2009 FRC Control System

2009 FRC Control System

Control System Manual

pdf iconChapter 1 Introduction 12/2 rev 0.4 what to do once you get it out of the box
pdf iconChapter 2 Getting Started 12/2 rev 0.4 bench top tests you should do first
pdf iconChapter 3 Component Data Sheets 12/2 rev 0.5 get to know the hardware
pdf iconChapter 4 Software Installation 12/2 rev 0.10
pdf iconChapter 5 Configuration  12/2 rev 0.5

Hardware Documentation 

pdf iconFRC Control Layout Diagram an electronic copy of the packaging cover sheet
pdf iconPower Distribution Diagram
pdf iconData Connectivity Diagram rev a
Technical Specifications at WPI  

Software Documentation 

Getting Started with LabVIEW for FRC at NI
LabVIEW Robotics Programming Guide for FRC at NI
LabVIEW FRC Help Document at NI
Using the LabVIEW FRC Framework at NI
C/C++ Programmer Reference Guide at WPI
C/C++ Users Guide at WPI
JAVA information at SUN
JAVA information at WPI

Software Updates **Please Note** Only update your software AFTER you have completed the benchtop tests described in Chapters 1 & 2 above

Instructions for Driver Station Software update 
Driver Station Software Update image 2009-02-10a3
Information on how to update your Driver Station to display custom messges helpful, but not required
LabVIEW FRC software update Update 3.0a - at NI to be used to update software from the FRC DVD provided in the new control system kit
C/C++ updates for WPILib software update number 3.1 release date 02-25-2009 at WPI
LabVIEW Sample two-color target tracking code release date 01-2009
C/C++ Sample two-color target tracking code update number 3 release date 01-27-2009
Using and Field Testing the FRC Camera

Hardware Updates 

pdf iconRC Extension Cable update 

Training and Videos 

How to use the FRC Control System Camera release date 02-09-2009
General Overview at WPI
Videos and Presentations at WPI
Compact RIO and LabVIEW for FRC National Instruments Training, Technical Support and More
Videos from the Train the Trainer session in Austin, TX
Robot Quick Build Session information

Where to get Help

 Support for cRIO, cRIO modules, LabVIEW, WindRiver Workbench Tools

National Instruments Tech Support Phone 866-511-6285

Dec 1-Jan 5 8am - 6pm CST Repair and Purchasing
Jan 5-Feb 17 1pm - 7pm CST Technical support, Repair and Purchasing
Post Feb 17 8am - 6pm CST Repair and Purchasing

National Instruments FIRST resources website  www.ni.com/first

Information about the Jaguar motor controller


Support for all other control system components

FRC forum  at FIRST forums

FMS Light

This tool can be used for basic robot control, as well as to administer pre-season and post-season events. (no longer available)

 pdf icon FMS Light User''s Guide - RevC. Contains system requirements, details on controlling robots, creating match schedules, and configuring the Audience screen program.

pdf icon Invitational FMS Light Configuration - This document shows two options for setting up an off-season event using FMS Light. Details include network layout and recommended IP address configuration. Also included is a procedure for the configuration of the robot radio. This document is recommended as a supplement to the existing FMS Light User''s Guide. Thanks to Pete Keiselbach for taking the time to put this together! 


pdf icon 2009 Early Ship Control Sytem Check List 
pdf icon Beta Team Assignments - the history of the Beta testing