The 'Control Menu' allows several functions to take place, There are two ‘control’ menus, a short menu for procedures, which use manual control to step on to the next test, and a longer menu for procedures, which use auto step.
When 'Auto Step' is selected, this function allows ProCal to automatically move onto the next test. For this process to take place, the auto step function must have been selected for the procedure, auto step can also be turned on through Control->AUTOSTEP. If the procedure is for a close loop calibration then this will be checked to allow it to run automatically.
Note: If the user only wishes to run one test, then auto step should be turned off.
Autostep can be very useful even on manual instruments like decade boxes. Here the Autostep condition can be set to proceed on to the next test if the measurement is within specifications, this will allow the operator to simply switch round the values, with ProCal automatically proceeding to the next test when it has the correct value.
The 'Ignore Fail' option will allow ProCal to proceed on to the next test even if the test fails. This is required when an instrument is out of specification and it is required to let the ProCal procedure run through taking all the measurements without stopping.
Selecting the 'Show Auto Safety Prompts' allows ProCal to automatically display safety warnings before any test where the output from the calibrator is higher than 200 Volts or 2Amps, before the procedure will move on the operator must click the ‘OK’ button within the message box.
Checking 'Show Auto Connection Prompts' will cause the program to automatically display connection diagrams based on the Transmille range of products for AC / DC Voltage, AC / DC Current and Resistance.
Selecting 'Set Current Test to Non-Printing' will prevent individual test results being printed on the certificate. May be used where a limited calibration is being performed.
The 'Edit Test' function can be accessed via the ‘Control’ Menu. This function allows the user to modify parts of tests, and to delete tests that have are not needed by highlighting the relevant test/line and then clicking ‘Clear Test'.
The 'Mark Tests As Faulty/Not Fitted' function is used to mark multiple tests as faulty on the certificate.
Checking ' Run Calibration Tests' will enable interaction to the external .exe program set in the procedure, allowing for automatic adjustment of the instrument under calibration.
The 'Pause Calibration' option allows a direct step to the end of the procedure. A message box will display how many tests are left.
Selecting 'Abort Current Test' halts the current test. Takes you to a list of all the test in the procedure, this list allows the user to select which test to complete and in what order, from this menu hitting next will allow the user to enter job comments, input the price and write an engineers report (if needed).
Clicking 'About Calibration Run' will stop calibration and displays the below message: