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Design an I/O Power Supply from the Omron NX Bus

In our previous blog post, “What is an Omron NX Power Module and Do You Need One?,” we discussed what an Omron NX power supply module was and why it was necessary. In this blog, we will go more in depth on how to design and specify the actual power supply needed for a particular

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Determine Required Motor Torque on Mechanical Positioning Systems

Steve Dickerson | August 20th, 2018 The new LinTech tool provides a relatively painless method for choosing a motor with enough power at your desired move speed. Mechanical positioner manufacturer and Cross Company supplier, Lintech, has developed a great new tool now available on their website. This tool is an “App” for determining the required motor torque necessary

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Schunk KTG50 Gripper Demo

Rusty Richardson | August 17th, 2018 When handling delicate parts, a pneumatic gripper is often overlooked because it might develop too much force and damage the part. Vacuum or force-controlled electric grippers are sometimes the first choices in such applications. But when factors such as surface irregularities or part position repeatability make vacuum solutions impractical, and

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How to Improve Vacuum Efficiency For Packaging Applications

Tony Greenly | July 11th, 2018 Vacuum applications can be prone to inefficiencies and, therefore, waste a lot of energy. If you have a “dumb” or under-sensored process, you may as well count the dollars as the air blows through the exhaust of a venturi! Inefficiencies are a fact of life with vacuum applications, but there is a way

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Cross Group - Robotics and Machine Automation

Quick Startup with Cross Company & Universal Robots Academy

Josh Westmoreland | July 6th, 2018 Interested in learning more about what it takes to program a Universal Robot? Do you already have one at your facility and need to train more personnel on how to use it? Universal Robots Academy Training Program The Universal Robots Academy is a great resource that you have at your disposal.

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Cross Group - Robotics and Machine Automation

Protect Your Robotic Automation Investment with Pendant Armor

Manan Banerjee | June 15th, 2018 When buying any equipment with a control pendant, the thought of buying accessories to protect it may seem like an unnecessary expense. After all, if you’re careful not to drop it, it should be fine, right? Let’s answer that question with another question – do most people put protective cases on

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Cross Group - Robotics and Machine Automation

What is an Omron NX Power Module and Do You Need One?

Greg Haley | May 3rd, 2018 One of the big benefits of using a PLC from the Omron NX1P PLC family is the ability to add I/O modules directly to the side of PLC. This allows machine builders to customize the PLC I/O for their specific application and to only pay for the specific I/O they

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Cross Group - Robotics and Machine Automation

Pneumatic Proportional Control with Actuator Position Feedback

Rusty Richardson | April 26th, 2018 When infinite position adjustability of an actuator through its entire range of motion is required, many people have become accustomed to looking at servo-electric solutions first. This is often the best choice, but in some cases, a pneumatic solution can be more cost-effective overall. One of our customers recently decided to

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Cross Group - Robotics and Machine Automation

How To Feed a Robot: What is Part Singulation?

Brad Czecholinski | April 6th, 2018 We will begin this three-part series with an overview of why parts need to be singulated then we will move on to Types of Singulating Devices, and finally How to Implement Singulators. Why Do Parts Need To Be Singulated? The push to automate an application, whether it be assembly, packaging, or palletizing

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