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Q-Span Gauging Systems

Why Automate Your Manual Gauging Methods?

If you are a high-mix manufacturer, you already use a variety of gauging tools and methods, both in-process (on the shop floor) and in the quality lab.

What if you could automate the tedious aspects of gauging, using your existing gauging tools and processes? Aspects such as handling parts, taking measurements, and recording all of the data? You could:

  • Boost throughput and productivity
  • Improve process control
  • Reduce human variability in measurements
  • Improve yield… and competitiveness!

Q-Span® Workstations are robotic tools that let you easily automate dimensional gauging in high-mix, small- batch manufacturing.

A do-it-yourself (DIY) automation system, Q-Span robotic workstation seamlessly combines:

  • A collaborative robot from Universal Robots
  • A variety of standard gauges
  • New Scale’s innovative smart gripper/calipers
  • Teachable “plug-and-produce” software – zero-code programming

Use Your Preferred Inspection Tools

A Q-Span Workstation can incorporate your preferred metrology tools from your trusted and approved suppliers.

Contact gauging tools include:

  • Calipers
  • LVDT probes
  • Bore gauges
  • Height gauges
  • Thread gauges

Non-contact inspection tools include:

  • Air gauges
  • Laser micrometers
  • Vision systems
  • 2D profilers
a manual caliper and a robotic caliper

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Improve Process Control, Yield and Throughput

Q-Span Workstations include easy-to-use software for robotic control and data collection. Digitize inspection data from multiple gauges into one output.

The flexible workstation lets you automate in-process gauging on the manufacturing floor.  Easily generate real-time inspection data for up to 100% of your parts to reduce scrap and inspection costs.

Workforce Challenges? Solved.

Q-Span Workstations elevate quality teams by improving skills, capacity, productivity, recruitment, and retention. Fill your vacant operations and quality control positions by automating your repetitive and boring production processes.


Q-Span Workstations automate manual gaging tasks in a variety of manufacturing industries including metal machining, plastics molding and machining, and optical component fabrication.

DIY Configuration and Set Up – or Get Help!

The Q-Span Workstation Kit is a do-it-yourself (DIY) quality inspection tool. It includes everything you need to quickly and easily set up the workstation and begin measuring your first part, using the example hardware and software in the kit. The collaborative robot is as easy to use as a smart phone – no robotics experience necessary!

Should you prefer more assistance with the initial setup, we’re here for you. We offer:

Configuration with your gauging systems
We can help you automate your preferred manual gauging tools and processes with a Q-Span Workstation.

Gage R&R assessment and system correlation studies
Our applications engineers can assess your parts and help with a system correlation study.

Hardware design 
We can help you design and build part trays and metrology fingers specific to the parts and dimensions you need to measure.

We will create the programs or “recipes” for your Q-Span Workstation to pick, measure and place your specific parts according to your metrology processes.

David Henderson with a cobot

Download the Product Sheet

Download the Product Sheet “Automate Dimensional Gauging”

Learn about DIY automation kits

Learn more about Q-Span Workstation Kits, complete do-it-yourself (DIY) solutions for automated dimensional gauging.

See it in Action

See the Q-Span Workstation in action! Check out our growing collection of application videos and system overview videos.