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Service and Manufacturing Activity Recording Technique

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106881D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 72K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Edmonds, HD: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Historically, service processor functions, e.g., manufacturing and operational record keeping, tracking and control of vital information for each machine serial number, diagnostic processes, configuration data, etc., due to their high cost, were reserved for high-end products only. This invention extends these product enhancing capabilities to low-end products and subsystems.

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Service and Manufacturing Activity Recording Technique

      Historically, service processor functions, e.g., manufacturing
and operational record keeping, tracking and control of vital
information for each machine serial number, diagnostic processes,
configuration data, etc., due to their high cost, were reserved for
high-end products only.  This invention extends these product
enhancing capabilities to low-end products and subsystems.

     This invention incorporates a novel application of a uniquely
dedicated and integrated, but removable, SMART card for each system
serial number.  Essentially, the SMART card is the core of a Low-End
Service Processor.  The SMART card technology lends itself to various
levels of implementation, from low level of function to the more
complex functions of a full service processor depending on need and
cost justification.

     The information stored on the SMART card provides continuous
access to manufacturing line specifications and field performance to
ensure that the products satisfy the initial six sigma quality and
RAS targets.

     As shown in the figure, any service processor can be represented
by three generic elements:  1.  Processor Unit  2.  Data Write Unit
3.  Data Read Unit.

     The SMART card is the implementation of element 1 in the figure.
The key features of this invention include:

1.  Ability to provide a great range of implementations in terms
    of functional complexity and cost.

2.  The SMART card is removable and can work in conjunction with
    Read and Write units which are either integrated or remote.

3.  The inherent standardization of the physical architecture of
    the SMART card makes it possible to develop common
    Read/Write devices for a range of SMART card Processor Unit
    implementations.

4.  Traceability of field failure diagnostics back to the
manufacturing
    process, i.e., ability to correlate field fai...