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 “ManualPF.bpl” into the folder labeled “bin” under the ProCalV5 directory (typically “C:\Program Files\Prime Technologies\ProCal V5\bin”) in Windows Explorer. The “ManualPF.bpl” file contains all the information necessary for the test type’s automatic and proper setup in ProCal. Once the file has been copied into the correct folder you may launch the Set Up Test Type Packages screen. 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 “ManualPF.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 set points and such when entering calibrations using that test type. Please reference section 8 of the 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 “ManualPF.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 Manual Pass/Fail Test Type Package
When creating a new master record that uses the Manual Pass/Fail 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 Manual Pass/Fail from the available test types.
Test Point Group/Grid Field Reconfiguration:
Eliminate all fields but the Group Name field, including all grid columns.
After the Test Type Package is selected in the Test Type field on the Calibration Points tab of the master record, the screen refreshes to display the Manual Pass/Fail format as shown in the Figure below:
The Manual Pass/Fail Test Type Package for ProCalV5 allows the user to identify the test using the Group Name field, and enter whether or not it passed or failed.
1.1.5 Entering Calibration Records for Items That Use The Manual Pass/Fail Test Type
Once a Test Point Group has been created for a master item record that uses the Manual Pass/Fail Test Type, a calibration record can be created and data can be entered on the Test Results tab on the Calibrations screen. It should be noted that the required inputs must be entered on the master item record as detailed above.
Test Inputs: The inputs appear for configuration on master record items, and some variables can be edited for entry on the calibration screen during calibration entry. See the Figure below.
- No - If this field is set to ‘No’ or is left Blank, no failure fields will be set regardless of other data entered for this Group. The Calibration can be saved as either Passed or Failed. If a Failed Result is selected, ProcalV5 will generate a Notification (if set) upon Saving the record and a Compliance Report (if set) upon Finalization.
- Yes - If set to ‘Yes’ it will use the information in the As Found and As Left fields to determine the Pass/Fail results and/or Notifications and Compliance Reports.
As Found Result
- Pass – Select Pass if there are no As Found out of tolerances.
- Fail - If Fail is selected, then Notifications or Compliance Reports will be generated (if set).
- Unknown – Entering Unknown will not set any Notifications or Compliance Reports.
- Blank - Leaving the field blank will default to “Not Entered” which is the same result as entering “Unknown”
As Left Result
- Pass – Select Pass if there is no As Left out of tolerances.
- Fail – If Fail is selected, then Notifications or Compliance Reports will be generated (if set).
- Unknown – Selecting, Unknown will not set any Notifications or Compliance Reports for a passing Calibration. Selecting, Unknown for a Failed Calibration will generate Notifications or Compliance Reports (if set).
- Not Entered –. Selecting, Not Entered will not set any Notifications or Compliance Reports for a passing Calibration. Selecting, Not Entered for a Failed Calibration will generate Notifications or Compliance Reports (if set).
- Blank – Leaving the field blank will use the results for the As Found to determine the Pass/Fail results.