History of Digital Work Instructions
What we refer to today as Digital Work Instructions (DWI) was originally marketed as “paperless manufacturing”. The initial forays into digitizing the shop paperwork started more than 25 years ago with expensive minicomputers, hard-wired terminals on the shop floor, and wedge bar code readers.
The 7 Key Insights
These insights reflect knowledge gained from working closely over the past 20 years with over 50 different companies in the aerospace, automotive, and medical industries.
Digital Work Instructions Need to Be Part of a Structured Process Starting with Customer Requirements
The Investment in Hardware is No Longer the Driving Issue for Adopting Digital Work Instructions
The Creation and Maintenance of Digital Work Instructions cannot add to the Burden on Engineering
Useful Work Instructions are Not Addressed by Just Deciding to Become a Model-Based Enterprise
Digital Work Instructions Must Be Part of a Bi-Directional Communication with the Shop
The Formal Risk Mitigation Process has to be Integrated with the Creation of Work Instructions
Digital Work Instructions are a Key Enabler of Enhanced Performance Management