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Brexit and CE marking

Brexit and CE marking

New UKCA mark introduced.

On the Path towards Digital Technical Documentation

On the Path towards Digital Technical Documentation

What to do when the implementation of the digitisation concept stalls?

The kothes 2021 smart award

The kothes 2021 smart award

Award for outstanding project work.

From the everyday life of a Technical Editor

From the everyday life of a Technical Editor

Which specific skills you can use to shine in Technical Editing.

Machine Translation – Part 3

Machine Translation – Part 3

Post-editing under the microscope.

Information portals for Service organisations

Information portals for Service organisations

Empower employees through remote on-site service approaches.

"On a visit" to ZHAW in Wallisellen

We provided ZHAW students some virtual insights into the world of technical editing.

Machine Translation – Part 2

Machine Translation – Part 2

Which Engine suits me best?

API Documentation

API Documentation

Take advantage of opportunities through good interface documentation.

kothes is Ranked (for the first time) as one of the Largest Language Service Providers

kothes is Ranked (for the first time) as one of the Largest Language Service Providers

Our Translation Team achieved a high-ranking in a Europe-wide comparison.

Back to the Future – an (Almost) Normal Day of Consulting

Back to the Future – an (Almost) Normal Day of Consulting

From the journal pages of an IT Consultant

Bespoke Suit or off-the-rack Documentation?

Bespoke Suit or off-the-rack Documentation?

How to create visually appealing and high-quality information products

The Ignition Source Analysis

The Ignition Source Analysis

Efficient creation – through modularisation.

Machine Translation - Part 1

Machine Translation - Part 1

Ready, set, go? With Machine Translation, preparation is the key!

Must Operating Manuals still be provided in printed form?

Must Operating Manuals still be provided in printed form?

An interpretation of DIN EN ISO 20607.

What do you need to consider when choosing a Language Service Provider?

What do you need to consider when choosing a Language Service Provider?

It's not just a matter of trust.

Honoured as

Honoured as "Top Consultant"!

We've been honoured, after convincing with our competence in the medium-sized businesses category, in the TOP CONSULTANT competition.

Safe Medical Devices in all Languages

Safe Medical Devices in all Languages

How to use an informational bridge to achieve conformity with MDR.

What do you need for a Declaration of Conformity?

What do you need for a Declaration of Conformity?

"I have a machine, and I need a CE marking."

kothes Expands its Cooperation Network with Plusmeta GmbH

kothes Expands its Cooperation Network with Plusmeta GmbH

Create user and service information even smarter with artificial intelligence.

Top-up on new Ideas with us in the Virtual Expert Talk!

Top-up on new Ideas with us in the Virtual Expert Talk!

Our experts would be happy to advise you on all topics related to Smart Information.

Key Skill: being able to Lovingly

Key Skill: being able to Lovingly "Chifle" (Quarrel) with Developers

Taken from everyday life in a UX Writing project.

Overcoming Times of Crisis

Overcoming Times of Crisis

Be Smart, Stay Safe

Translation in Record Time for our Customer ATMOS MedizinTechnik

Translation in Record Time for our Customer ATMOS MedizinTechnik

An urgently needed translation for medical devices was completed in just 48 hours.

Digitisation with Daddy

Digitisation with Daddy

The bright side of the coronavirus pandemic.

Document Management within the Information Process

Document Management within the Information Process

Optimise processes, obtain information and keep track of supplier documentation.

Fast Help, Despite the Distance

Fast Help, Despite the Distance

Providing necessary information within 24 hours during these unusual times.

So far away, yet so close

So far away, yet so close

How we’re still with you — even without a physical presence.

We’d like to introduce…

We’d like to introduce…

… Our CE Coordinator, Andreas Kirchner

Kothes Smart Award 2020 with Pleasant Lasting Effects

Kothes Smart Award 2020 with Pleasant Lasting Effects

For us, being smart also means being social.

Translating with a Relay Language

Translating with a Relay Language

How to prevent translation costs from spiralling out of control when changing your company’s language.

Video Research in Technical Documentation

Video Research in Technical Documentation

The shoulder check is invaluable.

Packaging goes green

Packaging goes green

The packaging industry faces changing times and environmental challenges.

iiRDS vs. VDI Standard 2770

iiRDS vs. VDI Standard 2770

or: On the way to intelligent information with VDI 2770 and iiRDS.

kothes Think Tank 2020

kothes Think Tank 2020

Internal exchange, supported by our cooperation partners.

