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Custom Force Equipment

Force testing allows a manufacturer to gain a realistic representation of product performance based on a specific test.  But what if you can’t find exactly what you need to test your product in off-the-shelf equipment?  Need a force gage or tensile tester that is just a little bit different?  The engineering team at Cross can create a force measurement solution that is specifically designed for your product and your test method. We have a broad range of equipment to work with, so we can fit most applications and most budgets.

Parameters that we can measure include:

  • Tension
  • Compression
  • Tensile and  yield 
  • Coefficient of friction
  • Weld strength
  • Flexural modulus (aka three point bend)
  • Peel testing
  • Spring testing
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Force stand and custom fixture

With a custom force solution from Cross, we take into account your specific product and what data you need to gather.  Considerations we look at when designing a system include:

  • What testing standard is being used?  The customer’s own?  Their customer’s?  An industry standard or a universal standard like ASTM, DIN or TAPPI?
  • What function or functions need to be tested?  Frequently, we can test multiple points or parameters with the same system.
  • What level of force is required?
  • Is an extensometer necessary to measure the deflection of the sample under test?
  • Will the machine be operated manually or does it need to be automated?

Generating all the data you need to analyze your product is only useful if you can automatically collect it, without human error, and turn it into insight.  Cross works with Prolink software to offer real time SPC reporting, custom reporting, pass/fail indication for the operator, CPK and remote monitoring.  Their software is brand and product agnostic, so it can work with any type of equipment, even manual gages.

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Custom force testing machine with enclosure

Why work with Cross?

Cross has been in the measurement business since 1939 and we have a particular expertise in force.  In addition to our custom solutions, we can help with:

  • Fixturing
  • Automation, including sample loading and preparation
  • Safety enclosures
  • Machine feedback

No matter what type of force or material testing you need to do, Cross can work with you to design a system precisely tailored to your product and your requirements.  Contact the force experts at Cross to discuss your application!

See how our precision measurement team can help improve quality, increase efficiency, and reduce risk.

Force Equipment Providers

Take a look at some of the most popular brands of force and materials measurement equipment that we use in our custom force stands and material testers.

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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 to paper is about 4.5 grams, that’s 4.5 million micrograms.
Did you know… Cross Company is an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan). Our ESOP started in 1979 and as of 2006, we are a 100% employee owned! Learn more about our ESOP and how that benefits both team members and our customers.
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.