I work with hardware components. When I get a new component I haven't worked with yet, there is a process we do to make it usable. From then on, we know how to use that component and can use it repeatedly. For lack of a better term, we call this process "utilizing the component", but it doesn't really describe it well.

As a metaphor, imagine buying a new TV. Before using it for the first time, you need to assemble its stand, connect it to the power socket, remove the plastic wrap, etc.

  • [first] installation
    – Graffito
    Commented Feb 23, 2016 at 10:50
  • "Pounded into submission" is the term I usually used.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Feb 23, 2016 at 13:47

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I would use the phrasal verb to set up which means:

to assemble the parts of and erect in position

to put (a machine) in readiness or adjustment for an operation

Your example:

I have just set up the new TV so that we can watch it.


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    When working with hardware, the term "setup" has a very specific meaning, which would be confusing. Also, I feel it doesn't convey the amount of work put into the process. My metaphor might be lacking, but "setting up" a component like that is more of a serious development process and less "connecting to power outlet". Commented Feb 23, 2016 at 8:33
  • @AndyThomas Your example consists of unpacking, assembling, placing it at the right spot, connecting it to power. I don't think there is more suitable verb that can mean all of them at the same time.
    – user140086
    Commented Feb 23, 2016 at 8:37
  • When I worked in electronics we used to use the word install, sometimes set up. Commented Feb 23, 2016 at 12:45

Consider comission

Commisioning is the process by which a system, equipment, facility, or plant (which is installed, or is complete or near completion) is installed and tested to verify if it functions according to design objectives, specifications and/or operational requirements.


In IT we would say the part is made workable or production-ready.

The former usually implies the part now fits into an existing pipeline with minimal changes, while the latter suggests the code was intrinsically improved somehow.

In the lab (biology) where we frequently make tools for experiments, we have a process for cataloging small pieces of equipment that could go together to make something new. This process is called "tooling", as in "the part(s) underwent tooling".

Dictionary.com defines tooling as

the planning and arrangement of tools for a particular manufacturing process


In a broad sense, making a component usable is initializing it.

I initialized the batch of VLSI.

You are also powering on a hardware device for the first time.

We powered on the latest set of widgets.

If there is a self-test that is occurring the power on, then you could borrow a term from computers and say that it is undergoing POST (Power-on Self Test) for the first time.

The processors successfully underwent POST.

And a stray thought from an unrelated area also occurred. When someone in Detroit would hammer a car door into place for the first time (using a rubber mallet), the process was called finessing the door.

The circuit board has been finessed.

(There's a nice irony here of the delicate word "finesse" meeting the subtlety of a mallet.)

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