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Digital Work Instructions for Machinery Manufacturers

Interactive Digital Work Instructions for Machinery Manufacturers

Interactive digital work instructions are proven to help manufacturing and MRO teams execute tasks quicker, and with fewer mistakes, than text-heavy and hard copy instructions.

Canvas Envision
March 5, 2023

How you instruct and guide everyone from your production force to the maintenance teams in the field and at dealerships carry out essential production and maintenance work on your products is pivotal to your success.

Interactive digital work instructions are proven to help manufacturing and MRO teams execute tasks quicker, and with fewer mistakes, than text-heavy and hard copy instructions.

Reduce errors and delays

Research shows that, in the past two years alone, over 69% of U.S. manufacturing professionals have seen products hit by errors or delays caused by inaccurate or hard to understand documentation.

Meanwhile more than 85% of U.S. manufacturers say their products have been affected by errors and delays because of outdated documentation in the past four years – and over 67% would like documentation to contain 3D visualizations that update automatically when products change.

Adopting the right approach to instructional documentation can help to reduce production-line and maintenance errors, product wastage and rework, and time to market delays – all crucial gains at a time of global supply chain disruption.

Canvas Envision, the solution for creating, accessing, and delivering fully interactive digital work instruction experiences is easy to implement, integrates with your existing PLM, documentation, MES, and training platforms, and can make your teams more productive in a matter of hours.

Envision makes it easy to create and deliver work instructions featuring 3D animations, audio and video guides, fully interactive 3D models as well as rich 2D visuals – helping teams work faster and with fewer costly mistakes.

Interactive digital instructions are proven to be more effective

Academic studies have shown that workers are able to perform a new task 20% quicker and with 60% fewer errors when using interactive and animated digital work instructions than with hard copy and text-based documents. Here's why:

  • Learning from moving images frees the individual from having to imagine a movement depicted by text descriptions or images, allowing them to dedicate their cognitive capacity entirely to fulfilling the task.
  • Animated instructions are able to show objects from all angles, and allow the individual to control the viewing, which increases success and motivation
  • That learning is enhanced when information is presented in a combination of visual and verbal (audio) formats, so it can be processed in multiple ways simultaneously

Mitigate supply chain disruption

The difficulties manufacturers face with poor quality instructional documentation couldn’t be happening at a more challenging time.

The Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey, published by the National Association of Manufacturers, identifies supply chain challenges, raw material costs, and transportation/logistics costs as three of the top four challenges facing manufacturing companies today.

Against that backdrop, errors and delays in the manufacturing process become even more damaging, and the need to reduce them increasingly urgent. Backfilling wastage is expensive and time consuming.

Train and retain the best teams

The U.S. manufacturing industry faces a serious workforce shortage – and roughly one fifth of the new recruits available to plug these gaps are overseas-born, rising towards 30 per cent for some U.S. regions.

This creates a challenge for automotive manufacturers: They need ways to train new recruits who don’t have English as a first language to ensure maximum performance and productivity. Even where English is the first language, there can be significant diversity in reading levels.

Almost 75% of manufacturers believe text-heavy learning material create challenges because of workplace diversity, putting the emphasis firmly on the need for visual and interactive digital material.

Interactive digital work instructions created using Canvas Envision put the emphasis on visual, animated, and user-controlled interactive experiences, creating better success rates among your teams and even helping to improve your workforce retention.

Get started with Canvas Envision today

Canvas Envision is the simple and intuitive solution for creating and consuming visual, multimedia, and interactive content used to train and instruct manufacturing shop floor workers, product users and MRO teams.

It is available as a hosted service, can be installed in your private cloud, or on your on-premises hardware. It is designed to integrate with existing document management, PLM, MES, and other manufacturing software platforms.

Canvas Envision helps you overcome problems associated with and caused by sub-optimal instructional documentation. Here’s how:

  • Rapidly improve existing documentation with rich 2D & 3D visual content
  • Enable all content creators to work with 3D CAD with no prior specialized training
  • Quickly build narrated video animations from 3D models
  • Build interactive 3D content which can be embedded on websites and other platforms
  • Create and deliver fully interactive digital work instruction experiences
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