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UX and design pay off
We are pleased that the interview with Tom Cadera on this important topic has been published a second time.
If you missed the interview in Konstruktionspraxis, this is your chance to read it in MaschinenMarkt and find out about:
- how the success of machines, plants and equipment can be increased through UX & Design
- how designers can contribute to sustainable and cost-effective (sheet metal) design and development
- why usability and ergonomics go hand in hand
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Interview Tom Cadera
On the occasion of the company's 30th anniversary, Ute Drescher from Konstruktionspraxis conducted an interview with Tom Cadera. They talked about how important a well thought-out user concept is for industrial design and ultimately for the success of machines, systems and devices. "Usability is the logical continuation of ergonomics thinking from the analogue to the digital world", Tom Cadera emphasises and explains the importance of an "Overall User Experience", a positive overall experience of the user with all man-machine interfaces.
iF award for Pexcite
Our successful cooperation with Uhlmann Pac-Systeme has been rewarded again and we are happy to announce we have won the iF Design Award in the category User Interface Design with Pexcite.
We celebrated this award together with two colleagues from Uhlmann at the iF Design Award Night 2023 at the Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin.
It has been a blessing to be able to work together with Uhlmann over all these years in such an innovative and visionary team. Our last major joint HMI project almost 10 years ago also won three awards. 5 awards with the Uhlmann team - we are proud of this success and would like to thank them for the trust they have placed in us over the years!
Certificate for 30-year anniversary
Cheers to 30 years! Dr. Sascha Genders, CEO of the Würzburg Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK), presented us with a certificate for our 30-year anniversary and raised a glass of champagne with us to celebrate this event.
What started at the dining table has grown into a company with 25 permanent and many freelance employees. Without the commitment of our great team, this success story would not have been possible. We would like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts who has supported us along the way, first and foremost our customers who have placed their trust in us - some for more than two decades!
Lecture at MedConf
Do cultural differences influence the usability of medical devices?
Franziska Schätzlein, expert for usability at CaderaDesign, will talk about this exciting topic on May 24, 2023 at MedConf, taking you on a journey through the USA and inspiring you to think and discuss about cultural differences, stereotyping, intuitiveness and individual needs.
MedConf is the leading networking platform for medical technology and will take place May 23-25 in Munich Unterhaching. In addition to software development, quality assurance and device development, this year's focus will also be on topics such as digitalisation and agility in medical technology. Don't miss this unique opportunity to expand your knowledge and make valuable contacts!
A satisfied team means business continuity
Meet Stella, our Feelgood Manager
"CaderaDesign has been growing continuously over the past few years. My position was created so I can be there for all team members and ensure everyone enjoys working here," says Stella.
She mediates on a wide variety of issues, provides healthy snacks in the office, organises yoga classes and ensures ergonomic workstations. She also organises team supervisions, one-on-one coaching sessions and team events.
COVID-19 has changed Stella’s work and she now also focuses on supporting employees working from home and on promoting resilience. Her work also contributes to our corporate social responsibility, strengthening our sustainability efforts.
Sales talent wanted
You are experienced in sales and in the industrial environment and would like to support us in selling our services?
**We are looking for a sales professional for industrial and UX/UI design (m/f/d).
We look forward to receiving your application!
CaderaDesign at Strama
Tom Cadera and Florian Fuchs reflected on the successful cooperation with the Strama Group last week on site in Straubing. During a factory tour, the jointly developed HMI was seen in action. Tom Cadera also gave a keynote speech on the opportunities of UX design in mechanical engineering.
Strama-MPS develops machines, special systems and complete solutions for the production, assembly and testing of technical components and products. In a process based on partnership, a user-friendly HMI was developed for employees and customers.
We would like to thank our very valued customer Strama Group for the great cooperation!
