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Estimated time to test completion tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000030859D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Aug-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Aug-30
Document File: 3 page(s) / 108K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Web tool to monitor Estimated Time to Test Completion of MidRange Computer Systems.

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Estimated time to test completion tool

Within our manufacturing environment, there is a 'skew' at the end of each month as well as a larger skew at the end of the quarter. During these times, it is necessary to know how many and which orders are going to finish test in time to ship before the end of the month. Manufacturing would request engineering to look at each system in test and tell them the chances of each system finishing. Because there are many different models and several processes each may run, this was very labor intensive and prone to error.

     Taking the test information that was available on individual test cells, we wrote a program to estimate how much time the remaining steps would take. We then listed all of the systems on a web page with their Estimated Time to Test Completion (ETTC). We also charted this date so that if there were 'bubbles' of systems that would all come out at the same time, manufacturing can be prepared to handle this. This is much less work than examining times of individual systems and is much more easily accessible to the people who need it (manufacturing personnel).

     While test is running, the operation and step are available on the individual test cell. The first step was to combine all of this data onto one location. This data was then shown on a web page. We then examined each of the models to determine, based on operation and step, how much time on average a system would have left before it reaches the end of test. We al...