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Technical instruction manuals give users clear instructions on a product they desire to use. The purpose of this technical document is to gain useful knowledge about a product, service, or technology. Not only that but it is also used to direct users through specific steps to achieve the item’s desired outcome. Frequently, we think of manuals and tend to associate them with our everyday devices or workplace-related practices. However, technical manuals are more than figuring out your tablet or understanding the employee handbook. They are an invaluable source of information that ensures an organization can facilitate any operation. In addition, today’s post lets us look into a few manuals centered around organizations found in various industries.


Types of Organizational Technical Manuals 


Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Manuals – Industry: Automotive, IT, & Manufacturing


Original Equipment Manufacturer manuals provide information about what products the manufacturer produces. It also contains details of the components, parts, equipment, and devices it sells to another company or its customers. This is very common in the automotive industry, as OEM manuals give detailed instructions and information about how to operate or fix a vehicle for technicians. On top of this, different types of OEM manuals can include information and instructions on how to properly use its products. 


Quality Manuals – Industry: All Business Markets


Quality manuals describe the quality management system of an organization. This document states how every component in your business will function effectively to reach your business goals. Also, this includes details about employees, customers, communication workflow, budgets, policies, standard operating procedures, ISO requirements, and more. Having a quality manual to outline your business expectations is extremely beneficial when it comes to running a smooth and effective business as it lay out the foundation of what is expected from the company.


Environmental Manuals – Industry: Environment


Environmental manuals define the operating strategies of an environmental management system. According to the EPA, “An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a set of processes and practices that enable an organization to reduce its environmental impacts and increase its operating efficiency.” However, environmental manuals should describe business goals, policies and procedures, employee responsibilities, communication protocols, ISO standards, and more.


Financial Reporting Manuals (FRM)Industry: Financial


Financial Reporting manuals inform organizations about what financial statements, disclosures, and other documents show compliance with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Plus, this manual provides rules and procedures, as well as solutions for compliance with SEC reporting rules.


Aircraft Maintenance Manual (AMM) – Industry: Aerospace 


Aircraft Maintenance manuals describe and illustrate detailed technical maintenance instructions for an Aircraft. This manual can include information on several different aspects of the maintenance that goes into running an aircraft. Some examples of this include servicing, repairing, installation, and inspection, as well as additional maintenance procedures. The added use of illustrations is also an extremely effective aspect of this kind of manual, as it gives a visual representation of certain parts of the aircraft that maintenance workers can use as a guide when working on aircraft. 


Field ManualsIndustry: Government


Field manuals assist soldiers in the appropriate actions to take during a mission. The United States Army uses field manuals as a way to outline training operations, military tasks, and common procedures. Additionally, it provides instructions on how to address and manage unknown situations. This manual’s overall purpose is to ensure quick and easy decision-making for soldiers during extreme situations. It also helps with providing safety guidelines and regulations in these situations. It is essential in this type of field to have such information outlined and studied.


Technical Manual TestingIndustry: IT Software


Manual Testing provides instructions that help IT teams identify, detect, and remove any bugs or errors in the software. In doing this, developers are able to ensure that the speed and effectiveness of the application are performing at their highest level. Because there are limits to automation testing for defects, manual testing is still an effective and reliable technique. 


Instructions for Use (IFU) Manual Industry: Healthcare


Instructions for Use manuals include information and guidelines about the use of medical devices and are extremely important in the medical field. This type of manual states what policies, rules, and regulations a healthcare product manufacturer must adhere to. This is so that when they sell a medical device, they can ensure the safety of medical staff and patients. Instructions for Use documents must describe how a medical device is supposed to be cleaned, disinfected, and sterilized. Once manufacturers supply the appropriate instructions and testing, then it can be sold for proper use.




Technical instruction manuals are an essential component of every business. However, we see in various industries the strength of a manual heavily influences how a business functions. There is a wide variety of use for having a technical instruction manual; In many cases, having these manuals are essential for safe and effective businesses and practices. In addition, a manual ensures organizations can establish key processes that will eventually help reach desired business goals. As a result, people need to understand equipment and software, as well as how a process or a procedure works. Because of this necessity, there will always be a demand for technical instruction manuals.


How Can EDC Help? 


No matter what industry you’re in or the purpose, EDC’s writers will produce concise, clear, well-organized technical manuals for any product or service. If you are looking to create training manuals, or streamline and automate existing documents like policy, office, service manuals and more EDC can help. No matter the type of manual, EDC can generate documentation that will meet all your business needs. EDC has technical writers with varying expertise that can produce high-quality manuals to ensure your customers and employees can safely and confidently operate your product, technology, or service. Whether you need a team of consultants to produce a complete line of documentation or a single technical writer for a brief project, Essential Data’s Engagement Manager will lead the project from start to finish. At Essential Data Corporation, the quality of our work is guaranteed. Contact us today to get started. (800) 221-0093 or sales@edc.us



Written by Kimberly Jones