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Hi all,

Before you read anymore I'd like to just say I'm currently a student doing computer science at Aberystwyth. What I want to do for my final year project is develop some software for laptops that you can use when doing your electrical testing so that it can send off templates straight away and mean you don't have to write everything down onto paper and copy it across later.


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I know the rules of this forum are saying I must not be here for commercial purposes - I am not, I am here for educational purposes only.

If people are happy to help me out with talking to me about how you personally go about electrical testing, how you capture the data etc. Please let me know, I'm looking for a few volunteers to say how you do it currently.

I'd also like some input from people on this forum about what issues you have with electrical testing. What doesn't work for you? What's annoying? What could save time etc. I'm well aware that there are software packages out there already such as EasyCert - Does anyone currently use this? If you do and have problems with it or improvements I would be very interested in hearing back from you.

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If you're interested in me contacting you, please leave a message here and I'll get back to you. I am located in Hampshire/Berkshire during the summer holidays but in Wales (Ceredigion) during term time, so it may have to be via phone/email conversation. When I have developed the software to do what I want, I would be willing to give it to the volunteers for free - no charge or catch with this. The only thing I would ask for back is some feedback so you could become my 'user testers' for my final year project.


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If anyone has any objections or questions don't hesitate to post a reply.

Many thanks for your time all

James




Note - Would it be possible to put down an email address or company name/contact info for you so when I write it up in my project it looks professional.
 
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Foxxinator

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I realise that some of what I've put down is a little confusing. I did ramble on a bit, but quickly wrote it out on my lunch break.
 

Amp David

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I personally record all testing results on a cert by hand, then once a week whilst back at home enter all the details into Easy cert. I suppose its a little extra work but looks neat.

There are for me a few things with the software I use that bug me. If you could develop a program though that had things that other didn't you make a mint mate.
 
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David - what things bug you with Easy Cert? Is easycert not designed to be entered in directly? I guess you just write things down onto paper because it's easy there and then.

I know I could make money off of it, but I'm not really focusing on that part of it right now! I want to get a decent grade for it overall.




Also - I would look into developing the application to run on multiple platforms/computers. So say you had a tablet/iPad it could run on that too. It's just an idea across platforms right now but it's in the pipeline.

I wanted to create something useful and practical for my project rather than a 'game' which will never be used after my degree is completed




Cheers for the reply though
 

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I record results on a work sheet and write up the certificate at home.

Implement it in Java and design/test for J2ME the we can all use it on our smartphone! Bit of xml schema for the data model, store it in xml, sorted!

Bit of research on interfacing with the testers. Megger 1553 uses bluetooth, for example.
 
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Cheers topquark,

I haven't decided what language to implement it in yet. I have to analyse the pros/cons between using different ones.

The main two at the moment are Java and C# - but I have to argue my case in my project for what one I would use.



Java developing for Android is extremely easy, I'm not sure what the .NET frame work is looking like at present with compatibility that's all.

Thanks for your input I appreciate it
 
I always found the back of a packet of woodbines was adequate for all logging of test results, and they often use to double up on repairing plug top fuses
 
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Also - would you be able to provide your email address or a bit more about your company so I can gather a bit more information for the 'users' section of my project? I'd need something like this:

Company name:
Company office address:
Email: (optional)

That way I can write up a page about how you individually use things at present - if you could go more in depth then that's great. But I do appreciate you may not wish to post your contact details online.


If you wouldn't mind - private message me with any of the details if you're up for helping.

Cheers again all.

James
 
I use an A4 pad, my handwriting is pretty bad so I get my wife to write out certs because I'm a tightwad
 
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So would an application where you put it in the values directly on your laptop instead of writing things down - then generates the filled out template for you be a good idea?

Obviously the template would look professional - you could always edit it yourself to make it look better/style it yourself with your company logo.

I think what I'll end up doing is looking at Easy Certs trial and having a look at that.

If there is any little quirk you'd like to see in something like this, or something that would benefit you as strange as it might be. Please let me know.

If anyone is interested in me contacting them a bit more - email me at: [email protected] - I would offer up the program for free when it is completed. But this is limited to a few people as I can't cope with having too many for now.

Chers
 
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I created a quick check sheet ie fill in the boxes then do the paperwork when I get home
 

plugsandsparks

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If its domestic, i.e. clean i take my laptop and enter the details directly on site. If its commercial i may do the same unless i have limited time for access to circuits, in which case i use a simple clipboard and pen and key in the data at home. If its industrial i have a plastic bag over the tester and have to use pen and paper as any electronic device would get mullered with the *hit places i get myself into.
They say where theres muck theres brass....... mmmm
 
all i do is testing, i have a laptop where i can enter info in the field but i prefer to hand write everything first, i like to make little notes, draw little pictures etc. ive done it that way for 8 years and it works for me.
 
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i just grab owt to hand...bit of paper...cardboard...owt....copy it down neat later...both my MFTs have the ability to download....never used it though...the download facility that is....
 

ferg

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I use pen and paper onsite and enter the data at home.
I wouldn't want the worry of damaging a laptop for the sake of a few minutes at home in front of the pc with a coffee and a fag.

Possibly I would consider using a small cheap and cheerful tablet but I think that it would be more hassle than its worth given the limitations of a small touchscreen device.

I've actually just bought one for storing my reference material on and using as a diary etc.
It hasn't arrived yet so I cant comment on how easy it would be to use with such software.
My intention is to try and use it for filling in certs with existing free software but I'm pretty sure the device will show it's limitations fairly quickly.
 
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