M.A. Ford Case Study
By: Adam Sidlinger, Production Engineering Manager
A case study on how CADDIS Systems helped M.A. Ford improve their utilization, OEE, and production management.
What was the challenge M.A. Ford was looking to solve by integrating CADDIS?
M.A. Ford did not have any machine monitoring software so we were left with approximating cycle times, efficiency, machine downtime, and the ability to monitor live data for what machines were currently running at any given time.
How did CADDIS Systems help M.A. Ford overcome the challenges you were facing?
With CADDIS, we are able to easily capture important information about each machine, and even entire departments to review data pertaining to production that helps us make better decisions moving forward. Before CADDIS, many man-hours were wasted manually tracking approximate machine uptime and downtime.
What machines have you installed the CADDIS on?
M.A. Ford has CADDIS devices installed on several different platforms of 5 axis CNC grinding machines, OD grinders, lathes, and others. These brands include ANCA, Rollomatic, Walter, Shigiya, Saacke, and DMG Mori.
Why did M.A. Ford choose to move forward with CADDIS Systems instead of another machine monitoring system?
M.A. Ford was initially working with a different machine monitoring software and was about to pull the trigger on launching their devices throughout our shop. Once we saw what CADDIS had to offer, we immediately made the switch over to them. This decision was easy because of a few reasons.
Cost. CADDIS offers competitive data and capabilities at a better rate than almost every machine monitoring software we have looked into.
Location. CADDIS is a US company with its headquarters only a few miles away from MA Ford.
Development. We were very pleased with everything CADDIS has to offer to immediately integrate into our products; but what we were more excited about, were the plans for future development. CADDIS was willing and able to work with M.A. Ford to implement new features, make additional changes, and continuously improve their product so we can get the most out of their devices and software.