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Automated Batching System

Batching is a process used in the manufacturing of a wide range of products from concrete and seal coating to baked goods and cosmetics. In the simplest terms, batching is like making a really big cake. Batching systems automate the process of weighing and mixing raw materials together to create a final product.

By automating your mixing, blending, or batching system, you can ensure your products are uniform, across different machines, different shifts, and even different plants. Automated blending and batching can also help you by:

  • Reducing raw material waste: use only what’s required and nothing more. By knowing exactly what is consumed, you can minimize your material usage variance and improve your forecasting.
  • Save time: operators no longer have to waste time fiddling around to get the right amount in the batch. Pre-programmed recipes also allow them to switch between products at the touch of a button.
  • Increase efficiency: automated batching systems can monitor when an ingredient has run out. The system is shut down and the operator alerted to restock, via email if necessary. This improves your equipment utilization and ensures you’re getting product out the door as efficiently as possible.
  • Traceability: the system can record what went into each batch and when, providing you traceability for compliance and quality purposes.

Our engineering department has built hundreds of customized blending and batching systems across many different industries. Each application is slightly different. The experts at Cross work with you to understand your requirements and tailor the solution to meet your particular needs. We also pride ourselves on taking ownership of the project from start to finish, this means that if there is a question or issue we are the only phone call you need to make.

We work with many different equipment vendors, so we can select exactly the right hardware and write the software to match your application. In addition, our service department will support your custom solution with repair and calibration, ensuring your system is up and running when you need it. Take a look at this case study from OPTO 22.

Interested in learning more about improving efficiency while also improving the quality of your product? Contact us today!


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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.