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New Features in ATS Inspect 5.0

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Direct Run

Direct Run Hit Due to customer requests, a new series of Direct Run reports have been added, driven by routing decisions made at key 'gating' points in the plant. The intent of such reporting is to measure production efficiency to capture the number of units that go 'offline' versus units that continue on the normal production path.

Even though the routing capability is already present, the reports who make use of this data will be available in the upcoming ARS.

Defects per Unit

Due to customer request we have added a series of reports that show information based upon defects per unit (DPU):

  • Total Defects / Total Units

These reports require that certain defects not be counted in the DPU reports. The criteria for excluding defects include:

  • Type of Defect – filters can be set for Concern, Concern + Part combinations, etc. Wildcards are allowed.
  • Responsible Area – filters can be set for areas that should not be counted. For instance there might be a 'Supplier' area configured for Data Collect. Defects charged to such an area should not be counted as they are the fault of the supplier.
  • Repair Types – certain repair types indicate that no defect existed. These might include 'No Problem Found.'

Even though the exclusion capability is already present, the reports who make use of this data will be available in the upcoming ARS.

Station Serial Port Handlers

Data Collect has long had the ability to receive messages via RS-232 serial ports to handle a number of tasks – most importantly the ability to log in a user and to switch units (via serial number or any of the three identifiers). The most common use of this capability is the attachment of RS-232 bar code scanners. The problem has been that there is no user interface for configuring the serial ports for a Data Collect station. This interface has now been added.

Most Common Defects

The Most Common Defect properties dialog has been changed to streamline the process and make it easier to use.

Security Rights

New security rights have been added to confirm/reject repairs entered by current users and other users. These changes were made for Data Collect and the upcoming PDA module.

In order to limit access to critical report settings, two new security rights have been added:

  • Admin – Modify Report Settings – Classic
  • Admin – Modify Report Settings – Advanced

The intent is to provide granular security to the features of both the Classic and upcoming Advanced Reporting modules. This affects options available under the 'Reporting' menu item.


This functionality has changed dramatically.

  • Multiple responsible area/cell assignments are possible.
  • Multiple rank group/default rank assignments are possible.
  • Defects can be auto-repaired and auto-confirmed.
  • Repairs no longer have responsible area/cells connected to them.

Root Causes

Root cause capability has been added to assign the true cause that a defect has occurred. For example, the defect might be 'Water Leak' – a root cause of 'Weatherstrip Missing,' though, gives a more accurate indicator of the real reason the defect has occurred.

Default Concern/Repair Relationships

A simple change was made to this dialog. A new checkbox labeled 'Automatically add Repairs to existing Concerns' was added. If this checkbox is checked, then dragging over a new repair to a concern will result in that repair being added to every part/concern combination for the selected concern.

Add Code to Checklist Questions

A new Code field was added to each question. It will be used in a future version of Inspect to allow for easier updates of a checklist question for a unit by external processes.

Auto Logoff Timeout

Station Settings If Auto Logoff is enabled for a Data Collect or Auditor station, the timeout is now measured in seconds, not minutes. This was done to allow for a smaller minimum logoff time of 30 seconds as opposed to the existing 5 minutes. The auto-logoff timeout property now uses a slider control instead of a spin control to set the value since the range (30 to 21600) is so large. To move the timeout value in small, single step increments, use the left and right cursor keys (with the focus set to the slider control).

Dynamic Validation for Numeric Checklist Questions

Dynamic validation for number value questions has been added. It works exactly the same as it does for Text questions except that the database lookup must return two values – minimum and maximum acceptable value.

New Pass Option for Stations

A new option to always create a new tracking point pass for a unit (without a prompt) has been added. This is a station property and can be set individually as in other pass options. Using this option, a unit will have a new pass created every time it is viewed on a Data Collect station.

New Print Option for Checklists

A new property related to the printing of Checklist questions has been added. Previously all checklist questions for a unit would be printed without regard to whether the categories those questions belong to were associated with the station the ticket request originated from.

There is now a new Station Settings property, Checklist Options, that has two selections: 'Print All Categories' and 'Print only categories associated with this station.'

Travel Service Ticket Type

In order to give Administrators control over the ticket type printed, a new property has been added for Data Collect stations. Currently there are four options available which are Basic, Basic with Bar coded Defect Id, Basic with Bar coded Defects IDs, Checklist (Letter, Landscape) and Basic with Bar coded Defects IDs, Checklist (Legal, Portrait).

