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Obsolescence and Retrofit Assistance

As your equipment ages, it can become increasingly difficult to keep it running properly. Cross Automation is here to help! Once parts are discontinued by a manufacturer they become increasingly difficult to locate and increasingly expensive. Instead of scouring eBay to find replacement parts from less than reputable dealers, let our automation experts find the perfect replacement for your obsolete parts.

Obsolescence replacement can range from very simple and straightforward to very complex. What we promise is that we will use our technical expertise to find or create the best form, fit, and function replacement possible. Sometimes this means specifying a new equivalent part that matches up with the specs of your old part. For instance, replacing a standard ISO cylinder or valve series that has been discontinued is generally straightforward.

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Completed Walking Beam Retrofit

If we were replacing a servo system, for example, our team would look at a number of specs including:

  • Voltage Needed – i.e. AC (120V, 240V, 480V) or DC (12V, 24V, 48V)
  • Power Required (kW)
  • Control Type – Pulse/Direction, Analog, Indexer, Fieldbus (i.e. Ethernet/IP, EtherCAT)
  • Motor Dimensions & Specs
  • Environment

Based on this information we can size the system based on the load and move profiles. In these applications, we are often able to match a new motor with comparable specs to the obsolete motor or drive.

In other, more complex situations, we combine parts from our manufacturers along with custom-built components, if needed, to make a compatible replacement. Our team works hard to create turnkey solutions so that these replacement parts are as simple as possible to drop into your existing process. We have mechanical design services for adapter plates and programming services to configure controllers & drives that will work the same way as the obsolete units they are replacing. Because they use the exact same signal(s) in many cases, the new component will integrate seamlessly without the customer having to change the original programming code. For example, check out the custom actuator our team designed for an automotive parts manufacturer.

Welder Actuator – Before

Welder Actuator – After

Often when designing replacements for obsolete parts to retrofit older equipment, we are able to improve the process itself. Whether it be improved operation, increase in cycle times, added functionality, or reduced downtime–these improvements can drastically improve your efficiency. Not to mention the time you will save letting our team handle the sourcing of hard to find replacement parts for your equipment.

Don’t waste any more time searching the internet for obsolete parts! To learn more about how we can help improve the operation of your aging equipment, contact us today. Our experts are here to support you.

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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!
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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.