Re: Factory / Engineering manual quotes

Subject: Re: Factory / Engineering manual quotes
From: Ken Poshedly <poshedly -at- bellsouth -dot- net>
To: Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 18:51:15 -0800

My company is perhaps the largest heavy construction equipment manufacturer in China (like Caterpillar outside of China). Much of my source material is the English-language stuff done in the home country written in original Chinese script by the Chinese engineers and then sent to the company's translation department, usually in another city entirely.

That department is staffed by merely one or two individuals, and their knowledge of English seems fair at best with probable reliance on English-language dictionaries. One recent manual included the recommendation to apply butter to the threads of bolts during reassembly.

Obviously, the word "grease" was meant, but the company doesn't care so much for product knowledge, only at least some English-language skills.
I'm guessing that the engineer used the Chinese term for lubricant, and the translator used a thesaurus and just picked any ol' word.

I've got more, but it would be insulting to place them here. Write to me off-line instead.

-- Ken in Atlanta




On Thursday, January 15, 2015 9:18 PM, Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net> wrote:


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>On Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:37:52 -0500, Daniel Friedman
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>> Anyone got any good quotes from factory or engineering manuals?
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>Almost certainly apocryphal, from over 40 years ago: (Alarm clock) "Thank
>you to perfection of alarming mechanism you never awake when you sleeping."
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Factory / Engineering manual quotes: From: Daniel Friedman
Re: Factory / Engineering manual quotes: From: Peter Neilson

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