General Background to BS8888
BS8888 is a set of standards relating to the layout of technical drawings, the various ways of indicating required dimensions, the way in which tolerances and surface finishes are identified, as well as the recognised systems for adding other annotations, symbols, and abbreviations. It works to allow interpretation of a technical drawing by persons with minimal engineering experience and even with limited grasp of the language in which the drawing was first created. This is largely thanks to the recognised set of symbols, etc. that are associated with BS8888.
Efficiency and Effectiveness
If all engineers adopted their own working conventions then, although drawings would be easy for the original draughtsperson to understand, any other engineers may struggle to interpret the drawing correctly. This can either lead to mistakes being made or, if an engineer has to have the drawing translated or explained to them, it may lead to slower progress being made.
Faster progress, better efficiency, and fewer mistakes being made lead to an overall improvement in staff morale. This in turn leads to a more productive workforce helping to increase revenue thanks to increased productivity.
Operating to a standard will ensure that everyone in the supply and manufacturing chain can easily pick up and understand what is required in terms of dimensions, tolerances, and surface finish. This means that you will see fewer supplier problems, more accurate parts and components, and a reduction in errors during manufacturing.
A reduction in the number of mistakes being made, as well as having a huge improvement in staff morale, also reduces costs significantly. This is mainly achieved by reducing wastage in terms of scrapped materials but also by removing the costs associated with shipping incorrect parts and components.
It makes Customer Sense
Your customers are not interested in the exact processes and procedures used to get a result. Instead, their intention is to use companies that can make their products, services, and business better; in other words, they are really only interested in the quality of the finished product. By adopting standards like BS8888 you can show them how you are part of their plans, processes and solutions, whilst also giving the impression of being a professional institution capable of working to high standards.
Improving Employee Skillset
You probably already know why it is important to develop technical drawing skills. Whether you are taking on graduate engineers, apprentices, or employ experienced engineers, you may feel the need to encourage your new employees to brush up on their understanding of technical drawing. As we have seen, a vital part of creating quality technical drawings is understanding BS8888 and so improving your employees’ knowledge of how to read and create engineering drawings is beneficial to your company in terms of working independently and of course, collaboratively.
EEF’s Reading Engineering Drawings training course provides an introduction to BS8888, interpreting projections, line types, symbols and abbreviations. It will allow your staff to create and precisely interpret technical drawings and product requirements, allowing you to unlock the potential of engineers and other staff across your organisation.