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Industrial Motion Control Automation Applications

The Cross motion control team is your single source for precision motion control solutions. With a robust offering of products, services, and complete customized solutions, Cross can help your operation run safely, more efficiently, and save you time and money.

Tap into our application expertise to solve your complex motion control requirements. With decades of hands-on experience, we’ve provided hundreds of custom solutions utilizing the finest technology the market has to offer. Cross Company is an extension of our customers’ design team, unburdening them from unique challenges of designing and implementing motion control solutions.

Once the mechanics are designed correctly, we can fill in the blanks from the gripper all the way back to and including the control cabinet and HMI. Over the past 30+ years, Cross Company has earned the reputation for being the go-to solution provider for electro-mechanical positioning solutions.

We serve many industries including Food & Beverage, Packaging Machinery, Medical/Life Sciences, Specialty Machinery and Defense/Security. And we can serve your operation, too.

The Need for Motion Control Systems

For decades, Cross Automation has been a go-to across dozens of industries for industrial robotics and motion control implementation. We’ve found solutions that speed up production processes, generate impressive ROI, and bring companies into 21st century automation.

Many industrial manufacturers recognize the importance of precision motion control. Further, many manufacturing facilities don’t just need motion control. They need a precision motion control solution. That’s where we come in.

Take a look at our offering for motion control automation.

It’s necessary to pair the right amplifier or drive with the right motor to create the right speed, positioning, and acceleration/deceleration an installation requires. Our experts can find the right equipment for you.

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At Cross, we can offer off the shelf actuators, motors, gearboxes, and other equipment for self-assembly gentries. Or we can provide custom-engineered, turnkey assemblies for your application.

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Gearboxes (or gearheads) allow for better utilization of a motor’s power. At Cross, we specialize in motion solutions requiring high accuracy and precision that often utilize unique gearboxes and other equipment.

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We can offer a wide range of linear actuators, including ball screw actuators, self-locking, belt driven, rack and pinion type, and many others. If you have an application that requires precise motion, we have parts for it.

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Cross Automation can provide a range of machine and motion controllers. This can include controllers using servo or stepper motors, PLCs, and an all-in-one controller bundle. We also offer custom engineered solutions.

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We represent many brands providing motors, drives, and rotary tables. And we take the time to work directly with you to understand the needs of your application and to determine the best combination for equipment for your needs.

Rotary Actuators and Positioners →

Servo and stepper motors are frequently used in precision positioning for electromechanical automation applications. Servo motors are precise and accurate and can be integrated into a number of manufacturing environments.

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Benefits of Robotic Motion Control

In today’s industrial environment, more and more production facilities are taking advantage of robotic automation in the form of motion control. Manufacturers who are making the switch are capable of seeing increases in quality, efficiency, and flexibility.


By making the switch from a manual process to an automated one using motion control, many manufacturers see an increase in quality. Machines are capable of working in non-stop, precise movements. This translates to a more repeatable product. It also frees up a human worker to focus on more important tasks.


Precision motion control also increases the speed at which tasks are capable of being performed. Which effectively leads to an increase in throughput. And all manufacturers know that more product with the same resources equates to more profit. Motion control systems benefit not just the quality, but your bottom line, too.


Many Cross motion control applications are directly customizable to your exact workflow. That means they have the flexibility to be implemented without having to drastically change your production process. For many industrial manufacturers, this can be a major cause for concern.

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Is Automation Right for Your Process?

Answer a few simple questions and find out! We’ll send a copy of your inputs to help build the case for automation, and determine ROI for automating parts of your operation.

Motion Control FAQs

“Motion control” isn’t a specific part or robot. Rather, it’s a collection of parts and software that work together to create a controllable movement machine. Typically, motion control systems are created through a combination of a controller, a motor drive, a motor (a stepper or servo), and a linear actuator.

A motion controller creates the trajectories an engine must perform. In short, it tells the motor what to do and how to do it. It accomplishes this through understanding the movement necessary to transfer something to a targeted, predetermined position (in a predetermined orientation). It is the brain of a motion control system.

If you’re running into motion-related issues in production, we’d be happy to take a look at your process. Our engineers have implemented motion control robots into production processes for dozens of industries over the years. Contact us for an evaluation to determine if motion control is the right path for you.

Why Cross Precision Motion Control?

Motion control can be a broad field. From palletizing to obsolescence assistance, motion control can be implemented in many areas of a production process.

In the last few decades, there has been massive advancement in the field of industrial robotics, and specifically in motion control. So the automation system you need is more and more dependent on your individual production process. Questions such as “What type of motion is required?” or “How accurate does the positioning need to be?” are necessary to devise an optimal motion solution.

As automation advances, it’s become increasingly necessary to manufacturers and production lines. If you had the opportunity to free up essential workers, reduce your risk, and increase productivity, would you take it?

That’s the question when it comes to automated motion control. It’s less about can you afford to and more about can you afford not to.

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Take a look at the full line of electro-mechanical motion control products and solutions offered by Cross, including; mechanical, servo, stepper, and drive solutions, machine controls, and more from brands such as Omron, Yaskawa, LinTech, and others.

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Related Automation Products

At Cross, we offer much more than just motion control for automation. We can also provide a range of products our customers need to succeed. Check out our other automation products and see for yourself.

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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.