Tree donation for the 30th company anniversary
On the occasion of the company's 30th anniversary, CaderaDesign donated trees for the preservation and stabilisation of the local forest ecosystems. With the donation of 3000 Euros, 372 trees could be planted in the Spessart Nature Park. The Bergwaldprojekt e.V. association from Würzburg is committed to the protection, preservation and maintenance of the forest in various places in Germany and organises volunteer assignments for this purpose. The preservation of forests benefits biodiversity, drinking water protection, the climate and flood protection, among other things.
Lecture at VDMA-Websession
A VDMA-websession on 29.11.2022 will take a close look at human-machine interaction with a focus on gamification. It will be worked out how the joy of operating a machine leads to intrinsic motivation and how all this has a beneficial effect on work processes. Florian Fuchs from CaderaDesign will be a speaker at the event and will give input on the topic of "Added value of UX in industry".
Meet us at SPS Nuremberg
We would like to welcome you this year on two exhibition stands in Hall 7:
08 - 10 November 2022 | Messe Nürnberg | Hall 7, Stand 581 & 590
We will be happy to answer your questions on how to realise a successful industrial or user interface design in mechanical engineering and technology and show you example projects that have been implemented with different technologies. We will also present solutions on how to integrate Human Centered Design into your company in a commercially successful way and introduce you to our Design-To-Cost calculator.
Red Dot Award for Pexcite
Pexcite is a vendor-agnostic software platform for the entire value chain of pharmaceutical production. Together with Uhlmann, we developed a comprehensive brand UI as well as a usability concept and a style guide for Pexcite. The UI concept supports the high security standards in the pharmaceutical industry. We are delighted that our project with Uhlmann has received a Red Dot Design Award and would like to express our sincere thanks for the great collaboration.
"Future of Industrial Usability"
26 - 27 October 2022 | VCC Vogel Convention Center Würzburg
For years, anyone concerned with user-friendliness in industry had the "Industrial Usability Day" as a fixed date in their calendar. Unfortunately, the event had to be cancelled in the last two years due to corona. We are therefore very pleased that it will take place again this year. Vogel Communications would like to revive the event under a new name, with a new appearance and extended to two event days. We will be represented again as exhibitors and with a presentation by Tom Cadera and Christian Lang.
Meet us at the new conference and exhibition "Future of Industrial Usability" in Würzburg!
We are celebrating 30 years of CaderaDesign
We are celebrating 30 years of CaderaDesign and would like to thank our partners and clients for the interest in our work, the exciting commissions and cooperations as well as the trusting collaboration - perhaps even over thirty years. We are proud to have served numerous medium-sized companies as well as large corporations over the years. We have also pursued our two mainstays, user interface design and industrial design, from the very beginning and have always developed them further.
An overall user experience of products that combines user interface and industrial design will continue to be an important focus for us in the future. We are also increasingly concerned with the issue of sustainability and the possibility of involving ourselves not only in technological progress, but also in society. We want to continue to design ergonomic workplaces that are a pleasure to work in and make the added value of design tangible, tangible and also measurable, above all for users in industry.
Lecture at the Swabian Chamber of Industry and Commerce
Tom Cadera of CaderaDesign and Christian Lang of Kiefel PACKAGING once again presented their successful collaboration at the VDMA Corporate Forum in Augsburg. Using the example of the award-winning HMI project with KIEFEL Packaging, they explored the question of how an agile collaboration between a mechanical engineering company and a design office can succeed. The participants also learned what a successful design process can look like and what advantages good usability has in the production environment.
SPS Nuremberg 2021 cancelled
We are still here for you!
We were very much looking forward to SPS Nuremberg this year. Unfortunately, the organisers had to cancel SPS 2021 at short notice. We welcome this step and the contribution to calm the pandemic situation as well as to protect our stand crew and visitors.
Nevertheless, we would like to use the SPS time (23 to 25 November 2021) to get in touch with you. Visit our Teams channel or make an appointment with us in advance! We would be happy to do so together with our partners Grossenbacher, Comtac, Sabo or with COPA-DATA. Contact us!
