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Automation Resources

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Articles and Whitepapers

A common trend in the industrial automation and robotics industries is that people are looking for electric alternatives to their pneumatic components. This can be seen with – but not limited to – electric robotic grippers, electromechanical cylinders, and linear actuators. Many of pneumatic end effector manufacturers are starting to venture into the world of …

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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. One of our customers recently …

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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 an application.  Let’s take a …

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Technical Bulletins and Guides

How to Use Proportional Technology to Control Pressure in High Flow Applications We run across a lot of applications in our industry, and one of our customers had a very specific need. They asked, “How can I automatically control the pressure in my air receiver?” This is not an unusual dilemma and is normally solved …

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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 & A1000 drive series. Here …

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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 them. Having pioneered the easy-to-use …

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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 using vacuum, try picking up a …

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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 mounted encoders and do some …

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Case Studies and Application Notes

Cross Automation Improves Efficiency for Medical Device Manufacturer The Application A medical device manufacturer needed help automating a machine tending process. They needed to load medical devices one at a time from a part presentation tray into a Trumpf laser etching machine. Once the machine etched a number onto the medical device the operator or …

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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 force or speed, which led …

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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 very fast and very precise …

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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 cut the manual labor in …

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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 determined that this project was …

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Application Note: Actuator for Lifting Heavy Loads in Food Packaging Cross Automation Helps Food Packaging Customer Find Right Actuator for Lifting Heavy Loads Occasionally, customers need to lift something heavy and hydraulics or pneumatics are – for one reason or another – not the answer. In these applications, the answer is high force, high thrust …

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Application Note: Improved Efficiency for Transmission Parts Manufacturer Cross Improves Efficiency for Transmission Manufacturer with Remote Pushbuttons A transmission manufacturer in South Carolina was experiencing frustration with a process that required employees to walk back and forth to an HMI, which was about 50 feet away to confirm the completion of steps during the assembly …

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