Customizing Reports with Report Parameters

Test Generation, Standards

The reporting abilities of the VibrationVIEW software are one of many features that set Vibration Research apart. There are default templates for quick reporting, but the program also supports comprehensive and user-friendly custom reporting.

With custom reports, the user can define the included parameters to adhere to test standards or customer requests. They can also add other details such as data vectors, graphs, screen images, test notes, and company branding.

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Custom Reports Using Report Parameters

VibrationVIEW generates reports using mail merge type processing. The program reads a template file, substitutes data values and graphs in place of keywords, and writes the resulting data to an output file for use with Microsoft Word®. To create a custom report, the user creates a new template using an RTF editor file such as WordPad.

How to make a custom report template: PDF download.

Data Values

The user can add data values to a file using report parameters. The parameter field appears as [PARAM:name]. The square brackets indicate the beginning and end of the field, and the user replaces “name” with the name of the parameter. The report fields can refer to a loop or channel and can also include formatting.

VibrationVIEW supports many parameters that are available based on the test type. There are report parameters to define the test profile and controller, display the test results, list events, detail accelerometer calibration, and much more.

To view the valid parameters for the active test mode, select View > Report Parameters. The user can drag the parameters in this list directly into reports.

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Report Parameters dialog box for a Random test.

HTML and Excel Reports

In addition to RTF files for Word, the program can save reports as an HTML file or CSV file for Microsoft Excel®.

HTML Reports

VibrationVIEW includes HTML reports for remote data access and test control, and the program requires an HTML report to use the optional Web Server module. The user can generate HTML reports with any HTML editor.

Excel Reports

The program compiles Excel reports from a sequence of saved data files from a test run. The “history” option allocates a row for each saved data file and can include the 30 most recent files. Each row contains the control value at the time the program saved the data.

The user can restrict the number of files by including the number of desired files after the history keyword. For example, [PARAM:Control,History:10] will allocate a row for the ten most recent files.

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Scheduling Reports

Available for Sine, Random, FDR, Shock, SRS, and UDT

On the Test Settings dialog box, the Schedule tab includes the option to automatically create and save reports while the test is running. This scheduling option helps the user streamline the reporting process after they create a report template.

To define the schedule, point to the left-most drop-down list. The reporting modifier types are as follows:

  • View Report As
  • View Report
  • Save Report As
  • Save Report
  • Print Report

The “View Report As” and “View Report” modifiers open a report after the test reaches the user-defined level. The software also saves a copy of the report to the hard drive of your system. The “Save Report As” and “Save Report” modifiers automatically save a report, and “Print Report” automatically prints a report. All modifiers require that the user select a report template.

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Download a free demo of VibrationVIEW today and begin developing custom reports straight away. Interested in learning more? Visit the software page here.

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Date

June 1, 2021

Author

Cherie Stoll

Category

Test Generation, Standards

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