Case Study Of LeClaire Manufacturing Hydraulic Units

By Chris Moore, Vice President Marketing, LCM2M

The Challenges LeClaire Manufacturing Was Trying To Solve By Implementing Caddis Systems

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.  


    LeClaire Manufacturing


    Agriculture, Transportation, Medical, Marine, Railroad, Military


    Hydraulic Mold Machines


    Bettendorf, IA

How Did Caddis Systems Solve The Problem Of Excessive Oil Temperature

  • Monitoring the oil temperature of 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

  • Flexibility of 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 system to be deployed in stages

  • Superior customer support

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

$ 96694




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.


Troy Zimmerman, Operations Manager of Aluminum Casting Foundry & Machine Shop

Case Study: Shot-Blast Dept.

CADDIS Systems improves machine utilization and increases output, improves consistency, manages cycle times to improve efficiency while maintaining quality requirements.

Caddis offers great value when compared to similar systems on the market. The approachable price point allows users to scale the system as the need grows. The total initial investment is based on the user’s defined needs and units required to meet those needs.

“Utilizing Caddis to monitor excessive operating temperatures up-front has saved us tens of thousands of dollars in replacement hydraulic pumps, and drastically decreased machine downtime, which translates into more savings. Thanks for delivering a wonderful product!”  

– Troy Zimmerman, Operations Manager, LeClaire Manufacturing


Data was gathered from March 4,2018 – June 3, 2018.

Weekly Utilization increased by 7.5% for all five machines from the baseline data. This increase in utilization was equal to 15 additional product hours each week, with a weekly value of $597 in potential profit generation. For the time period that was analysed, the total profit generation equaled $8,352.15 or $29,828.92 annualized.

+ 7.5%

Weekly Utilization

2.11 Months

ROI GX Return


Annualized Profit


Increase Cycles/Day