Operator replaceable component life tracking system

  • US 6,718,285 B2
  • Filed: 11/05/2001
  • Issued: 04/06/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/05/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A system with operator enabled maintenance comprising:

  • at least one computational element within said system;

    a plurality of operator replaceable component (ORC) devices within said system, each of said ORC devices having an expected life span;

    a use mechanism coupled to each said computational element and said ORC devices, said use mechanism tracking use of at least one of said ORC devices using a predetermined parameter;

    a comparison mechanism that compares use of said ORC devices to said expected life span; and

    an operator alert mechanism responsive to said comparison mechanism to provide said operator alert when the result of said comparison satisfies a predetermined parameter representing at least one of said expected life spans where said expected life span for a single of said ORC devices is the shortest expected life span.

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