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Ardis

CUTTING EDGE MANUFACTURING SOFTWARE.

ARDIS® is a modular all-in-one platform designed and built for the sheet, bar and coil cutting industry. Modules are powerful alone. Better together.

We deliver end-to-end optimization of your operations.
Today’s complex world with fierce competition requires a solution you can grow into. This requires a standardized proven software which is highly customizable by parameterization. Our modular design allows us to focus on your current needs without closing doors to the future. Product versions allow to support both small, midsize and large customers.

Saw-cutting & nesting machine independent third party integration.
Our modular design allows us to focus on your current needs without closing doors to the future. Product versions support different complexity levels as well as small, medium and large manufacturing facilities.

Industries

The woodworking industry is characterized by great complexity. The sector processes a wide range of materials, each with their own specific characteristics. Production processes often take place in several steps, with each machine requiring adjusted input. Last but not least, almost all companies in this sector are confronted with custom projects. Each new project can be totally different from the previous one. This requires a huge amount of flexibility in terms of production software.
ARDIS® has over thirty-five years of experience in this sector and offers the most optimal solution for each situation.

In the nonferrous metals industry basic materials can come in various forms like sheets, coils or lengths. Prices are mostly based on weight and can be extremely volatile. An accurate cost calculation for every order or project is of the utmost importance.
ARDIS® has all the features it takes to tackle these issues and to provide the right solution for our customers.

Plastic materials come in a multitude of varieties. When cutting or milling out the different parts within your project, it is crucial to avoid cutting losses as much as possible. In addition, specific machine settings must be taken into account to prevent material damage and premature wear of the cutting tool.
ARDIS®® has all the functionalities it takes to tackle these issues.

Materials such as Alucobond®, Rockpanel®, Trespa® and Eternit® are quite valuable. When cutting or milling out the different parts within your project, it is crucial to avoid cutting losses as much as possible. In addition, specific machine settings must be taken into account to prevent material damage and premature wear of the cutting tool.
ARDIS® has all the functionalities it takes to tackle these issues.

Glass is a precious building material with a wide range of applications and technical properties. The profitability of the service centers that cut the basic glass sheets to size heavily relies on the maximization of basic material usage.
ARDIS® is the ideal partner to help reduce scrap to a minimum and secure the margins of our customers!

Solutions

Sheet optimization for woodworking shops.

  • < 5 people in the plant
  • Optimization of sheets
  • Intuitive cutting patterns adapted to your cutting process
  • All your production documents at the press of a button: labels, cutting plans, parts lists, etc.

Stay independent of any machine manufacturer.

ARDIS® supports more than 30 machine manufacturing brands out of the box.

The optimal balance between material usage, production cost and working time

Improved efficiency and simplified sorting thanks to intelligent, larger sawing batches

Easy integration

Full integration with third-party software such as ERP, CAD/CAM, MRP etc. using flexible macro language and adjustable import and export which supports all technologies (SQL, CSV, Excel, Access, etc.)

View your productivity with ARDIS® ANALYTICS:

Gain insights into your past optimization and production data and store a backup in the cloud.

  • How many parts did you produce per month/week/day?
  • Howmany sheets/offcuts did you use?

ARDIS® OPTIMIZER enables you to

  • > 5people in the plant
  • Complex manufacturing environment
  • Core to manufacturing performance
  • Group orders and items
  • Sort based on cutting plan
  • Take production challenges into account, such as
    • Tension free cutting
    • Minimum edge-banding length
    • Intermediate format generation for laminates
    • Import from all CAC-CAM / ERP / …
    • All paperwork prints from 1 solution
    • The optimal balance between efficiency & yield
    • Out of the box customization
    • Optimization in shipping sequence
    • Offcut processing priority
    • Full integrated & automated solution
    • Link to all machine types
    • Cutting edge algorithms
    • Balances your saws & routers
    • Faster production planning
    • The most comrehensive label-printing on all machines

The optimal balance between material usage, production cost and working time

Improved efficiency and simplified sorting thanks to intelligent, larger sawing batches

Easy integration

Full integration with third-party software such as ERP, CAD/CAM, MRP etc. using flexible macro language and adjustable import and export which supports all technologies (SQL, CSV, Excel, Access, etc.)

View your productivity with ARDIS® ANALYTICS:

Gain insights into your past optimization and production data and store a backup in the cloud.

