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Engineering Documentation Control Handbook: Configuration Management for Industry Hardcover – 1 Mar 2000

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  • Hardcover: 394 pages
  • Publisher: Noyes Publications; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815514468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815514466
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.5 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,276,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frank is a product of a University of Illinois engineering education and over forty-eight years of industrial and consultation experience. He founded his own company to specialize in configuration management with specific expertise in product release, change control and bills of material and other engineering documentation control issues. Formally a Director of Engineering Services, Director of Operations and a Director of Manufacturing Engineering, Frank has also managed Configuration Management, Cost Estimating, Industrial Engineering, Test Engineering, Pilot Production and Repair Operations. He has contributed as a Design Engineer, Industrial Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Systems Analyst and Project Manager. Frank has guided the development of the engineering change control process at many companies and made significant contributions toward improving the new product release process, installed MRP/ERP systems, new numbering systems, helped companies attain a single BOM database and guided reengineering of the CM processes. His industrial experience was with Caterpillar, Collins Radio, Control Data, Storage Technology, UFE and Archive. He has presented seminars on the subject to over 3,500 product manufacturing people. He is an NDIA Certified Configuration and Data Manager, author of several magazine articles and author of a book - Engineering Documentation Control Handbook third edition copyright 2008. This book has sold over 10,000 copies and, according to one reviewer, "Sets the Stage for Innovation."

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I am a British Chartered Engineer working mainly in Blue Chip energy-related companies. I have just started using this book in my work and find it strongly re-enforces my passion for excellent documentation and design management. It is clearly the current 'bible' for Engineering Documentation Control and is extremely valuable in showing how to climb the 'Configuration Management Ladder' (page 8). It cuts away the dross and complexity that is plentiful nearly everywhere else. So many of us technologists and managers are struggling with hugely powerful new computer packages that integrate most processes in our companies. This is one of the very few books to chart our course and give us a chance of a reliable way through to simplicity, speed and profitability that are so often promissed but so rarely fully attained.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Crisp and practical guide to setting up a CM system. 25 Feb. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book explains the theory but includes plenty of examples of how to set up an Engineering Document Control, or Configuration Management (CM) system. The examples in the text focus on an imaginary manufacturing company. The text does include some mention of tailoring a CM system for software developers.
The text is crisp and the books organization clear and logical. One of the last chapters includes what is essentially a checklist of how to put together a CM system.
This is not a one size fits all system. The user must use the material in the book as a guide to tailor a CM system to their company's requirements.
Overall an indispensable book for someone trying to set up or overhaul a CM system. I highly recommend it.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Great Inroduction to CM 7 Jun. 2001
By Dave - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Unlike the vast majority of books available on configuration management, this book, as the title suggests, focuses entirely on configuration management in industry. Throughout the book, the author focuses on a simplified, fast configuration management system that exceeds DoD standards. This book, in the chapters titled Change Control and Fast Change, has an exceptional explanation of how to handle configuration modifications. In these chapters the author gives a detailed description of how to set up a system that allows the fastest possible changes to take place. Also, many case studies are given in these sections which provide further insight as to how to implement the correct system for a given situation. Overall, the book is very easy to understand, and serves as an excellent introduction and handbook to a configuration management system for industry.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Thorough Industry Configuration Management Resource... 26 Dec. 2001
By G - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
...but not for Software CM.
As the title says, this is an Industry CM book. If your need is for Software CM, this book can be used for general CM concepts and background (and to develop a strong understanding of CM principles), but no more (get a software-specific CM/release management book instead). Only a few brief mentions of application of these concepts to software CM. If your need is for doc. control/industry CM, then this is probably an ideal book.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Engineering Documentation 28 Sept. 2005
By David G Royffe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am a British Chartered Engineer working mainly in Blue Chip energy-related companies. I have just started using this book in my work and find it strongly re-enforces my passion for excellent documentation and design management. It is clearly the current 'bible' for Engineering Documentation Control and is extremely valuable in showing how to climb the 'Configuration Management Ladder' (page 8). It cuts away the dross and complexity that is plentiful nearly everywhere else. So many of us technologists and managers are struggling with hugely powerful new computer packages that integrate most processes in our companies. This is one of the very few books to chart our course and give us a chance of a reliable way through to simplicity, speed and profitability that are so often promissed but so rarely fully attained.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
best book on the subject 25 Nov. 2010
By Marc Freeman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Bought this book when I first got into documentation control and configuration management. Best buy I ever made. I constantly refer to it when explaining the subject. Very well written. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to know how this stuff works.
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