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
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
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.