Creating an Electronic Service Manual
Rennich, Merv and Gerry Meixsell
Developed by the Technical Information Division of Caterpillar Inc., the Service Information System (SIS) is a state of the art process using the latest in computer technology to electronically create, process and deliver technical service information to Caterpillar dealers worldwide. It utilizes authoring workstations and servers on a distributed network to create and store information elements (I/E's). The I/E's are written using Caterpillar Technical English (CTE) which allows for complete automatic language translation. I/E's are taken from the data base to make traditional publications as well as CD-ROM's. A personal computer is used to display information for shop and field servicemen and to perform interactive diagnostics.