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maintenance

1. Law (formerly unlawful) the interference in a legal action by a person having no interest in it, as by providing funds to continue the action
2. Law a provision ordered to be made by way of periodical payments or a lump sum, as after a divorce for a spouse
3. Computing
a. the correction or prevention of faults in hardware by a programme of inspection and the replacement of parts
b. the removal of existing faults and the modification of software in response to changes in specification or environment

Maintenance

Providing upkeep, repair and care for a building’s structural integrity and appearance after acquisition or after restoration, at an acceptable level to enable it to fulfill its function over its life cycle, and to prevent deterioration. Green products and structures feature low- or no-maintenance materials and designs that reduce the resources required for their continued use, as well as reduce the likelihood that replacement will be needed.

maintenance

[′mānt·ən·əns]
(industrial engineering)
The upkeep of industrial facilities and equipment.

maintenance

The upkeep of a building and its equipment so that the building can continue to perform its required functions. See condition-based maintenance, corrective maintenance, deferred maintenance, emergency maintenance, periodic maintenance, planned maintenance, preventive maintenance, scheduled maintenance.

maintenance

All activities excepting repairs, scheduled or unscheduled, to keep aircraft or equipment in a serviceable state. It includes inspection, replenishment, preservation, adjustments, lubrication, and replacement of unserviceable parts and components. It may also include overhauls, although the term usually refers to activities on the flight line only.

maintenance

(programming)
The modification of a software product, after delivery, to correct faults, to improve performance or other attributes, or to adapt the product to a changed environment.

Maintenance is an important part of the software life-cycle. It is expensive in manpower and resources, and one of the aims of software engineering is to reduce its cost.

maintenance

(1) Hardware maintenance is the testing and cleaning of equipment.

(2) Software maintenance is the updating of application programs in order to meet changing information requirements, such as adding new functions and changing data formats. It also includes fixing bugs and adapting the software to new hardware devices. See program maintenance.

(3) Information system maintenance is the routine updating of databases, such as adding or deleting employees and customers, as well as changing credit limits and product prices. See information system.

(4) Disk or file maintenance is the periodic reorganizing of disk files that have become fragmented due to continuous updating. See fragmentation and file system.
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A maintainable entity includes anything that needs to be repaired or serviced by maintenance staff, such as a piece of equipment, assembly line, or truck.
XA can support a user's unique maintenance and procurement environment, and minimize the risks associated with implementation.
The work management application ensures that maintenance personnel have control of incoming work, while at the same time enabling requesters to track work in progress.
The preventive maintenance application offers such capabilities as checklists, material safety data sheets, automatic work order generation (based on any combination of user-defined triggering criteria, such as operating statistics, elapsed time and calendar date) and PM routes.
In many organizations, as much as 15 to 40 percent of operating costs can be tied to plant-floor maintenance activities according to Joe Cowan, senior vice president, worldwide sales and marketing.
Optimizing maintenance and asset management can significantly influence an organization's profitability.
The company's new combined expertise -- manufacturing and maintenance -- will enable manufacturers to enter a new era of productivity with an emphasis on overall plant operations.
In many plants the manufacturing and maintenance functions are isolated from each other.

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