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Q-Span Gauging Systems let quality departments automate manual gauging. They combine part handling, measurement, and data collection to improve productivity and process control in high-mix, small batch manufacturing.

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NEW Q-Span™ Systems combine robotic digital calipers, part handling, and data logging to automate measurement inspection

POSTED 02/05/2020

Pick, measure, and sort small parts with one integrated robotic workstation

Victor, NY –  New Scale Robotics (www.newscalerobotics.com) has introduced its Q-Span™ Automated Small-Part Measurement Systems for quality control (QC) teams in high-mix, small-batch manufacturing environments.

Q-Span Systems combine robotic pick-and-place with automated measurement of small parts. They easily integrate into existing workflows in the QC lab or on the production floor, and automate the tedious manual process of measuring parts with digital calipers.

“Q-Span Systems help QC teams in small- and mid-size companies address the labor shortage that is holding back their growth,” said David Henderson, CEO of New Scale Robotics. “Many quality teams have one or more full-time employees using digital calipers to measure parts, then manually entering data into a computer. The work is dull and error-prone– yet critical to quality. It’s an ideal process for automation, to improve both repeatability and throughput, for companies of any size.”

A Q-Span Workstation Solution includes up to three gripper/caliper tools on one collaborative robot. The Q-Span System picks up small parts, measures multiple dimensions, makes in-process decisions based on measurements (for example, pass/fail or sort by range), and places each part in the appropriate tray or bin.

All data can be recorded to a PC for later analysis and statistical process control (SPC). Data can be monitored in real time to detect trends and alert operators to process drift.

A Q-Span System can pick small parts weighing up to 3.5 ounces (100 grams) and measuring up to 3.94 inches (100 mm). Measurement resolution is 0.0001 inches (2.5 μm) with better than 0.0002 inches (5 μm) repeatability and 0.0006 inches (15 μm) accuracy.

What’s included in a Q-Span Workstation Solution

Each Q-Span Workstation Solution includes up to three New Scale Robotics gripper/calipers with part-specific metrology fingertips, modular trays for parts-in and parts-out, a measurement fixture and zero-reference fixture with gauge block (NIST-traceable artifact), and a worktable. New Scale integrates a six-axis UR3e e-Series robot arm from Universal Robots (purchased separately) into the workstation and creates the scripts for each customer’s first part.

New Scale Robotics provides system delivery, installation, demonstration of first part inspection, and training.

Easy integration into existing workspaces; simple change-over for additional parts

The Q-Span Workstation Solution makes it easy to incorporate automation into existing QC workspaces and work flows. The workstation can be easily rolled up to any workbench. The collaborative robot is designed to operate alongside employees without safety curtains or other special modifications. 

A Q-Span Workstation Solution is ready to use on the customer’s first part upon delivery. Additional parts require part-specific fingertips, trays, fixtures and scripts. Customers can design their own, or purchase this service from New Scale Robotics. The Q-Span System scripting software (NSR Devices) and UR teach pendant make it simple to build pick-measure-record-and-place processes for each part. 

Once this is done, operators can change over a Q-Span System to measure different parts in minutes.


Q-Span Workstation Solutions are available directly from New Scale Robotics. Pricing includes delivery, installation, demonstration of first part inspection, and training. For more information:

About New Scale Robotics
New Scale Robotics makes smart automation tools and systems for flexible manufacturing. Our products integrate with small collaborative robots to make automation affordable for small- and mid-sized companies. We solve problems requiring intricate part handling and precision part measurement, emphasizing plug-and-play simplicity with fast and flexible setup.

A division of New Scale Technologies, Inc., we have more than 15 years of experience and numerous patents in micro motor and motion control system development. Our electro-mechanical systems 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.

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