Technical instruction manuals help users make sense of a product they are trying to use. The purpose of this technical document is to gain useful knowledge about a product, service, or technology, or to direct users through specific steps to achieve the item’s desired outcome. Oftentimes, we think of manuals in regards to our everyday devices or workplace-related practices. However, technical manuals are more than figuring out your tablet or understanding the employee handbook. They are an invaluable source of information that ensures an organization can facilitate any operation. In today’s post let’s look into a few manuals centered around organizations found in various industries.
Types of Organizational Technical Manuals
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) manuals – Industry: Automotive, IT, & Manufacturing
Provides information about what products the manufacturer produces or the component, parts, equipment, devices it sells parts to another company or its customers. Different types of OEM manuals can include information and instructions on how to properly use its products.
Quality manuals – Industry: All Business Markets
Describes the quality management system of an organization. This document states how every component in your business will function effectively to reach your business goals. It may include details about employees, customers, communication workflow, budgets, policies, standard operating procedures, ISO requirements, and more
Environmental manuals – Industry: Environment
Define the operating strategies of an environmental management system. According to the EPA, “An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a set of processes and practices that enable an organization to reduce its environmental impacts and increase its operating efficiency.” It should describe everything from business goals, policies, procedures, the employee responsible, communication protocols, ISO standards, and more.
Financial Reporting manuals (FRM) – Industry: Financial
Informs organizations about what financial statements, disclosures, and other documents show compliance with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This manual provides rules, procedures, and solutions for compliance with SEC reporting rules.
Aircraft Maintenance Manual (AMM) – Industry: Aerospace
Describes and illustrates detailed technical maintenance instructions for an Aircraft. This manual can include information on servicing, repairing, installation, inspection, and additional maintenance procedures.
Field manuals – Industry: Government
Assist soldiers in the appropriate actions to take during a mission. It outlines training operations, military tasks, and procedures. Additionally, it provides instructions on how to address and manage the unknown situation. The overall purpose of this manual is to ensure decisions making is easy for soldiers to handle during extreme situations.
Manual Testing – Industry: IT Software
nstructions to help IT teams and developers identify, detect, and remove any bugs or errors in the software, so the speed or effectiveness of the application is performing at its highest level. Because there are limits to automation testing for defects, manual testing is still a reliable technique.
Instructions for Use (IFU) manual – Industry: Healthcare
Guidelines about the use of medical devices. This manual states what policy rules and regulations a healthcare product manufacturer must adhere to, so when they sell a medical device, they can ensure the safety of medical staff and patients. IFU documents must describe how a medical device is supposed to be cleaned, disinfected, and sterilized. Once manufacturers can supply the appropriate instructions and testing then it can be sold for proper use.
Technical instruction manuals are an essential component of every business. Here we see in various industries that the strength of a manual heavily influences how a business functions. A manual ensures organizations can establish key processes that will eventually help reach desired business goals. As long as people need to understand equipment and software, or how a process or a procedure works, there will always be a need for technical instruction manuals.
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Written by Kimberly Jones