1.1 Test Types
ProCalV5 allows for the addition of different “Test Types” to the database that may be applied to any item master record whose required calibration does not fit perfectly into the typical ProCal template. Test types may be used to provide specific testing in addition to or instead of a standard calibration with target set points and as found/as left readings. Examples of some calibration test types that ProCalV5 normally could not accommodate efficiently are extreme values, linearity and standard deviation tests.
1.1.1 Setup Test Type Packages Screen
The Set Up Test Type Packages screen (shown in the Figure below) is used to add, modify and if necessary delete test type packages from the database. This screen is invoked by selecting the “Set Up Test Type Packages…” option on the File menu when the System Options and Defaults screen is open.
1.1.2 Adding New Test Types
To add a new test type to your database you must first copy the required library file “FlukeSwitchTest.bpl” into the folder labeled “bin” under the ProCalV5 directory (typically “C:\Program Files\Prime Technologies\ProCalV5\bin”) in Windows Explorer. The “FlukeSwitchTest.bpl” file contains all the information necessary for the test type’s automatic and proper setup in ProCalV5. Once the file has been copied into the correct folder you may launch the Set Up Test Type Packages screen. From the Home screen in ProCalV5 select FILE → System Options. From this screen select FILE → Set Up Test Type Packages…Once the screen is open you may click the Add New Record button or select “New Record” from the screen’s File menu. This will invoke a browser screen titled Choose New Package File that automatically directs you to the “bin” folder in which all the “.bpl” files reside. Select the required file “FlukeSwitchTest.bpl” and click the Open button or double-click the file name.
Once the correct file has been selected you will be returned to the new test type record which will already be set up for you. In this instance you can save the record, making it available for application to all types of item master records in the system (i.e. Instruments, Loops, Systems, Test Instruments, in addition to any PM records that may require a calibration). Once a test type has been saved to the database, as long as it is marked as “Active”, it will be available for selection on the Test Type field’s drop-down list on the Calibration Points tab in all screens where that tab exists.
Although you will have no ability to change the test type’s calibration requirements, you do have the ability to make some customizations to it in terms of field label changes and also giving users the ability to edit target setpoints and such when entering calibrations using that test type. Please reference the ProCalV5 User Manual for information on modifying test type packages once they have been imported into the database.
1.1.3 Distributing Test Types
Test Types only need to be installed in the System Option and Defaults screen once, but for all Client, Administrator, or Mobile Workstations, the “FlukeSwitchTest.bpl” file must be present in the “bin” directory one level down from the ProCalV5 installation directory.
1.1.4 Entering Item Records Using The Fluke Switch Test, Test Type Package
When creating a new master record that uses the Fluke Switch Test, Test Type, the test type must be applied to the record through the Calibration Points tab on the master record screen. Once a new group has been added to the record, click the Test Type drop-down list and select Task List from the available test types, as shown in the figure below:
Once the test type has been selected, the inputs will change according to the settings defined by the library file. The example shown in the figure below shows a Switch Test that has two points and a reset point.
The Fluke Switch Test, Test Type allows users to perform a Switch Calibration using either a Fluke Documenting Process Calibrator or via manual entry on the Calibration screen in ProCalV5.
- # of Set Points - Choice of One or Two.
- Input Type - The list of Signal Types is available for selection. This is the
engineering unit used to drive the switch to its Set or Reset State.
- Resolution - Select up to eight decimal places (0.00000001)
- Trip Function
- Trip Continuity
- Trip DCV
- Trip ACV
- Step Size – To set the increment used with the up/down arrow keys on the Calibrator unit
during a manual switch test execution.
- Set Point +/- - Used to determine the Spec Limits for each Set Point
- Has Reset Point – Checked, there will be “Deadband” fields
- Deadband Min & Deadband Max – The deadband is the range through which an
input can be changed without causing an observable response; these fields represent
the Low and High pass/fail limits for the deadband, which is found when the Reset
Point is detected.
Set Point Settings – For each Set Point the user must configure the following settings.
Each setting corresponds to a similar or equivalent setting:
- Low – Set Point trips on a decreasing signal
- High – Set Point trips on an increasing signal
- Set Point – the target Set Point value
- Set State - For Trip Continuity:
- Short – Set Point trips when the circuit is closed
- Open – Set Point trips when the circuit is opened
- For Trip DCV or ACV
- Low – Set Point trips at a low voltage reading
- High – Set Point trips at a high voltage reading
- Set Point Range and Deadband Range – These read-only fields help the user by
displaying the acceptable Set Point and Reset Point values for passing the test,assuming the Set Point is found to match the target set point exactly.
1.1.5 Entering Calibration Records For Items That Use The Fluke Switch Test
Once a calibration has been created for a master item record that uses the Fluke Switch Test, Test Type, the calibration data can be entered on the Test Results tab. The Calibration screen is shown in the figure below.
The Data for the test points may be modified on the Test Results tab, which can be viewed by clicking the View / Enter Data button on the left side of the screen. This interface is shown in the figure below.
On this screen, all the parameters of the master record are displayed. There are two radio buttons to switch between the As Found and the As Left, a button to Copy the As Found to the As Left values. In the grid, the user can only enter the Actual Set Point and Actual Reset Point (if applicable)
For the test point group to pass there must not be any values that are Out of Tolerance for the As Left results.
The standard calibration report is configured to handle the Fluke Switch Test, Test Type Package.