Teams need to know their supply chain in detail before the season starts. Students and mentors should increase their tool and part vocabulary every season so that they can reference those parts and tools to solve the problems identified in build season.  The larger your tool and part vocabulary the less the team may have to invent for the first time and the less risk the team will take on.  Teams should plan on purchasing all of their parts and raw materials by day 16 of build season.  If you purchase parts any later than that the team run serious risk of delays due to lack of parts.

Here are the suppliers that our team has gone through for this season as we get ready for build season.

Raw Materials

  • McMaster-Carr – Offer a collection of mechanical, electrical, and utility hardware not usually located from a single source and specialize in next day delivery

Tools

  • Harbor Freight – Low cost tools and equipment
  • McMaster-Carr – Offer a collection of mechanical, electrical, and utility hardware not usually located from a single source and specialize in next day delivery
  • Granger – Offer a collection of mechanical, electrical, and utility hardware not usually located from a single source and specialize in next day delivery
  • otion Industries – Distributor of industrial MRO parts
  • MSC Industrial Supply – One of the largest industrial equipment distributors in the world

Linear Motion

Power Transmission

  • AndyMark Inc. – An official supplier to the FIRST Kit of Parts
  • VexPro – Just about everything a FIRST team needs
  • SDP-SI – SDP-SI provides quality gears, bearings, pulleys, and other mechanical parts
  • WM Berg – Precision gears, sprockets, pulleys, gearboxes, and bearings
  • Small Parts – Provide gears, pulleys, and various other items
  • BaneBots – A competition robotics parts supplier that provides several FRC Kit parts
  • Colson Caster – Colson makes caster wheels that are excellent high-performance robot wheels
  • Team 221 – Performance robotics drive systems
  • Robot MarketPlace – A competition robotics parts supplier
  • Browning Gears – Gear supplier
  • Martin Sprocket & Gears – Power transmission supplier
  • Boston Gear – Precision gear manufacturer
  • Gates – Belts and pulleys
  • West Coast Products – drives and hardware

Raw Materials

  • McMaster-Carr – Offer a collection of mechanical, electrical, and utility hardware not usually located from a single source and specialize in next day delivery

Hardware

  • Fastenal – Sell screws, threaded rods, nuts, and various other fasteners and hardware
  • McMaster-Carr – Offer a collection of mechanical, electrical, and utility hardware not usually located from a single source and specialize in next day delivery

Electronics/Sensors

  • Mouser Electronics – Mouser is an electronic component wholesaler.
  • Digi-Key – Digi-Key is an electronic component wholesaler
  • Innovation FIRST – The old official supplier of the FIRST Robot Controller, Operator Interface, Victor Speed Controller, Spike Relay, and other FRC Kit parts. Currently still provide the best speed controllers and sell wheels as well
  • eStop Robotics – Provider of various small electronics components
  • Anderson Power – Quick connect electronics terminals
  • AndyMark Inc – An official supplier to the FIRST Kit of Parts
  • VexPro – Just about everything a FIRST team needs
  • West Coast Products – drives and hardware
  • BaneBots – A competition robotics parts supplier that provides several FRC Kit parts

Pneumatics

  • Bimba – Pneumatics tanks and actuators
  • Clippard – Pneumatics supplies, tanks and actuators
  • Festo – Pneumatic tanks, actuators, valves, solenoids
  • SMC Corp. – Pneumatics manufacturer
  • Pneuaire – Plastic pneumatics tanks
  • Automation Direct – cylinders, solenoids, and most pneumatic products

 

 

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