Vortrag auf der MedConf
Beyond the standard - user-centred design as a success factor.
At the MedConf in Munich on 21.10.2021 we presented an lecture on the topic of UX and medical standards. The conference is an established networking platform for medical technology. The lecture was about identifying gaps for good usability in the IEC 62366-1 standard. On the basis of practical examples, weak points were named and suitable methods to remedies were described. Franziska Schätzlein from CaderaDesign presented the following together with the medical standard specialist Matthias Hölzer-Klüpfel.
"Corona Wegweiser" transferred to app concept
THE design of a central contact point for all information about Corona -.
that was the starting point of our non-profit Corona Wegweiser project. With the "Stadt Land Smart" team of the city of Würzburg, we found a strong implementation partner and released a Corona Dashboard for the city of Würzburg in June. At the same time, we transferred our idea to an app concept and had exciting conversations with the creators of the Corona warning app. We would now like to publish the result of our optimization suggestions for the Corona warning app. We are pleased that we were able to contribute ideas and hope that as many of them as possible will be implemented.
Christ and CaderaDesign publish abstract
The design requirements for touch panels installed in machines and systems are becoming more and more demanding. CaderaDesign and Christ Electronic Systems have published a free abstract that shows which aspects should be considered. For the publication, CaderaDesign asked Christ questions that regularly come up when designing an HMI and are crucial for choosing the appropriate hardware.
Corona Dashboard for the city of Würzburg
Together with the city of Würzburg and the developer Georg Fischer, we developed a dashboard that presents the most important information about the current Corona situation in Würzburg in a user-friendly way. It was particularly important to us to also present the current local rules. The concept and design of the dashboard is based on our Corona signpost concept and the extensive data compiled by the Open Data portal of the city of Würzburg.
We would like to thank Tilman Hampl and Eleonore Kohlhaupt from the "Stadt Land Smart" team of the city of Würzburg (WWS department) as well as Georg Fischer for their dedicated collaboration. We are very happy about the great result!
iF Award for the C-Beyond HMI from COPERION
The C-Beyond HMI from COPERION supports operators of compounding lines and extruders in their daily work. Our innovative operating concept ensures that operators can concentrate on the essentials. With the distance view, plants can be monitored even from several meters away without losing sight of important details. We are delighted that our project with COPERION has received an iF Design Award and would like to express our sincere thanks for the great cooperation.
iF Award for PINK's vacuum soldering systems
For the new generation of vacuum soldering systems from PINK, we have developed a new, modular machine design and UI design. The basic model of the VADU series, can be extended by one or two modules and thus scaled from small series to mass production. Details such as the smooth transition from the dark gray side panel to the front panel set strong accents as a design element. We are delighted to have received the iF DESIGN Award and would like to express our sincere thanks for the great collaboration with PINK.
CaderaDesign wins two iF Awards
We are very happy about our success at the iF DESIGN Award 2021. Two of our projects won the prestigious award, once in the category "User Interface (UI)" and once in the category "Product".
"We are very pleased with the awards because they once again highlight the quality of our two mainstays, User Interface Design and Industrial Design. And they underline our claim to consider both disciplines in a holistic user experience approach," says Tom Cadera, founder and CEO of CaderaDesign. Read more about the two successful projects soon...
Is the operation of robots really good?
Tom Cadera answered this question in the podcast "Robotics in Industry". He spoke with trade journalist Robert Weber and robotics specialist Helmut Schmid about industrial design and user interface standards. He also gave an outlook on how systems might be operated in the next few years and what that means for HMI development.
Web lecture at MCBW
How does agile collaboration between a mechanical engineering company and a design office work?
We will present our successful HMI project with KIEFEL Packaging at the VDID Unternehmensforum digital on 10.03.2021 at the Munich Creative Business Week. It was awarded a Red Dot Best of the Best Award. Learn what a successful design process can look like and the benefits of good usability in a production environment! Tom Cadera and Amelie Reich from CaderaDesign, together with Christian Lang from Kiefel PACKAGING, will talk about their collaboration.
