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Optimizing Engineering Revision Control

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MarkSindone
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Re: Training needed too
MarkSindone   7/17/2018 3:49:31 AM
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There has to be an SOP when it comes to recording revisions I think. Even if you're the only person working on a project, you need to make sure that in case anybody else sees your work, that they'll be able to follow through on what you've been doing. Just in case.  And of course, it's really good housekeeping in case you need to come back to a project a couple of months, or even years down the line too! 

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Douglas Alexander   10/29/2011 12:38:44 AM
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Flyingscot and all, how do your companies handle Revision Control? Do you use a two place identifier to differentiate between a schematic/BOM change and a physical board change? One of the issues is, if the board/schematic changes on a sub-assembly, the revision has to be changed all the way up to top level. I have always asked for a serial eeprom on a system level board to be included in the design to track revision and serial number data that can be retrieved remotely if a product is at a customer location. Simply polling the EEPROM has expedited a lot of customer service related issues including warranty validation based upon cross referencing serial numbers to manufacturing dates. Having the revision level of the BOM and board really helps the R&R department troubleshoot existing problems with known solutions. How does everybody else do this?

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Douglas Alexander   10/29/2011 12:25:43 AM
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TalmoorZ, Recently, I had to create a procedure for Software version control and I found some very good open source tools that did a great job. The revision automatically increments whenever there is a change to the source code and old revision is archived. Check out Wikipedia's list http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_revision_control_software and you will see some really good free programs. If you need help with any of these, feel free to contact me and I can share what I have learned with you. I have a CE website www.componentsengineering.com and I have been considering adding a paper covering this topic. Is this something you think most CEs would be interested in?

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Training needed too
FLYINGSCOT   10/26/2011 11:01:35 AM
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Nice post.  Cannot stress enough the need for companies to train their people in rev control and to audit procedure compliance regularly too.

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FLYINGSCOT   10/26/2011 11:01:34 AM
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Nice post.  Cannot stress enough the need for companies to train their people in rev control and to audit procedure compliance regularly too.

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Training needed too
FLYINGSCOT   10/26/2011 11:01:34 AM
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Nice post.  Cannot stress enough the need for companies to train their people in rev control and to audit procedure compliance regularly too.

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_hm   10/26/2011 6:18:47 AM
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It will be nice to have these features explicit in ECAD packages. Also, there is need for some form of standardization. I have not seen it much. Is there any effort in this direction?

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systems support helps
prabhakar_deosthali   10/26/2011 2:25:56 AM
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For proper revision control  proper systems support is a must. With a company outsourcing to many vendors and the suppliers catering to many comapnies it is a many to many situation and any gaps in the revision control documentation will result in a total confusion across. A well integrated ERP system only can take care of ensuring that the latest revision parts are ordered, manufactured and supplied.

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t.alex   10/25/2011 7:20:25 PM
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Without revision control, many projects that span across the globe could not easily be coordinated and integrated.

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TaimoorZ   10/25/2011 5:08:38 PM
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Version control within software is very important and there's a whole science associated with it. Versioning in software might be slightly different than it is for engineering components. The versions take into account major software updates, minor software updates and bug fixes etc.

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