Cross partners with AIRSKIN® to bring customers a way to make any robot collaborative
Gastonia, NC, May 15, 2020 – Cross Company Robotics and Machine Automation announced that they are now an exclusive distributor for AIRSKIN, an innovative product from Blue Danube that allows almost any robot to work collaboratively with humans.
“We are so excited to bring this product to our customers,” remarked Cross Automation Group President, Lynn Crump. “This technology allows us to make applications with larger payloads collaborative, which wouldn’t have been possible in the past.”
AIRSKIN is a series of soft, thin, and flexible pads that cover the surface of a robot or linear actuator. Each pad is filled with air that senses changes in pressure when it comes in contact with something in its environment. The small pressure change caused by the contact triggers an emergency stop to prevent injury. It is important to note that some robotic applications will never be collaborative due to the nature of the process; however, when installed correctly AIRSKIN meets ISO 15066 requirements for a collaborative robot.
In addition to making industrial robots collaborative, AIRSKIN can also improve the efficiency of collaborative robots, such as those made by Universal Robots. Because of the added layer of protection, there is less force on contact which allows collaborative robots to move faster than typically permitted to meet collaborative guidelines.
“Blue Danube Robotics is proud to have Cross Company as a strong distribution and integration partner for AIRSKIN in the southeastern region of the United States”, said Johannes Marktl, Head of Sales at Blue Danube Robotics. Cross Company is an exclusive distributor for AIRSKIN in the Southeastern US, including Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi.
About Cross Company
Cross Company is a 100% employee-owned industrial solutions company that is innovating the industrial world, one customer at a time. The company was founded in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1954 and has over 650 associates and 20 locations throughout the Southeast and Midwest. Cross specializes in robotics and machine automation, industrial measurement and calibration, process flow and safety technologies, process control integration, industrial and hydraulic hoses & fittings, and as an original equipment supplier in the mobile vehicle systems integration industry. Cross Company’s corporate headquarters remain in Greensboro, NC and it has major facilities in Knoxville, TN, Belmont, NC, Whitsett, NC and Oklahoma City, OK.
AIRSKIN is produced by Blue Danube Robotics, based in Vienna, Austria. Blue Danube Robotics focuses on safe human-robot collaboration in mass production. The Austrian company produces safety solutions for robots, cobots and end-of-arm-tooling (EOAT). These make robots safe for humans and thus efficient for enterprises. Benefits for customers are cost efficiency, higher productivity, and simplified risk analysis.