Munich Creative Business Week
Upgrade your business. VDID Digital Business Forum. Part1
Wednesday, 10.03.2021, 17:30 - 19:00
Better usability in Corona everyday life
Advantage for institutions: user-friendly information concept for free implementation
A website that brings together all the important information in Corona's everyday life - that was our goal when we launched the "Corona Wegweiser" on our own initiative in late summer. The result was the concept of a website that presents information about the Corona situation in a local and customizable way. We would now like to make the result freely available to editorial offices and institutions for implementation.
How does the agile cooperation between a mechanical engineering company and a design office succeed? In the VDMA web seminar "Usability in Mechanical Engineering" we present our successful HMI project with KIEFEL Packaging on 02.12.2020. It was recently awarded with a Red Dot Best of the Best Award. Learn how a successful design process can look like and which advantages good usability has in the production environment! Tom Cadera and Amelie Reich from CaderaDesign will report together with Christian Lang from Kiefel PACKAGING about their collaboration.
Industrial Usability – Online course with CaderaDesign
We were allowed to help design an online course of the series "University4Industry" and provide information about the most important questions on the topic of "Industrial Usability". Together with the VDMA, Fraunhofer IAO and Vogel Communications Group, Tom Cadera and Florian Fuchs explain how to design the interface between man and technology to be particularly user-friendly.
We celebrate remote: Red Dot Award 2020
We are very happy about our Best of the Best award at this year's Red Dot Award. Unfortunately there will be no classic award ceremony this year. Nevertheless, we would like to celebrate and share these moments with you. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our valued customer KIEFEL Packaging for the excellent and cooperative collaboration in the agile set-up!
Time for AI
Our latest workshop format "time for AI" offers machine builders the freedom to evaluate their potential in the field of AI. Interactively and with exciting creative methods we find concrete project or product ideas. The target group is management, development and product management. Our AI and usability expert Florian Fuchs is on board and leads the workshop.
Red Dot Award Best of the Best Award
Design Award of the highest category for modular and intelligently visualized HMI from Kiefel
We are happy to receive a Best of the Best award from the renowned Red Dot Award! The user interface convinces with intelligent diagrams and animated illustrations. A color and shape guidance system makes it easy for the user to find the right parameters. The ingenious design reduces complexity and thus training times.
KI and HMI Design
What does AI mean for the future of HMI design?
Florian Fuchs from CaderaDesign reports on the topic of AI and Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) in the podcast AI in the Industry. "On the one hand, UX designers must communicate AI decisions about HMI to the user, while at the same time using AI methods such as voice input."
Kurtz Ersa Connect - Smart Services for networked production plants
After the networking of systems and plants, networking with the customer is the next important step in digitalized production. Smart services are increasingly in demand in mechanical engineering, as they open up new potential for value creation.
One example is the Connect App, which we conceived and designed together with Ersa GmbH. One of the app's many functions is a ticket system for service and support requests.
German Innovation Awards for the Audi dpa
The production planning of the future now also for the workplace
The second part of our project for the Audi dpa is also successful. The digital planning assistant for Audi production lines "dpa" was the winner of the German Innovation Award in two categories: Excellence in Business to Business - Information Technologies and in the additional category Design Thinking. In this project we have now made the successful app available for the desktop PC. Production lines of different locations can now be overlooked and a 2D visualization of the line can be used interactively. Many thanks to our customer Audi and our partner SABO Mobile IT for the joint innovative and exciting project.
Tidy up and optimize - with system
In times like these, it is worthwhile to maintain the stock, to work sustainably and thus to lay the foundations when production is ramped up again. This also applies to your UX processes! Here are some solutions how you can get structure and system into your processes and thus save high costs later on.
Trade fair experiences from the home office
We are convinced that you can achieve customer proximity and a convincing product presentation even without participating in trade fairs. There are many ways to present your software and machines in an attractive way and bring them closer to your customers.
