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Engineering Documentation Control Handbook: Configuration Management and Product Lifecycle Management [Hardcover]

Frank B. Watts
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19 Dec 2011
In this new edition of his widely-used Handbook, Frank Watts, widely recognized for his significant contributions to engineering change control processes, provides a thoroughly practical guide to the implementation and improvement of Engineering Documentation Control (EDC), Product Lifecycle Management and Product Configuration Management (CM). Successful and error-free implementation of EDC/CM is critical to world-class manufacturing. Huge amounts of time are wasted in most product manufacturing environments over EDC/CM issues such as interchangeability, document release and change control - resulting in faults, product release delays and overspends. This 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, implement changes and develop bills of material. The result is a powerful communications bridge between the engineering function 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 sets EDC/CM in the context of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), providing guidance on choosing, purchasing and implementing PLM software systems. Watts guides the reader to harness these tools and techniques for business objectives including Process Improvement and time-to-market. It includes solid, pragmatic ideas for real product and process cost reduction. According to one reviewer: "most books focus on the basics without examining all facets of each process area or functional area. This may be good for quickly learning, but it will only take the reader so far. Mr. Watts imparts the same information, but invites the reader to think and to consider strengths and weaknesses of processes and procedures. The copious examples, illustrations and breadth of topics covered make this book "the" reference on EDC and CM." Strategic emphasis shows how processes may be integrated and tears down the 'wall' between Engineering and Operations. It offers thorough description of Product Lifecycle Management software tools.

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: William Andrew Publishing; 4th edition edition (19 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455778605
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455778607
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 499,036 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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If you're looking for an out-of-the-box one-size-fits-all how-to-do-it book on Configuration Management - this isn't it!
Nor is it the right book for anyone wanting a management overview.
But if you are involved in Document Control / Configuration Management in some way, recognise the need to improve but aren't sure quite how (even in some small areas), and are prepared to have your own thinking challenged (and also prepared to challenge the author in places) - then this is for you.
It is well structured and written in an approachable manner, with good clarity between the 'golden rules' that the author strongly suggests are adopted, and areas where he encourages the reader to develop their own rules based on suggested criteria that will depend on the particular product and/or organisation.
For anyone considering the CMII model for Configuration Management, this book is a good partner providing more a more practical 'how-to' approach to underpin the CMII theory.
For the UK reader, it is a bit 'Americanised' - which is OK as long as you recognise it and can read around and interpret accordingly. This prevents it getting 5 stars from me.
You could hire a CM consultant to help you develop your company's Configuration Management processes - the price of this book is probably less than for 1 hour of their time. I'd use the content of the book to help me choose my consultant, if I still needed one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding EDC Guide - Highly Recommended 25 April 2012
By C. Hill - Published on Amazon.com
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The "Engineering Documentation Control Handbook" is an exceptional resource for establishing and maintaining documentation procedures. As an engineer and an engineering manager for over 30 years with Fortune 500 companies, I can honestly say that the single most important non-technical function we had was documentation lifecycle. This was especially true when working for companies that provided service to the government or were regulated and audited by federal agencies.

This book provides clear guidance on the importance and function of Engineering Document Control (EDC), best practices for EDC policies, realistic challenges that can be addressed through proper EDC procedures. Having this book early on in my career would have made my on-going documentation challenges much less daunting.

Highly Recommended!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Guide... 2 Feb 2012
By RPK - Published on Amazon.com
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Engineering Documentation Control (EDC) or Configuration Management (CM) or Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is one of the most valuable resources I have stumbled upon recently. It delves into so many elements of Engineering that would be helpful to anyone looking into further education to the subject matter given.

This book is amazing because it gives the reader a chain-like process of how everything works together. It gives a nice run down of how every little branch of Engineering come together and the author really exemplifies the need for all aspects of the engineering team to support each other in the processes they undergo.

Every little segment of the engineering process is important and relevant. The sales, distribution, customer support, repairmen (or women) and quality control levels all need to work together and this book explores the best methods of approaching that smoothly. The need for everyone to be working as a unit with one another is really underlined in this guide. I think that is the most incredible part of this.

The writing is easy to understand and follow. It is not a book that every single person is going to understand or relate to. The author provides a thoughtful, fluid, seamless way with words that takes the reader where they need to be with no complications or misunderstandings. Very well written. I was impressed. Passing this on to co-workers to get the full impact of the chain-like process going.
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed. Lacked modern substance 15 Mar 2014
By Don Pisto - Published on Amazon.com
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The author does a great job showboating his immense knowledge in this important subject, and also with building up excitement early on with all the wonderful benefits that a good documentation control system will bring, but upon completion of this book, I just didn't see the grand utopia come together that was described early on. The sections on Bill of Materials was disappointing as well as the example engineering drawings. If I were to use the same Title Blocks shown in the book, my boss would laugh at me and as far as the BOMs, they just seem better suited to a past generation -- BOMs I am used to seeing are much more complete and descriptive than the examples here. Also, there were examples on dealing with revised circuit cards and this was just very confusing where the author makes a case of a revised card being able to work in the system it is used in. If I were to plug a revised card in the system I work on, I would cause a plane crash. Maybe other technical fields will find this book helpful, and if it helps you, that's great, but for my case working in a small R&D company, I think I'll just figure out my own system.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - Yes, it's tedious but incredibly helpful! 20 Mar 2013
By javajunki - Published on Amazon.com
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Right off, it should be mentioned this is NOT an easy book nor is it one that anyone will likely sit down with unless they NEED to do so. Having said that, I will assume that the reader has a need (probably urgent) to get up to speed, make sense of things and either obtain a working conceptual understanding of the process or actually do it....my need was the former...I needed a strong conceptual understanding of the process for a project for which I was part of a team (technical writer).

This book assumes the reader has some basic background knowledge however, it does provide ample examples throughout. It is a bit dry (no surprise there) and tends to get into the nitty gritty details right away which is to say it doesn't spend a lot of time with fluff but rather emphasizes the knowledge you really need to know. It provides a significant overview of numerous areas...fairly impressive if I do say so. In fact, after the original project this book earned a place on my permanent shelf as a 'go to' reference. It's the type of information one would have trouble locating via general search yet something that (at least for me) I would be inclined to use again in the future.

Engineers, Technical Writers etc will find this an invaluable resource!
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction Material 30 Dec 2012
By Great Pumpkin - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this so I could better identify the do's and do not's of document control. So far I am very pleased with my purchase. As with any reference material, you have to look past the examples and get to the core concepts. Only with the concepts will you be able to apply these topics to your situation. For those out there that are tasked with implementing a PDM or PLM system, I highly recommend giving this book a read, especially if your current document control methods are lacking or non-existent.
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