Automate small part measurement using collaborative robots

Automate small part measurement using collaborative robots

May 22, 2019

New Scale Technologies, Inc.

New Scale Robotics has released a new metrology solution including a precision gripper, metrology fingertips kit, tech note, and software examples that allow users to automate small part measurement and sorting using collaborative robots (cobots) from Universal Robots.

The newest parallel gripper for Universal Robots has a 2.5μm resolution internal position sensor for precision measurements. The new NSR-KIT-F1 metrology fingertips kit includes three pairs of fingertips that easily install on the gripper’s factory fingers to enable precision measurement of a wide variety of part shapes.

The URCaps plugin software included with the gripper enables fast setup and simple programming of the gripper and robot. Measurement data from the gripper can be transferred to a PC for analysis using any statistical analysis software. The data is also displayed on the UR teach pendant and is continuously available for use in decision-making automation scripts.

New Scale Robotics provides detailed instructions and working examples of how to use the gripper and fingertips to measure parts and transfer the data to a server for analysis. The downloadable tech note and example code includes a URScript showing how to program the UR robot for metrology, and a server-side program example for Windows written in C#.

The NSR-KIT-F1 Metrology Fingertips Kit and NSR-PG-10-20-UR Precision Parallel Gripper with 10μm measurement resolution are available now through all Universal Robot sales offices and distributors. The new NSR-PG-10-20-URe Precision Parallel Gripper with 2.5μm measurement resolution is available for pre-order from New Scale Robotics.

Watch instructional videos and download the tech note.