Working Remotely with CaderaDesign
Some UX methods are also very feasible when the people involved are not on site. We would like to present three of them as examples, with which one can achieve advantages in the project process, especially in times of free availabilities and capacities.
Customer information on current events
Health always comes first. We would therefore like to play our part in containing the coronavirus outbreak. As specialists for digital solutions, we have therefore decided to switch to remote operations and provide support primarily from home offices. We have already completed a successful test run and will be available as usual.
We invite you to join us in holding meetings via conference tools to minimise face-to-face contact.
CaderaDesign has a number of resources that will allow us to do this, and we will be happy to share them with you. Rather than cancelling meetings, we want to use exciting new forms of communication to help us work together. We will contact you individually and determine the best approach for you.
We wish you health and success!
Tom Cadera and the team
Securing the future with design
Tom Cadera will give a lecture together with Christian Lang from Kiefel. They will present how an agile cooperation between design offices and mechanical engineering companies can be optimally successful. It will be shown which advantages can be achieved with good usability and attractive design for the human-machine interface in the production environment. The focus is on the presentation of the design process.
Munich Creative Business Week – VDID Unternehmerforum:
Securing the future with design
Thursday, 12.03.2020, 13:00 - 18:00
iF Design Award for SIMATIC Notifier
Alerts for mobile devices
With the iF Award, the clever MindSphere app for smart watches and smart phones has received a second design prize. The notifier automatically delivers all important messages directly to your wrist. In this way it is possible to react to problems and disruptions quickly and effectively. We are over the moon about this award and would like to thank our colleagues at Siemens AG for their excellent cooperation.
Our vision for AI-supported machine operation
Intelligent Assistant - A joint initiative of three teams of experts
Imagine: Machines would learn from our interaction with them and make their own suggestions. They would teach us how to install, operate, retrofit, maintain and repair them. They would point out our potential errors and protect us from accidents without bothering us with irrelevant inquiries.
Illustrations facilitate the setup
Illustrative user interface for packaging machines
The new HMI by KIEFEL Packaging is based on self-explanatory illustrations and animations. It makes highly complex technology understandable, facilitating the input of parameters. We are pleased the project has been completed successfully and about the mention on the "Elektrotechnik Automatisierung" website.
AI in manufacturing? Not without UX!
Review of the SPS 2019 trade fair - focus topic: AI and Usability
Artificial intelligence is a technology that offers enormous potential for mechanical engineering. At the SPS 2019 we presented a concept that combines the issues of AI and future-oriented interaction concepts. Thanks to numerous discussions with guests from the mechanical and plant engineering industry, we have plenty of new ideas for this topic.
We design the industrial IoT
Review of the IUD 2019 - focus topic: User experience on IIoT platforms
Florian Fuchs and Steven Schmidt presented new solutions for successful user experience on IoT platforms at the Industrial Usability Day. They presented both current projects in this field and what they have learned from the projects. We would like to say thank you for all the input and stimulating discussions at this event!
Red Dot Award for KOCH easyControl
Responsive HMI for packaging machines
Together with our customer KOCH Pac-Systeme we have found a convincing solution for presenting the machine in the best light and at the same time making operation more efficient. The concept allows for easy transfer to different devices and is modularly configurable. The jury of the renowned Red Dot Award was enthused by the easyControl control panel.
Audi dpa - A four-time winner
Production planning of the future is mobile
The Red Dot Design Award, German Design Award, Automation App Award and now also the iF Design Award. The digital planning assistant for Audi production lines "dpa" receives four awards. Many thanks to our customer Audi and our partner SABO Mobile IT for their cooperation on this innovative and exciting project.
Automation App Award for Audi dpa
Production planning of the future is mobile
The Automation App Awards were particularly successful for us this year, as together with Audi we received another award for the dpa. Many thanks to our customer Audi and our partner SABO Mobile IT for this extremely successful project!
