EDC’s Technical Manual Writing Services
Essential Data’s technical manual writing services provide professional guides for end-users that simplifies and explains a product’s technical features.
Technical manual writing involves a range of topics and formats including instructions, diagrams, product descriptions, warnings, troubleshooting options, and more. Some technical manuals are targeted toward consumers with little to no prior knowledge of the product, while others are written for professionals who are already trained to use devices in their field.
Although it is a less traditional example, a technical manual may also refer to workplace documents that explain workflow organization, policy, and procedure. The operative aspect of technical manuals is that technical information—for instance, how to use devices or safely access a company database– is explained fully and clearly.
What Are the Types of Manuals in Technical Writing?
Essential Data writes every kind of guide, from restaurant operations manuals to automobile service manuals to quick-reference guides.
User Manuals/Owners Manuals
User manuals, or owners manuals, are written for products for average consumers, most commonly technological devices. They usually contain the make and model information, set-up instructions, and descriptions of all the product’s functions, and may overlap with instruction manuals. They are typically published in print and online for free.
Service manuals, in contrast, are written for consumers experienced with the product they purchase. An auto repairer, for instance, will understand cars more than the average driver, but may still consult a vehicle service manual for specifics about a car model they haven’t worked extensively with.
Service manuals go into more detail and retain more technical, specialized information than a user manual. They are available online and in print as well, but because they are more like reference books than how-to pamphlets, they may not be free.
Medical Device Manuals
Medical device manuals are written for both medical practitioners and patients but require a medical technical writer to compose. Every manual represents a unique intersection between writing, field specialization, and design, and medical device manuals are no exception.
Medical device manuals are vital to the healthcare and pharmaceutical worlds. They ensure that device use is standardized across organizations and practitioners, and empower patients to make informed, safe decisions about the products they use. The products and, thus, the manuals, must also must be FDA-compliant and adhere to any other relevant regulations.
Operation and Maintenance Manuals
Operation and maintenance manuals anchor an organization, company, or business. They include standard operation procedures, policies, checks and balances, and regulations.
Although not a manual for a technical device, an operation and maintenance manual may still include technical information best handled by a technical writer, such as how to operate equipment safely and effectively, industry vocabulary, and legal and regulatory language.
An operation and maintenance manual may include building and infrastructure layout and specifications, health and security measures, an equipment registry, financial documentation, supply chain information, staff schedules and procedures, preventative and incident response plans, and so on.
Quick Reference Guides
User, instruction, troubleshooting, maintenance, and operation manuals come in different lengths and levels of detail, but none is more brief than a quick reference guide. They are useful for consumers, training, and more.
A quick reference guide is a few pages long at most and is composed mostly of pictures and diagrams. Because of their use of nonverbal communication, quick reference guides may be overlooked as technical manual writing projects. However, design, information flow, and effective word choice when text does appear, are all a part of technical writing. A quick reference guide would still benefit from being curated by a technical writer.
Why Hire a Technical Manual Writer?
A manual is straightforward to read, but it isn’t straightforward to write. Technical writers are professional explainers—they will ensure that the technical concepts in your manual are easily understood by your audience. And they know how to polish it up before sending it out to distribution. Essentially, a tech writer is the key to doing it right.
What Can EDC Do for You?
Writing a technical manual takes skill, attention to detail, and versatility. Essential Data understands that. Our technical manual writing services yield clear, precise, well-researched manuals tailored to a client’s parameters.
Whether you need a single technical writer for a brief project or a team of consultants to produce a complete line of documentation, the quality of our work is guaranteed for you. Our clients work closely with an Engagement Manager from one of our 30 local offices for the entire length of your project at no additional cost. Contact us at (800) 221-0093 or email@example.com to get started.