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After you have compiled and run the test plan at least once, you can add upper and/or lower test limit values to each DATA SAVE button. Each test plan can have one or more sets of test limits associated with the test plan.

To set test limits to the test plan, you must first either open an existing set of test limits or create a new set of test limits. You must remember to always save the Test Plan after changing limits.

To create a new set of test limits:


    Select the Test Plan Editors Limits then New menu option.

    The Test Plan Editor displays the Title? dialog box.

    Enter a title for a new set to test limits.

    Select OK or press the Enter key.


The System Controller will open the new set of test limits and display the Test Plan Editor again.


Selecting Test Limits



To open an existing set of test limits that you previously created:


    Select the Test Plan Editors Limits then Select... menu option.

    The Test Plan Editor displays the Select Test Limits dialog box.

    Select the desired test limits.

    Press the select button.


The System Controller will open the selected set of test limits.

Adding Single Valued Test Limits



You can add test limits to each of the DATA SAVE buttons in your test plan.

To add test limits to a SAVE DATA button:


    Select [highlight] the test panel desired from the Test Plan Outline.

    Place the mouse pointer on the Data Name in the SAVE DATA button and click mouse button 2.

    Select the Single-valued Limit choice.

    The Test Plan Editor will display the Set Test Limits dialog box.

    Enter the lower test limit in the Minimum entry field. (Example shows minimum 10.0 dB gain because button format is log)

    Enter the upper test limit in the Maximum entry field.

    Select the OK button.


The test limits are added to the test panel and the Test Plan Editor window becomes active again.

This process can be repeated for all of the other SAVE DATA buttons.

Adding Multi-Valued Test Limits




You can also individually select test limits for each test point in each test by selecting the Multi-Valued Limit menu choice. Select the test points you wish to change, and enter an Minimum and Maximum test limit.

The test system only performs the test limit checks for those upper or lower test limits that have a value. Blank limit values are ignored.

Exclusionary Test Limits



Exclusionary limits reverse the pass/fail decision. Anything outside the limit range is a pass, while anything inside the limit range is a fail.

To make limits exclusionary, set the Minimum to be higher than the Maximum. Anything numerically higher than the Minimum is a pass. Anything numerically lower than the Maximum is a pass. Anything between the two values is a fail.

The process to enter exclusionary limits is the same as previously described.



In the example shown here, a test result greater than 12.0 or less than 10.0 results in a pass. A test result between 10.0 and 12.0 results in a fail.

Exclusionary limits may be applied to multi-value limits as well as single-value limits.

Use caution when entering limits. If you inadvertently set the Minimum greater than the Maximum, it will create an exclusionary limit and provide unexpected results.

Saving the Test Limit File



After you enter the test limit values desired, you need to save the test limits with the test plan.

To save the test limits and the test plan:


    Select the Test Plan Editors File and Save menu item.

The Save command saves the test limits with the test plan.

The System Controller tags the test limits with the name of the test plan it was created from. When you open a test plan and select a set of test limits using the Limits and Select... menu items, only those test limits created by this test plan will be listed.


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