This should be done by at least two people taking hold of the bottom side of the platform’s hull. The best places for holding the robot are the area next to the castor wheel’s base plate and the areas in front of the main wheels, slightly towards the centre of the platform.
Never try to lift the robot by holding it at the laser scanner or the control elements! None of these components has been designed for lifting forces and they may be damaged.
Short Distance Transport¶
For short distances the MP-500 can also be transported in the trunk of a car without the wooden box. It still must be secured against sliding and should only be moved very carefully while outdoors.
Long Distance Transport¶
As long as the robot is packed properly there are no special requirements when shipping the MP-500. Only in case the robot has been exposed to very low temperatures (below -10 °C) it should be left to reach room temperature again before turning it on. This will prevent damages to the electrical and electronic components.
If the break release button was covered and the key switch was removed there is no risk of the robot being turned on during the transport or the batteries being discharged.
To eliminate every risk when shipping the robot as airfreight it is recommended to disconnect the batteries prior to shipping. The batteries are leak proof and approved for airfreight.