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5 Productivity Tricks to Shortcut the Parts-Publishing Process

While improving productivity on the manufacturing floor is often an OEM’s primary goal, many manufacturers are bringing that same scrutiny to their “upstairs factory” according to Industry Week. As product lead times shrink, there’s more and more pressure for tech pub departments to rapidly churn out comprehensive technical documentation that’s both accurate and up-to-date. So…

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5 Tips to Make Your Parts Catalogs More User Friendly

Here are five simple tips to improve your parts catalogs’ usability, so that dealers can get the most value from your publishing efforts: 1. Tweak Part Descriptions The part descriptions provided by engineering aren’t always readily understandable or helpful to dealers. Editing these during the publishing process can save time and money in the long…

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Overcoming the Content Challenge to Drive E-Commerce

Over this past year I have noticed several manufacturers beginning projects around e-commerce. I recently came across the article “The Content Challenge” by Anna Wells in the December issue of Industrial Distribution Magazine. Some manufacturers that I have spoken to over the past year have already had an e-commerce system in place. But as Wells’…

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Trouble Keeping Illustrated Parts Lists Up-to-Date?

I’ve traveled the country talking to several equipment manufacturers. They usually tell me the same thing—managing and updating parts information in Illustrated Parts Lists and Electronic Parts Catalogs is a constant challenge. Manufacturers commonly provide Illustrated Parts Catalogs for end users and service personnel to be able to identify components on large complex equipment. In order…