Robotic workstation kit

Robotic workstation kit

March 23, 2020

New Scale Robotics

New Scale Robotics today announced its Q-Span Workstation Kit, the first application kit for quality inspection to be certified by Universal Robots and featured on the UR+ platform. The Q-Span Workstation Kit allows quality teams to automate measurement inspection of small parts. Deployed on a UR3e collaborative robot (cobot), the Q-Span Workstation Kit increases measurement consistency and helps quality teams to achieve gage R&R targets.

The UR+ certified Q-Span Workstation Kit includes three precision gripper/caliper tools, standard metrology fingers, an example part with parts-in and parts-out trays, measurement fixtures, a workstation table, URCaps software, and robot programs that demonstrate pick-measure-record-and-place processes for the example part. All three gripper/caliper tools install easily on a single UR3e cobot and are controlled in one software interface. Quality teams can use the example part and demo programs as a starting point for automating inspection of their own parts.  

Custom-configured solutions also available
For users who prefer a complete solution, New Scale Robotics also offers Q-Span Workstation Solutions customized to the user’s specific part and measurement task. A Q-Span Workstation Solution has part-specific metrology fingers, trays, fixtures, and robot programs and is ready to measure the user’s first part upon delivery. The workstation solution includes delivery, installation, demonstration of first part inspection, and training.

Automatically measure small parts, make in-process decisions, and record the data.

Automate digital caliper measurements: pick, measure, record and place
Both the kit and the custom-configured solutions help quality teams in high-mix, small-batch manufacturing environments to automate the tedious manual process of measuring parts with digital calipers.

A 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.