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Plastic 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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Improve Measurement Efficiency with a Multi-Sensor 5 Axis CMM

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The Altera CMM SCANtek from LK Metrology offers speed and flexibility. It accomplishes this by using five axes to make complex measurements. Used for verifying dimensional accuracy and inspecting the surface finish of components, it can capture up to 4,000 coordinate points per second. If you are interested in learning more contact us today!

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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What's New at Cross

Case Study: 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.”

Machine Tending for Quality Inspection

Did you know you can pair a collaborative robot with a video measurement machine or CMM to automate your inspection process? With a relatively quick ROI period, the Cross robotic machine tending solution frees up the quality team to do more productive tasks or tasks that may not lend themselves to automation. This leads to an increase in worker productivity, retention, and safety. It also increases your productivity, which improves your bottom line.

Did You Know?

If you use Cross Precision Measurement for your calibration needs, all of your certs can be found in our calibration software, GageSuite. This award-winning software is completely free to you as a Cross calibration customer. Request a demo today!

Cross Provides Tangible Value for You

Reduce Risk

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

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.