What is Revision Control?

Revision Control Definition

Revision control for manufacturing companies is managed through engineering changes, which are also known as engineering change orders (ECOs). Revisions are used to manage pending and released changes to parts, assemblies, software, drawings, and other documents. While revisions and versions are sometimes used interchangeably, they are different. Versions typically relate to an iteration, but a revision is a controlled version. Engineering change control helps companies track pending changes and coordinate with purchasing, production, and supply chains by accurately identifying what revision can be ordered, built, and shipped. Revision control allows manufacturing companies to track the evolution of a product and also support or service the specific revision that is shipped to customers. It provides a disciplined approach to product engineering that reduces risks, improves quality, and eliminates unnecessary errors throughout the entire product lifecycle.


How do you ensure proper revision control?

To ensure proper revision control:

  • Maintain the product record (designs, BOMs, parts, assemblies, etc.) in a single, centralized system so that the latest revisions are always accessible to internal teams and external partners
  • Assign all documents, parts, and assemblies a unique part number and version level. Also use a logical naming and numbering convention
  • Implement a system for automated change routings, approvals, and notifications to ensure that all impacted teams are aware of the latest revisions
What is revision control in manufacturing?

Revision control is the process of documenting and tracking the current status and history of individual parts or assemblies. It is used to ensure consistency and lock down a recipe to build the finished product without errors.

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