Modern Software Documentation

Modern Software Documentation

Latest trends for creating and managing

What Does a SCRUM Master Actually Do?

What Does a SCRUM Master Actually Do?

Yes, we SCRUM!

A Day in the Life of a Translation Project Manager at kothes

A Day in the Life of a Translation Project Manager at kothes

With skill and an overall view from above the maze of Translation Management

End of Year 2019

End of Year 2019

We say "Thank You!"

Recertification in Accordance with ISO 17100

Recertification in Accordance with ISO 17100

Certified Translations for the fields of Technology, Software, Automotive, Medical Technology and Marketing.

kothes UK Ltd. is Moving

kothes UK Ltd. is Moving

Goodbye Ripley, Hello Woking

Individual Development vs. Standard

Individual Development vs. Standard

What is the best solution for your Technical Editorial department?

UX Writing – Who, What, and Above All, Why?

UX Writing – Who, What, and Above All, Why?

The written word as an experience.

ZHAW Visits Wallisellen

ZHAW Visits Wallisellen

We provided students an insight into the world of technical editing.

kothes Expands Its Cooperation Network

kothes Expands Its Cooperation Network

New partnership formed with intelligent views gmbh.

tekom Annual Conference 2019 – Thank You!

tekom Annual Conference 2019 – Thank You!

Information for the Marketplace

Information for the Marketplace

Technical documentation as part of digital platform-based business models.

Companies Support Female Students

Companies Support Female Students

kothes participates in a mentoring program.

A Tradition Continues

A Tradition Continues

Proven and new approaches at our Translation team meeting in Berlin.

Network Your Information – How Should You Create Knowledge Networks?

Network Your Information – How Should You Create Knowledge Networks?

Building semantic networks can get as complex as you want. But this doesn't have to be the case if the goal is clearly defined.

kothes Expands to Middle Franconia

kothes Expands to Middle Franconia

New office opened in the district town of Lauf an der Pegnitz.

Network Your Information – Where Knowledge Networks Really Help (2/3)

Network Your Information – Where Knowledge Networks Really Help (2/3)

Semantic networks and their potential for user and service information.

From the Life of an IT Consultant

From the Life of an IT Consultant

... or why it makes sense to be (virtually) on site regularly in the kothes IT Consulting department.

Review of the kothes Roadshow in Winterthur

Review of the kothes Roadshow in Winterthur

An active exchange towards Information 4.0.

CONSULT – CREATE – TRANSLATE – PROVIDE

CONSULT – CREATE – TRANSLATE – PROVIDE

Build up semantic networks with us at the 2019 tekom annual conference.

The DIN Spec 33453 – the way to the Digital Service System

The DIN Spec 33453 – the way to the Digital Service System

... does this also apply to the Technical Editorial department?

Connect Your Information – True Knowledge Should Be Connected! (1/3)

Connect Your Information – True Knowledge Should Be Connected! (1/3)

What are ontologies or semantic networks and who do they benefit?

kothes Expands its Partner Network with Software Provider door2solution GmbH

kothes Expands its Partner Network with Software Provider door2solution GmbH

User-friendly Instructions for Use for Medical Devices

User-friendly Instructions for Use for Medical Devices

Why usability isn't a luxury.

From the Content Strategy to the Business Case

From the Content Strategy to the Business Case

Which revenue types do your information channels generate?

DREAM. TEAM. PERFORMANCE.

DREAM. TEAM. PERFORMANCE.

Oliver Giaffreda, Team Leader Marketing Services at STOBAG AG, on his collaboration with kothes

Explanation Videos – Conveying Complex Facts Clearly and Simply

Explanation Videos – Conveying Complex Facts Clearly and Simply

Security for your Data

Security for your Data

TISAX certification and many other measures

ERP Connector for Content Management Systems

ERP Connector for Content Management Systems

A Smart Solution for the Automation of Technical Documentation

Follow-up: Is EN ISO 12100 no longer harmonised under the Machinery Directive?

Follow-up: Is EN ISO 12100 no longer harmonised under the Machinery Directive?

The IEC/IEEE 82079-1:2019 Documentation Standard

The IEC/IEEE 82079-1:2019 Documentation Standard

Is there added value for everyday technical editorial work?

MDR – New EU Medical Device Regulations

MDR – New EU Medical Device Regulations

Set the course for the future now.

kothes at the DOCUFY User Meeting

kothes at the DOCUFY User Meeting

Smart Information for Translators

Smart Information for Translators

How we keep our worldwide translation team informed.

kothes translations at memoQfest 2019

kothes translations at memoQfest 2019

Over the course of three conference days, translation service providers, translators and the translation industry's best minds gathered for the memoQfest in Budapest.

