Hydraulic Unit Case Study

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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.

 

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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)

 

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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! 

 

Preventative Maintenance

Caddis Systems is the perfect system to ensure your business avoids unplanned downtime by using data to address potential problems prior to machine failure. Caddis comes equipped with discrete inputs and a type-k thermocouple port out of the box while the 0-10v analog input allows for a variety of off the shelf sensors to be integrated.

 

Machine Monitoring

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.

 

The system can be set up in minutes:

• Power up device
• Connect device to network
• Provide input signal
• Log into dashboard
• Start monitoring facility

 

Preventative maintenance is all about being prepared. Caddis has been used in a wide variety of applications to allow businesses to stay running and keep their equipment in excellent working order which decreases capital expenses and increases revenue.

 

Current Caddis Preventative Maintenance Applications:
• Coolant Pumps
• HVAC Systems
• Packaging Conveyors
• Mining Conveyors
• Boilers
• Compressors
• CNC’s
• Plastic Molding Machines
• Rolling Machines

 

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)

 

Contact us to request a free demo! 

 

Remote Facility and Warehouse Monitoring

 

If you need to monitor the HVAC systems, boilers, air compressors, and any other piece of equipment at large warehouses or storage facilities, Caddis is the perfect monitoring system. Caddis connects directly to these machines to allow you a view of one facility or an entire network of facilities. You will have real-time data displayed in an intuitive dashboard that indicates if your machines are fully functioning and what the temperature is at each location.

 

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If a machine shuts down or violates a pre-set threshold, you will immediately be notified by text or email. There are also multiple digital outputs that allow for visual/audible alarms to be fired when thresholds are exceeded for those facilities that may have staff on-site.

 


Take advantage of trialing Caddis Systems at your location or multiple locations for one month at no cost. During the trial phase, you will receive all the support you need to fully integrate Caddis into your environment and feel confident that your assets are protected.


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)

Work Place Distractions

10 Workplace Distractions And How to Manage

As we slowly transition back to our offices and “new normal”, we’ll need to once again get used to working around and with other people. We were finally getting into the groove of working from home and managing our pet, kids, and spouse distractions, and now we are heading back to the workplace!

Below are some tips on how to better manage workplace distractions in a bustling environment, and it always comes back to productivity!  Here are 10 workplace distractions:

  1. Email
  2. Office Phones
  3. Smart Phones
  4. People Stopping By Office or Cubicle (complainers, gossipers, chatty)
  5. “Watercooler Chat”
  6. Social Media
  7. Meetings
  8. Too Many Bosses
  9. Report Redundancy
  10. The “Too Many Question” Guy

 

Not every suggestion below applies to every workplace environment, nor will it apply to every situation. Some may be required to constantly monitor email, answer phone calls, or speak with guests and customers. But, by doing just a few of these tips below will help everyone be more productive and successful in completing their work. The number suggestion I actively take part in is The Pomodoro method.

 

  • The Pomodoro “tomato timer” method
    • Work in 25-minute increments on only one task. Set a timer. When the timer goes off, take a short break and resume again with another 25-minute increment. Do not multi-task, one task only. This has worked wonderfully for many people by helping them stay focused, and producing more quality work.  If you chose to do any of these ideas on reducing workplace distraction, I like the Pomodoro Method.

 

  • Close down your email and check only once per hour, not every time a notification dings on your computer or smartphone.

 

  • The same goes for social media. Only check at designated times, don’t have social media tabs open on your desktop or smartphone for easy access. It’s too tempting and is distracting to have social media tabs open all day.

 

  • If you are not required to answer the phone as a core function of your job, i.e. you aren’t the info desk, put your phone on Do Not Disturb (DND) while working on one focused task.

 

  • Close your office door for a few hours each day, close the blinds, and state “out of office” or “do not disturb”. Sometimes folks don’t pay attention to the door sign so I opt for the “I’m not in the office” option.

 

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  • Don’t engage in gossip and meaningless chit-chat. This is doesn’t say “don’t be social”. Simply stop engaging with this type of conversation, and people will stop approaching you with trivial information. Again, socializing is a good thing at work. But how you socialize matters.

 

  • Block out chunks of time on your shared Outlook calendar. This will motivate you 1) work on these tasks during these designated times and 2) lets others know you wish not to be disturbed during these timeframes.

 

  • Take a short walk one time per hour. This means, get away from your desk! At a minimum, stand up at taking some deep breaths. Getting some fresh air, I promise, will help you to think more clearly.

 

  • Don’t take work home with you at night. Sometimes, this is unavoidable. But it’s my experience if I don’t take a break from thinking about work-related projects and tasks, I do not perform optimally. Sometimes the best ideas come up when you aren’t thinking of those 101 things you have to do!

 

Unfortunately, most of us don’t have the luxury of an administrative assistant who can screen our calls, answer our emails, and intercept the “stop by”. By being proactive and setting some boundaries with the tips above you’re sure to see an uptick in your productivity and overall job satisfaction, and less distraction in your daily work life!

