Quick Tool and Search

Quick Tool concept #

Quick Tool is a “tool centred” approach to the management and maintenance of a Tool Management database.

The majority of Item, Assembly, or Kit data can be accessed from the one Quick Tool screen, by the selection of the relevant tab at the top of the form.

The majority of activities relevant to the unit loaded to the Quick Tool screen, can be accessed from the buttons on the left hand side tool bar – providing the user has been granted permission in their user profile.

The Quick Tool concept allows fast, efficient access to information, and tasks.

The Quick Tool screen also forms the basis of the ATMS viewer.

Using Quick Tool #

If the unit id number is known it can be entered directly into the text box shown below and the key pressed.

This will return the following detail information screen, from where you can access all functionality relevant to the unit loaded.

If the unit id number is not known, then either enter a partial number to be presented with units starting with your entry, or select the search icon to enter the ATMS search utility. (For details of how to use the ATMS search routine, see the relevant section).

The tabs across the top of the screen provide access to all data relating to the unit loaded. They toggle between the relevant views.

For example, the initial view is of the base data.

To see the technology data, select the technology tab.

To view all occurrences of the unit (in stores, in use, in rework, etc.) select the locate tab. This also shows which point of issue Items are in stock.

The analysis tab allows a few reports to be run relevant to the Item or Assembly loaded.

From here, selecting the “Where Used” report lists where the Item is referenced into Assemblies and Kits.

The buttons down the side of the screen provide access to all actions relevant to the unit loaded. These appear greyed out if the action is not relevant or possible (for example, the returns button is greyed out if there are no Items on issue to return, or if the Item is defined as consumable.

The help button will initiate ATMS help.

Search Routine #

The ATMS search routine is a powerful tool that can be used from many of the screens (activities) within ATMS.

It can be accessed from the following screens:

The quick tool screen.
The Item definition screen.
The Assembly definition screen.
The Kit definition screen.
The stores issue screen.
The build Assembly screen.
The dismantle Assembly screen.

The frame headed “Search For” is context sensitive.

That is, if search is entered from the Item definition screen, then only Items can be searched for.
If search is entered from the Assembly definition screen, then only Assemblies can be searched for, and so on.

The default setting is for the search to analyse only the currently selected Point Of Issue (POI), although this can be changed to search all POI’s.

There are 3 main methods of using the ATMS Search Routine, described below.

Search Base Screen #

The default entry screen is the “Search Base Screen”, which is a text based search utility.

Select which data field you wish to search from those available, (Number; Description; Family; Short Search Code; Supplier Part Number; and Alternative Representation – for the Item search utility).

Next, select the criteria for selection from either, Begins with; Contains; Matches.

For the Family and Short Search Code category, refer to the graphical search routine below, for instructions.
(It works in an identical manner to the text search, but Family and SS Code selection is made graphically.)

If you enter the value “T00” into the Search String text box, and select the “Begins with” criteria, then all Items whose number begins with your entry will be returned as search results.

For example, “T0001”, “T0002”, “T0099” would all be returned as search results.

If you enter the value “T00” into the Search String text box, and select the “Matches” criteria, then all Items whose number is an exact match will be returned as search results.

For example, an Item numbered “T00”, would be returned as search results – if it existed, but “T0001”, “T0002”, “T0099” would not.

The same logic applies to the “Contains” criteria.

For example, if you enter the following criteria,

SEARCH Description
CRITERIA contains

Then all Items whose description contains the word “drill” anywhere in the description field will be returned as search results.

In summary,

“Begins with” uses the criteria “T00*”,

“Matches” uses “T00”,

“Contains” uses “*T00*”.

(where the “*” character denotes the “wildcard” operator)

You can further filter you selection by selecting the “Preferred Supplier” check box. This will only return Items, which meet your criteria and are defined as preferred Items from within the Item definition screen.

With your cursor in the “Search String” text box, having entered the text you wish to find, you can initialise the search by pressing the key, or selecting the “Go Search” button with the mouse.

ATMS will present you with the “Search Results” screen. The screen can only effectively display so much information, so if further details are required for the Item selection, select the Item line, and select the camera icon (top left) to see all Item details. This enables Items to be viewed without losing your search results.

Note, the icon at the left of the line, which denotes the Item type (consumable, semi-durable, etc.).

With the relevant line selected in the search results screen, double click or press the select button, to make your choice, and ATMS search will return you to your original location, with the selected Item loaded.

Iamge or Graphical Search #

If your search is by family and / or short search code, then you may want to consider the graphical search method described below. ATMS enables users to reference images to families and short search codes.

These images can be icons, photographs, as long as they are stored in bitmap format (xxxx.bmp).

From the default ATMS search screen select the “Graphical Search” tab.

Even if graphical files have not been allocated to families and short search codes, a hierarchical structure is used for the selection of families and short search codes (ATMS simply reports that no image was found).

The first level displayed is the families. These can be expanded to show the short search codes below each family by pressing the “+” symbol, and they can be collapsed by pressing the “-” symbol.

Once the correct combination of family and short search code has been made, the selection can be further filtered by entering search text or values in the boxes provided on the right hand side of the screen.

With Family and Short Search Code searches, you can search on up to a maximum of any 4 defined geometry fields, which are selected from the combo boxes under the geometry label field.

Note that since the geometry value fields are pre-defined as either numeric or alpha-numeric, when specifying search criteria, ATMS will not allow the input of text into search fields defined as numeric. Also, the match criteria is limited to logical entries, depending on the defined data type.

The match criteria are defined as follows:

Numeric data Alpha numeric data

> Greater than ABC Matches

< Less than ABC* Starts with = Equal to *ABC Ends with >= Greater than or equal to *ABC* Contains

<= Less than or equal to

ATMS will return the same result screen as for the text search method, and details and selections are made in the same way.

Catalogue Search #

ATMS has been designed to have the capability to integrate with Supplier and Manufacturer electronic catalogues.

Currently, as delivered, no links are configured as this requires the installation of the 3rd party software. However, GRANMAX INFO LTD have successfully linked to our partners Cutting Technology system, TOOL, importing data directly into ATMS from TOOL. Also, links are in place with the Kennametal (Germany) Electronic Catalogue.{br]

Users wanting links to catalogues should contact GRANMAX INFO LTD direct for further information. It is GRANMAX INFO LTD policy to link to any 3rd party catalogue, providing consent and co-operation is given.

Links can be simply firing up the 3rd party application, allowing searches dependant on the 3rd party functionality and exiting back to ATMS bringing back no data automatically.

Alternatively, links can perform the above functionality, but also electronically load data into ATMS, depending on the 3rd party application and the links created.