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Förster-Technik is an innovative manufacturer of systems for young animal feeding (calves, lambs and piglets) and pasteurization. The family-owned company, based in Engen (Germany), was founded in 1971, and is now being run by the second generation. It sells its high-tech automatic feeders to over 45 countries, and cooperates with the large companies in the milking technology sector, such as DeLaval, WestfaliaSurge and Lely.
Förster-Technik uses the XML authoring and content management system TIM for generating operating manuals and service information. Technical writers create structured and modularized documents in FrameMaker. TIM manages the XML modules, documents and graphics in the XML information pool. Technical writers quickly retrieve documents and modules for reuse, using individually designed search cascades and clearly defined metadata.
TIM organizes language variants in 15 languages with the integrated translation management, and delivers the pre-translation. Only modules that still need to be translated are exported to the Translation Memory System Transit (STAR) in XML format and passed to an external translation service provider. The translated modules are saved in TIM.
Due to modularization and the pre-translation in TIM Förster-Technik has achieved savings of approx. 30 to 50 percent in working time compared to using an unstructured method. Axel Schachermeier, Technical Writer at Förster-Technik: „The XML content management system TIM has reeducated us away from the „creative workshop", to a structured and disciplined working method."