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Adding a Custom Report

Acquire must be in Config mode to perform these steps.

Acquire’s custom tabular reports can present data from any point in the entire system for each interval. For example:

field 1 field 2 field 3
10:00 value value value
11:00 value value value

1. Select ‘Reports’ from the ‘Acquire’ menu

The Reports list will be displayed:

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2. Click the ‘Add’ button

The Report Type dialog will be displayed:

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3. Select “Tabular” from the popup menu

4. Click the ‘OK’ button

A blank tabular report will be created:

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5. Enter the fields as follows:

Name Give your report a name. This name will be reflected in the report menu.
Type This is set to “Custom Report”.
Period Set how often the report should be generated. Options are “Hourly”, “2 Hourly”, “12 Hourly”, “Daily”, “Weekly” and “Monthly”.
Base Time Set the base time for the report.
Display Fields Vertically Select ‘Display Fields Vertically’ to generate a report where the selected fields for the specified reporting period are presented vertically on a single page report.
Use Archive Values Selecting this option will use the flow computer archives to populate the report.
Collection Period Acquire gathers data from flow computer at regular intervals by taking samples of all the fields specified on the report and appending them as a row on the report. Use this field to set how often the sample should be taken.
Wait Time The wait time allows a small delay to be introduced before gathering the data. This gives the flow computer a chance to gather the data.

6. Double click on an empty slot to add a field

The Field List window will be displayed:

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7. Select the field from the field list

The field will be added into the slot on the report:

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8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 for each field

Up to 16 fields can be added on a standard report and 20 fields added to the vertical report.

Tip: The order of the fields can be rearranged by dragging and dropping them in the list.

9. Set the report generation options:

Print If the ‘Print’ checkbox is selected then a dropdown menu will appear showing all available printers on the network, click to select the printer. The report will be printed at the end of the report’s period. The number of copies of the report can also be selected.
Archive If the ‘Archive’ checkbox is selected then the report will be saved to disk as a text file at the end of the report’s period.
Email If the ‘Email’ checkbox is selected then the report will be emailed to a specified email address at the end of the report’s period. The report format can be specified as either text, PDF or HTML.
Note: Ensure that the sender’s email address has been set up as a valid address otherwise the report will be rejected by the recipient’s mail server.

10. Click the ‘Save’ button

The new custom report will be added to the list:

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11. Double click on the report in the list to preview the report

Tip: There may be a delay while the flow computer gathers the data to build up the report. If the message “Report Not Found” is displayed simply return to the screen at a later time – this could be as long as the defined collection period interval!