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Thread gauging is the latest in a wide range of manual gauging processes that QC teams can automate with the flexible, DIY robotic workstation for high-mix, small-batch manufacturing

Thread verification is the latest enhancement to New Scale Robotics’ Q-Span® Automated Gauging System, a do-it-yourself (DIY) robotic automation system for quality teams in high-mix, small-batch manufacturing. The Q-Span Gauging System automates gauging processes by combining existing manual gauges with a collaborative robot, grippers for part handling, easy-to-use metrology and robot control software, and automated data collection.

The robot arm loads parts into a fixture and activates the thread gauge to verify or chase threaded holes or external threads. The Q-Span System can then sort parts based on measured data, such as thread depth of blind holes, or reject parts for defects such as missing, short, or improperly formed threads.  Systems can be configured for “GO” gaging, “NO GO” gaging, combination gaging, or even thread chasing.

Data from all gauges in the Q-Span System – including thread gauges, robotic calipers, LVDT probes, drop gauges, bore gauges, laser micrometers, vision system, 2D telecentric profilers, and more – is combined into one convenient output for statistical process control (SPC).  Data from any or all gauges can be used in real time for in-process decision making and process monitoring.

 A Q-Span Automated Gauging System with a thread gauge, bore gauge, drop gauge, robotic calipers, and grippers for part handling will be shown at the Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS) April 18-20, 2023 in Cleveland, Ohio (New Scale Robotics’ Booth #4109).

The Q-Span Gauging System incorporates a Universal Robots (UR) collaborative robot for flexibility, ease of use, and rapid return on investment. The mobile workstation table fits into existing workspaces and work flows. New Scale Robotics incorporates gauges and grippers to meet each customer’s initial needs, and users can easily configure the control software themselves for additional parts and processes. No robotics experience or special training is needed.


Q-Span Gauging Systems with thread gauges are available now 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 systems 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.

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The Q-Span® Workstation incorporates existing manual gauges, such as this thread gauge, to automate part handling, gauging, and data collection for quality control (QC) teams in high-mix, small-batch manufacturing.

The collaborative robot enables do-it-yourself, “no-code” programming. The system is configured and delivered to measure the first parts, then in-house manufacturing and QC teams can easily expand its use to additional parts and processes.

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