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New Features in ATS Inspect 4.0

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New Checklist functionality for Data Collect.

Detailed checklists can now be defined in the Admin program for display to the Data Collect inspector, including those working with the DM4000 data collector. The questions included on a checklist prompt the inspector to review important areas for each unit, removing the need for paper checklists and allowing reports to be run that summarize the checklist data.

Checklist As shown in the example checklist above, questions can be simple Yes/No style questions, multiple choice questions, or text/number entry questions. Checklists can automatically file a defect when a question is answered incorrectly, thus making sure that errors are captured and repaired. For example, if the inspector answers that no air filter was installed on a vehicle, a defect of 'No filter installed' can automatically be entered.

During checklist configuration, the Inspect administrator can define various inclusion and validation settings for each checklist question.
  • Inclusion settings define the conditions under which a question is included in the checklist. For example, a particular question may only be valid for certain shoe styles. Inclusion settings can be defined so that if the question is not appropriate for the unit being examined, the question will not be shown.
  • Validation settings define the 'expected' answer for a question. For example, assume that a particular vehicle is supposed to have a multi-disc CD changer. When the inspector examines the unit, though, he finds that there is no CD changer installed. He therefore answers 'No' to the question regarding the presence of the multi-disc changer. Since the vehicle is supposed to have the changer, the 'No' answer is not the expected answer – therefore, a defect of 'Incorrect CD unit' might be automatically entered because of the validation settings.

When using the checklist, the Data Collect inspector is given different visual indicators as to the status of the questions: answered, answered correctly, answered incorrectly (which means 'not as expected'), and so on.

CAD File Import.

Inspect now supports the creation of views from vector images created in CAD systems. Only 2D AutoCAD (DXF/DWF) images are supported, but most CAD systems have the ability to convert images to the AutoCAD format.

These AutoCAD files can be used to create components, using closed non-circular vector objects within the file. This eases the addition of components when there are many objects in the file and removes some of the need for manual drawing of components on the views.

The Admin and Data Collect applications have been enhanced to accommodate viewing these larger AutoCAD files. Zooming and panning of views is now supported so that certain parts of a view can be seen more clearly.

The embedded X, Y coordinates internal to an AutoCAD file are shown in Admin, Data Collect, Reporting, Travel Tickets, and Event Services.

Image Capture for Defects/Repairs.

Inspect now supports the ability to attach images of specific defects to the defect record or images of specific repairs to the repair record, such as from a connected digital camera that supports the WIA protocol or from a specified folder location. Images can be attached at the time the defect is filed or repaired – they can also be attached from either the Defect Details screen or the Repair Details screen.

A small image icon is shown on a defect flag in Data Collect when there is a defect image or a repair image attached to the defect. The images are also available for viewing with the defects and repairs in the Single Unit History report.

View Enhancements

The ways in which images can be viewed and manipulated in DataCollect have been greatly enhanced in Inspect 4.0 – users can now zoom in/out more easily on images and can 'pan' through an image when it is magnified larger than the displayed view. These improvements generally apply to both raster (digital) images and vector (CAD) images.

Also, defect flags can now be hidden when viewing defects on a view. This can be helpful for views that have a large number of defects showing – defect flags often overlap each other on such views, making it more difficult for the operator to discern separate defects. Each defect flag is now numbered, corresponding to the defect number on the Overview list for the view.

Enhanced Reporting Features

The following Reporting enhancements have been made in Inspect 4.0.
  • Reporting users can now drill down to the Single Unit History report in the Number of Defects column in the following reports: Detail Report, Detail by Online/Offline, Repairs by Category, Repairs by Area/Cell.
  • The Repair Type and Location have been added as filters to the following reports: Detail Report, Detail by Online/Offline, Repairs by Category, and Repairs by Area/Cell.

Program Fixes in ATS Inspect from 4.0.0

  • All changes from v3.2 service packs and hot fixes have been incorporated.
  • The scale values on C charts were changed. The report now includes the number of defects.
  • Several spelling/grammar and screen formatting issues have been corrected.

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