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Food & Beverage Industry Newsletter – February 2024

Palletizing is More than Just Stacking Boxes

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

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

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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. Read more here.

Precision Steam Control Valves for Superior Food Processing

Accurate steam control during food processing ensures that the final food product is fit for human consumption: safe and tasty. Secondarily, precision steam control can decrease the cost of production and improve the manufacturer’s bottom line. Jordan Valve has a unique sliding gate technology in their steam control valves and steam temperature regulators that delivers superior performance, longer life, and fewer maintenance issues than other technologies.

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Cross Provides Tangible Value for You

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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Improve Efficiency

Choose sustainability and efficiency with Transair from Parker. Engineered for reduced energy consumption, this innovative piping solution offers quick assembly, durability, and superior performance. The system’s full-bore components and low friction coefficient guarantee optimal and constant flow, outperforming galvanized steel systems. Experience total absence of corrosion, clean air quality, and extended equipment longevity, while enjoying significant time and cost savings during installation and modifications. Make the eco-friendly choice with Transair for a more sustainable and efficient compressed air piping solution.

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Raise Quality

Parker in the water treatment and filtration market helps increase your throughput and efficiency, create smaller system footprints, & reduce assembly time & leak paths. Parker’s technically superior push-to-connect fittings, valves, cartridges, tubing, & accessories have been designed to engineer your success, offering you new ways to create value.

Contact our hose & fittings team to learn more about Parker’s Water & Beverage products!

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.