During its more than 60-year history, Schroeder Industries has evolved from being a manufacturer and distributor of capital mining equipment to serving a number of industries needing fluid conditioning and filtration solutions. While the company prides itself on its ability to serve any industry where fluid power hydraulic operations are needed, mining remains at its heart.
The company designs and manufactures hydraulic and lubrication filtration products, filter systems and process and fuel filtration products capable of cleaning the water, oil, lube and fuel systems of mining machinery. Schroeder’s products are specified for use by many mining equipment OEMs, and the company is also capable of making replacement parts for competitors’ machines. “We can cover all fluid conditioning and advanced fluid applications in underground and surface mining,” says Gus Schroeder, president of the Leetsdale, Pa.-based company. “If there’s a filter used in mining equipment, we probably make it.”
Other industries served include the oil and gas, material handling, pulp and paper, primary metals, power generation, mobile and construction markets. Schroeder distributes its products through a network of more than 240 dealer locations throughout the world.
Schroeder Industries offers distributors and customers training on its products through a monthly webcast, as well as a number of “Schroeder Academy” sessions offered throughout the year. These sessions cover topics including contamination control, filter sizing, product pricing, selling against competition, vacuum dehydration and system diagnostics.
“Our goal is to continue to provide more value-added products to the customer – in years past we sold filters, but today we sell complete filtration solutions,” he adds. “We’re positioning ourselves as an advanced fluid conditioning solutions™ provider, not just a filter manufacturer.”
Leading the Market
Schroeder Industries has pioneered numerous filtration concepts, including fine micronic filtration used in hydraulic systems, and holds 36 patents for its products. Of those patents, 12 have been awarded within the last decade. Additionally, the company is ranked first in underground mining and within the top two in surface mining in terms of fluid conditioning products sold.
The company will bring several of its newest products – including bulk fuel filtration systems used in longwall underground mining – to the MINExpo 2012 trade show in September. “We have many new products hitting the market that we will make our customers aware of, including many of our newest technologies that apply to mining,” Schroeder says.
Schroeder Industries’ newest products also include its MC17, MS18 and MS19 Electrical Dirt Alarm® indicators, which are used with a wide range of the company’s hydraulic filters.
The expo also gives the company the opportunity to interact and gain feedback from mining equipment OEMs and other customers, and gather input for potential product upgrades. “We want to lead the market,” Schroeder adds.
Bulk fuel filtration is a major concern for many of Schroeder Industries’ mining industry customers, as they are working to meet federal regulations that mandate lower sulfur content in diesel fuel as well as other changes that make water and particulate removal and fuel cleaning more challenging.
“Our products are designed to meet our customers’ challenges,” Schroeder says. “More and more, our customers require additional technology in our filters, and they need that technology delivered in a smaller package.”
Schroeder Industries’ engineering team works constantly to improve the quality of its products. Many of its filtration systems have diagnostics incorporated within to give the user added assurance that each system is working properly. “We separate ourselves through our measuring and diagnostic capabilities,” Schroeder says. “We’re supplying a full system that can provide measurable results to the user.
“Anyone can build a filter, but not everyone can provide a solution that ensures the filter is working.” EMI