Checklist Popup Mode

Station Settings The ability to control when the Checklist appears is now configurable via the Station Settings. Previously the Checklist would always popup at the beginning of the inspection process. The configurable modes are Manual, When Inspection Begins, and When Inspection Ends.

Mandatory Comments for Defects and Repairs

Station Settings It is possible now to require comments for defects and/or repairs entered at a station. This is done via the Properties tab of the Station Settings dialog.

It is important to note that even if the 'Force Defect Comments' or 'Force Repair Comments' are checked, they will only apply to defects entered via the Defect screen, and the Repair screen for repairs. The Multiple-Defect-Entry mode supported by Data Collect does not support this option, since comments cannot be entered in that mode.

Spreadsheet Controls – Add Current Shift option

Station Settings An option to show defects for just the current shift has been added. Previously only Days, Hours and Minutes, along with a 'Max Intervals' option existed.

If the Administrator chooses 'Current Shift' then the Max Intervals option will be hidden as it is not applicable. This feature is used for the 'Top Defects by Area' and 'Top Concerns By Area.' It also applies to those same spreadsheet controls for Cell and Station.

User Properties

User information Improvements to the user properties setup have been made. Specifically the security information can now be entered for a new user without saving the basic information and then re-editing the information.

The Security tab now uses a checkbox list of available security groups at the top of the dialog and the cumulative rights granted to the user at the bottom. This makes it very easy to see what rights the user will have once the rights are saved.

Allow Users to Select Non-default Printer in Data Collect

Options The ability to select from a list of printers has been added. The primary purpose is to allow access to another printer in the event that the default printer is not available.

To change the printer selection in Data Collect, the user would click on the 'Select Printer' on the Options screen:

Select printer When the user clicks on the Select Printer button, the following screen will be shown where the user can override the default printer selection:

Change Defect and Overview screen general changes

Change defect The 'Change Rank' capability on the Overview screen has been enhanced and renamed. It is now called 'Change Defect' and allows the user to change the concern, detail, rank, responsible area/cell and comments for a defect.

Use of the new multiple responsible area/cell assignments based upon recording area and product (see Part/Concern/Repair changes in Admin section).

Removal of the 'auto-select responsible area/cell on repair' feature. Reason for the change: there is no longer a responsible area/cell tied to the repair.

Note that some of the items cannot be changed – Change Defect:

  • Images cannot be added or removed. Use defect details instead.
  • Qty
  • Mfr Part


Overview The Overview screen has a number of enhancements: Change Rank is now Change Defect. The new functionality is covered in the previous section.

There is now a 'Set Root Cause' button that when pressed will popup the 'Set Root Cause' layout.

There are now individual buttons that allow one-touch capability to set the different statuses for a completed repair: Confirm, Reject, Unconfirm and Unreject. This allows faster setting of the confirm/reject status.

Version Number added to Window Title Bar

Version To make it easier to spot out-of-date versions of Data Collect, the version number was added to the title bar for the application

Warning for possible duplicate defects

Defect info A check to see if defects (same part/location/concern) already entered has been added. If the sample part/location/concern is detected, a warning message will appear on the Defect Screen.

Custom Defect List

A method to save commonly occurring defects was added. There are two ways to add these defects: from the Defect Screen (when entering a defect), and from the Options screen (via the new Defects - Manage Personal List screen). The custom defects are tied to the current product and station where they are being used.

There is a new 'Save Custom Defect' button that is available for the Defect screen. It can be added using the Layout Manager program

No Multiple Instances Command-Line Option

A command-line option to never allow multiple instances (regardless of setting for Station) has been added. The problem being addressed is that because station settings are dependent on the station selected, it can take up to ten seconds for the 'Allow Multiple Instances' option to be known. This can cause problems when a user quickly double-clicks on a shortcut to launch Data Collect in quick succession.

Scaling Command-Line Option

Command line options A command-line option to scale all picture displayed on a station from between 10 to 90 percent of the original size has been added. See the screenshot below.

To display the message box shown above and get a list of all available command-line options, type 'DataCollect /?' from a command prompt.

Add Popup Keyboard capability to Text and Number Value Checklist Questions

Popup keyboard The ability to enter text and numbers without an external keyboard has been added. This feature works the same as all of the existing Self-Edit controls used throughout Inspect. The user simply touches anywhere within the edit control and a popup keyboard will appear.

The type of popup keyboard is based upon the question type: number value questions will show a numeric keypad, text questions will show an alphanumeric keyboard.

Checklist Layout Changes

Checklist The ability to filter checklist questions based upon their status has been added. The options are: Show All Questions, Show Unanswered Questions, and Show Wrong Answers.

