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Consumer Products Industry Newsletter – February 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!

Palletizing is More than Just Stacking Boxes

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There are a number of common pitfalls associated with palletizing which our customers may not be aware of.

First, the things happening upstream from your palletizer can make or break the application.

If you aren’t able to reliably pack and seal the boxes before they reach the palletizer it can cause serious issues. We have developed our own custom reject station to pair with our palletizing solutions to ensure that only properly packed and sealed boxes are palletized.

Another common issue in palletizing is finding the right end of arm tool (EOAT) for the application. The team at Cross Automation are experts in EOATs. Whether it’s finding the perfect off the shelf solution or working with our vendors to design and manufacture a custom EOAT for your unique application, we are here to help.

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What's New at Cross

Cross helps Scrap Company Save on Repairs with Rail Scale Upgrade

A large scrap 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.

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Cross Onsite Inspection Helps Manufacturer with Fit & Finish Issues

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While commissioning a new manufacturing line in their Springfield, TN facility, the team at Electrolux realized they needed additional measurement capacity for PPAP (Production Part Approval Process) inspections.

The team was using traditional CMMs but needed some extra help. Electrolux reached out to the Cross Precision Measurement team for help measuring metal-stamped oven chassis components. These measurements were critical because, as Stephen Tyson, New Product Quality Engineer, said, “The chassis is the foundation of every oven, it’s important that they are dimensionally correct.”

Cross Onsite Inspection Helps Manufacturer with Fit & Finish Issues

This whitepaper from OGP discusses the utilization of lasers in precision measurement. “Discover (or re-discover) the fundamentals of laser measurement, complete with a guide on selecting the right laser measurement tools for any application.”

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Reduce Risk

Dräger Electrochemical (EC) sensors outperform other sensors in terms of longevity & accuracy. 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.

Contact our process solutions team to learn more about the Dräger Electrochemical (EC) sensors!

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Raise Quality

We know how hard it is to find CMM programmers. If you don’t have the skillset in-house Cross Precision Measurement can assist. We have a team of inspection and measurement experts who are proficient in a number of software platforms including Calypso.

If you need a hand with CMM programming or just inspection services in general reach out to us today.

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Improve Efficiency

Kreon’s Zephyr III 300 is a groundbreaking addition to its 3D scanning technology lineup. With a wide 300mm laser line, this new scanner accelerates scanning speed by twofold, resulting in a 50% reduction in the number of passes required for the same part, especially advantageous for inspecting large-scale components. Tailored for large-scale measuring machines, the Zephyr III 300 seamlessly integrates with automation features like the ACR3 auto-change rack and motorized PH10 indexing head. Compatible with Kreon Ace and Onyx measuring arms, it offers versatility and is suitable for various techniques, making it an ideal tool for 3D inspection and reverse engineering on large-scale parts.

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.