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New Metrology Solution Lets Users Automate Small Part Measurement Using Collaborative Robots

POSTED 05/09/2019

Automated Metrology with UR cobot - gripper, fingertips kit, and data logging programVictor, NY - New Scale Robotics has released a new metrology solution including a precision gripper, metrology fingertips kit, tech note, and software examples that allow users to automate small part measurement and sorting using collaborative robots (cobots) from Universal Robots.

The company will demonstrate the system at Eastec in West Springfield, MA May 14-16, 2019 in booth #2139.  

“Measurement inspection and sorting of small parts are tedious tasks, traditionally performed by human operators,” said David Henderson, CEO of New Scale Robotics.  “Our precision gripper and metrology fingertips are the first tools that enable users to automate those repetitive tasks using cobots. This is remarkable new application for cobots, with potential to save time and money in a wide range of industrial, manufacturing and other settings. ”

New Scale Robotics’ newest parallel gripper for Universal Robots has a 2.5 μm resolution internal position sensor for precision measurements. The new NSR-KIT-F1 metrology fingertips kit includes three pairs of fingertips that easily install on the gripper’s factory fingers to enable precision measurement of a wide variety of part shapes.

The URCaps plugin software included with the gripper enables fast setup and simple programming of the gripper and robot. Measurement data from the gripper can be transferred to a PC for analysis using any statistical analysis software. The data is also displayed on the UR teach pendant, and is continuously available for use in decision-making automation scripts. 

New Scale Robotics provides detailed instructions and working examples of how to use the gripper and fingertips to measure parts and transfer the data to a server for analysis. The downloadable tech note and example code includes a URScript showing how to program the UR robot for metrology, and a server-side program example for Windows written in C#.

The NSR-KIT-F1 Metrology Fingertips Kit and NSR-PG-10-20-UR Precision Parallel Gripper with 10 μm measurement resolution are available now through all Universal Robot sales offices and distributors. The new NSR-PG-10-20-URe Precision Parallel Gripper with 2.5 μm measurement resolution is available for pre-order from New Scale Robotics. 

About New Scale Robotics
New Scale Robotics designs and manufactures precision smart grippers and end-of-arm tooling for the smallest collaborative robots. We have more than 15 years of experience and numerous patents in micro motor and motion control system development. New Scale products feature unmatched miniaturization, micrometer-scale resolution, and fully-integrated microelectronics with intelligent firmware. Our customers benefit from high performance, superior ease of use, and fast system integration. New Scale Robotics is a division of New Scale Technologies, Inc. near Rochester, NY.

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