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Achieving High Availability with Redundant Rockwell ControlLogix Systems Rockwell’s Allen Bradley ControlLogix line supports enhanced redundancy with processors, communications, and power supplies to achieve high availability of your control system. Here are some of our recommendations, plus some pitfalls to avoid when implementing such a system. 1. Make sure you…

A PID loop adjusts its OP to maintain its PV at its SP. Some PID loops cannot be satisfactorily tuned by adjusting the three primary constants. When combined with good basic tuning, advanced methods can improve stability, responsiveness, and limit overshooting. See The Basics of Tuning PID Loops for suggestions on…

The art of tuning a PID loop is to have it adjust its output (OP) to move the process variable (PV) as quickly as possible to the set point  (responsive), minimize overshoot, and then hold the variable steady at the set point without excessive OP changes (stable). Definitions PID = Proportional,…

Hazardous Area Classification Guide The National Electrical Code (NEC) defines hazardous locations as those areas “where fire or explosion hazards may exist due to flammable gases or vapors, flammable liquids, combustible dust, or ignitable fibers or flyings.” Hazardous locations are classified in three ways by the NEC: type, condition, and…

Oval Gear Flow Meter Installation & Troubleshooting Knowing the do’s and don’ts of oval gear flow meter installations is just as important to the life of your meter as was the selection criteria for choosing  an oval gear flow meter. To avoid any unintentional damage to your new oval gear…

Draeger Tube Accuro Pump Best Practices & Maintenance Guide What is the Draeger-Tube System? In order to optimize your gas detection results, you need a clear understanding of the Draeger Tube System. So, exactly what is a Draeger Tube System? The system contains two key parts that work in tandem.…

Guide to Selecting an Oval Gear Meter Once you’ve decided that an Oval Gear Meter is the best flow meter for your specific application, there are a few key things you will need to know to narrow your selection down to a single oval gear flow meter. What is the…

Flow Measurement: The Truth About Upstream and Downstream Pipe Diameters Our experts agree that the most common issues with flow measurement are incorrect sizing of flow meters and poor installation. We’ve seen some pretty creative flow meter piping that totally neglect installation best practices. To ensure that doesn’t happen to…

If you spend much time working with calibration gas, it’s very likely that you will see the term “LEL” used extensively. LEL, short for “Lower Explosive Limit“, is defined as the lowest concentration (by percentage) of a gas or vapor in air that is capable of producing a flash of…

Instruments should be ranged to measure not only expected values but all values the system can produce. During upsets, actual values often exceed 20mA values for instruments tightly ranged for normal process conditions. For instruments with linear scale and additional capacity, the fix is simple: increase the 20mA scale on…

How to Use Wireless Technology in an Industrial Environment Let’s say you have a project where you need to get some information (sensor readings, video, alarms, etc) from one side of your facility to the other. Twenty years ago, you would install a new cable tray or dig a trench…

How to Optimize Equipment on a Low Pressure Tank When setting up a low pressure storage tank, there are a number of safety devices needed to ensure the protection of your tank including an ERV (Emergency Relief Valve), a PVRV (Pressure and Vacuum Relief Valve) and a BGR (Blanket Gas…

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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.