DETHIS – Design Thinking for Industrial Services

DETHIS – Design Thinking for Industrial Services

A successful research project comes to an end.

A review of the kothes Roadshow in Aachen

A review of the kothes Roadshow in Aachen

In an active exchange towards Information 4.0.

The Interface between a Content Management System and SAP

The Interface between a Content Management System and SAP

Project Report: The COSIMA go! connection at Aerzener Maschinenfabrik GmbH.

Smart Information for the Financial Industry

Smart Information for the Financial Industry

Methods from technical documentation can also be applied in the service sector.

Believers-in-Technology of all Nations, Unite!

Believers-in-Technology of all Nations, Unite!

Three criteria that make digital information concepts shine.

A Day in the Life of a Key Account Manager at kothes

A Day in the Life of a Key Account Manager at kothes

Consulting instead of selling.

What does Digitisation mean within Technical Documentation?

What does Digitisation mean within Technical Documentation?

The view of a millennial on the new information management.

Is EN ISO 12100 no longer harmonised under the Machinery Directive?

Is EN ISO 12100 no longer harmonised under the Machinery Directive?

Key Figures in the Technical Writing Department

Key Figures in the Technical Writing Department

Do we really need them or can we get rid of them?

Usability as a Holistic Product Feature

Usability as a Holistic Product Feature

What a Usability Test can do for your Technical Documentation.

Editorial Meeting? – Think Tank!

Editorial Meeting? – Think Tank!

Knowledge transfer and contact care according to kothes.

Surveys? They're too exhausting for me!

Surveys? They're too exhausting for me!

How to receive feedback from users.

Can a Content Management System make you happy?

Can a Content Management System make you happy?

From evaluation to increasing efficiency.

The Safety Chapter – What Really Counts!

The Safety Chapter – What Really Counts!

Practicality instead of formality.

kothes expands to Austria

kothes expands to Austria

With the founding of kothes Österreich GmbH, we strengthen our commitment to the Alpine Republic.

kothes and 3di found kothes UK Ltd.

kothes and 3di found kothes UK Ltd.

Informative exchange at kothes translator meeting 2018

Informative exchange at kothes translator meeting 2018

Review of a very worthwhile event.

How to feed your Chatbot – Beat the Bot

How to feed your Chatbot – Beat the Bot

Challenge the voice assistant so it can improve.

"Augmented Documentation" in Practice

Our article in the current Springer Reference Book on Digital Services.

"It all depends on the mindset! Design Thinking for industry-related services, whether analog or digital"

Specialist Article by kothes Innovation Manager Christopher Rechtien appears in "HMD Praxis".

Localise GUI and User Information in Perfect Harmony

Localise GUI and User Information in Perfect Harmony

Three scenarios for the translation of Graphical User Interfaces.

15 Years of kothes

15 Years of kothes

Using a Crisis as an Opportunity.

How to feed your Chatbot – Build the Bot

How to feed your Chatbot – Build the Bot

Can Technical Editors Build Voice Assistants?

tekom Annual Conference — Review

tekom Annual Conference — Review

As our "Agent Smarty" voice assistant would say, "Thank you so much for the friendly conversation."

How to feed your Chatbot – Design the Bot

How to feed your Chatbot – Design the Bot

Voice assistant design with key use cases.

kothes and SCHEMA become Silver Partners

kothes and SCHEMA become Silver Partners

The Quality Promise

The Quality Promise

Lack of substance or a new set of values?

How to feed your Chatbot

How to feed your Chatbot

Voice assistants: Also a topic for Service and User Information?

My Role as Safety Manager

My Role as Safety Manager

Parental leave with numerous challenges.

Review of our First Smart Information Roadshow

Review of our First Smart Information Roadshow

Interesting lectures and exciting discussions.

New seminar topics at the kothes academy

New seminar topics at the kothes academy

What drives us ...

Predictive Maintenance and Technical Documentation

Predictive Maintenance and Technical Documentation

How you can raise potential in service.

On the Trail of the

On the Trail of the "Error Gremiln"

The benefits of proofreading – much more than proper spelling.

kothes Summer Party 2018

kothes Summer Party 2018

Sun, grill and drinks – what more do you need?

Tool Variety in Technical Editing

Tool Variety in Technical Editing

The right tool for your requirements.

kothes at the tekom Annual Conference 2018

kothes at the tekom Annual Conference 2018

Experience our voice assistant in live operation.

