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Save Your Business Thousands of Dollars by Monitoring Hydraulic Units with Caddis: A Case Study of LeClaire Manufacturing Hydraulic Units

By Chris Moore, Vice President Marketing, LCM2M


CLIENT LeClaire Manufacturing

PRIMARY EQUIPMENT Hydraulic Molding Machines

DOMESTIC PRODUCTION FACILITY Bettendorf, Iowa

PRIMARY INDUSTRIES SERVED Agriculture, Transportation, Medical, Marine, Railroad, Military

CHALLENGES TRYING TO SOLVE BY IMPLEMENTING CADDIS SYSTEMS

Monitoring the oil temperature of the hydraulic system to prevent machine downtime and reduce capital expenditures on new hydraulic pumps. Real-time temperature monitoring of the working fluid found in a closed-loop hydraulic system. Excessive working fluid temperature has been associated with premature pump failure, cylinder seal failures, machine repeatability issues, and excessive unplanned production downtime.

WHY DID LECLAIRE MANUFACTURING CHOOSE CADDIS SYSTEMS OVER THE COMPETITION

  • Actionable metrics focused on driving improvement
  • Simplicity of installation
  • The flexibility of the system to integrate with any and all types/brands of machinery
  • Metrics easily deciphered and easy to share with all levels of an organization
  • Flexible pricing options allowing for the system to be deployed in stages
  • Superior customer support

RESULTS

Over a one-year time frame, the results clearly speak for themselves.

HOW DID CADDIS SYTEMS SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF EXCESSIVE OIL TEMPERATURE

Using the type K thermocouple port that is found on all Caddis devices, LeClaire was able to capture the temperature of the hydraulic fluid at a frequency of every machine cycle. The built-in alarm functionality of the Caddis system allowed LeClaire to set temperature thresholds that when violated, text messages and emails would be immediately be sent out to maintenance personnel. Additionally, the built-in outputs of the Caddis device allowed for real-world indicators (strobe light/sirens) to be tripped when the same temperature thresholds were violated so anybody near the machinery, regardless if they were subscribed to the text/email alarms, would be alerted to the abnormal condition. The immediate notification to this abnormal condition provided the appropriate personnel with the information needed to take preventative action prior to excessive machine wear or catastrophic failure.  

COMPANY PROFILE  LeClaire Manufacturing

CUSTOMER PROFILE  Troy Zimmerman, Operations Manager of Aluminum Casting Foundry and Machine Shop

COMPANY OVERVIEW

LeClaire Manufacturing is single-source sand and permanent mold aluminum casting company. We offer a streamlined, vertically integrated process that eliminates the middleman — and the markup — and lets you source your entire project through a single shop, LeClaire Manufacturing. From molds and patterns to leak testers and machining fixtures, we make them all in-house and subsequently produce the sand castings, permanent mold castings, CNC machining, and ship parts to print to our customers. Bring us your ideas, projects, and even transfer tooling — and let us solve your aluminum casting challenges.

Air Compressor Monitoring

Caddis Systems provides the perfect peace of mind to those businesses that rely on air compressors to perform a critical function for their business. Caddis has multiple inputs allowing it to automatically detect machine status.

Caddis Systems

Temperature monitoring allows the user to control process parameters or monitor machine health while analog input is user-configurable. All the data is streamed to the user dashboard for monitoring, and multiple digital outputs allow for visual/audible alarms to be fired. When a temperature threshold or machine downtime is detected, the user is immediately notified via text or email in addition to the analog alarms.

The system can be set up in minutes:
• Power up device
• Connect device to network
• Provide input signal
• Log into dashboard
• Start monitoring facility

The cost to integrate Caddis Systems into your company is minimal when compared to the lost revenue due to machine shutdown.

Below is a cost breakdown:

Device Cost: $1,500 per device (one time)
Data Storage & R&D Cost: $200 (per year)

For more information please contact us! 

Conveyor Monitoring

Caddis Systems is the perfect solution for companies that depend on their conveyors to efficiently run their business. If it’s critical that you know your conveyor speeds to track production as well as track cycles or revolutions then Caddis is a cost-effective solution to putting this data in front of you.

From mining to packaging and numerous other industries that depend on a well maintained and fully utilized conveyor system, Caddis will give you the data you need to be a leader in your field.

All the data is streamed to the user dashboard for monitoring, and multiple digital outputs allow for visual/audible alarms to be fired. When a user-defined threshold is exceeded or machine downtime is detected, the user is immediately notified via text or email in addition to the analog audio and visual alarms.

The system can be set up in minutes:
• Power up the device
• Connect device to network
• Provide input signal
• Log into dashboard
• Start monitoring facility

The cost to integrate Caddis Systems into your company is minimal when compared to the lost revenue due to machine shutdown.

Below is a cost breakdown.

Device Cost: $1,500 per device (One time)
Data Storage & R&D Cost: $200 (per year)
No license fees, no seat fees, no software fees, and free remote support with low-cost on-site support available.

Take advantage of our 2-month trial period offer, and let us show you how we can help your business!