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Time Line Interface for Scheduled Maintenance Activities

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111262D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 57K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Alford Jr, JA: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a technique for representing information about scheduled and completed maintenance operations and similar repeating tasks. The representation is similar to a Gantt chart, but differs in that multiple instances of an operation are depicted on a single horizontal line.

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Time Line Interface for Scheduled Maintenance Activities

      Disclosed is a technique for representing information about
scheduled and completed maintenance operations and similar repeating
tasks.  The representation is similar to a Gantt chart, but differs
in that multiple instances of an operation are depicted on a single
horizontal line.

      To use a computer program embodying this representation, the
user must initially decide on the units of measurement to be used
(hours of operation, months, miles, etc.).  An options dialog allows
the user to select units of measure and other options.  Thereafter,
the chosen unit is the basis for the horizontal axis of the graphical
display.  For date/time units, the application calculates the present
value of the measuring unit.  For other units such as miles traveled,
the user must enter the present value whenever the application is
used.  The user must also describe each operation to be tracked,
using a definition dialog.  In formation to be provided on this
dialog includes the name of the operation, the recommended
maintenance interval, and the value of the most recently completed
instance of the operation (e.g., mileage at the last oil change);
additional fields for comments or notes can also be provided.   After
this information is entered, the user saves it via a push button.
Later the user can edit or view this detailed information, and when
this operation has been completed, a check box allows the user to so
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