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GausSPC
®
version 2
= A QUICK GUIDE =
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CONTENTS
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1 Summary
2 User Interface
3 Data Exchange with Other Software
4 Working with GausSPC
4a Administrator level
 4b Supervisor level
 4c Operator level
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1 Summary
GausSPC is a complete and statistically reliable,
yet simple, SPC solution that stems from
SPC practitioners’ needs.
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GausSPC stems from
SPC practitioners’ needs
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GausSPC emerged initially as a by-product of custom-designed
metrology system projects.
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It has grown from our clients’ needs to a stand-alone solution,
rather than incorporate SPC functionality to an existing statistical
package.
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Logical, intuitive – and therefore simple – work-flows developed
through working with people on the shop-floor. The expertise
of people involved in conceiving GausSPC was primarily
metrology and then statistics.
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Usually, SPC is just one of the many activities performed by
GausSPC users. Most companies do not have an SPC specialist.
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Administrator
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Connects measuring devices (gauges)
Installs GausSPC (runs setup.exe)
Defines users (fills out one “form” for each user + two forms
to set privileges and other properties of the supervisor and the
operator level)
Supervisor
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Working with GausSPC is
quick and easy
Defines characteristics to be measured (right clicks, fills out one
form per characteristic)
Adds charts to the Report (right clicks, fills out one form per
chart)
Sets measuring interface (fills out one form)
Operator
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Conducts measuring
GausSPC is a complete and
statistically reliable SPC solution
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GausSPC is a complete solution, which in a single package provides
everything from automatic data acquisition from measuring devices
to multi-lingual report generation.
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Even the most demanding of our clients’ customers trust GausSPC.
(example: our client Kom Marovt, and their customer BMW).
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From the very beginning in 1990, there was not a single complaint
about statistical correctness of GausSPC either from our clients or
their customers.
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In GausSPC, there are no “hidden” or “deeply burried somewhere”
settings, which someone might once accidentally set and would later
cause “misterious” mistakes.
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GausSPC for global operations
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SPC solution’s language flexibility is important
to
users in your foreign subsidiaries (and other linked
foreign businesses);
 your foreign customers, who receive the SPC
reports.
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GausSPC incurrs low
Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
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TCO structure of typical SPC solutions:
 Initial investment
Instead of a few days external
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License fee
Initial training fees
Training time
(participants’ salaries)
Using SPC solution (simplicity!)
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time
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training,
only 30-60 mins* of internal training
is required for a group of 3 to 9
operators* to work with GausSPC
(* data from Training Reports – SGA
Schefenacker Automotive Slovenia)
software administration – new workpiece set-up e.t.c.
operator’s time
probability/frequency/speed of making and detecting
mistakes
Training new users
Upgrades
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GausSPC for Process Improvement
TQM and SPC are all about what people do, not about what technology does!
SPC for Workgroups!
If the SPC system is not convenient,
if it is just one more thing for the operator to do,
he or she will “sabotage” it.
In most cases, SPC software is not
used by statisticians.
Software does not improve processes – people do!
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2 User Interface
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User Interface
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There are three main windows (see the next slide):
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1. A spreadsheet window used to enter and view the data (Main Window)
2. A window displaying user-defined graphic (or non-graphic) views of
the process (Report Window)
3. A quick chart, which can display a user-selected chart and basic
statistical parameters for a characteristic after each entry of a new
measurement for this characteristic. (Quick Chart)
All these windows can be opened simultaneously
All data and graphics in these windows are updated in real-time whenever data is being entered, deleted or otherwise modified
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User Interface
Main Window
Quick Chart
Report Window
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Main Window
Title Bar
Menu Bar
Tool Bar
Cell Information Bar
Dimension
name
Actual
(measured)
dimensions
Spreadsheet data view
column = dimension
(e.g. first column is
length)
cell = a measured
dimension
(e.g. the first measured
length was 25.02)
Cell Information
Interface Information
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Main Window - Tool Bar
New file
Open file
Save file
Open data file
(operator level)
Logoff
current user
Cut
Add new chart/
table to the
Report Window
Show Report
Window
Show Quick
Chart
Interface channel selection
Copy
Paste
Channel is usually selected
automatically, but it is also possible to
set it manually.
