An AI Tool to Digitize Drawings and Turn Individual Knowledge into Company Assets

Yushiro Kato, CEO of CADDi

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What if your company had a digital library of every single drawing, from the newest designs to 100-year-old hand-drawn copies for parts still in use? What if this digital file system was powered by artificial intelligence and could read not just the text on each drawing, but could actually understand all the data (material types, revisions, even identify similar drawings)?

That's exactly what Yushiro Kato and the team at CADDi have done with their groundbreaking CADDi Drawer solution.

This AI-enabled platform revolutionizes how manufacturing drawings are managed and accessed, offering a centralized, format-agnostic solution with advanced image-analysis algorithms, significantly reducing procurement costs for manufacturers.

It's no wonder Kato was recently named a Forbes 30 Under 30, and that CADDi is one of the fastest-growing SaaS startups, with their recent $89 million Series C funding bringing their total funding to $164 million.

In this episode, you'll hear about the technology that's revolutionizing procurement in manufacturing, with special insights around the importance of digitizing institutional knowledge.

Listen to learn:

  • Why digitizing your drawings isn't just about archiving the data, but also about being able to analyze and access any drawing, revision or similar part using artificial intelligence
  • How digitizing drawings can cut search times by 80% and procurement costs by 30%
  • Why the digitization of institutional knowledge is crucial for manufacturing companies to ensure a smooth transition from older to younger generations of employees

3 Big Takeaways from this episode:

  1. Digitization isn't just about storing data, it's about leveraging dataFor many manufacturers, assets like drawings may be stored in disparate places - handwritten files in physical cabinets, digital renderings saved in disorganized devices and servers. Even if you were to digitize every drawing and centralize the storage location, it would still take procurement specialists hours to find the right drawings and the correct revision, and would require knowing the drawing ID. Digitizing assets is more than storing data in digital files. It's about being able to leverage that data to optimize processes. That's why CADDi's technology is truly an Industry 4.0 tool. Learn about the difference between storing and leveraging data, and consider how the latter could impact your organization.
  2. CADDi Manufacturing enables companies to source the best supplier for their parts: The application of this AI-enabled technology extends beyond your own company. Hear how CADDi has leveraged their own AI platform to build a network of OEMs and suppliers, connecting companies with the part-maker who can manufacture the part they need at the best possible price.
  3. Digitization can turn individual knowledge into company assets: Every manufacturer has employees that have been there for decades, knows every process, every part. What happens when they exit the workforce and take all that wisdom with them? Digitization can help capture the knowledge of these individuals and save it in a way that can be used by future generations of the workforce for years to come.

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