Tips For Successfully Working From Home

 

 

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Have a routine. Get up and get going. Take that shower, do your workout, and get dressed for work! It’s so tempting to stay in your sweat pants and just roll out of bed to your laptop. Trust me when I say you’ll feel better, be more productive, and have more energy if you stick with a routine. It helps to get into a groove and be in “work mode” at the same time, every day.

 

Designate your own workspace. It’s hard, I know! But do try to find a small corner of your home to designate as your own, for your work only. I have a friend that uses her closet! She claims it helps with acoustics and noise while on calls, and her family will leave her alone. Everyone needs to be able to walk away from their work as it’s easy to start the bad habit of work and home blending into one. Designate your space and keep to that space for work only.

 

Have the right tools in place. Depending on your type of business, different software and tools can help you to stay organized and efficient. Zoom is a hit for connecting with co-workers; if you’re not Zooming, you aren’t connecting! CRM systems and ERP software are essential in keeping organized with sales and prospects, especially while working remotely. If your business is manufacturing, Caddis offers the best system for remote machine monitoring with real-time alerts.

 

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Establish a start and stop times. Some of us have this automatically built into our day. For example, if you are in support services you will log in to your phones and system at 8:00 AM and log off at 5:00 PM. Done. But for others, like my friend who is a college recruiter, start and stop times are not always set in stone. It’s crucial you define your working hours, especially if you have a family in quarantine with you. Establishing your designated work hours will help you from working more than you should, and help you set good, healthy boundaries.

 

Machine Monitoring

Handle interruptions before they start. Working from home you would think your interruptions would be less. Not true during quarantine! Especially if your spouse and kids are in lockdown with you. The kids are hungry, the dogs need to go outside, and your spouse wants your attention to watch another YouTube clip, all before 8:45 AM. You need a plan in place for handling interruptions, otherwise, you won’t get your work done! Set clear expectations for who and when your family can interrupt your work. It will help you all manage the day so much better.

 

Everyone has the same struggles when it comes to working at home during quarantine and “shelter in place” orders. We are all trying to find ways to manage our work-life balance in this unprecedented time. The tips above revolve around routine, productivity, and communication. Do your best each day to manage expectations, and don’t be afraid to invest in tools that will help you be successful while working remotely.

Achieve Work-Life Balance With Caddis’ Machine Monitoring System

We’ve all heard the buzz term “work-life balance”. What is work-life balance, and what does a machine monitoring system have to do with it?

Work Life Balance

 

Work-life balance means different things to different people and industries. To some, it means having time for family and friends. To others, it means having a flexible work schedule or the ability to work from home. And still, to others, it means not taking work home at night and not checking emails at all hours. It means maintaining boundaries.

 

The idea of work-life balance is similar to what Caddis can do for machines; taking care of monitoring efficiency and productivity for each machine. Any machine in any industry is eligible for use with our system. Let us show you how!  Most people don’t want to be plugged into their job 24/7, and investment in a machine monitoring system for businesses gives peace of mind; it gives the necessity to be constantly plugged is in the past!

 

Machine Monitoring System Helps Achieve Work-Life Balance

With the country currently practicing social distancing, having the ability to monitor productivity off-site, is yet another reason investing in a real-time remote monitoring system like Caddis can benefit your business!  Caddis’ System alerts are sent when critical issues arise, which are customized for each customer and business need. No longer does one need to worry about human error, data is continually recorded for historical observation, or can be monitored in real-time too.

 

Caddis is cloud-based, so having to be on-site to monitor machines and productivity is no longer an issue! Simple and quick alerts are sent, or, just check-in and monitor the machines’ data in real-time. All of this allows for the freedom of work-life balance. For more information on what Caddis machine monitoring system can do for your business, click here and we’ll be in touch! 

Who is CADDIS?

Machine Monitoring

Caddis Systems evolved out of necessity. The system’s concept was hatched to become a leading innovator in machine monitoring and utilization.

We observed a growing need for real-time data monitoring to help businesses collect quality data to increase productivity. The “old” model of machine monitoring is dependent upon human and manual observations, which creates a lag-time in communication and can be inaccurate.

In addition to productivity and efficiency, critical issues need to be addressed in the present, not after the fact. This prompted our investment in creating an affordable, durable, and reliable machine monitoring system.

 

So, where does the name “Caddis” come from?

The name Caddis was initially inspired by a type of fly that is used in fly fishing. The founder of Caddis, Andy Moore, saw the similarities between how the Caddis fly is attracted to light, similar to how the Caddis device can pull a signal from a stack light, and how its’ wings beating can represent the cycle times of a machine.

 

It also makes a pretty cool logo that combines nature with manufacturing!  

 

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Machine Preventative Maintenance

 The Caddis device is capturing each machine cycle, as well as sending temperature data with alarms set “on” to send text/email if the temperature exceeds 140 degrees. The devices that are attached to the machines, and sending this data, are very robust, easy to integrate, and easy to scale throughout a facility which may have a variety of types/vintages of machines. 

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