FuzeHub Grant Supports Development of Collaborative Robot Tools at Finger Lakes Community College, in Partnership with New Scale Robotics

Will accelerate development of New Scale Robotics’ Smart Platform for cobots, bringing its precision grippers and measurement tools to more cobot brands

Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) has been awarded a $50,000 manufacturing grant from the FuzeHub Innovation Fund to support its work with New Scale Robotics, accelerating development of New Scale's precision measurement and gripping tools for a wide range of collaborative robots (cobots).


New Scale has a line of precision grippers, calipers and other tools that install in minutes on cobots from Universal Robots. New Scale will collaborate with Dr. Sam Samanta, head of the Instrumentation and Controls program at FLCC, and his students to develop a Smart Platform that expands plug-and-play compatibility of New Scale Robotics tools to multiple additional cobot brands.

A new cobot will be purchased and housed at FLCC as part of the grant. Dr. Samanta will act as consultant on the Smart Platform development project and may use the cobot to teach students, demonstrate cobot applications, and problem-solve any issues that surface during development.
FuzeHub is the statewide New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program (MEP) center, supported by Empire State Development's Division of Science, Technology & Innovation. It is a not-for-profit organization providing small to medium-sized manufacturers with guided access to an extensive network of industry experts, programs and assets to solve business growth challenges. Its Innovation Fund is designed to spur technology development and commercialization across New York State. Manufacturing Grants from the Fund are available to New York State not-for-profit organizations, including higher education institutions, which are proposing innovative projects to be undertaken with small to medium-sized manufacturers or early-stage companies with a project relevant to the manufacturing sector.

About New Scale Robotics

New Scale Robotics (www.newscalerobotics.com) designs and manufactures "plug-and-play" collaborative automation tools that make manufacturing companies more competitive. Our precision smart grippers and electronic calipers install in minutes using software applications that operate seamlessly with collaborative robot controllers. Our tools are the perfect fit for agile automation including small part movement, inspection and assembly.

New Scale Robotics is a division of New Scale Technologies, Inc. near Rochester, NY. We have more than 15 years of experience creating miniature embedded motion systems including numerous patents in micro motors and motion control systems. Our products feature unmatched miniaturization, micrometer-scale resolution, and fully-integrated microelectronics with intelligent firmware. Our customers benefit from high performance, superior ease of use, and fast system integration.

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