Uploading test data As testers have become more sophisticated, some have the ability to ‘pre-program’ the instrument with a special testcode (a test routine defined by a numeric sequence) at the start of the working day. This is referred to as an upload capability and involves the ability to send an appliance number and testcode from PAT records held on a PC program to the instrument. By uploading this information into the tester, re-testing can be speeded up considerably and detailed test histories can be maintained very easily. As a result software programs that combine data upload and download features can be used to create fairly sophisticated asset registers for customers, grouping appliances by type or location and helping to track the movement of equipment between departments or different parts of a building. Such high level programs also come with a host of
other functions and test templates – including the inclusion of ‘view only’ files that enable others to have copies of test records from a parent program that can be viewed without having a copy of the original record-keeping program. Other features include sophisticated presentation
and reporting options and the ability to link electrical safety testing records with other asset management or maintenance functions - extending the use of these programs for more general facilities management tasks.
Networking options have also been developed for these higher level PAT programs - enabling more than one user to access the program at the same time.
Special programs In addition to the range of record keeping database programs a number of special software packages are available to provide specific PAT functions.
One example is an e-scheduler that systematically
interrogates the PAT test database and automatically identifies when equipment will be overdue for re-test – issuing e-mail alerts to notify customers or departments immediately of all re-test requirements or overdue warnings.
Another example of ancillary software is a time manager function that allows analysis of the use of a tester and verification that tests have been carried out. This type of software provides clear information on the test activity of users – providing such details as duration of testing, number of tests undertaken and time between jobs. At all levels PAT record keeping programs provide
real benefits – improving efficiency, increasing productivity and bringing a more professional approach to PAT data management.
Free 14 Day Trial
To mark the launch of Seaward’s new PATGuard Elements software program, a free 14 day evaluation offer is available. The new software is specifically designed to enable test results taken with manual PAT testers to be incorporated into a formal PC–based record keeping system.
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