Product documents describe the physical attributes and structure of a product, and identify the objective standards to be used in evaluating whether the product has been constructed correctly. The purpose of product documentation is to break complex assemblies into individual parts, each of which can be defined, acquired and evaluated separately.

ISO 9004 takes a broad view of product documentation, and requires that "sufficient documentation be available to follow the achievement of the required product quality and the effective operation of the quality management system."

Document attributes consist of

  • Document and iteration data, including administrator-defined custom properties
  • Document classifications, such as type, lifecycle phase, legal restrictions, etc.
  • Controlling organizations, access right declarations, and media type or physical storage location

One of the primary uses of a document record within PDXpert is to act as a "container" for electronic file attachments. Such a document record can then be flexibly applied to one or more part records. Separating the design file from the part permits simpler design re-use and may reduce the number of items that must be revised when the design file is updated.


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