Technical documentation.

There is a great deal to consider when translating technical documentation. Many years of experience in the (specialist) field, sound knowledge of language engineering, standards and terminology, and open communication with the customer are the nuts and bolts of any good translation. With a history spanning almost 75 years, we are not just one of the most experienced German translation service providers, but also feel fitter than ever when it comes to technical translation.

Requirements for a good technical translation

Different file formats require different processing steps so that the translation of technical documentation can be done in clearly structured and well-prepared files in the translation environment. The use of a suitable TM system, as well as the use or development of specialist and/or customer-specific terminology must be guaranteed.

Customer and project-specific specifications and standards must be correctly understood and implemented accordingly. In addition to a university degree in languages, the translator must above all have a technical understanding and be familiar with the subject matter.

Our expertise: Quality and efficiency in translation management

Taking the agreed objectives, framework conditions, standards and rules into account, a translation process for technical documentation is implemented that is tailored to the customer’s needs. When processing the files, it makes no difference whether they are FrameMaker, InDesign files, or even outputs from CMS systems in XML or HTML. We are familiar with all common formats. Our almost 75 years of experience in translation, networked global operations and satisfied customers are what drives us.

Translation process
What do we offer?
Technical translation according to ISO 17100
  • Qualified, specialised and native-speaking translators with experience in the field
  • Four eyes principle (technical translation + revision by a second person)
  • Permanent in-house translators and revisers
  • A permanent, experienced project manager as your face-to-team contact person for all projects, questions, workflows and solutions
  • Feasibility check, data preparation/post-processing, transparent workflows and correction process
DTP and foreign language typesetting
  • In-house graphics department (MAC/PC)
  • Profound knowledge in all common layout programs, even for “exotic languages”, e.g. Arabic
Correction and release process
  • Review, evaluation and implementation of corrections
  • Control of approval processes with customers/coordination with country units
Language engineering
  • Use of market-leading software (MS Office, Adobe FrameMaker, InDesign, etc.) and translation memory systems (memoQ, SDL Studio, Smartling, etc.)
  • Certified partner of SDL Trados, memoQ
  • Import and export of original files/files in exchange format, without loss of format
  • Exclusion of content not relevant to translation
  • Document based pre-translation
  • Software-supported quality check of the translated documents under consideration of defined parameters
  • Experience with editorial systems (Schema ST4, Docuglobe, DITA, Docuf-COSIMA, Fischer TIM RS, Noxum, Docguglobe, COTI and DITA, ASTRORIA, Medaps, SIPS+, TechDB, SIOS, SDL Tridion, etc.)
  • Automated workflows tailored to customer needs
  • Support with translation-oriented writing
Terminology management
  • Collection, maintenance and administration of company and specialist glossaries/terminology
  • Creation and development of customer-specific terminology databases
  • Provision of terminology with online access via web browser and mobile app solution for smartphone or tablet (ez:term)
Software and country-specific localisation
  • Localisation: Adaptation of the documentation to the target market
  • Experience in localisation platforms (Smartling, Crowdin)
  • Software localisation (SDL Passolo, SAP SE63)
  • Character and pixel based length check (ez:length check)
Online customer portal
  • SSL-encrypted, web-based and user-friendly customer portal (Plunet BusinessManager, since 2009)
  • Constantly updated project status via customer login: Complete project tracking incl. enquiry, offer and billing system, your own upload/download area, budget and cost overview, etc.

Have we sparked your interest? 
Simply contact us if you would like to know more.

Christian Enssner
Phone: +49 (0)9721 7035-14

Translations GmbH
97421 Schweinfurt, Germany