Sequence Authoring

Sequence Enterprise Work Instruction Software - Authoring

WinSequence Enterprise

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WinSequence is where it all begins.  Using the intuitive graphical process tree, authors of instructions can quickly assemble rich, visual work instructions.  Designed for rapid knowledge capture on the shop floor while observing a subject matter expert, WinSequence puts all of the tools to capture details and real-time images in one streamlined interface.

The graphical instruction tree is not simply a representation of structured data but an intelligent interface that allows the author to reuse, reorder, rebalance and clone information.  For example, Global Routings or Best Practices can be reused across multiple assemblies whereas individual text steps can be cloned and modified to reflect unique processes. Drag and drop capabilities combined with the automatic formatting functionality make  line balancing and updates exceptionally easy.
The graphical instruction tree presents information in an intuitive view representative of the manufacturing process that allows for easy organization and manipulation. At the same time, the intelligent design enforces rules based on the the particular object selected guiding and limiting the author in his work.  This feature reduces the workload to collecting the right pieces of information and putting them into the correct order--we take care of the formatting.
Automatic loading of appropriate editor into user interface for selected object means no time wasted in navigating other applications or interfaces.  Authors are presented with a full-featured text editor for text, image editor for images, a spreadsheet editor for spreadsheets and a links manager for linked documents.
Text steps are created in a text editor designed with just the right amount of functionality. All of the tools are visible on the tool bar and there is no need to search menus for commonly used features.
This built-in picture editor is used to perform common editing functions (including crop, changing contrast or brightness, and annotating** an image with arrows and text callouts. **Picture annotations are always grouped with the image and stored in the picture repository for easy editing.
 The integrated editor allows users to perform spreadsheet functions that are most commonly used in documenting work instructions. Spreadsheets can be imported from Excel by simply dragging them from a desktop folder onto the desired instruction.  As with the text editor, the spreadsheet editor has been designed with just the right amount of functionality at your fingertips.
Images are added to an instruction by automatic download when taken on an attached supported camera facilitating real-time knowledge capture on the shop floor.  See System Requirements for supported cameras using this feature.
Pictures are added to work instructions by dragging a picture from Microsoft folders directly onto the graphical instruction tree.
Sequence allows authors to create 'global' steps enabling reuse of information and improving maintenance.  When a "global" changes, the information within it changes everywhere it is used.  This can include best practices or common processes that are inserted into larger work instructions.  This could also include completely common work instructions/routings that are used for multiple products.  Judicious use of 'globals' will substantially reduce the cost of developing and maintaining a large number of instructions while increasing quality and standardization.
Parts and Assemblies are global objects that can be reused and if attributes change, all processes are updated automatically to reflect the change.
Tools are global objects that can be reused and if attributes of the tool change, all processes are updated automatically.
 Current step is automatically saved and a new step added to the tree. This feature saves time when documenting step-by-step processes found in manufacturing. This is one of the key features which allows the writer to document the process on the factory floor in one build cycle.
 As opposed to maintaining separate documents for expert and novice operators, novice instructions are organized as indented details to the expert instructions on the Graphical Instruction Tree. As such, instructions are presented at detail based on the skill-level of the operator.
Rather than a summary BOM and Bill of Tools for the whole process, operators receive a tools and parts list exclusive to their particular task.
Imagine a common instruction that is used in a family of products where the only difference is the length of a cable.  This feature allows authors to maintain one "global instruction" for all those scenarios while inserting the cable length as variable text.
Sequence allows you to include links to files on your network for viewing in their native formats; for example, CAD files, material certifications, etc. When linked files are changed and work instructions republished, Sequence maintains a copy of the previous version(s) for historical purposes.