MiniStand 1.0.2

dotnet add package MiniStand --version 1.0.2
NuGet\Install-Package MiniStand -Version 1.0.2
This command is intended to be used within the Package Manager Console in Visual Studio, as it uses the NuGet module's version of Install-Package.
<PackageReference Include="MiniStand" Version="1.0.2" />
For projects that support PackageReference, copy this XML node into the project file to reference the package.
paket add MiniStand --version 1.0.2
#r "nuget: MiniStand, 1.0.2"
#r directive can be used in F# Interactive and Polyglot Notebooks. Copy this into the interactive tool or source code of the script to reference the package.
// Install MiniStand as a Cake Addin
#addin nuget:?package=MiniStand&version=1.0.2

// Install MiniStand as a Cake Tool
#tool nuget:?package=MiniStand&version=1.0.2

MiniStand

Testing process and production data management

MiniStand is designed to have a standard method to do manufacturing automation, especially to have general and reusable running test sequences and managing production data with failing information, just like NI Test Stand. Surely this is a mini version, anyway, it can adopt to many scenarios in automation software development, like some measuring and validating projects which have the common scenarios to drive some electric devices to do some actions and drive DMM to measure voltage, current or resistance, etc.

Currently the version of MiniStand is 1.0.1, it can only drive 3 things:

  1. Select test objects sored in Test Sequence Management v2 (an NuGET package), and run in sequential order.
  2. Write a piece of production data indicating the time stamp, duration, product SN and result, etc into Production and Defects Management v2 (another NuGET package), also if there are any failings, write those failures too.
  3. Write necessary logging information with DBLogger_v2 (3rd NuGET package)

In automation software, NI LabVIEW takes to electrical action and drive to measure in most cases, but LabVIEW is hard to use Event Handler to interact with C# assembly directly, so MiniStand takes MQTT communicating with LabVIEW. Following is the flowchart of MiniStand:

Prerequisite:

  1. You must run GeneralInstaller (the 4th NuGET package) to install some necessary components with Administrator permission. Just run GeneralInstall.exe and all the COM components will be registered.
  2. Install MQTT from https://mqttx.app/

Run the WPF application, please type MiniStand.WpfManager.exe in System running dialog (or you can go to folder C:\Program Files (x86)\PatrickGamp\MiniStandApp, why it is x86? Because most industry automation software are using x86 version of LabVIEW), and you can see the main UI as below:

MiniStand is using CSVMultilang (The 5th NuGET package) to do multilang, however, the author has too few time to do the translation jobs, so only 70% multilang jobs are done

At main UI, at the left panel is the running test sequences and test steps, and at right panel is the status, and there are 4 buttons to let you check current production data, today’s, all history, and launch the WPF application of Production and Defects Management.

The MiniStand.WpfManager.exe simulates LabVIEW, monitoring commands from MiniStand via MQTT

A product or a test sequence or a test step or an action, any one can be run together or individually.

Every time if the testing is over, the production data will be ready, you can check it in right panel as you click the first button, current production data will be shown like below:

Remember, unpack InstallBits.zip and run the GeneralInstaller.exe with Administrator permission to use that. Also, 3 db files under assets will help you go through with existing data faster. Please reference to MiniStand.docx under sub folder 'doc'.

Author

Patrick Gamp

Published date
January 3, 2024
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.NET Framework net48 is compatible.  net481 was computed. 
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Version Downloads Last updated
1.0.2 1,262 1/20/2024
1.0.1 1,193 1/3/2024
1.0.0 1,360 12/12/2023

Updated with a lot of bug fixes and MQTT adopted.