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Electronic work instructions


Clear work instructions are instrumental in improving the efficiency of your shop floor. Traditionally, workers have followed printed lists of step-by-step directions, but these are often cumbersome and difficult to keep current.

There is a better way. It’s called electronic work instructions (EWI) software. Unlike the paper-based method, EWI software includes visual tools in the form of videos, images, and even 3D visualization and simulation software to make learning more interactive and pleasant.

With EWI, operators aren’t just following instructions, they’re able to view realistic animations of each step, practice multiple scenarios and sometimes even improve things right on the spot.

How do electronic work instructions help?

Manufacturers in various industries use EWI to

  • provide clear and repeatable instructions
  • improve collaboration between the shop floor and engineering teams
  • communicate changes immediately upon approval
  • adopt culture of continuous improvement
  • correct errors in real time
  • save considerable time creating and modifying documents
  • ensure the latest instructions are being used
  • collect and consolidate data more effectively
  • easily create training material
  • reduce training time
  • reduce waste, errors and delays

How does electronic work instructions work?

EWI solutions replace paper versions of work instructions with digital files.

Engineers and supervisors document the best way to do each job. Then, they upload documents, pictures, videos and 3D illustrations to share best practices. If needed, they can also customize the approval process.

All machine operators and other shop floor workers have to do is access them on a computer, tablet or mobile device.

Electronic work instruction solutions

If you are looking for an EWI solution, you may want to consider the following.

Revised July 2020

When assessing which solution is best for your organization, there are many factors to consider. BDC can help you develop an effective strategy and find technology solutions and services that are best suited to meet your business needs.

This table lists applications alphabetically and isn’t exhaustive. Hyperlinks to external sites do not constitute endorsement by BDC of those websites or any information, opinions, products or services expressed or described on them.

Furthermore, the list is only a starting point. When assessing which solution is best for your organization, you will probably consider many other factors.

BDC will review and edit this list regularly. If you are a vendor and would like us to consider adding your solution, please contact us.