Create Custom Routines
When our software is purchased, we realize that each customer has their own standards and philosophies for testing relays, as well as relay types that do not exist in our current Library Routines. In this case, methods are available in RTS to create new Library Routines as well as modify existing Library Routines.
A FasTest is a method of creating a Library Routine without any need for knowledge of the BASIC command set. Any User with basic computer knowledge can create a FasTest. It is a very powerful test that is created dynamically based on choices available to the User on display screens. A FasTest begins with a selection process of three main choices:
Selection 1 - Test Type
What type of test do you desire to perform? Will you be ramping a quantity, timing a quantity, testing an item specific to an impedance relay, maybe specific to a synchronizing relay? This is the first choice that is required.
Selection 2 - Actions Source
Once the test type is chosen, you need to determine what quantity will be the action or moving quantity during this test. Do you desire to ramp or step a current, a voltage, a phase angle, a frequency, or a DC quantity?
Selection 3 - Action Type
Once the action quantity has been chosen, the third selection will determine how the quantity will be manipulated. Will it ramp, pulse, double ramp, double pulse, pickup and dropout, require a binary search, or need special treatment such as an induction disk.
Once a FasTest has been defined, the program takes over from there. Available tabs and options in the tabs will be dynamic based on the test created. Very few items are required to be entered in order for the test to operate. Any required items not entered will be handled with error messages directed at the problem as the test begins. Any and all options available for the test are given within the tabs. No knowledge of the BASIC commands, programming, or macros is needed.
One huge difference between this type of test in RTS and similar tests available with other competitors is this test has the ability to be created a single time as a Library Routine, and thus Linked System Routines can be attached to it. Also the ramping actions can be modified with the click of one icon without the need of creating a whole new test.