A Guide to Interactive Digital Work Instructions in Modern Manufacturing

Modern manufacturing is well versed in the use of cutting-edge tech to optimize operations.

And yet flat PDF and even paper-based work instructions, manuals, SOPs, and other manufacturing documentation continue to underpin many procedures, including shop floor assembly, new product development, change requests, and Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO).

For such a critical component of the overall success of modern manufacturing, documentation may in many cases be acting as a blocker to true agile manufacturing.

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What's wrong with the status quo?

A 2022 survey of 500 U.S. manufacturing professionals revealed the following:

  • 69% said products had been hit by errors or delays as a result of inaccurate, unclear or outdated documentation in the past two years.
  • 70% said they frequently experience bottlenecks in the creation of instructional content
  • 73% said documentation was too text heavy, and difficult for a diverse workforce to consume
  • 59% said their company has difficulty ensuring documentation is updated as products change.

It is easy for sub-optimal and damaging processes to be accepted as "just how things are done." But sticking with outdated, ineffective, and unclear work instructions is something no manufacturing organization can afford to tolerate.

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collaborative creativity

Envision is about working together.

You can share the documents you’re working on with colleagues and team members wherever they’re located. They can interact, mark-up, feed-back, clarify, and sign off. Perfect for working in distributed teams, for checking product details with your engineering team and for clearing the finished document with sales and business development teams.

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