RE: Repair Parts List Organization

Subject: RE: Repair Parts List Organization
From: "Nuckols, Kenneth M" <Kenneth -dot- Nuckols -at- mybrighthouse -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 4 Aug 2005 10:44:57 -0400

Tom asked....

> Good morning,
> Here's a question for non-software writers.
> If you were designing a list of parts for a complicated machine, how
> you organize the list?
> [snip]
> Now, all the parts are in a database and I have the task of designing
> parts list (for printed copies) and I wonder how we can make the
> information more accessible. Although it is broken down by assembly,
> lists seem almost random and I can't imagine trying to locate a
> part in the list to find out what I need to buy to fix my machine.
> I'm assuming we'll organize the list by assembly/system, but should we
> sort by our part number or manufacturer or part name (description) or
> manufacturer's part number. Due to different numbering schemes, the
> option does not seem at all reasonable.
> Our products aren't hugely complex (like the space shuttle), but the
> lists have several hundred items in total.

If I'm understanding correctly you're looking for organization methods.
The first two options that come to mind are organizing by each nested
sub-system from largest to smallest within the machine or organizing by
what sub-systems are (historically) most prone to needing

Take a car for example. You could organize the Electronics by starting
with "Engine Controls" as a major sub-system with "Fuel Injector
Controls" "Exhaust sensors" "Timing Controls" etc. as nested

Or you could start with a list of systems that include the most commonly
replaced parts: changeable filters, tires and brakes, exterior lamps,
and the like.

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