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Introduction to Metrology Course Materials

with Collaborative Robots and the Q-Span® Workstation EDU Kit

Enhance your manufacturing education programs with hands-on course content for robotics, metrology, and QC automation

Today’s manufacturing companies increasingly use:

  • Robotics and automation to mitigate labor shortages
  • Quality control (QC) integrated into every process
  • Real-time quality data to adjust manufacturing operations

Students with skills in these areas will have an edge in the manufacturing workforce.

Ready-to-use, hands-on course materials

Q-Span Workstation EDU Kits give educational program directors an easy way to offer two complementary courses — the UR Education Program and the New Scale Robotics Intro to Metrology course — without the need to remove the robot from its secure position on the mobile workstation table.

The hardware kit and ready-to-use course materials enhance manufacturing education and workforce development programs.

The UR Program for Education course covers the fundamentals of controlling the collaborative robot and includes labs for manipulating objects, using conveyors, palletizing, and other common robotics use cases in advanced manufacturing.

The Intro to Metrology course introduces students to metrology and QC automation using collaborative robots. It presents metrology concepts including units of measurement, precision, and traceability to standards. Lab exercises give hands-on experience in using cobots to perform automated metrology tasks. Course materials include presentations, videos, testing, and hands-on learning.

Why this course?

Manufacturers of all sizes are deploying collaborative robots (cobots) for automation. Hands-on experience with cobots gives your students an edge in the workforce.

Manufacturers continue to integrate quality control (QC) processes into every aspect of their operations, from the production floor to the quality lab. Metrology, or the study of measurement, is a cornerstone of quality for manufacturers. Understanding the basics of metrology gives your students an edge in any manufacturing role.

A workforce development center classroom at Monroe Community College with visitors in a glass walled room

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“New Scale Robotics and Universal Robots made it easy for us to expand our FWD Center course offerings with these educational kits, ready to implement and tailored to the needs of technical training programs like ours,” said Dr. Robin Cole, Vice President, Economic and Workforce Development and Career Technical Education at Monroe Community College. Read more.

Hardware recommendations

One Q-Span Workstation EDU Kit is recommended for every two students. The kits feature a Universal Robots UR3e collaborative robot mounted on a sturdy mobile workstation table. Additional hardware components are easily added to or removed from the table for different lab exercises. The Q-Span Workstation EDU Kit includes:

  • A Universal Robots (UR) cobot equipped with three New Scale Robotics cobot gripper-caliper tools
  • Metrology lab hardware: Example parts with part trays, measurement fixtures and NIST-traceable reference fixtures
  • A cobot teach pendant with URCaps software to control the cobot and run metrology programs
  • PC software to log measurement data for analysis

Robotics lab hardware from Universal Robots can be mounted on the Q-Span Workstation table for schools offering the UR Education Program course. UR hardware includes example parts with a conveyor belt and training plates to simulate different industrial environments.

UR Education Program or equivalent experience recommendations

We recommend that instructors and students have some experience with UR cobots before starting the Intro to Metrology course. This may be hands-on experience in a lab, or formal training through UR’s online academy or educational certification program. The UR Education Program is an ideal way to offer this experience for both instructors and students. Learn more at Universal-Robots.com

Intro to Metrology Course Contents

The 8-hour course includes:

  • Instructional presentations with videos
  • Hands-on labs and capstone team project
  • Module quizzes and a final exam
  • Q-Span Workstation Kit hardware guide
  • Instructor guides with notes, key messages, tips and FAQs for each module

The course package includes a one-time training for the instructor in the use of the course materials, cobot, and Q-Span Workstation.

Excerpt from Module 1: What is Metrology?

Why this course? Industry trends in metrology

Watch this recorded webinar, presented with our partner ATC, to learn more about trends in automated metrology in industry and how these new course materials enable educational institutions to add metrology and collaborative robots to their manufacturing education programs.

00:00 – ATC and New Scale Robotics intro
05:00 – Collaborative robots overview
10:26 – Robots and quality control in industry
16:40 – Application examples
25:43 – Trends in manufacturing and automating quality inspection
30:10 – Course materials for Intro to Metrology with Cobots and the Q-Span Workstation Kit
34:35 – Tour of Q-Span Workstation Kit components
38:00 – Questions

Product Sheet

Download the Introduction to Metrology Course Materials product sheet (PDF).

Course Overview

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