GausSPC also allows simultaneous
readout of data from all the channels
on a single trigger impulse.
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Quick Chart
Title Bar
Basic Statistical
Parameters
(depending on the type
of statistical analysis
selected)
User-selected chart
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Title Bar
Menu Bar
Report Header
Report
First-page-only
Header
Report Body is more
than just a printed
report preview!
(see further slides)
Report Body
Source of data
for current element
(e.g. a run chart)
Report Window
Information stored by GausSPC for
each measurement (datapoint)
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You can see detailed information about each datapoint in the
Main Window...
...or you can view basic information by sliding a mouse pointer
over a graphical representation of a datapoint in the Report
Window
(see the next two slides)
Each data point includes information on who entered the data
and when.
It also includes information on whether it was ever modified.
It is also possible to attach a note to each datapoint.
You can set GausSPC to beep whenever a new datapoint is
entered, or when a new datapoint is out of tolerance.
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Information about each measurement I
A red triangle indicates the value
in this cell has been modified
Cell information
Cell = C1
Value (Actual Dimension) = 26.95
Workpiece = Tube
Dimension name = Inside diameter
Nominal Dimension = 27.00 mm
Position of Actual Dimension in
respect to the Tolerance Area
= in green
A blue box indicates this
cell has a note attached
This cell is painted
red because the
dimension is out
of tolerance
This cell is painted
yellow because the
dimension is out
of the user-defined
“reduced tolerance”
Note = (no note)
Cell information
(Operator who entered the data = Andrew S.; Time = 10 hr : 12 min : 04 sec; Date = June 7th, 2005)
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Information about each measurement II
Report Window is more than just a
report preview!
e.g.: by positioning a mouse pointer
over a datapoint, some basic
information about this datapoint
can be seen.
(it is easier and more convenient to
identify “interesting” points on a chart
than in a table)
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Right click
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Most common cell-related (datapoint-related) or
column-related (dimension-related) functions
can be reached by simply right-clicking on the
cell / column
For Example: adding a new chart to the Report
Window is as simple as right-clicking in the
desired column (dimension) and selecting “Add
New Chart”
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Right Click – An Example
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Right Click – Another Example
Each chart has different properties
which can be set.
e.g. You can set the number of bars
(divisions) of a Histogram. By default,
the number of bars is a square root of
n, where n is the number of
datapoints.
click!
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3 Data Exchange with
Other Software
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Windows Clipboard
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Windows Clipboard
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You can copy/paste data to or from GausSPC
through Windows’ Clipboard. Administrator can
also disable this option for operators, but as
previously explained, you can see for each cell
copied into GausSPC when it was inserted and by
whom.
Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation, Inc.
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Text Files
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Text Files
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You can import data to GausSPC from text files of
various formats
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PC-DMIS ™ Files
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PC-DMIS ™ text files: see the previous slide
PC-DMIS ™ *.rtf files
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From the PC-DMIS™ software you can also import data
from the text-only Rich Text Fromat (*.rtf) files.
Measurements as well as characteristics can be imported.
PC-DMIS is a registered trademark of Wilcox Associates, Inc.
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4 Working with
GausSPC
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4a Administrator level
Setting up the system
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Measuring device setup
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Connect measuring devices to your computer
See the measuring device manufacturer’s
instructions for details!
measuring
devices
interface-to-PC connection
device-to-PC interface
wireless device-to-interface
connection
interfaces
operator
your PC
measuring device
workpiece
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Measuring devices –
most common configuration
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one interface
many gauges connected
to the interface by cable
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Measuring devices –
an example configuration
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8 gauges on 8 channels
wirelessly connected to
the interface
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Installing GausSPC
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Run setup.exe
Setup Wizard will install GausSPC on your
computer in a matter of seconds.
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Starting GausSPC
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Start GausSPC either by
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clicking on the desktop icon, or
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using Windows’ Start button
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Start  Programs  GausSPC  GausSPC
Setup of connections between your
PC and gauges
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When first started, GausSPC will ask you to set up the
connections between your PC and any measuring devices
If you do not have any measuring devices connected to the PC,
select “not connected”.