  • How many parts did you produce per month/week/day?
  • Howmany sheets/offcuts did you use?

Affordable resource planning & manufacturing execution system

Do you recognize this?

  • “The operator started on the next job while the current isn’t finished?”
  • “It’s like our operators don’t know what a priority job is.”
  • “Why is he running to engineering every 10 minutes?”
  • “What was our throughput today?”
  • “Can we still accept that huge order for the end of the week?”
  • “How is that machine performing?”
  • “I changed my mind, this needs to come first!”

Why ARDIS® PERFORM over standard MES/MRP/ERP?

  • Made specifically for the sheet cutting industry
  • Standardized solutions developed using knowledge of industry-specific issues
  • Standard connections with all machinery used by the industry, reducing scanning time loss
  • Standard connection with cutting plan optimization
  • Developed in collaboration with Ghent University

Having it your way without customization.

  • Independent of the way your production flow is organized:project, sales order, or production order-based – all possible, even mixed
  • Flexible data model, import and synchronization with third party software
  • Flexible time calculations for estimates
  • Configurable machinescreens and online reports

Key advantages:

  • Completely web-based, so accessible anywhere
  • Up-to-date order travel status
  • Customizable routing allocation
  • Error & breakdown reporting of machines
  • Support of unique part or multiple quantities
  • Assign operations to individual machines or groups
  • Thanks to our closed loop feedback we avoid 30 to 70% of the scan time

Impact for engineering & production manager:

  • Remarks per machine instruction
  • Minimal Bill of Material and Bill of Operations maintenance
  • Real-time status and order overview
  • Immediate bottleneck representation & rescheduling possibility
  • Rush orders and rework parts management

Impact for management & quality control:

  • Live feedback of “on-time” status
  • All required input for production meetings ready in real time
  • Production error alerts and traceability
  • Employee payment by performance instead of by hour

Impact on the business:

  • 15% more efficiency on the workflow
  • 60% less disturbance of engineers
  • 360° overview without loss of time on scanning

Optimal stock rotation for large and small.

ARDIS® STOCK enables:

  • Suitable offcut / sheet determination
  • Offcut processing priority
  • Simple manual labeling
  • Reservation processing
  • ERP synchronization
  • Link with optimization software

Manage all your stock on a single platform — Sector-specific warehouse management

Offcuts

  • Automatic detection and identification of offcut pieces within optimization
  • Online printing of offcut labels in same way as part labels
  • Shop floor training in 5 minutes
  • Simple movement registration without regular designated places
  • Intuitive system

Return on investment:

The greatest value of offcut processing isn’t in the materialgains but in the processing time saved.

Thanks to ARDIS® STOCK, no more:

  • Measuring and counting offcuts for every optimization
  • Manual adjustment of cutting programs
  • Relying on offcuts that were there recently but have since been used

Full sheets.

Register sheets as they come in and record use per project

  • Simple registration via scanner or touchscreen user interface
  • Movement registration of pallets, even if they are chaotic

Edgebanding.

  • Registration of edgebanding rolls and their leftovers without length measurement

Order picking.

  • Registration of screws, hinges, electrical suppliances, and more with a simple scan
  • Re-use of supplier barcodes

Automatic warehousing.

Integration:

  • Integration with all brands of automatic warehouses
  • Save offcuts in a single system

Full control:

  • New online control for automatic warehouses
  • Communicates directly with the PLC
  • Full web-based interface with 3D representation
  • Permanent access to your warehouse controls via web or tablet
  • Intelligent sorting algorithm for improved warehouse efficiency

Impact on the business.

  • +70% offcut usage
  • +3% yield increase
  • -11% labour saving

Key advantages.

  • Full connection with the ARDIS®OPTIMIZER
  • Never any stock shortages thanks to reservation & multi-user environment
  • Link and integration with ERP/MRP, never any generation of double references
  • Simple but flexible system requires only minimal training for operators

E-ordering platform real-time quotes machine ready service center

Do you recognize this? ——

  • Too much time spent creating quotes
  • Pricing based on estimates
  • Unreadable handwriting causing production errors
  • Re-entering paper orders into your system
  • Customers demand real-time pricing
  • Order to machine process requires manual interactions

