Tackling Challenges of Engineering Document Management

Tackling Challenges of Engineering Document Management

Engineers have developed a reputation for being dependable and reliable, however, many engineers often struggle to collaborate adequately given the vast numbers of drawings and documents.  For engineers, what may appear to be a small task at first can quickly expand into something far more complicated, and if the task is not properly managed, it's easy to lose control over the project.

So how do you regain control?

Finding Your Documents and Drawings

When you’re managing hundreds, thousands, or even millions of documents, locating a specific document or drawing feels a little bit like searching for a needle in a haystack.  Even when using some EDMS (Electronic Document Management Systems), you may find yourself, or your colleagues, spending a lot of time searching and digging for files---tackling challenges of engineering document management.

A study by Gartner concluded that professionals spend 50 percent of their time searching for information – roughly 18 minutes per document.  Workers are wasting precious time searching for information when they could be focusing more on the tasks necessary to complete the company’s objectives.

So how do you tackle this issue?

ImageSite includes a Full Text Search module, which allows document searches to be performed based on the contents in documents and drawings.  It can search through various file types, including AutoCAD, Word, PDF, Excel, PowerPoint, Email, and ASCII files. It can do this because as files are uploaded to the system it indexes every character and word in these files.  Put simply, it works much like a search engine that locates words on indexed web pages that match your search criteria.

The Full Text Search option displays a simple user interface in the Search UI to find words or character strings (e.g., part numbers) within a document or drawing. Additionally, wild card values, Boolean operators, and proximity values can be used to perform full text searches, either using the document’s metadata, or the document’s content.

 

Managing Collaboration

Engineers often encounter issues over collaboration, as multiple engineers must often review the same files and documents simultaneously or consecutively. Though many engineers like to work alone, that’s not to say that engineers can’t work well together.  Encouraging collaboration by bringing engineers together over specific tasks, deliverables, or file updates is key to improving productivity and reducing errors.

There are several ways Engine-Box helps engineers promote collaboration - the first being version control.

Version control is the practice of tracking and managing changes to documents and drawings as they are made within the EDMS.  The software automatically recognizes changes made and incrementally updates the file’s version letter or number (depending on the designated versioning scheme).  The versioning scheme can consist of numbers or letters, and can even be alphanumerical depending on the preferences of your organization, making it easy for engineers to adapt to the new system.

Notifications are yet another way ImageSite helps engineers make collaboration more manageable.  ImageSite uses internal/external notifications to inform system administrators, outside contacts, or other permissioned users when a document has been modified, checked-out, checked-in, uploaded, approved, and more.  This ensures you have the information you need, and can identify when document revisions have been made, without having to spend unnecessary time routinely searching through the system and scanning for changes.

Lastly, ImageSite includes robust markup (redlining) capabilities that allow you to collaborate over drawings, in real-time, with multiple users simultaneously.  System users can add shapes, symbols, text, and even audio and video elements to suggested changes, creating a clear picture of the changes needed to be made or any outstanding questions.  Markups can even be created on mobile devices, ensuring engineers have access to the information they need from any location, at any time.

 

Governing Workflows

Within engineering, workflow refers to the processes through which engineers create and review data or documents.  Engineering workflows are often complex, and if not managed properly, can lead to unwanted bottlenecks, project delays, and worse, tasks falling through the cracks.

Document-centric workflows tend to be linear in the sense that one step must be completed before advancing to another.  Though these workflows typically abide by the conditions of their review and approval processes.  For example, rejected documents need to be revised before they can advance to another step which will require the document to bounce to another step in the workflow.  When using approvals in ImageSite, admins can configure the workflow so all must approve, any can approve, or they can leave the approval up to a majority vote.  Once the document has been either approved or rejected, the document moves to the next applicable workflow step.

ImageSite can also automate workflow processes, including all actions taken to a document.  Using simple rule-based logic, you can control the actions taken by the system, eliminating the number of steps required to complete critical tasks.  These actions include transferring, publishing, deleting, copying, and archiving, and also provides users with the ability to automatically launch a transmittal.

 

Making the Change

Engineering isn’t easy; however, it doesn’t always have to be difficult.  Advances in EDMS technology can improve collaboration, simplify workflows, and significantly reduce search times, ensuring the highest level of productivity for your team.  Now, it's easier than ever before to deploy an EDMS. Engine-Box is now available on AWS Marketplace.  With the click of a button, you can get access to all the features listed above, and get.

 

Our EDMS solutions

ImageSite and EngineBox are eQuorum’s robust workflow and document management solutions, created to help workers manage their essential workflows while maintaining complete control over their engineering files and documents.  Not only do they provide a secure collaboration site for workers, but they also help organizations manage document distribution with third parties like vendors, contractors, and customers. Both systems are offered at a competitive price, enabling organizations to get a quick return on their investment by providing the features and functionality needed to help organizations improve efficiency, productivity, and collaboration.  Companies can choose from concurrent user subscriptions or named user subscriptions, ensuring organizations have subscription options that make sense for their business.

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ImageSite®

Our single source engineering workflow and document management system. Built in HTML5 so there is no software to deploy to client computers or mobile apps to download. Offered as an On-premise or Private Cloud system.

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Our EDMS solutions

 

ImageSite and EngineBox are eQuorum’s robust workflow and document management solutions, created to help workers manage their essential workflows while maintaining complete control over their engineering files and documents.  Not only do they provide a secure collaboration site for workers, but they also help organizations manage document distribution with third parties like vendors, contractors, and customers. Both systems are offered at a competitive price, enabling organizations to get a quick return on their investment by providing the features and functionality needed to help organizations improve efficiency, productivity, and collaboration.  Companies can choose from concurrent user subscriptions or named user subscriptions, ensuring organizations have subscription options that make sense for their business.

Learn more why our solution is trusted by industry leaders.

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EngineBox™

EngineBox is a cloud based workflow and document management version of ImageSite that resides outside the corporate network.

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The eQuorum Customer Promise

In 2005, eQuorum developed the first all browser-based EDMS. The system, although for on-premise use, was still created to remove client software and JAVA from user computers and allow users to have a single viewer based on the simple navigation functionality of browsers. Today, eQuorum provides that same application in a private Cloud or a SaaS Cloud option.  We can do this because we are, and have always been, browser-based, understanding the enhanced speed, security, and usability of this technology.

With the abundance of document management systems on the market today, there’s no doubt that choosing the right Cloud document management software can be a difficult decision. eQuorum is here to provide a comprehensive, powerful, and most importantly – affordable Cloud document management solution. We believe in providing real value to our customers by eliminating unnecessary costs, providing industry-leading functionality, and equipping your team with the right tools using cutting edge technology to bring your products to market faster.

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We specialize in engineering workflow and document management. Our comprehensive, yet easy-to-use software provides the solution to manage data from design to manufacturing and production, to sales, support and administration.

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