Chiron Diagnostics built a machine to continuously run in excess of 2500 tests of various kinds in a hospital lab. The help manual for both users and technicians required 900+ illustrations, some flat, some in perspective, some in 3d. In this case the pictures truly were 1000's of words.
The Spotlight film box allowed scientists to expose film without a trip to the darkroom. This sell sheet flyer was created for use as a promotional information piece made available to potential clients, and handed out at trade shows. No photography was used, as the box was created as a 3d model to facilitate animated demos of the equipment. When a last minute logo change was required, the file was just reprocessed, rather than having to schedule and manage a complete photo reshoot.
Sepaton specializes in Enterprise data backup solutions. Their system relies on hard drive storage, rather than tape. In order to maximize storage space and data efficiency, they run a proprietary "de-duplication" process that prevents duplication of archived data. This illustration outlines the process visually, rather than in a lengthy white paper.