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In the News – Machinery Movers Magazine October 17

9th November 2017

Digital Disruption comes to the equipment spare parts market in Ireland.

Thanks to Peter Craven for this great piece in Ireland’s premier construction equipment magazine, Machinery Movers October/November edition. 

The talk of digital disruption is everywhere but for the majority who work in traditional industries it can be hard to know if this phenomenon applies and how it will manifest itself.
We can all see how Uber have disrupted the traditional taxi industry and how companies like Air B&B are changing the way we book accommodation. But will such disruption ever come to the quarrying and construction materials sector?

Chris Acheson is the founder and CEO of a new software start-up based in Belfast. His company is called CADshare and according to Chris their system will revolutionise the way equipment manufacturers interact with their customers when selling spare parts.

Chris is a mechanical engineer who spent almost 10 years in Australia working for mining companies – particularly in the mineral processing sector. He worked both for heavy equipment manufacturers and in project delivery roles and as such sent a lot of time working onsite during installation and post-commissioning of new plant and equipment. This experience brought him to a place where he began to question the way that equipment manufacturers were able to provide parts information to their customers.

The CADshare story began in 2015. “I returned from Australia with my family and started to work on the idea,” says Chris. “I built a team of software development specialists and we have been developing the product ever since. We’ve secured significant investment over the last 12 months and are now working with a number of clients to implement the system.”

So what exactly does CADshare do to revolutionise the way equipment manufacturers and end users  interact with Operation & Maintenance manuals? “CADshare is a customer-focused online
parts ordering system that provides a win-win for the manufacturer. Not only can their customers quickly and accurately order spare parts through an intuitive 3D interface, we give them the tools to create engaging ordering experiences in a fraction of the time it usually takes to create a traditional parts manual,” say Chris.

According to Chris this new approach has benefits for not only the equipment manufacturers but also for the end-users. “Our vision is very simple – the right parts, in the right place at the right time.” he explains.