100% Employee Owned, Founded 1954

100% Employee Owned, Founded 1954

Case Study: Coats American Inc.

Coats American Inc. produces thread products and colors to meet a broad range of sewing requirements. It produces a variety of threads, which include cotton or polyester covered core threads, filament nylon and polyester, spun and textured polyester and embroidery with accompanying brands for each type.

Cross Company Automation Group provides Coats American Inc. technical assistance for identifying, specifying and providing new and custom technologies. This service allows Coats American Inc. to focus on developing new manufacturing processes and enables their development of new thread products.

Todd Poole from COATs describes one unique project in the video that Cross helped with:

“We had a precision wind project where we wanted to convert a machine we have in house that has 60 different spindles on it. If you’ve ever seen thread wound onto a bobbin, each of one of those threads has to be laid side by side and this is wound onto that package at a very high speed, it has to be done very precise because you have to lay that thread at exactly the same spot every time. Even though it looks very simple because you are just going back and forth it is actually a motion control project where you have to make changes on the fly….We had to do 60 of these on one machine. They all had to communicate with each other so we were tying in an HMI, PLC, and 60 motion controllers…There was almost nothing on the market that would do that….Cross was not the only vendor we talked to on this project but they are the only ones that got it done.”

Watch the video to learn more about how Cross Automation has added tangible value for Coats American by helping them automate manual processes and improve their efficiency. Contact us today to discuss your unique automation solution needs.

See how our automation team can help improve quality, increase efficiency, and reduce risk in your operation

Browse our Latest Case Studies and Application Notes

When Chris, a Manufacturing Process Engineer at a facility in the Southeast, placed an order for a custom scale in April of 2021 with a 6-8 week lead time, he expected to have it in place by early summer. Unfortunately, due to supply chain issues the manufacturer wasn’t able to…

A hand tool manufacturer located in the Northeast United States wanted to conduct life cycle testing on their clamping tools alongside those of a competitor for marketing purposes. The Cross Precision Measurement testing team built a custom pneumatic test rig to cycle the customer’s tools through typical movements. The rig…

A firearm manufacturer located in the Southeast United States competing for a military bid required help with NATO testing on their AR style rifles. While they had the capability to do some testing internally, they lacked the facilities needed to run the full battery of tests required by the NATO…

Cross Helps Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Improve pH Measurement Process A pharmaceutical manufacturer located in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park was experiencing some issues with their automated pH measurement system. The existing systems were used for monitoring pH in their critical utilities wastewater treatment area. The existing systems were obsolete and required…

Cross Helps Kemira Migrate Safety System While Keeping their Facility Operational Kemira, a specialty chemical manufacturer, located in Marietta, GA made the decision to migrate their existing Triconex safety control system to a Siemens PCS7 system. The Triconex system had been in place since 1993 and was starting to cause…