I couldn’t find any specific topic talking about this so I figured people could respond with pros and cons of each (the flap conveyor or standoff conveyor). I prefer the flap conveyor but I’m interested to hear others thoughts on it.
It depends, they both fit different designs🙂
well they have advantages and disadvantages.
the flap based, angled conveyor used on amogo, my robot, and some others is objectively faster. It has better fielding of rings, takes them to the goal quicker, and is just generally as fast as a conveyor can be. As of now however, these types of conveyors have to intake rings on one side of the robot, and then drop them off on the other side. This might be desirable, but it also might not be.
The standoff based hooking conveyor like what 1469a uses is slower at picking up and scoring rings, but it still does it decently fast, and it has the potential to take rings in from either side of the robot, and score rings on goals/stick mechanisms on either side of the robot, which could be a benefit that outweighs the speed disadvantage depending on your design.
I don’t expect to see one rise in dominance above the other any time soon, because they have different applications. Who knows, maybe we’ll see some other contenders for conveyor designs designs.
From what I have seen flaps also seem to be slightly more consistent than standoffs. Likely because of the more controlled handling of the ring. Standoffs (with an attachment at the end) may be better at grabbing a ring with its low side facing towards it because it can get under the ring more effectively.
I would disagree, my team’s current design uses hooks, and it is much slower than a standard conveyor belt. However, it has over 98% accuracy.