Question: Match the views?

Subject: Question: Match the views?
From: "T. Harris" <tharris -at- metriguard -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 8 May 2003 14:54:22 -0700

I am working on a manual for an industrial grading machine. With a
whole-machine photo (that will have part callouts) should the photo
view match the technical drawing view of the whole machine? Is it OK
(or even better) to have one show infeed and the other show outfeed?
The photo will be in an introductory chapter while the tech drawing
will be in an appendix, so how important is it that they match?

Each is clearly labeled as to which view is presented. More detail can
be seen in the outfeed view (photo), but the tech drawing is of the
infeed view. The technical drawing is of a 'standard' machine, but
every machine that goes out is custom for each customer, so the tech
drawing won't _exactly_ match each machine anyway. The photo isn't
redundant since it has many more parts called out, while the technical
drawing shows, in addition to a few labeled parts, elevations and
measurements for placing the machine. (The customer does get a
separate, exact tech drawing of their machine, but we don't make
custom manuals. The machine customizations aren't _that_ radical. So

Opinions, anecdotes, and suggestions welcome.

tharris -at- metriguard -dot- com


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