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ALERT NOTIFICATION

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000027049D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Feb-28
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 72K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Often, when a test fixture or similar piece of laboratory equipment is not functioning, valuable time and money are lost due to the resulting inefficient use of the fixture. More often, it is not so much that there is a problem with the equipment, rather the down-time is often a result of a lack of operator attention as a result of an inability to notify the fixture operator that testing has stopped. Today, test fixtures controlled by computer programs are able to detect that problems exist or that and a test has completed. The present disclosure proposes that in such computer-controlled test fixtures, a modem attached to a telephone line can be used to contact the test fixture operator and thereby reduce the idle time of the fixture.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

ALERT NOTIFICATION

Proposed Kurt Jacobs Classification

U.S. C1.340/502

Int. C1. GO8B 23/00

Often, when a test fixture or similar piece of laboratory equipment is not functioning, valuable time and money are lost due to the resulting inefficient use of the fixture. More often, it is not so much that there is a problem with the equipment, rather the down-time is often a result of a lack of operator attention as a result of an inability to notify the fixture operator that testing has stopped. Today, test fixtures controlled by computer programs are able to detect that problems exist or that and a test has completed. The present disclosure proposes that in such computer-controlled test fixtures, a modem attached to a telephone line can be used to contact the test fixture operator and thereby reduce the idle time of the fixture.

Preferably, the computer controlling a test fixture would be programmed to call a number, or a list of numbers, when an error has been detectedreported by the fixture. A code could be transmitted to a user, wearing a pager responsive to one of the numbers called by the modem, wherein the code could contain fields identifying specific information. For example, the code "0103780051" could be interpreted to mean fixture # 01 in laboratory 037, operated by technician 8, is experiencing a hardware problem 00 in subsystem 05, and has established a priority code 1. As another example, code 0103781051 could be sent to tell the...