Automation App Award for SIMATIC Notifier
Smart assistance system for production
The wearable app SIMATIC Notifier from Siemens AG was honoured as one of the best apps in automation. We are very happy about this award and thank our colleagues at Siemens AG for their excellent cooperation.
German Design Award for FMB short loader
Loading of bars reinterpreted
After our industrial design for the SL 80 V short loader from FMB was honoured by the jury of the Red Dot Design Award, our work has now also been awarded the German Design Award. We are delighted!
Red Dot Award for Audi dpa
Production planning of the future is mobile
The "digital planning assistant" (dpa), the future mobile planning system for Audi production lines, recently won the Red Dot Design Award. In addition, the dpa also received a nomination for the renowned German Design Award. We offer our customer Audi and our partner SABO Mobile IT our warmest congratulations and have our fingers crossed for the German Design Award.
German Design Award for Audi dpa
Production planning of the future is mobile
After winning the Red Dot Design Award, Audi's "digital planning assistant" (dpa) is now also being honoured with the German Design Award. We would like to thank our customer Audi AG for the trust they have placed in our work and the exciting, innovative project. At the same time, we would like to thank our development partner SABO Mobile IT for their excellent cooperation.
Getting the flood of images under control
Review of the SPS 2018 trade fair - focus topic: Icon management
At the SPS 2018, we presented corporate icon management as the focus topic - above all our icon database. The tool is used to manage and maintain a large number of icons and thus also supports quality assurance.
Specialised plants? No problem.
Review of the IUD 2018 - focus topic: Modular UX components
Reducing costs in the project planning of plants – this is a frequent concern of our customers in specialised plant construction. Tom Cadera and Florian Fuchs presented modular and flexible UX building blocks at the Industrial Usability Day. One example is modular machine images for the production screen.
Red Dot Award for FMB short loader
Loading of bars reinterpreted
The industrial design of the FMB short loader was recently presented with the Red Dot Design Award. Together with our customer, we are delighted to have been awarded this prize for our work and would like to thank our customer for the excellent and successful cooperation on this large project. The project was rather extensive as we were responsible not only for the machine design, but also for the user interface design of the machine control system.
First Wuerzburg Web Week - CaderaDesign is among the speakers
We are looking forward to a new, exciting series of events in Wuerzburg! The Wuerzburg Web Week is being launched with the idea of promoting the issue of digitalisation in the Main-Franconia region in Bavaria, Germany, and to connect different social groups. We would like to support this event and will be giving a presentation on the topic "Weaving Technology & UX for Machines".
German Design Award for MIWE go
An easy-to-use oven control system
Following the Red Dot Award, our oven control system has now also been honoured with the renowned German Design Award. We are very happy to have been awarded this prize and would like to thank our customer MIWE for the exciting project and for their trust.
We are celebrating 25 years of CaderaDesign
Many thanks for 25 years and exciting projects! We have compiled a small review with important and beautiful moments of the last 25 years for you. Of course, much more has been created and happened during this time than the review contains.
We hope you will enjoy stepping back in time with us.
EMO 2017 - FMB presents new short loader
Loading of bars reinterpreted
Our customer FMB Maschinenbau presented the new short loader SL 80 V for the first time at the EMO. In this project we conceived and designed both the machine design and the user interface. This holistic approach enabled us to orchestrate ergonomics and operating safety perfectly.
Red Dot Award for MIWE go
An easy-to-use oven control system
The MIWE go! baking oven control system that we redesigned has been honoured with a Red Dot Award. The intuitive, user-oriented operating concept and the attractive design convinced the panel.
Interpack 2017 - CaderaDesign represented several times
As a specialist for the packaging industry, CaderaDesign looks back on an extremely successful interpack 2017. Our customers Christ Packaging, Bausch + Ströbel and Franz Ziel presented the next generation of HMIs, which we designed, for the first time in Düsseldorf. Thank you for your trust and the exciting projects!