Original Publication Date: 1995-Feb-28
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-07
Xerox Disclosure Journal
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.