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Chemical Industry Newsletter – January 2024

How to Protect Truck Scales from Snow

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A truck scale may be affected by winter weather conditions such as extreme temperatures, snow and ice. Snow and ice accumulating around suspension components or between the weighbridge and foundation can compromise scale functions. Read this article to learn how to protect your truck scale from harsh winter environments!

What's New at Cross

Introducing the Cross CoPallet Collaborative Palletizer

Optimizing efficiency and productivity is essential for maintaining your competitive advantage in today’s market. Manual palletizing is time-consuming, labor-intensive, prone to errors, and difficult for staff. Automating this process with a cobot is a great way to dramatically increase productivity, efficiency, and throughput.

The Cross CoPallet is an easy-to-implement collaborative robotic solution that enables you to immediately realize the benefits of automating manual palletizing. Features of the CoPallet include:

  • Heavy payload cobot- Up to 40lbs of payload enables the use of a collaborative robot solution for boxes that can pose ergonomic challenges to operators
  • Cross custom End of Arm Tool (EOAT)- Robust design provides the ability to pick a variety of boxes as well as pick multiple boxes at once to achieve faster throughput
  • Built-in vertical lift- Achieve stack heights up to 96”
  • Preprogrammed SKUs by our professional team ensure that the CoPallet is truly turnkey and arrives ready to palletize!

Protect Your Tank from Damage with Groth's Newest Valve

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Introducing Groth Corporation’s latest safety innovation: the 12F-TWW-0 Pressure/Vacuum Relief Valve. Engineered through extensive research and development, this valve provides superior sealing performance and industry-leading flow rates.

Designed to safeguard tanks from damage caused by overpressure or excessive vacuum, it reduces costly product evaporative losses during normal tank “breathing.” With materials like aluminum, carbon steel, and stainless steel, and sizes ranging from 2” to 12”, this valve ensures tight sealing, exceeding API-2000 leak requirements. Its 10% overpressure technology, easy maintenance, and corrosion-resistant options make it a reliable choice. Enhance protection and safety for both tank equipment and on-site personnel with Groth’s cutting-edge relief valve technology.

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Do you have a temperamental rail scale that's costing you time and money?

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A company located in Albertville, AL had a rail scale that was notorious for breakdowns. Between 2018 and 2022, the company spent more than $30,000 on repairs for the scale. This cost included new load cells, indicators, remote displays, and labor.

In August of 2022, the customer decided that something had to be done. Cross Precision Measurement helped them to select the Fairbanks Intalogix Conversion Kit for their rail scale with a remote display and indicator. The cost of this upgrade was just under $8,000 (not included in the total above). Since that time, the customer has not had to make a single repair to this scale and it’s providing them with the accurate measurements that they need.

If you have a temperamental truck or rail scale that’s costing thousands of dollars in repairs, contact us. We have been in the heavy capacity scale business for over 80 years and our experts are here to help you find the perfect solution for your weighing challenges.

Did you know?

Cross has it’s own service crew that specializes in truck scale installs. Our team of experts will make sure your old scale is removed and the new one installed correctly and calibrated–giving you confidence in your weighment data

👀Check out this timelapse of a recent install!

Cross Provides Tangible Value for You

Raise Quality

The new series of Quantim® QMC Coriolis flow meters and controllers from Brooks Instrument aims to achieve precise and consistent measurement and control of low flow rates of liquid or gas. This third-generation device is designed to enhance process quality, production yield, and throughput, while reducing scale-up time across different stages of production. The flow meters utilize a modern IoT-equipped digital architecture, combined with advanced sensor design, resulting in faster response times, minimal overshoot during flow adjustments, improved zero stability, and expanded I/O options.

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Improve Efficiency

Dräger Electrochemical (EC) sensors outperform other sensors in terms of longevity and accuracy due to various factors. Their larger design, featuring a patented Teflon housing, enhances robustness. The specially formulated electrolyte, with a higher quantity, contributes to a longer life cycle and superior catalytic performance, allowing the sensor to withstand extreme environmental conditions that may incapacitate smaller competitor sensors.

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Reduce Risk

The Polytron® 8100 EC is Dräger’s top of the line explosion-proof transmitter for the detection of toxic gases or oxygen. It uses a high performance plug and play electrochemical Dräger Sensor to detect a specific gas. Besides having a 3-wire 4 to 20 mA analog output with relays, it also offers HART®, Modbus and Fieldbus protocol, making it compatible with most control systems.

See how our team can help improve quality, increase efficiency, and reduce risk

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Did you know… Cross Company is an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan). Our ESOP started in 1979 and as of 2006, we are 100% employee-owned! Learn more about our ESOP and how that benefits both team members and our customers.
Did you know... the precision measurement group at Cross was founded in 1939 by our current CEO's grandfather, Jim King. That's a whole lot of calibration!
Did you know... A fingerprint weighs about 50 micrograms. We know, we weighed it! The residue left from a finger can actually make a difference in weight results which is why we wear gloves when we calibrate weights. For reference, a sheet of paper is about 4.5 grams, that’s 4.5 million micrograms.
Did you know… Cross Company has grown significantly since our start in 1954. Over the years we've acquired 26 companies! Today, our five groups have expertise in everything from industrial automation to precision measurement, and industry knowledge going all the way back to 1939.