The ability to enter defects against views has been added. In the checklist question setup there is the ability to associate the question to a part + location (i.e. component). The checklist, when presented, checks to see if there are any views that have a component matching the component associated with the question. If at least one such view exists, the 'Enter Defect' button will be shown for the question.

Checklist - defect If the user clicks on the 'Enter Defect' button, the Checklist – Defect layout will be displayed:

Any existing defects will be displayed and the user can enter defects against any of the available. The user may also remove defects by changing the Defect Mode to 'Remove'.

Templates Filter

Templates filter Due to the addition of the upcoming Auditor module, it was necessary to add a station type to help filter templates based upon the type of station (Data Collect or Auditor) the template will be used for. This change, while minor, shows up in a number of different dialogs in Layout Manager.

Unit Checklist Removal

“Reporting' The ability to completely remove a checklist has been added. The user only has to provide a valid unit identifier (Model Year + Serial/Identity #1/Identity #2/Identity #3) combination and if a checklist exists it will be displayed, along with a 'Delete' hyperlink. If the user clicks on the Delete hyperlink the checklist will be permanently removed.

Defect Correction

Additional criteria have been added, and the ability to change the responsible area + cell is now possible. The new criteria are Model Year and Build Group. The ability to change the responsible area + cell is also available now.


“Searching' Search capability was added for custom criteria. The search capability has been enhanced to filter out all items not meeting the text in the Search field. Previously the user would just be taken to the page where the text first appears (searching from left to right). Now the user can filter out all items that don't have the 'search' text somewhere in the description.

This capability works the same for non-custom and custom criteria. Here is a screenshot of the new selection screen.
Note that the '*** ALL ***' option no longer appears along with the items, it is now a separate button above the list of items.

Custom Criteria Multiple Selection

Users can now select multiple items in any of the Custom Criteria options.

First Time Quality

“Searching' A filter for the number of passes to include was added.

If the default 'All' option is selected, the report will behave as it did in previous versions of Inspect. If the user chooses '1' then only first pass units will be counted (this includes defects). If the user chooses '2' then only 1st and 2nd pass units will be counted (this includes defects).

Checklist Summary

“Cecklist Drilldown capabilities and additional criteria have been added to the report. A new criterion to limit output to data collected by time has been added.

The new top-level of the report has drilldown capability on the number of questions answered for both totals and individual question status (Correct Answer, Wrong Answer, etc.):

If the user clicks on any of the available hyperlinks within the report, they will be presented with the 2nd level of the report:

The hyperlinks on the 2nd level take the user to a Single Unit History report for the selected unit.

Single Unit History

“Single The Single Unit Histoy has been enhanced to show confirmation/rejection activity for each defect. In addition, all activity for a defect (repairs, confirmations, rejections) is grouped together for better readability.

Monthly-Weekly-Daily Trend

“Monthly-Weekly-Daily The Calendar Y-T-D report has been added. It appears in both the chart and in the data table. It will show data from the first day of the year (based upon the base date) through the base date.

Concern Spectrum – Package

“Concern Additional filters have been added for Responsible Area + Cell.

Concern Spectrum

“Concern The minimum number of columns and rows has been reduced to 3.

Control Charts

“Control The ability to filter on multiple part/location combinations has been added. To accomplish this, the existing part filter was removed and a new Part/Location filter has been added in its place. It allows up to ten part/location combinations to be selected for the report. Also, the ability to hide certain sections of the report has been added. There are two options: Show Chart Only and Show Chart + Report.

This change was originally requested for only the p-Chart, but was added to all the existing attribute control charts.

Reload Triggers

The need to manually reload triggers has been removed. This affects both the Event Services tab under the Reporting Module and also the Event Monitor Inspect service. Changes to triggers will be automatically loaded in approximately 30 seconds after any change.

The primary reason for this change was to eliminate the common problem of DCOM security which was required to force the reloading of triggers via the website.

Traffic Service

The Traffic Service application has been rewritten using better technology – Windows Communication Foundation (WCF). Using WCF will eliminate the 'blocking' that can occur when larger number of Data Collect stations connect to a Traffic Service instance. This change will be invisible to the end user.

Licensing Service

As part of the Service-Oriented Architecture that ASI DataMyte has implemented in other new products, we have integrated a new licensing service in Inspect 5.0. Licensing will control the number of applications in use for the DataCollect, Admin and Layout Manager programs. A 45-day trial license may be installed prior to obtaining a permanent license key from ASI DataMyte.

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