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Automation Group Case Studies and Application Notes

Browse the latest case studies and application notes from our Automation group:

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…

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…

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…

From start to finish, Cross creates a custom rack-mounted motion control cabinet Cross Company’s Automation Group created a custom control cabinet solution that highlights how an existing set up can easily be optimized to fit customer needs. The customer had been using a standard floor cabinet, modified with wheels, to…

Cross creates custom actuator for automotive parts manufacturer An automotive manufacturer was in need of replacement actuators for their winding machines.  They had multiple machines in their facility, and each time an actuator failed they had to order a replacement from the OEM in Europe. Unfortunately, the cost of the…

Automotive parts manufacturer finds quick ROI with Cross Air Flow Monitor Actively monitoring compressed air consumption can have benefits for your bottom line. One of our customers, a manufacturer of automotive parts, found significant savings after just a few months. They used the Cross Compressed Air Flow Monitor to record…

The J.A. King team is proud to have been a part of the raising and righting of the H.L. Hunley Submarine in Charleston, SC. Our Integrated Solutions Division designed and built the monitoring system that showed and recorded in real-time the weight distribution across the submarine as it was being…

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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.