Re: Common instruction?

Subject: Re: Common instruction?
From: "Michael West" <mbwest -at- bigpond -dot- net -dot- au>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 28 May 2003 01:09:02 +1000

From: "Linda Stark"

> I don't recall ever having run across this before. Is it common to start
> assembly instructions for components of a very large tool with:
> 1. Locate six screws....
> 2. Locate two O-rings. Grease them with....
> This follows what is supposedly a "parts list" for the whole tool. To me,
> sounds like we're having them run out to the garage, find six screws (one
> here, one there, and how about one over there) and finish the step. Then
> they run back out to the garage, find a couple of O-rings laying around
> finish that step. This "parts list" by the way is a one-page creation,
> a border. The first column lists the name of the item followed by the part
> number; then we have a whole long trail of leaders that take us
> quantity, which is at the edge of the margin on the right.


You need to determine (if you haven't already)
whether these parts are part of your delivered
package or whether the person doing the assembly
is supposed to provide them. Once you have made the
determination, make it explicit in the instructions.

For example, write "In the packet labelled
'Doodah assembly parts' locate the ..." or
"Before you can assemble the doodah you need
to have the following items (not included):"

I've seen and used an instruction sheet that conveyed
this information wordlessly (via pictures), so I know
it can be done.

"Locate" is engineer's jargon with multiple meanings.
"Locate" can mean "determine the correct position of"
and it can mean "find". Neither of these is exact enough
to tell your assembler what he/she needs to do.

Michael West
Melbourne, Australia


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