Product manuals are and have been part of our lives for many years and will no doubt still be around in 100 years or more to come. Product manuals come as both paper and digital. Everyone has their personal preference. Personally I prefer the digital online type and preferably with a how to video but many older people like the old fashioned way and the paper versions. Most homes these days have drawers full of paper manuals.
We need manuals for the majority of products that we purchase for our home. I actually cannot recall any physical product that I have purchased in the past few months that doesn’t come with some sort of manual. Even if it’s just a small leaflet or page, it’s still a type of manual. Be it how to work an electrical device such as a television or microwave, how to insert batteries into a toy, how to play a game, how to use a cooker, and also manuals for self assembly products like beds or tables which is something I am totally useless at, with or without a product manual.
Manuals come with their own levels of difficulty when it comes to reading and understanding them. The hardest for me seem to be the self assembly wooden type products. It’s easy to see why many people get frustrated when attempting to assemble something such as a table or unit as the manual instructions are not always the clearest or best. Some of them come without words and only images which I find really annoying.
When it comes to electrical products, product owners; on receiving there new product will most probably find amongst the packaging – several different types of manuals and information leaflets. These will possibly include an installation manual and a maintenance manual along with the much needed product guarantee certification.
However when it comes to electrical or battery powered devices (including cars & vehicles) there should also be another manual known as technical documentation.
Technical documents are just as important as other manuals and documents and are needed, should a technical question arise or the product is taken for repair. They are also needed for fault finding should an incident arise whilst using the product. Incidents cannot be predicted, how many times do we sadly hear on the news or read in the newspaper about a house fire caused by a product fault or faulty wiring, house explosions, washing machines exploding, or other incidents that cause serious harm or even death?
Technical documentation can include many things such as circuit diagrams as in the image above, specification & data sheets, risk analysis, legal requirements, and any conformity declarations. These types of documents can help the vendor & manufactures show that the products are safe to use.
Manualise UK provides multilingual manuals for manufacturers and vendors to ensure as best as they can that their products are safe to use. There manuals are given a professional layout with clear cut text and 3D illustrations. They will even adjust the manuals to incorporate future product changes too.