Monico, Inc. Participates in Caterpillar® Fracturing Truck Project

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Monico Inc. was selected by Caterpillar® to provide the control and monitoring interface gateways for a fracturing truck project in Texas

Recently, Monico was selected by Caterpillar® to provide the control and monitoring interface gateways for a fracturing truck project in Texas. Caterpillar® will be using CAT 3512 diesel engines with new CAT TH55 electronic transmissions. Monico has a long-standing, unique and successful history with this application, and were thus the obvious choice to partner with Caterpillar® for this 20 engine project.

The engines pump fluid down-hole into the shale formations, putting massive fractures in the shale rock formations and allowing the natural gas to be extracted. Operationally, this is a tough service on engines and transmissions. Because of this, Monico is implementing a new feature offered by CAT called Kickout to Neutral. This feature allows for safety settings for each transmission gear. If certain outlet pressures are achieved, the transmission will automatically shift into neutral and protect the engine and pump components.

Monico is also providing control inputs via our J1939 Gateway for torque converter lockup, engine start/stop in both normal and emergency mode and speed control. The unique ability to provide multiple pre-configured solutions for simultaneous integration via Modbus or direct integration with Allen Bradley, GE Fanuc, Siemens, and Omron PLC control systems made Monico an easy choice to help with the Caterpillar® project. Monico’s ability to quickly implement proprietary PGNs that are specific to Caterpillar® in these operations sealed the deal.

This effort between Caterpillar® and Monico, Inc builds our expertise on applications done previously for Freemeyer Industrial Pressure. In fact, Monico has also shipped a follow-on order for 26 more engine systems to Freemeyer for almost identical applications. With new government regulations forcing more companies to partner in the building of frac trucks, we expect the orders to continue.

About Monico Monitoring, Inc.

Monico Inc. is known worldwide for providing superior communications products and technical assistance. Caterpillar® Dealers and system integreators worldwide utilize Monico products with confidence because of Monico’s reputation for hassle-free end-user support.


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