The Machine Industry Module makes the XDocs system parts aware and provides a platform to manage and simplify the complexity of transmitting parts information into documentation.

The disconnect between technical documentation and parts information impacts the effectiveness of technical documentation teams. Companies need documentation that is rich in parts information, but documentation is created and updated through systems and processes that are entirely separated from parts information residing in ERP and PLM systems. This separation requires the labor intensive manual entry of parts information into the documentation and inevitably this results in data integrity issues such as inconsistency, errors, and update issues.

The XDocs Machine Industry (MI) Module provides a parts-aware platform to manage and simplify the complexity of importing parts information into documentation, enabling you to:

  • Capture CAD and BOM data from disparate sources including ERP and PLM systems
  • Automatically combine and link data to facilitate authoring and the generation of documentation including: Illustrated Parts Catalogs, Installation Guides and Troubleshooting Manuals
  • Reuse graphics and BOM assemblies
  • Deliver documentation online with the Bluestream Knowledge Base (KB) Portal, third party IPCs, PDFs, and other formats

Features

  • Ingest BOM data and diagrams from PLMs, ERPs, Vendors
  • Structure data into normalized parts database, removing all duplicate parts entries
  • Ensure data consistency and integrity
  • Automate linking between diagrams and related parts tables
  • Scalable to many thousands of assemblies
  • Enable the search and lookup of assemblies
  • Improve and augment imported parts information i.e. hotspots
  • Provide access to parts data when authoring
  • Provide access to parts metadata when tagging topics
  • Enable the automated generation of IPCs and IETM