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Articles and Whitepapers

Why use a linear shaft motor instead of a U-shaped linear servo motor? With an independent review of energy efficiency, this article discusses the benefits of using linear shaft motors in place of linear servo motors.

A common trend in the industrial automation and robotics industries is looking for electric alternatives to pneumatic components. What is the benefit of switching from pneumatic to electromechanical actuators? Take a look at our top 5 benefits to see why it might be right for your operation.

Solenoid valves used in air manifolds can be direct acting or pilot operated. In the case of a direct acting solenoid valve, the coil acts directly on the valve spool to actuate it. In the case of a pilot operated solenoid valve, it uses system air pressure as a pilot to actuate the spool.…

Vertical Loads: When And How Should Brakes Be Used On A Linear Actuator? In Motion Control, there are many examples of vertical applications, and the examples can vary widely. Whether it’s a packaging gantry or a robot end effector, linear actuators commonly are used to lift loads against gravity. However…

Top five reasons cobots are great for adapting to our “new normal” It’s an understatement to say that things have changed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. For many of us, almost everything about our daily lives has changed in an effort to adapt and continue operations while keeping…

Pneumatic Proportional Control with Actuator Position Feedback When infinite position adjustability of an actuator through its entire range of motion is required, many people have become accustomed to looking at servo-electric solutions first. This is often the best choice, but in some cases, a pneumatic solution can be more cost-effective overall.…

What to look for in a fever screening system As we all get back to the “new normal” many are faced with the dilemma of how to ensure the safety of their employees and patrons. Whether you operate a large manufacturing facility, a hospital, a municipal building, an airport, or…

Accuracy, Repeatability, and Resolution: Applications in Automation and Motion Control The terms accuracy, repeatability, and resolution can be found on the spec sheets of many engineered products. They are often misunderstood, used interchangeably, or just plain confused. This can cause products to be incorrectly specified and, in many cases, over-designed for…

How to Decrease Equipment Energy Consumption Hint: It’s a lot more than just tracking energy usage and consumption There are an endless variety of articles regarding how to improve energy usage in building and manufacturing facilities. But what does it really take to decrease energy consumption? Many suppliers offer meters…

Technical Bulletins and Guides

So, you’re going to use an AC drive and you know what horsepower and voltage you need, now what? There are numerous issues to consider when applying an AC drive. Take a look some of the most common topics we get asked about. Control Modes There are three different motor…

Technical Guide: Gantry System vs 6-Axis Robot Solution Cross Company sells both Gantry and 6-Axis robotic solutions. Our goal is for our customers and readers to make the smartest choice for their situation and application. In the world of motion control, the industry has reached the point where the initial…

Coval LEMAX: Improving Efficiency for Packaging Applications Vacuum applications can be prone to inefficiencies and, therefore, waste a lot of energy. If you have a “dumb” or under-sensored process, you may as well count the dollars as the air blows through the exhaust of a venturi! Inefficiencies are a fact of life with…

Normal Duty vs. Heavy Duty: Specifying a Yaskawa AC Drive Questions to Consider for Your Yaskawa Application When you are thinking about purchasing a Yaskawa AC Drive, you have to decide whether a Normal Duty or Heavy Duty drive is required for the application. This applies to the J1000, V1000…

Faster CoBot Deployment with Universal Robot’s Application Builder Collaborative robots (CoBots) are already making significant inroads in the US and global manufacturing industry with Universal Robots (UR) staking a majority market share. With more and more first-timers looking at ways to automate using CoBots, it becomes important to make the process easier for…

Gentle and Secure: The Coval FPC Vacuum Cup for Bags In the world of pneumatics, vacuum is seen as a dark magic. Whether you are picking up boxes for palletizing or individual products, getting the proper flow and seal is crucial for a successful pick and place. To even further complicate…

The advantages of Stepper Motor Systems versus Servo Systems Stepper Motors and Drives (Stepper Systems) have always been a low cost alternative to Servo Motors and Drives (Servo Systems), but there are applications where the inherent characteristics of Stepper Systems have advantages other than cost. There are many Stepper Systems that utilize motor…

What Are The Options When Custom Machinery Fails? Custom machinery is everywhere in manufacturing because generic solutions may not work or be efficient enough. But if something happens to your custom machine, your repair or redesign options may be limited. For example, a large Tier 1 Automotive customer had several…

Case Studies and Application Notes

The Application A manufacturer of metal components in Tennessee needed help with automating a workstation on a new line. They wanted a UR robot to pick from two locations and then move parts between stations. The manufacturer required that this station be automated, because in order to meet their customer’s…

Cross custom subassembly saves time and money for conveyor manufacturer The Application A manufacturer of conveyor equipment was using an electrical solenoid to sort products by activating a mechanism that opened the bottom of the conveyor to drop its contents into the appropriate bin. The electric solenoid didn’t generate enough…

When designing pneumatic circuits, there are usually various ways to achieve your desired end goals. Some designs can be complex with many parts to consider, while other designs can be relatively simple; both can give you similar end results. In this application, we explore some options for designing a dual…

Using a hand crank for automation may sound like an oxymoron, but there are times when it makes sense. Sometimes an application requires the robustness, precision, and customization that is available from automation equipment, but it also requires manual control. The issue with this is that automation equipment is generally…

Cross Automation Helps a Manufacturer in the Semiconductor Industry Improve Efficiency and Raise Quality Through World-Class Technical Expertise and Customer Service A manufacturer of machines that inspect semiconductor wafers and packages for defects wanted to upgrade their machine performance to increase quality and throughput.. The machines they produce must be…

Application Note: Improved Efficiency for Filling Station Cross Company Helps Safety Equipment Manufacturer Double Efficiency in Filling Application A safety equipment manufacturer needed help making a container filling station more efficient. Cross Automation and J.A. King, which specializes in weight-based filling applications, were able to design a new system that…

Application Note: Improved Efficiency for Heat Curing Process Cross Automation Increases Efficiency of Heat Curing Process by 60% While working to raise efficiency by automating manual processes through their facilities, a manufacturer realized that their heat curing process was creating a bottleneck in their production. Cross Automation and the customer…

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