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Smart Timeouts in Manufacturing Test

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243296D
Publication Date: 2015-Sep-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 72K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system for smart timeouts in a manufacturing test environment. The novel test processes use a human activity monitor to gather information from adjacent workstations to determine if there is human activity in the vicinity, as well as the extent of the human activity, and then processes a time delay (i.e. test process timeouts) appropriate for that activity level.

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Smart Timeouts in Manufacturing Test

In manufacturing testing, it is often useful to wait longer for certain events to take place if there is not a person available to respond if there is an error. For example, it is often necessary for the test process to wait an hour for a system under test to Initial Program Load (IPL) or "boot up", and then process an error condition if the hour expires. However, if a test operator is available to respond to the error, it might be desirable to

wait for the minimum amount of time (e.g., 45 minutes), so that time is not wasted.

A method or system is needed to help determine whether to mechanically address an

error in a test process or work through human intervention in order to maximize testing time.

The novel solution is to create an Application Programming Interface (API) in the test process that uses a human activity monitor to gather information from adjacent

workstations to determine if there is human activity in the vicinity (e.g., Internet traffic, sensor inputs, keyboard activity, etc.). The system also uses traditional sensors, such as motion detectors, to determine the level of human activity within a facility. The API determines the extent of human activity and processes a time delay (i.e. test process timeouts) appropriate for that activity level.

Figure 1 depicts the decision flow of the novel solution. A default or initial value is used

for a given timeout, which can be a static value or a learned value from rece...