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We've had a lot of turnover on our shop floor and training our new operators is becoming extremely time consuming. Also, sometimes we need to shift an operator from one station to another. We need a faster, easier way to get them up and running at their stations without down time.
Work instructions done in TechEdit are easy to quickly understand and use. They incorporate less text and more graphics (for example photos of assembly steps or CAD drawings), making it easier for operators to quickly grasp even the most complicated instructions. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words.
We don't have a lot of time or manpower to spend on creating work instructions.
TechEdit is easy to learn. It has a user-friendly, Windows user interface. Training is available and recommended. We provide practical, customized training at your site. Typically, users are creating "floor-ready" work instructions after just 2 to 3 days of training. TechEdit is much more cost effective to use in terms of labor costs than, for example, CAD programs, which are more difficult to learn and use.
We've got potentially thousands of work instructions to create. How can we simplify the process?
The best way to simplify the creation process, especially if more than one person is involved in creating work instructions, is to standardize the process. First, create standard templates that everyone is to use. You can create several versions as needed. But this way, all users need do is fill in the template when creating a new work instruction. The template can contain Labels, which allow work instruction detail to be entered data-entry style. Symbol libraries can be created containing frequently-used symbols, icons, or text. When needed, the user simply pulls the library symbol onto the worksheet without having to recreate it. Color palettes can also be set up in advance, so that any needed color coding of information is uniform and easy to add. Another benefit of standardization is a uniform and consistent look to work instructions. This results in clarity for all users of the information.
Engineering changes occur on a constant basis. How can workers on the shop floor verify that their printed work instructions represent the latest revision?
Use TechView's ISO Time Stamp feature to automatically print a time stamp at the bottom of each work instruction page. Information can include user ID, file date/time, explanatory text strings such as "uncontrolled after..." and much more.
One of our suppliers has changed the design of a component part that is used in many of our products. We must have hundreds, maybe thousands of work instruction pages that reference or include this part. How can we locate all of these instruction pages?
Use TechEdit's Search feature to quickly locate all work instructions which reference a specific part, or any text string. (With Methods, you can globally, or selectively, change the part number wherever it appears.)
I've also got a photo of that part in each of those work instruction pages. Do I have to go into each individual document and replace it with the new one?
Photos, or any "blueprints" (CAD drawings, scanned images) as they are referred to in TechEdit, are not embedded in the work instruction file as is the case in many word processing programs. Instead, the blueprint is a live link to the photo file. Therefore, to change the photo in all of those worksheets, simply reshoot the photo, give it the same name as the original, and all of your work instructions containing that photo are updated automatically.