Easy editing, automated publishing, faster translating
Authors edit DITA content by checking out an HDXP file from the ERP system. Upon checkout, the DITA map opens automatically in Adobe FrameMaker.
“We have a FrameMaker plugin that’s soft-connected to SAP, so there’s no API integration that affects SAP code,” Wiedenmaier says. “The author simply edits DITA files in FrameMaker the way they’re used to, and then checks the HDXP file back into SAP.”
Upon check-in, FrameMaker plug-in developed by c-rex.net, automatically generates PDF files using Adobe FrameMaker and XLIFF files for computer-assisted translation (CAT) and updates XML machine-control data. It then reassembles the HDXP file and makes it available for publication. For translation into different languages, SAP automatically sends orders to third-party translation agencies that HOMAG has granted direct SAP access.
“A CAT agency can check-out XLIFF files, translate the content and then check the file back into SAP,” Wiedenmaier says. “The returned file is automatically checked-out to FrameMaker and then published to all the outputs that are needed for different document types and then checked back into SAP. Automation with Adobe FrameMaker has cut translation times by 50%.”
When a new order is entered into the ERP system, SAP CADDI composition software collects all documentation and control files related to the order. It automatically combines PDF files, creates a table of contents and generates a metadata package. The files are then exported directly to the HOMAG machine (or machines for a large factory order) and published back into the ERP system for archiving.
Empowering the documentation
Once in the machine, the documentation can take control of maintenance activities as part of HOMAG’s Industry 4.0 vision. When HDXP files are reassembled, XML files are generated from DITA topic metadata in Adobe FrameMaker. The machine’s control system then evaluates the XML data against machine data such as runtime. If machine status indicates that maintenance is due, the control system automatically triggers an operator alert in the user interface and automatically provides links to relevant technical documentation such as maintenance guides and repair manuals.
HOMAG is now looking to further extend the power of its documentation by uniting DITA content created with Adobe FrameMaker with metadata using the new iiRDS standard for information delivery across the IoT.
“Standardising metadata gives us opportunities to connect machine data and documentation for intelligent plant management. For example, we want to automatically link machine events to documentation for troubleshooting or prioritising maintenance and make it accessible on mobile devices,” Wolf says. “HOMAG sees Adobe FrameMaker as an important tool for expanding the integration of dynamic technical content delivery into our solutions and delivering more value to our customers.”