case studies

Stucchi solutions deliver results that ensure safety, provide total customer satisfaction, improve efficiency, eliminate environmental issues, and increase productivity—so you can meet your company objectives. Our complete process review fulfills our customers’ immediate concerns and ultimate goals and addresses additional areas of vulnerability, to ensure future success.

truck with cables and crane

PROBLEM:

HEALTH & SAFETY

When a customer wanted to replace their leaking flat faced couplers, we asked about their entire process—where & how the coupler was being used and how it interfaced within the process—revealing that it was also creating an operator safety concern, exposure to stored energy. The solution eliminated reportable workplace incidents & injuries in their hydraulic line connection/disconnection process and achieved zero leakage/environmental impact.

CHALLENGE

A large service provider to the oil & gas industry needed to avoid potential lockout/tagout incidents and negative environmental impact that could be caused by leakage of hydraulic fluids.

SOLUTION

VEP series threaded flat face coupling for a leak-free, safe, connect-under-pressure solution.
The patented internal valve allows connection and disconnection with high residual pressure, and the flat face design avoids loss of hydraulic fluid.

paper mill

PROBLEM:

Efficiency

When a conversion process is mandatory, it can only be improved by increasing efficiency. We helped our paper mill customer’s transition from their existing hard plumbed lines connected with JIC hose ends and adaptors multi-coupling plates and VEP series for leak-free connection and efficiency. They have saved an estimated 60-70 man hours/mo. since implementing the quick disconnects and streamlining conversion.

CHALLENGE

A paper mills’ heated embedding rolls require changing out 6-7 times per month, at a cost of 9 man hours for each changeover.

SOLUTION

VEP series quick disconnect couplers for faster, more efficient changeovers.
The couplers can connect with residual pressure if proper bleeding of the system does not occur and provide a safe connection for operators.

construction site over river

PROBLEM:

Environmental Impact

When a contractor requested an exact replacement for their worn, leaking threaded poppet couplers, we started asking questions to discover the true source of the problem. Turns out, the couplers were the issue themselves, with the potential to leak from the outset, not just resulting from wear. New leak-free connections resulted in a complete reduction of environmental impact and an increase in productivity.

CHALLENGE

A piling contractor’s equipment leaks were impacting their operation and had the potential to contaminate the adjacent waterway with leaking hydraulic fluid.

SOLUTION

VEPHD series threaded flat face coupler for a leak-free connection.
The patented internal valve allows connection and disconnection with high residual pressure, and the flat face design with larger mating areas avoids loss of hydraulic fluid. 

auto manufacturing

PROBLEM:

Productivity

When we engaged in a process analysis, we identified key areas of improvement preventing our customer from achieving their SMED (single-minute exchange of dies) objective. Switching from their standard single push-to-connect manual couplers to multi-coupling plates for their hydraulic and water coolant lines allowed them to produce parts quicker, easily switch dies between runs, and improve safety and clean-up times.

CHALLENGE

A tier-2 auto parts manufacturer was struggling to improve their SMED system, to better accommodate production runs of different parts.

SOLUTION

GRE series multi-coupling plate for a 6-minute reduction exchange of dies time.
A superior guidance pin system allows connection with little effort, preventing inversion of circuits with error-free connection.

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