Engineering Documentation Control Handbook

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Elsevier Science, Aug 11, 2008 - Technology & Engineering - 376 pages
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Control of engineering documentation, sometimes called Configuration Management (CM) especially in the defense industries, remains critical to world-class manufacturing survival. The 3rd edition of this popular engineering documentation handbook improves upon one of the best blueprints for efficient EDC/CM ever published, and continues to provide a significant company strategy for managers, project leaders, chief engineers and others. It can be used in many industries to improve the control of engineering documentation.

Use the Engineering Documentation Control Handbook to get on track right away and make the release of new products and their documentation flow smoothly and easily. The book is packed with specific methods that can be applied quickly and accurately to almost any industry and any product to control documentation, request changes to the product, make those changes and develop bills of material. The result is a powerful communications bridge between engineering and "the rest of the world" that makes rapid changes in products and documentation possible. With the help of the simple techniques in the handbook, companies can gain and hold their competitive advantages in a world that demands flexibility and quick reflexes -- and has no sympathy for delays.

The new edition takes the improvements of the second to a whole new level, with more chapters and even more additions. As always, the thrust of the book retains a focus on basics, rules and reasons. The author emphasizes that EDC or CM must be recognized as a key business strategy, and the days of "throwing it over the wall" are gone forever.

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I was thoroughly impressed with this book. It presented an excellent explanation of the various configuration management processes without resorting to the jargon found in so many other documents on the subject. Frank confirmed much about configuration management that I had already found out the hard way, so I am confident in the validity of the rest of what he had to say. I just wish I had come across the book sooner. I think this book should be read by anybody involved with configuration management. It will probably clear fog away for both new and experienced folks alike.  

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I have read it cover-to-cover. The official Google synopsis is entirely accurate in my view. There is another book that I would recommend AFTER reading this book. Not because it is better, but it gives some guidance that conflicts with the recommendations in this book which should be considered. That book is "Bills of Material for A Lean Enterprise" by Dave Garwood. 

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About the author (2008)

Frank Watts has over forty-eight years of industrial and consultation experience as a design engineer, industrial engineer, manufacturing engineer, systems analyst, project manager, and in management. He founded his own specialist configuration management company to provide specific expertise in product release, change control, bills of material and other engineering documentation control issues.

Formally a director of engineering services, a director of operations and a director of manufacturing engineering, Watts has worked for Caterpillar, Collins Radio, Control Data, Storage Technology, UFE and Archive. He has guided the development of engineering change control processes at numerous companies and made significant contributions towards improving new product release processes, installing MRP/ERP systems and new numbering systems, as well as helping companies attain a single BOM database and guided reengineering of CM processes. He is an NDIA Certified Configuration and Data Manager, author of several magazine articles and author of the Engineering Documentation Control Handbook and CM Metrics.

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