Legal Requirements

    • technische kommunikation 1/2009

      Pre-requisites and processes of authoring

      Rising up to the responsibility

      Stephan Schneider

      In the capital goods segment, products related to propulsion technology and drive automation play an important role in the automation of plants and machinery, such as with drive motors and frequency converters, servo drive systems, decentralised drive systems and industrial drives. Various EC guidelines and harmonised standards find application in all these products. The process of evaluating CE-compliance is thus one of the basic processes within the company. This article shows how Technical Documentation has contributed in the company SEW-EUR [...]

    • tcworld 4/2008

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      Technical documentation in Europe

      Quality manuals for quality products

      Konstantin Anagnostopoulos and Thomas Bilz

      Under the European law, the user manual is an integral part of the product. Faulty instructions or lacking safety information may lead to unforeseen liability claims. Several standards and directives give guidance on how to fulfill safety requirements, but also regulate design, use of language and information architecture of any high-quality manual. [...]

    • technische kommunikation 3/2008

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      Requirements for instruction manuals concretised

      New regulations for Electromagnetic Compatibility

      Jens-Uwe Heuer

      “Electromagnetic compatibility” (EMC) is a topic that affects a large number of electrical and electronic products. Statutory guidelines related to the electromagnetic compatibility have been in existence since 1989, and have now been overhauled by the EC Directive 2004/108 dated 15th December 2004 and by the law governing electromagnetic compatibility of resources (EMVG dated 26th February 2008). [...]

    • technische kommunikation 3/2008

      Basic knowledge of standardisation, Part 5

      The standard in compact format

      Carl-Heinz Gabriel

      “Standards are expensive”. This is a sentence that is heard often. What could therefore be more appropriate than a search for cheaper alternatives? The pocket books brought out by DIN are something in this direction, but they contain several standards in a compact format, and at a much lower price. But: These pocket books are not always up-to-date and some of the standards they mention have been recalled. Is it still worth buying the pocket books? [...]

    • technische kommunikation 3/2008

      Five Years of ASD S1000D – the balance sheet

      European Standard on the rise

      Jörg Rogge

      Slowly yet steadily the ASD S1000D has taken root in the technical documentation for military and civil aircrafts. The current release 3.0 provides a comprehensive set of instruments for almost all kinds of documentation projects. Even on the other side of the Atlantic the S1000D is growing in importance. It has been a long way till here and not exactly smooth for the European initiators. And even today, the standard is by no means a self starter. [...]

    • technische kommunikation 3/2008

      Five Years of ASD S1000D – the balance sheet

      European Standard on the rise

      Jörg Rogge

      Slowly yet steadily the ASD S1000D has taken root in the technical documentation for military and civil aircrafts. The current release 3.0 provides a comprehensive set of instruments for almost all kinds of documentation projects. Even on the other side of the Atlantic the S1000D is growing in importance. It has been a long way till here and not exactly smooth for the European initiators. And even today, the standard is by no means a self starter. [...]

    • technische kommunikation 3/2008

      Five Years of ASD S1000D – the balance sheet

      European Standard on the rise

      Jörg Rogge

      Slowly yet steadily the ASD S1000D has taken root in the technical documentation for military and civil aircrafts. The current release 3.0 provides a comprehensive set of instruments for almost all kinds of documentation projects. Even on the other side of the Atlantic the S1000D is growing in importance. It has been a long way till here and not exactly smooth for the European initiators. And even today, the standard is by no means a self starter. [...]

    • technische kommunikation 1/2008

      Basic knowledge of standardisation, Part 3

      From Europe to the world

      Carl-Heinz Gabriel

      The European Community of States has been able to overcome numerous trade barriers through standards that are valid throughout Europe, and ensure a uniform quality standard for a large number of products. It was therefore important to develop standards that would be valid internationally. In the third part of our series on Basic Knowledge of Standardisation, you will read about the role played by the ISO in international standardisation, the importance of international standardisation in comparison with the European standards, and in what way o [...]

    • tcworld 1/2008

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      Standards drive automotive companies as they improve quality and lower costs

      Rick Woyde

      The General Motors parts catalog contains over 165,000 serviceable parts. And each part has a unique name. As new technologies are developed ever faster, new terms, abbreviations and acronyms grow at a record pace. This begs the question: How do automotive companies produce names for all the parts in a vehicle? [...]

    • technische kommunikation 5/2007

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      Localisation of Instruction Manuals for Eastern Europe

      Everything under control?

      Michael Neuhäuser

      Technology being understood differently among various cultures is just one of the many problems which we need to pay attention to in the localization of user and operating manuals for other markets. The basic requirement of a translation, namely, to covert the source text as undistorted and unambiguous as possible, is alone not enough. The demands on a good translation go far beyond this. [...]

    • technische kommunikation 4/2007

      Marcel Schator: Presumption of conformity with DIN EN 62079

      A primary condition for bringing products into circulation is that they do not cause hazards by compromising safety and health of the actual users and  [...]

    • technische kommunikation 2/2007

      Kenneth S. Kilimnik: Land of incalculable risks?

      The threat of possible lawsuits arising from product liability acts as a major deterrent, keeping several German companies away from the USA. Damage  [...]

    • technische kommunikation 2/2007

      Carl-Heinz Gabriel: Ten questions concerning ANSI Z535.6

      The final version of the American standard ANSI Z535.6-2006 has been in force since October last year. This standard governs the content, appearance  [...]

    • technische kommunikation 2006/6

      Marcel Schator: Ten questions concerning the machine guideline

      The Machine Guideline 2006/42/EG, which came into effect on the 29th of June 2006, has ushered in many changes, which all companies working in the  [...]

    • technische kommunikation 4/2006/2006

      Jens-Uwe Heuer: New EU Directive for Machines

      The long wait has at last come to an end. The much talked-about amendment to the EU Directive for Machines 98/37 is now a reality. The new EU  [...]

    • technische kommunikation 4/2006/2006

      Carl-Heinz Gabriel: New ANSI standard for technical documentation

      Suppliers of products to the US market will have to rethink quickly. Until recently they were able to rely on the ANSI standards with regard to safety  [...]

    • technische kommunikation 4/2006/2006

      Dr. Gernot Sander: New Translation Standard DIN EN 15038

      The procedures for the new European standard DIN EN 15038 “Translation Services – Service Requirements” are almost complete. The new form is expected  [...]

    • tk 206/2006

      Martin Galbierz: New guidelines for documentation of plants

      The DIN committee NA 152-06-01-05 UA, formerly called the NATG-F 1.5, has published a guideline for compiling information from component manuals, in  [...]

    • tk 1/06 1/2006

      Kai Bohn: Recognising and documenting risks

      The highest goal of engineering is to protect the operator at the machine. Public institutions have instituted standards and guidelines for analysing  [...]

    • tk 1/06 1/2006

      Matthias Honnacker: Occupational health and safety laws today

      The state and the government, as we understand, are responsible for the safety security of the citizens. The state and its organs understand this as a  [...]