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Positioning your robot and control boxes
Robo-pong robots are versatile in how they are positioned in relation to the table.The 540 and 1040 normally sit on top of the table as shown in robot positions 1-4 in figure above. They can also be mounted to the end of the table at position 5, but can alternatively be mounted in the robot-caddy just like 540 and 1040.
By playing the robot in various positions you can achieve a variety of angles and trajectories to simulate almost any type of shots you would encounter in a regular game.
Position 1:Robot positioned square to the table where the centerline and endline of the table meet. This is the desired starting position when first setting up either the 540 or the 1040. Also this is the only "on the table" position in which the 1040's oscillator ranges will be accurate.
Position 2:Robot positioned at the far left corner and angled cross-court. This position will skew the 1040's oscillator range
toward the player's right side of the table. The 540 in this position would deliver the ball towards the player's right corner. This position would be the preferred direction when simulating typical right-handers' forehand to forehand rallies.
Position 3:Robot positioned at the far right corner and angled cross-court.Unlike position 2, a 540 placed in this position would direct its shots to the players' left corner. Typical backhand to backhand play for right-handers would be ideally simulated with the robot in this position.
Position 4:A robot placed in this position has the advantage of offering slower and faster ball speeds because it is closer to the
landing spot of the ball. At a Ball Speed setting of 0, the ball is very slow and with light spin, but is delivered deep on the player's end. At a ball speed setting of 10, the ball speed is very fast and simulates the angle from which a typical kill shot would be hit.
However, the 1040's oscillator ranges are narrower than if the robot had been positioned at the endline like positions 1-3.
Position 5:This is the normal position of the 2040 when it is attached to the end of the table. The 1040 and 540 would have to be mounted in the Robo-Caddy to be in this position.
Position 6:Mounted in a Robo-Caddy, all three models can be freely moved around in back of the table. The Robo-Caddy also permits lowering or raising the height of the robot. This is great for simulating deep shots such as chops, lobs and loops. However,the oscillator ranges for the 1040 and 2040 are not accurate and the 2040's net system is usually not effective at capturing balls
when in this position. Additionally, you need to purchase a Connector Extension Cable to extend the length of the Connector Cable.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Even though the oscillator ranges may not be accurate as described when the robot is in certain positions, you should be able, with experimentation, to find the correct settings for the Control Levers to permit ball delivery over any Particular part of the table.The figure right also illustrates the ideal positions for the Control Box. If you're right-handed, Position A is the preferred location for the controls. If you'are left-handed, Position B is preferred.

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