Do-it-yourself robotic workstation incorporates existing manual gauges and gauging techniques to increase throughput and process control in high-mix, small-batch manufacturing
New Scale Robotics’ new Q-Span® Gauging System enables do-it-yourself automation using existing gauges and workflows. Quality teams in high-mix, small-batch manufacturing operations can improve throughput and process control by eliminating the bottlenecks and variability inherent in manual gauging.
The mobile workstation combines robotic part handling, automated gauging using a variety of standard gauges, real-time reporting for in-process gauging, and automated data collection. Input from multiple gauges is combined into one convenient output for statistical process control (SPC).
New Scale configures Q-Span Gauging Systems to incorporate the customer’s qualified processes and metrology tools from their trusted and approved suppliers. These tools may include LVDT probes, bore gauges, height gauges, plug gauges, air gauges, laser micrometers, vision systems and more. New Scale also provides precision robotic grippers/calipers that mount on the robot arm.
Watch the video: Introducing Q-Span Gauging Systems
The Q-Span System is based on a Universal Robots (UR) collaborative robot for flexibility, ease of use, and rapid return on investment. Grippers are configured to handle the parts to be measured, with up to three different grippers on the robot at a time. Control software is easily configured on the shop floor for additional parts and processes. With the UR teach pendant and “zero-code” programming, no robotics experience or special training is needed.
The Q‑Span Gauging System is easy to incorporate into existing work spaces and work flows. The workstation table rolls up to any workbench, and the collaborative robot operates alongside employees without safety curtains or other special accommodations.
Q-Span Gauging Systems are available directly from New Scale Robotics. For more information visit https://www.newscalerobotics.com/products/gaging-systems, email NSRsales@newscalerobotics.com or call (585) 924-4450.
About New Scale Robotics
New Scale Robotics helps manufacturers automate manual gauging. Our Q-Span® Workstations combine measurements from a wide variety of gauges with robotic part handling and automated data logging. They improve efficiency, capacity, and real-time reporting of quality departments. Based on flexible and teachable collaborative robots, Q-Span Workstations are do-it-yourself (DIY) automation kits that fit into existing workflows. They help quality teams reduce errors, increase throughput, and better utilize skilled labor in small-batch, high-mix manufacturing. Easy to deploy without specialized training, they deliver return on investment (ROI) in less than ten months.
A division of New Scale Technologies, Inc., we have nearly 20 years of experience delivering small, precise and smart embedded motion systems.
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Q-Span® Gauging Systems are configured to incorporate the customer’s qualified processes and metrology tools. In this example, robotic grippers and calipers on the robot arm automate part handling and OD measurements. A commercial bore gauge and LVDT automate ID and height measurements.
Q-Span® Gauging System placing a part under an LVDT to automate height measurement of a machined part .