You can connect the measuring devices to your PC either
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through a measuring interface, or
directly to computer ports
Some measuring interfaces emulate the keyboard. In this case no
settings for the measuring interface are needed. Just select “not
connected”. Settings for manual data entry will apply.
Connection between your PC and the
measuring interface
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Select your interface
If your interface is
not listed, select an
interface with the
same number of
channels.
Select the types of
measuring devices
connected to the
interface on different
channels
Select the computer port to which
the interface is connected
Choose
“not connected”
if you do not use
an interface or
if you use an
interface emulating
a keyboard
You can also
define a preset
to be added to
each
measurement
Select to which cell to move after the value
from the device is entered into the current cell
Direct connection between your PC
and gauges
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Up to two gauges can connect directly to your PC’s COM ports
Select the gauge
Select to which column
the measurement from
this gauge should go
You can add a button
for triggering the
gauge from GausSPC
Select the computer port to which
the interface is connected
You can also
define a preset
to be added to
each
measurement
Select to which
cell to move
after the value
from the device
is entered into
the current cell
Logging in & defining user
privileges and passwords
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When running GausSPC for the first time, select
the pre-defined user “Administrator GausSPC –
0001” and set your password
1. select the pre-defined administrator user
2. type in your password and click “OK”
3. Re-type the password and click “OK”
Logging in & defining user
privileges and passwords
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Once in GausSPC, you (as an administrator) can
add or remove users, set their privileges and
other properties.
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In the menu, select:
File  User List
Logging in & defining user
privileges and passwords
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There are three levels of users in GausSPC:
administrator
 supervisor
 operator
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Users set their passwords on their first log-in
For the supervisor and the operator levels, you
can also set “no password required at log-in”
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Congratulations!
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You have successfully set up the system:
measuring devices are connected,
 software is installed,
 users are defined and user privileges are set.
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In the future, you will
add new users, delete old users, and clear a user’s
password if required
 maybe set up new interfaces and measuring devices
(could also be done by a supervisor)
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4b Supervisor level
Setting up the process information
(preparing templates for operators)
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Supervisor’s log-in
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When you start GausSPC for the first time, you
have to set your password:
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Select your username from the pulldown menu:
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Type in your password:
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Retype the password to confirm:
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Preparing a template for operators
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Let’s say...
...your operators will measure the length and the
head diameter of an M3x25 screw
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Setting dimensions
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The first thing you should do is define the product
dimensions (characteristics) to be measured.
As explained in the “2 User Interface” section, every
column in the Main window represents one dimension.
To set a dimension, select the appropriate column or a
cell in that column, and either
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select Edit  Product Characteristics... from the menu, or
right-click and select Product Characteristics... from the dropdown menu.
(see the next slide)
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Setting a dimension
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Right-click in the appropriate column and select
Product Characteristics...:
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Setting a dimension
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A Product Characteristic Dialog Box appears:
You can set
narrower “safety”
tolerances not
affecting statistical
analysis (the “yellow
area”)
Select “Simple” for
dimensions for which
you do not need
statistical analysis (but
you may want to keep
a record of the
measurements)
Sample size
for some charts
(Xbar-R, Xbar-s,
EWMA)
A characteristic may
also be calculated
instead of measured.
e.g. for colulmn C:
“(A-B)/2”
Image (product image, instructions...) shown
for this dimension when user presses F4
You can select the Quick
Chart for this dimension
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Setting dimensions
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This is how the Main window looks when you
have set both dimensions:
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Setting the quick chart
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By right-clicking the quick chart you can set the chartspecific parameters e.g., for the Xbar-R chart you might
want to specify the criteria used to test the stability of
the process:
click!
click!
click!
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Setting reports
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To add a new element to the Report Window,
either:
select the column (dimension) you want in the
Report Window (selecting just one cell in that
column will also do), then right click and select
“New chart” from the pop-up menu, or
 Select “New chart” from the Tool Bar.
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(see the next slide)
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Adding a chart to the Report Window
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Setting reports
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Explore the Report Window for further options!
