Mounting Baxter and Backpack

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Mobility Base Setup -> Battery Replacement -> Wireless Joystick -> SDK Setup -> Config -> Launch -> Mounting Baxter and Backpack -> Motion Demo -> Connecting to Baxter and/or Remote Computer

Mounting Baxter On Mobility Base

The link "Mounting Baxter" explains how to mount Baxter on any surface. Mobility base has already built in mounting profile with 4 screw holes as shown. So the instructions starting from step 2 in the above link explains how to mount baxter on surface like mobility base profile.

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Note: Instead of the hex head cap screws provided in the baxter package, you can use the 4 hex head cap screws which is longer in dimension provided with the baxter mobility base package.

Mounting Back Pack



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Kit Contents

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  1. Main Support Panel.
  2. Left L-Bracket.
  3. Right L-Bracket.
  4. Keyboard Tray (With Brackets).
  5. Monitor Bracket.
  6. Outlet Adapter*.
  7. U-Bolt Mounting Kit x 4.
  8. Extension Cable*.
*U.S Version Only.

Monitor Bracket to Main Support Panel


  • Using the hardware in the 4 mounting holes, secure the monitor bracket to the main support panel at whichever height is preferred.
  • Black-Oxide Pan Head Phillips Machine Screw, 18-8 Stainless Steel, 8-32 x 1/2".

U-Bolt Bracket Overview


  1. Rubber Bushing.
  2. Threaded U-Bolt.
  3. Equalizer Plate.
  4. Hex Stand-off x 2.
  5. Button-Head Fasteners.

U-Bolt Bracket Placement

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  • The U-Bolt brackets support the four corners of the main support plate and secure the backpack to Baxter's tubular frame.

Fit Rubber Bushings


  • Spread the rubber bushing over the tube.
  • Position backwards for easier installation of the threaded U-Bolt later.

Fit Threaded U-Bolt

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  • Press threaded u-bolt through the groove of the rubber bushing so that the contour of the bushing matches the contour of the threaded u-bolt.
  • Push the threaded u-bolt on until it bottoms out on the rubber bushing.

Fit Equalizer Plate


Fit Hex Stand-offs

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  • Fit each hex stand-off on the threaded u-bolt.
  • Do not tighten at this time as they will be tightened in a later step.

Repeat for Other 3 U-Bolt Brackets


  • Repeat the previous steps to fit the other remaining u-bolt brackets.

Fit Main Support Plate to Hex Stand-offs


  • With an assistant, raise the main support plate and align the mounting holes of the main support plate with the U-bolt brackets.
  • Using the button-head fasteners, fit the main support plate to each hex stand-off.
 -Black-Oxide 18-8 SS Button-Head Cap Screw, 1/4"-20 x 3/4" 
  • Do not torque the fasteners yet until after the backpack is adjusted for leveling.

Level The Backpack on Baxter

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  • Raise and lower the U-bolt brackets to level the backpack assembly with respect to Baxter.
  • Then proceed to tightening the hex-standoffs by hand, and then tighten the button- head fasteners using a 5/32 " hex key.

Mount Inverter


  • Using the hardware in the four mounting holes, secure to the main support plate.
 - 18-8 Stainless Steel Truss Head Phillips Machine Screw, Black-Oxide 8-32 x 3/8"

Plug in Outlet Adapter (U.S. Only)


  • Plug the extension cable into the outlet adapter.
  • Plug the other end into inverter.

Power Harness to Inverter


  • connect harness from the INVERTER POWER port on the back of the mobility base to the input of the inverter.

Remote Harness to Inverter


  • Connect harness from INVERTER REMOTE on the back of the mobility base to the remote input on the top of the inverter.

Connect Baxter E-Stop


  • Connect the DB15 section of the e-stop harness to the baxter I/O port.

Connect Mobility base E-Stop


  • Connect the two position connector to the E-Stop port on the rear of the mobility base.

Connect Baxter Power

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Verify E-Stop Function

  • Check operation of E-Stop before operating vehicle.
    -Depress the E-Stop switch until it clicks
    -Turn the mobility base ON using the circuit breaker
        * The vehicle should not move at this time; even when commanded with remote
        * If for any reason the vehicle attempts to move while the e-stop is depressed, cut off main power using the circuit breaker and do not operate the vehicle untill the issue has been resolved.
    -Twist the E-Stop until it releases
        * An audible beep will indicate the vehicle is ready.
        * The vehicle is now operational.

Verify Inverter

  • Turn the power switch located on the top of the inverter to the ON position.
    -The Green light should illuminate accompanied by a short audible beep on the inverter.
    -If the inverter low voltage warning is active, check the battery voltage and charge batteries as necessary
        * Check battery voltage by measuring the voltage across the two input terminals on the bottom of the inverter. 

Baxter is ready to use

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Next Step

Motion Demo