The Risk Assessment

The Risk Assessment

Added value or something for the drawer?

Quality Assurance in Translations

Quality Assurance in Translations

3 tips for the sustainable correction of sub-optimal translations.

Operating Instructions, Etc.

Operating Instructions, Etc.

Take the pressure off the print.

GUI and user information in-line

GUI and user information in-line

Design target group-specific user interfaces.

What is actually smart about information?

What is actually smart about information?

Lars Kothes describes why we are no longer called "Technical Communication".

kothes Roadshow 2018

kothes Roadshow 2018

Theory Meets Practice.

The DIN EN 82079-1 Edition 2: The new Draft of

The DIN EN 82079-1 Edition 2: The new Draft of "DIN EN 82079-1"

What’s new this time?

CE Marking

CE Marking

The most important information about the Declaration of Conformity.

Why Technical Editing and Translation Work Better Together

Why Technical Editing and Translation Work Better Together

The story of an informational bridge.

High-quality technical illustrations enhance your product

High-quality technical illustrations enhance your product

How a good illustration can influence the buying process.

DIN EN ISO 20607: A new standard for operating manuals for machines

DIN EN ISO 20607: A new standard for operating manuals for machines

Inspiration now!

The implementation of a Content Management System at SÜSS MicroTec

The implementation of a Content Management System at SÜSS MicroTec

A Project Report.

The selection of a Content Management System

The selection of a Content Management System

And what house construction has to do with it.

ISTC Regional Group North

ISTC Regional Group North

kothes gives lecture in Manchester.

Management of Supplier Documentation

Management of Supplier Documentation

Successfully define, review, and manage in three steps.

Marketing and Technical Documentation

Marketing and Technical Documentation

How technical editors can support product sales.

Learning 4.0

Learning 4.0

What to consider when choosing Learning Management Systems.

User information for the operation of offshore Wind Farms

User information for the operation of offshore Wind Farms

What connects a flexible maintenance concept with home-baked apple pie.

VDMA Industry Leader – Added Value by Software

VDMA Industry Leader – Added Value by Software

A new edition of the VDMA Industry Leader is available.

Documentation re-use

Documentation re-use

Use information multiple times through smart modularisation.

User-centric informational concepts

User-centric informational concepts

Why the trend towards customisation should not end before the information process.

The DIN SPEC 33453

The DIN SPEC 33453

"Smart Service Systems Engineering"

Cost savings for wind turbine manufacturers

Cost savings for wind turbine manufacturers

Two (unknown) opportunities in technical documentation.

Smart Information – What is meant by that?

Smart Information – What is meant by that?

kothes was there: DigiVation Conference and the 21st Aachen Service Forum.

kothes is a contributing member of the iiRDS consortium

kothes is a contributing member of the iiRDS consortium

Join in instead of just talking about it

10 years of ANSI Z535.6

10 years of ANSI Z535.6

Our experience with US manuals.

Smart glasses, data glasses and other devices – how things are now

Smart glasses, data glasses and other devices – how things are now

What works? What may work in future?

Offshoring Technical Documentation

Offshoring Technical Documentation

Short-term savings or long-term solution?

Terminology is not just relevant to translation

Terminology is not just relevant to translation

Why it is important to speak ONE language when creating documentation.

Work and leadership in the digital age

Work and leadership in the digital age

A podium discussion about work in the year 2030.

Episode 4.0: iiRDS

Episode 4.0: iiRDS

or: Striving for standardisation.

Additive manufacturing is changing technical documentation

Additive manufacturing is changing technical documentation

Wow, that was quick!

More than just a thingy for the thingies

More than just a thingy for the thingies

Technical writing and finding the right words.

Smart is better value than cheap

Smart is better value than cheap

Six ways to save money through translation

kothes Think Tank 2018

kothes Think Tank 2018

kothes uses “design thinking” as a tool to initiate new solution-oriented thought processes.

Flying over the jungle – reloaded

Flying over the jungle – reloaded

or: Between the meta level and the lowlands of trivia.

An easy way to deal with peak loads

An easy way to deal with peak loads

How service providers can help resolve bottlenecks in technical editing.

Pressure from 3D printers

Pressure from 3D printers

How technical documentation can keep up with the accelerated pace of development departments.

kothes Schweiz GmbH

kothes Schweiz GmbH

We have moved from Kloten to Wallisellen.

Keep it simple! – even during the kick-off

Keep it simple! – even during the kick-off

Structure technical writing projects well from the very beginning.

