David Henderson, founder and CEO of New Scale Technology, recently spoke at a Victor-Farmington Rotary Club meeting.
Henderson holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree from Carnegie Mellon University. He serves as chairman of the New Scale Technology board of directors.
He has more than 30 years of experience in engineering, new product introduction, worldwide market development and business operations. His technical expertise is in mechanical and precision systems engineering. Before founding New Scale Technology in 2002, Henderson was director of the positioning product division of Burleigh Instruments.
New Scale Technology, 121 Victor Heights Parkway, Victor, has 16 full-time employees and a contingent of part-time employees. The privately held company focuses on creating and manufacturing small and precise products with miniaturization, micrometer-scale resolution, fully integrated micro­electronics and intelligent firmware.
During his presentation, Henderson introduced Rotarians to terms such as credit card-size electronics and robotics.
The company received patents in the development of piezoelectric motors and motion systems. New Scale Technology applied its experience in micro-mechatronics and motion control systems to develop smart parallel electric grippers for the fast-growing collaborative robots market. This led them to create a new division, New Scale Robotics, to reach and serve industrial automation customers. New Scale Robotics designs and manufactures precision smart grippers and end-of-arm tooling for the smallest collaborative robot.
When discussing the growing use of robotics in industry and the workplace, Henderson said, “If you can use a smartphone, you can handle a robot.”
New Scale Technology manufactures modules for the medical, scientific instruments, aerospace and defense, industrial, and consumer electronics markets at the Victor facility. For high-volume markets, the company works with manufacturing partners and technology licensees worldwide.
Henderson discussed his background and how he formed the company. He outlined its progress from 2002 to the present, as well as the growing field of robotics and how the company hopes to move forward in that industry. In response to a question on the company’s involvement in the local community, he discussed the company’s support of the Victor Robotics Club at Victor Senior High School.
In club business, President Ross Cottone updated members on issues reviewed by the board of directors. The club will have representatives at the District 7120 annual assembly, held April 6 at Wayne Central School in Ontario. Hundreds of Rotarians from the district’s 70 clubs will participate in a series of workshops on Rotary issues.