Update

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05:44 Jun 1, 2016
English language (monolingual) [PRO]
Tech/Engineering - Manufacturing
English term or phrase: Update
Please tell me the differences between "update", "renew" and "completely replace" when we use them in the product engineering/manufacturing field.
I know the terms "complete replacement" and "renew" are the same meaning and are used when the existing product deteriorates and needs to be "renewed" and "completely replaced" with new one. But how about "update"? Is this the same meaning as them? or Does this mean "partially replacing of the product" such as parts replacement?
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Explanation:
These terms are fairly flexible and will vary from one industry/company to another but, as a general guide, this is what they might mean for a car engine:

Update - change the spark plugs, oil, oil filter and air filter
Renew - New pistons and crankshaft bearings
Completely replace - a new engine.

In particular, note that "renew" and "completely replace" don't have to be the same thing (but they could be in some industries/companies).
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Explanation:
These terms are fairly flexible and will vary from one industry/company to another but, as a general guide, this is what they might mean for a car engine:

Update - change the spark plugs, oil, oil filter and air filter
Renew - New pistons and crankshaft bearings
Completely replace - a new engine.

In particular, note that "renew" and "completely replace" don't have to be the same thing (but they could be in some industries/companies).

Terry Richards
France
Local time: 02:27
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agree  acetran
4 hrs

agree  Yvonne Gallagher
5 hrs

agree  Didier Fourcot: "update" could also mean replace the software or maps, or change an accessory security device according to newer standards
5 hrs
  -> As I said, "These terms are fairly flexible and will vary from one industry/company to another"

neutral  philgoddard: I don't agree that there's any difference between update and renew.
7 hrs

neutral  Daryo: without being given any specific context, it seems to me a rather pointless exercise // "change the spark plugs, oil, oil filter and air filter" sounds more like basic servicing/maintenance, not what I would call an "update" in any shape or form ...
15 hrs

agree  Harry Crawford
5 days
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