Design thinking: a tool for innovative ideas

Design thinking: a tool for innovative ideas

How to break with old routines and develop new, innovative solutions, even in the field of services.

Sheldon Cooper flies over the jungle

Sheldon Cooper flies over the jungle

An external perspective makes it easier to create informational products with a scientific basis.

Usability tests for the Augmented Reality App

Usability tests for the Augmented Reality App

Students at Flensburg University of Applied Sciences helped us to optimise the app and its contents.

Babylon in Berlin

Babylon in Berlin

Lively exchange at this year’s translators’ meeting.

Lecture at RWTH Aachen

Lecture at RWTH Aachen

We granted students an insight into the world of technical editing.

Drinking water is essential

Drinking water is essential

By buying drinking bottles for its employees, kothes is supporting the Join the Pipe, a Dutch non-profit organisation.

Is there such a thing as legally-reliable technical documentation?

Is there such a thing as legally-reliable technical documentation?

A realistic assessment from the working life of a project manager.

Spoilt for choice

Spoilt for choice

How to create effective graphics solutions.

kothes – an award-winning company

kothes – an award-winning company

kothes has once again won the "family-friendly firm" award in the Viersen district.

Link everything to everything

Link everything to everything

... or why connected information makes a service technician happier.

Do it yourself: Quality assurance in the editorial department

Do it yourself: Quality assurance in the editorial department

It does not take long to perform your own initial simple quality assessment with the help of a checklist.

The connection between Service 4.0 and restful sleep

The connection between Service 4.0 and restful sleep

A week in the life of a service manager.

How to do: “Overview”

How to do: “Overview”

All About the Benefits of an Overview Chapter

Connection generates efficiency

Connection generates efficiency

Interfaces between company software and editorial systems.

Put through their paces

Put through their paces

Aline Cranswick describes how we choose our translators.

Terminology management in technical editing

Terminology management in technical editing

A look at our standardised process.

Playful information design

Playful information design

A different type of consultation.

Cost-effective safety components

Cost-effective safety components

Cost-savings through systematic risk assessment.

My introductory training

My introductory training

Exciting experiences as a new editor at kothes.

Intelligent e-learning concepts

Intelligent e-learning concepts

The benefits of sharing knowledge.

Manual without text

Manual without text

It can work, but it doesn’t always.

“If it’s not right, we’ll make it fit ...”

“If it’s not right, we’ll make it fit ...”

How our customers are using sophisticated training concepts to combat the current skills shortage.

Machinery Directive guide updated

Machinery Directive guide updated

Brief overview of the new version of Machinery Directive “2006/42/EC”.

My “fitness training” in technical editing

My “fitness training” in technical editing

Quality management as coaching for editors.

How to do: “Editorial”

How to do: “Editorial”

Hints and tips for efficient and successful editorial research.

How to do: “Kick-off”

How to do: “Kick-off”

Hints and tips for a successful start to any project.

South of Sherwood Forest

South of Sherwood Forest

Our impressions from the TCUK 2017.

Less is more

Less is more

How to reduce service costs while simultaneously improving availability.

kothes at the AIM

kothes at the AIM

Three kothes employees answered all the students’ questions.

Career changers in the editorial team

Career changers in the editorial team

Valuable skills from a range of disciplines.

Product information – who is the master of the house?

Product information – who is the master of the house?

As a manufacturer you can take back control over your information.

Work and family – compatible or not?

Work and family – compatible or not?

A summary by Stefan Leurs, father and technical editor.

XML structure as a point of contention

XML structure as a point of contention

Peter Ritthoff asks himself: “Do we even need such a ‘super-standard’?”

Outsourcing as we define it

Outsourcing as we define it

With the right model both sides can win.

Transparency builds trust

Transparency builds trust

How performance indicators can help.

"It's all new, and not just window-dressing"

Why we have chosen to change our brand image.

How content delivery can change the world

How content delivery can change the world

Digital, fast, user-centric and to the point: Lars Kothes on the advantages and opportunities of content delivery portals.

What is an informational product?

What is an informational product?

A trendy word or a sign of fundamental change in the industry? Georg Beckers, Head of Production, attempts to provide an answer.

My first week with kothes

My first week with kothes

Student trainee Heiner Ahrens talks about his early experiences in the world of technical documentation.

Updated official German spelling rules

Updated official German spelling rules

What does this mean for technical documentation?

“Augmented documentation – implementing technical innovation in daily practice”

“Augmented documentation – implementing technical innovation in daily practice”

Professional article by kothes innovation manager Christopher Rechtien in “HMD Praxis”.