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Rob Spiegel
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Too Quick to Blame
Rob Spiegel   8/30/2013 11:56:24 AM
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This story is essentailly a jump-too-quick-to-conclusion problem. This story shows that it pays to think everything trhough before pointing the finger.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Too Quick to Blame
Ann R. Thryft   8/30/2013 1:29:52 PM
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I agree, Rob. It reminds me of the old adage GI, GO (garbage in, garbage out).

notarboca
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Re: Too Quick to Blame
notarboca   8/30/2013 2:35:18 PM
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I don't think I would even attempt to blame the robot controller functionality.  After all there are probably a lot of them out there, and yours is the only one acting up?

Charles Murray
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Re: Too Quick to Blame
Charles Murray   8/30/2013 5:39:06 PM
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In retrospect, this seems like an obvious solution. But in the heat of a workday, when most people don't have time or simply don't want to watch a few cycles, I can easily see how this could happen. It's why engineers and troubleshooters have jobs.

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Re: Too Quick to Blame
tekochip   8/30/2013 6:02:27 PM
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The common assumption is to always blame the most complicated component.  Auto mechanics seem to blame the "Brain Box" before looking for a vacuum leak.  I had a new car that was running rough and several controls were replaced while the car continued to run poorly.  Out of frustration I opened the hood of the two week old car and found that a wire harness had been burned clear through vacuum hoses and other wires.  I informed the dealership that I would perform the repair myself, rather than have their ham-fisted blacksmiths crimp a handful of butt splices to the harness.  I used new wires and solder.

From another thread, I had that car for 170K before giving it to a nephew who drove it for another 90K.

taimoortariq
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Re: Too Quick to Blame
taimoortariq   8/30/2013 6:34:51 PM
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@Charles, I agree. Although it is not expected from an engineer to come up with a complain so quick. One can expect this from a technician whose job is only to run the machine. But an engineer is suppose to carefully see the pattern of the robot and figure out the discrepency in it. 

taimoortariq
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Error Accumilation
taimoortariq   8/30/2013 6:38:45 PM
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Since the robot is not running on adaptive control, It will just run the commands it has been fed, it is definitely necessary that all of the inputs that are given to the robots at different times are carefully timed and accurate. Otherwise the error will keep on accumulating and then it will seem like that the robot is malfunctioning.

shehan
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Re: Too Quick to Blame
shehan   8/31/2013 11:48:59 AM
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@Rob – It's all about the instructions you give in that decides the result you get. As the always say GIGO (Garbage In Garbage Out).

shehan
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Re: Too Quick to Blame
shehan   8/31/2013 11:50:59 AM
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@notarboca – True it's not correct to blame the machine for giving your wrong results if you gave the incorrect instructions or data. 

shehan
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Re: Too Quick to Blame
shehan   8/31/2013 11:52:59 AM
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@Charles- it's always good to have certain function within your control than giving everything to the robot. This will help you identify errors and correct them as soon as you discover it.

 

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