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New Scale Robotics targets collaborative robots with launch of small precision gripper

New Scale Robotics, a newly-formed division of New Scale Technologies, has introduced an electric parallel gripper targeting precision assembly and inspection with collaborative robots.

New Scale says its NSR-PG-10-20 Precision Parallel Gripper is “the smallest, most precise smart gripper” available for collaborative robots including the UR3, UR5 and UR10 robots from Universal Robots.

David Henderson, CEO of New Scale Technologies, says: “We created this smart electric gripper specifically for agile automation with collaborative robots, using our extensive experience making small mechatronic motion systems.” 

The company has created a new division and website to better reach and serve industrial automation distributors and end users.

New Scale Robotics says it creates agile gripper solutions that address the fast-growing collaborative robot market, and the need for rapid deployment and re-deployment with minimum engineering effort.

The company emphasizes:

  • simple and complete gripper systems that can be installed and begin manipulating parts in a few minutes;
  • application software that is quickly and seamlessly “taught and re-taught” new gripper commands, and synchronizes with robot motion;
  • smart gripper designs that embed sensors and electronics to provide force control, size measurement, and error detection; and
  • compact and easy-to-use systems that minimize cables, tubing and external electronics.

The NSR-PG-10-20 meets these goals while specifically targeting small part manipulation using the newest and smallest collaborative robot arms.

At 175 grams, the NSR-PG-10-20 is the lightest and smallest electric parallel gripper available.

The modular fingers can be modified to accept a variety of part shapes.

Part size can be measured with 30-micrometer precision, says New Scale. The 20-mm stroke provides maximum flexibility.

The gripper can handle workpieces up to a recommended maximum of 100 grams.