ARDIS® TRADE e-ordering platform enables your customers ——

  • Real-time Configure – Price – Quote (CPQ)
  • Easily process edgebanding, drilling, special cuts…
  • Error feedback: eg. part too long
  • Instant quote to order validation
  • 24-hour availability
  • Copy-paste from Excel
  • Direct link to machine

4 online steps when ordering cut-to-size parts —

  1. Error-free e-order entry
  • Full sheets, cut and machined parts
  • Edgebanding, grooving, drilling, dowling, etc.
  1. Accurate price calculation
  • Based on optimization results: material use, cutting time, cut length, edgebanding, machine usage
  • Customer-specific pricing
  1. Real-time quote approval
  • Delivery preferences (address & date)
  1. Order processing
  • Automatic or manual order confirmation
  • All order & material requirements in pdf and xml format
  1. ARDIS® OPTIMIZER
  • Cutting/nesting optimization
  • Direct post processing to all machine brands

Impact on the business

  • 70-80% lower cost to order
  • <9 month payback
  • 0 errors reduced to zero

Key advantages ——

  • Initial web plug in tool in a day
  • Significant time & cost savings
  • First time right quotes, orders and delivery
  • Automated order processing
  • More efficient machine usage
  • Increased service levels to your customers (customer retention)
  • Easy and intuitive: no training needed for your customers
  • 24-hour availability

Control and pilot all your CNC-machines in flexible way

Do you recognize this? ——

  • Your draftsmen have to take the capabilities of your machines into account.
  • All production data are available, but you cannot send them to your machine.
  • Generation of machine files takes up a huge amount of time.
  • On purchasing a new machine, you are tied to the same brand, otherwise you must rebuild all CNC-programs.

Key features ——

  • Import from various sources (CAD/CAM, ERP, Excel …), but also manual input possible.
  • Feedback from postprocessor to other software.
  • Generate up to 500 machine files per minute.
  • Quick response to last minute changes.
  • Configure postprocessors yourself.
  • Link different postprocessors to one another. What one machine cannot produce, is automatically sent to another.

CAM CENTER converts every design into ready-to-use production files — This way draftsmen can focus on their expertise without taking the limitations and capabilities of your machinery into account. And production engineers get the tools to configure and pilot machines in an efficient and flexible manner.

Dataflow:

  1. Import
  • Import any CNC-file (DXF, MPR, CIX, XXL, HOP, G-code …).
  • Fix or variable (and stays variable after import).
  • Set the import rules yourself.
  1. Universal data format
  • All information on CNC-operations compressed into one single data format.
  1. Postprocessor
  • Filter which layouts, parts or operations you want to send to the machine.
  • Optimization of CNC-operations.
  • Grouping and sorting: define the order in which you want to execute operations.
  • Centralize and manage all macro’s and send them to the machine at will.
  1. Product strategies
  • With CAM CENTER you can distribute all CNC-operations for a particular layout or part over multiple machines in your workshop. This way you pilot all machines as a single entity.
  1. Feedback
  • Feedback on decisions taken (routing, filters, conversions) to ERP, MES and optimization software.
  1. Export to machines
  • Export to beam saws, edge banders, CNC-machines and nesting machines in a wide range of file formats (MPR, CIX, HOP, XXL …).

Optimal control of your CNC

  • Contour milling in multiple steps.
  • Processing of oversized parts.
  • Add extra operations.
  • Automatic conversion of operations.
  • Rotate and/or mirror parts.

Special nesting features

  • Mill out all parts in one uninterrupted go with the stay down nesting functionality.
  • Mill scrap into smaller pieces.
  • Automatic labelling.

Operational Resource Planning modular design

Cost and quality control is crucial in this hyper competitive market, and the complexity and use of technology is increasing at a furious pace. The solution is an integrated approach to manage and monitor all people, materials and machines – typically called Operational Resource Planning (ORP).

The diagram below shows how ARDIS® has built a modular and standardized platform to meet all these requirements, specifically for the cutting industry.

Contact us now for a free audit to identify any gaps or problem areas in your business. — Talk to an expert  ›

Integration ——
Our ORP architecture is split into various functional products that also work perfectly on their own. Together they provide an even better result thanks to integration on our ORP platform.

Main features:

  • Integration with all third-party machines and software
  • Scalable and adaptable using standard parameters instead of custom software
  • Runs in the Cloud for complex, historical and comparative reports
  • Only buy and use what you need
  • Expandable system so you won’t outgrow it