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Move Beyond PDF to Smart Connected Documents

ACCELERATE TIME TO MARKET, REDUCE COST, AND IMPROVE COMPLIANCE THROUGHOUT YOUR ENTERPRISE AND SUPPLY CHAIN

THE PROBLEM

Your engineers create critical company data like standards, work instructions, tech data packages, test plans, and more. And then you save these concepts in “dead text” formats like PDF, Word, even paper. You might as well put them on papyrus and entomb them. These formats:

  • Make it very difficult to use and reuse the tables, graphs, equations, and text buried in these documents
  • Turn your internal engineering documents into disconnected islands; the documents often refer to each other, but they don’t connect
  • Isolate your internal documents from the ever-changing, authoritative industry standards and regulations they depend on

These deficiencies lead to massive amounts of tedious and time-consuming manual labor, higher costs, unnecessary risk throughout the enterprise, and a significant slowdown in project lifecycles.

It’s time to stop the madness and move your engineering documentation into the 21st century — the era of the Model-Based Enterprise, the Digital Thread, and the Internet of Things.

SWISS SOLUTION

SWISS uses AI and semantic processing to transform your static engineering documents into a living, breathing network of intelligent, interoperable data. Every concept within your engineering content knows its meaning, its status, and its relationship to other data. No one works from out-of-date versions. No one wastes time searching for related documents or concepts. No one has to guess the operational impact of a change to any document. Actionable intelligence is conveyed throughout the enterprise and supply chain to help engineers do their work faster, with fewer errors, and less risk.

The Benefits of Data-Centricity

Companies that shift from shuffling PDF and print documents to the SWISS “Internet of Things for documents” reap significant benefits in nearly every stage of project lifecycles.

  • Improve time-to-market by 25% and cut late-stage rework in half by ensuring that all functions, disciplines, and suppliers are always using authoritative versions of all documents.
  • Reuse data elements to reduce duplication of work by 30%, and create work instructions, test plans, and technical specs in far less time.
  • Assess the operational impact of changes to customer, corporate, or industry standards almost instantaneously.
  • Leverage AI (artificial intelligence)-based concept searching to shorten time engineers spend looking for related documents by up to 50%.
  • Reduce information loss during handover by maintaining cloud-based content linked to the authoritative source.
  • Increase engineering productivity by up to 25% by integrating content into the most common PLM and authoring tools, rather than forcing engineers into another portal.

Why SWISS?

Every element of the SWISS platform has been carefully engineered to deliver desired outcomes specified from the shop floor to the top floor. With SWISS, every engineering or manufacturing document is:

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interoperable

Automatically connect silos of internal and external information, across functions, disciplines, and partners.
WHY: reduce search time, pinpoint answers to questions, and uncover “what you don’t know”.

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Object-Centric

Easily extract and track text, tables, graphs, images, and equations into other applications.
WHY: eliminate wasteful copy/paste/rekey, and reuse common data elements to reduce start-up times and finish projects faster.

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change-aware

Changes at the source are automatically conveyed downstream so your entire enterprise and supply chain are using the same information.
WHY: reduce rework and project delays while enabling more frequent iterations on-the-fly.

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API-Ready

The powerful SWISS API automatically delivers critical data into PLM, EPC, and other systems.
WHY: get the exact information you need, right when and where you need it.

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intelligently automated

Automatically detects differences between versions and shows the impact of changes.
WHY: reduce manual steps and improve speed and accuracy of change management.

STATIC DOCUMENTS HAVE A HIGH COST

THE TRUE COST OF PRINT AND PDF.

Much of your critical engineering content (like internal information, customer specs, and external industry standards) is in dead-text print and PDF, which seems cheap and easy at first glance. But these formats create exponential problems that bite right into your bottom line. SWISS eliminates these problems.

SWISS REDUCES COSTS BY 65%.

SWISS does this by reducing time to find the right information, eliminating late-stage changes and rework, speeding up document creation, enabling re-use of common data elements, and reducing risk by ensuring that everyone uses the right information all the time.

  • Cost of using old data
  • Rework and errors
  • Change management
  • Time and risk from copy/paste, rekey
  • Navigation across documents and silos
  • Initial content cost

“swiss-ify” your company’s internal content

Imagine clicking back and forth from your internal product specs to ASTM, ASME, API, MIL Specs, work instructions, PLM, and back. When you convert your internal content to SWISS, you’ll have a single source of comprehensive, interoperable engineering data. The results: greater productivity, shorter time to market, and the lowest possible cost of using and managing information in your workflow.

60%
of engineers use internal content “closely” with external industry standards.
79%
of engineers don’t need to read the entire standard. They need answers to specific questions.
68%
of users have problems extracting data from standards and integrating it with other applications.
11%
of users say that "finding the documents" is the hardest part of using standards.

OUR PARTNERS

SWISS was built with funding from the Department of Defense and innovation leadership from ASTM, ASME, IEEE, SAE, and leading aerospace, energy, and manufacturing companies.

What they’re saying about SWISS

  • "The interoperability gained through SWISS will dramatically reduce engineering time to knowledge and make it possible to provide truly tailored, targeted, and engineered content that integrates both external and internal standards."

    Greg Saunders, Director, Defense Standardization Program Office
  • “SWISS is to engineering documents as CAD is to 2-D drawings.”

    Top 10 AEC Firm
  • “SWISS provides the opportunity to offer their end users a huge leap forward in terms of convenience and ease of use through enhanced discoverability and interoperability with other related and relevant content.”

    Outsell, June 2018
  • "I’m confident that interoperable standards will become as ubiquitous as cell phones and as taken-for-granted as Google."

    Greg Saunders, Director, Defense Standardization Program Office
  • “We spend hours trying to extract content from static documents. SWISS does it in minutes.”

    Medical Device Manufacturer
  • “Doing ‘consistency checks’ at the end of a project almost always results in having to do rework. SWISS eliminates that rework.”

    EPC Engineering Firm
  • "When you connect data together, you get power in a way that doesn’t happen just with the web, with documents."

    Sir Tim Berners-Lee
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