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Predictive Maintenance In Manufacturing

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According to a report from McKinsey Global Institute on the Internet of Things (IoT), Predictive Maintenance can lead to a savings of anywhere from $200 billion to $600 billion for manufacturers by 2025. Yes, this is spread throughout a large number of manufacturers that are producing a wide variety of parts and products, but it is still a HUGE number that cannot be ignored.

The goal of any Predictive Maintenance program is to develop a clear and efficient strategy that will improve Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE) and ensure that machines are meeting all safety requirements. A successful Predictive Maintenance program will enable not only your machines to stay running but also protect your most valuable asset, your employees.

In the past, Predictive Maintenance Programs have been deployed on a manual basis. Each machine has a specific schedule of when a service task needs to be completed. Once completed, the individual performing the task will make a note on a spreadsheet, checkbox, or report that confirms when and who this maintenance task was completed by. Unfortunately, when a shop, foundry, plant, or facility becomes busy, Predictive Maintenance can take a back seat to get parts out the door.

While this may make sense at the time, in the end many companies suffer the consequences when maintenance tasks are pushed down the priority list. It’s also very easy to simply forget when a maintenance task is due? Unless you have the luxury of having a specific individual monitoring a maintenance schedule and then enforcing the adherence to the maintenance schedule, you can also fall behind on maintaining your equipment.

The best way to overcome any issue related to Predictive Maintenance neglect is through the integration of a machine monitoring system. One such option is CADDIS Systems. CADDIS is designed to not only manage your machine utilization and OEE, CADDIS Systems also provides the ability for companies to deploy a Predictive Maintenance Program within the software which allows a company to build a history of Predictive Maintenance tasks completed. Those responsible for maintenance tasks receive a text or email alert when a task or service is due and then the ability to make a note of when the task was completed and provide any additional comments that relate to the task or machine serviced.

CADDIS Systems is a simple and cost-effective solution that will guarantee you a return on the investment. By integrating CADDIS Systems into your production environment you will see a number of benefits.

Just a few of these benefits include:

  • Fewer large-scale repairs and the number of all repairs will decline.
  • Increased overall machine productivity and life span.
  • Less capital investment by eliminating premature machine replacement.
  • Decreased downtime
  • Better project planning and scheduling as a result of machines continuing to run.
  • Increased safety for staff and all those exposed to the machines.

For more information contact Chris Moore, Marketing Vice President: chris.moore@lcm2m.com

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Chris Moore, VP of Marketing
Caddis Systems | 563.823.6218 | Email Chris

Why Is Machine Monitoring Important For Your Company to Be Successful

In the last few years, machine monitoring has gone from “Something Nice To Do” to “Something We Must Do”. The reason behind this transition is simply because succeeding in business has become increasingly competitive due to overseas competition and customers expecting high quality at a lower cost.

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Luckily, Caddis Systems has developed a cost-effective machine monitoring system that is easy to integrate into your production environment and provides you with a visually intuitive dashboard that is viewable on any device. Our customers continuously provide us with feedback on how they use Caddis and the positive results they are now seeing as a result of integrating Caddis into their production environment.

Below is a short summary of why machine monitoring is important to the success of our customers.

Machine Utilization: This is extremely important when it comes to capital expenditures. We hear from many customers that in the past if they were told they needed a new machine to keep up with production, they simply took this as fact and spent the money. The reality is that in many cases, the solution was not to spend $250-$500k on a new CNC but to better schedule the current machines they have. The only way supervisors and decision-makers were able to overcome excess spending on high dollar items was to clearly see the utilization data Caddis provides and then make purchasing decisions based on factual data rather than best guesses.

Predictive Maintenance: No one likes to be the messenger when it comes to telling their boss that their machine is down. In the past handwritten notes on maintenance actions probably kind of work but it’s easy to forget maintenance when production is speeding along and delivery schedules need to be met to keep the customers happy. Unfortunately not maintaining a machine on a regular schedule or not noticing clear signs of machine wear can cause costly results. Caddis has Predictive Maintenance capabilities that allow a user to enter in a schedule and then get reminders when machines are due for service.

In addition, a user can track cycle runtime and downtime. So over time, a user will see that a machine typically experiences some sort of failure at a specific point of time. Another nice aspect of the Caddis Predictive Maintenance capabilities is tracking such signs of breakdown such as vibration, psi, and fluid, stack, or ambient temperature. By setting up certain excessive thresholds within Caddis, the user is alerted by text, email, or audio/visual alarm on the shop floor that a machine is showing signs of failure and address the issue immediately.

Shift Accountability: In an ideal world every shift would perform at the same level of efficiency. However, we don’t live in an ideal world so we must adapt to overcoming shortcomings in shift efficiency. While some customers had initial concerns about Caddis being a “big brother” tool that would upset their employees, it was quickly realized that Caddis not only held people accountable to on-time starts and OEE. Caddis also gave operators and supervisors more control over their success. Now they are made aware of potential machine issues and they can schedule their department, cell, or machine in a way to become much more efficient than they were able to previously.

Caddis has also brought about some friendly competition between departments and shifts. By meeting or exceeding efficiency expectations, employees and owners are now enjoying the increased profits which lead to overall not only a more stress-free and stable work environment but also an increase in salaries, bonuses, profit sharing, etc.

If you are ready to increase the success of your business, please reach out to us and request a demo to learn how Caddis Systems can help you be a leader in your industry.