Organization: New Scale Robotics
Country: United States
Year Founded: 2002
Number of Employees: 11-50
Innovation Class: Applications & Markets Innovation
Innovation Subclass: Manufacturing
Q-Span accelerates robotics sector growth by introducing affordable automation to a new audience in manufacturing.
New Scale Robotics in March 2020 introduced its Q-Span Automated Small-Part Measurement Systems for quality control (QC) teams in high-mix, small-batch manufacturing environments. Q-Span combines robotic pick-and-place with automated measurement of small parts. Q-Span can pick small parts weighing up to 3.5 oz. (70.8 g) and measuring up to 3.94 in. (10 cm). Measurement resolution is 0.0001 in. (0.0024 mm), with better than 0.0002 in. (0.005 mm) repeatability and 0.0006 in. (0.015 mm) accuracy. Each Q-Span workstation includes up to three New Scale Robotics gripper/calipers with part-speciﬁc metrology ﬁngertips, modular trays for parts-in and parts-out, a measurement ﬁxture and zero-reference ﬁxture with gauge block, and a worktable. New Scale integrates a six-axis UR3e e-Series cobot arm from Universal Robots (purchased separately) into the workstation and creates the scripts for each customer’s ﬁrst part.