A sensor identified by the serial number “ABC1234” fulfills a measurement function identified by the name “Pressure sensor 7” in a production facility.
Within the production facility, nobody cares what the actual sensor fulfilling the function is. Actual sensors breaks on a regular basis and must be replaced.
When people refer to “Pressure sensor 7”, they mean the function, not the actual sensor device. But it is confusing because the name of the function (“Pressure sensor 7”) contains the word “sensor”. However, it is just so much easier to refer to the word “sensor”: “Register a new sensor” vs “Register a new measurement function”.
How can I make the user interface and the source code of the software controlling the facility unambiguous when it comes to express the concept of a function of a thing and not the actual thing (sensor, equipment, ...)?
I am missing vocabulary to differentiate the 2 concepts in a nice and user friendly way.