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Try Menus
Try right-clicking on different elements in the Report
Window
See what happens when you drag the mouse pointer over
certain elements
Customize your report! Add your own logo, set colors
(screen, printer), select SPC parameters to be
displayed...
You can view & print reports in different languages –
you can define your own translation of report elements
for different languages.
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Multilingual reports
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Select Text  Edit SPC Terms for translation
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Select Text  Language to see the report in a
certain language
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Adding your own fields to the Report
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Select Text  Header Lines.
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Previewing a Report
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Report  Preview
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Writing instructions
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You can also write instructions on how to perform the
measurement. Edit  Measuring Instruction
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Operator will see these instructions when he or she
logs-in, or whenever he or she presses the “F3” key.
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Saving a template
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Now, save file as a GausSPC Template
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(select File  Save As from the Menu)
Save it as a “Gauss Templates”
File Type, not as a “Gauss Files”
File Type
(See next slide for explanation)
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GausSPC data-files and
GausSPC templates
There are two types of files in GausSPC:
templates with an ending .gst
 data files with an ending .gsd
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When you open a template, GausSPC will ask
you for a filename when you want to save it, and
it will save it as a .gsd file.
(Continued on the next slide)
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GausSPC data-files and
GausSPC templates
Usually, templates contain no measurements – they only
contain data regarding:
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properties of dimensions, and
charts and other elements on the Report Window.
They are typicaly prepared by supervisors or others
who know
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the dimensions to be measured
“quick charts” to be displayed
what the Report should contain.
Data files also contain measurements entered by the
operators.
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Interface setup
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Finally, you should also set how measurements are
going to be entered into GausSPC.
Select
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the computer port,
the interface, and
types of measuring devices
from which the data is to be acquired.
You can also define in which direction the cursor will
move after data is inserted into the current cell.
You set all this in one Dialog Box (see the next slide).
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Interface setup
Select your interface
If your interface is
not listed, select an
interface with the
same number of
channels.
Select the types of
measuring devices
connected to the
interface on different
channels
Select the computer port to which
the interface is connected
Choose
“not connected”
if you do not use
an interface or
if you use an
interface emulating
a keyboard
You can also
define a preset
to be added to
each
measurement
Select to which cell to move after the value
from the device is entered into the current cell
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Congratulations!
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You have successfully set up the process! You
have defined:
dimensions to be measured or calculated,
 quick charts to be shown,
 report layout,
 instructions for the operator,
 interface and measuring devices used, and cursor
movement.
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4c Operator level
Entering the data
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Operator’s log-in
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When you first start GausSPC, you have to set
your password
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Select your username from the pulldown menu:
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Type in your password:
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Retype the password to confirm:
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Select a template and/or work order
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Select the template to work on.
Template names are usually logical, e.g.:
“Screw M3x25.gst”
 “Control procedure 154.gst”
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Administrator can also
define that an operator is
required to enter a work
order number (manually or
by selecting from a predefined list)
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Read the instructions
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The selected template might contain instructions
on how to perform the measurement.
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You can also view the instructions later by
pressing the “F3” key
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Enter data
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...and start entering data.
If data is entered automatically
from the measuring devices, the
cursor will also move automatically,
according to the settings made by
the supervisor.
You can enter data manually only
if the Administrator has given you
the rights to do so.
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Look out for alarms!
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You might have instructions to react when values are
out of certain boundaries.
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GausSPC might
beep when a value
is out of tolerance,
or you might be
required to keep
an eye on the
quick chart
or the color indicator.
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Hot Keys
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F2 – Open data file
F3 – View Operator’s instructions
F4 – View characteristic-related image (product drawing,
measurment instructions...)
F5 – Log-off
F10 – Menu
F11 – View Quick Chart / Hide Quick Chart
F12 – View Report Window / Hide Report Window
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Log Off (and Save File!)
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When you finish, log-out from GausSPC
(File  Log Off).
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If the Administrator did not set automatic save
at log-out, then GausSPC will ask you whether
you want to save the measurements before
logging out.
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Of course, you can also save measurements at
any other time (File  Save)!
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THANK YOU!
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