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Where paths can lead when Rome is suddenly no longer the destination

Where paths can lead when Rome is suddenly no longer the destination

Practical experience confirms that Technical Documentation and Knowledge Management are intertwined.

How does Outsourcing work for Technical Documentation?

How does Outsourcing work for Technical Documentation?

A User Report on the cooperation with SIG Combibloc Systems GmbH.

Brexit and CE marking

Brexit and CE marking

New UKCA mark introduced.

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.

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.

API Documentation

API Documentation

Take advantage of opportunities through good interface documentation.

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.

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 for a Declaration of Conformity?

What do you need for a Declaration of Conformity?

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

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

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

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.

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!

kothes UK Ltd. is Moving

kothes UK Ltd. is Moving

Goodbye Ripley, Hello Woking

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.

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?

User-friendly Instructions for Use for Medical Devices

User-friendly Instructions for Use for Medical Devices

Why usability isn't a luxury.

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

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.

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.

What does Digitisation mean within Technical Documentation?

What does Digitisation mean within Technical Documentation?

The view of a millennial on the new information management.

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?

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.

My Role as Safety Manager

My Role as Safety Manager

Parental leave with numerous challenges.

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.

Tool Variety in Technical Editing

Tool Variety in Technical Editing

The right tool for your requirements.

The Risk Assessment

The Risk Assessment

Added value or something for the drawer?

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.

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.

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.

Cost savings for wind turbine manufacturers

Cost savings for wind turbine manufacturers

Two (unknown) opportunities in technical documentation.

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.

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

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.

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.

Lecture at RWTH Aachen

Lecture at RWTH Aachen

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

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.

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.

Terminology management in technical editing

Terminology management in technical editing

A look at our standardised process.

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.

Less is more

Less is more

How to reduce service costs while simultaneously improving availability.

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.

Outsourcing as we define it

Outsourcing as we define it

With the right model both sides can win.

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.

Updated official German spelling rules

Updated official German spelling rules

What does this mean for technical documentation?