A test program generator for automatic test equipment

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A test program generator for automatic test equipment


Author: Ng, Wai-leung
Title: A test program generator for automatic test equipment
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1996
Subject: Generators (Computer programs)
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Pages: xiii, 277 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1246560
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/3606
Abstract: Automation is a technology that use mechanical, electronic, and computer-based system in the operation and control of production. The application of automation ranging from using machine to replace human operators to perform some repetitive works to more sophisticate task such as some simple decision making. Program generator is a form of computer-based low cost automation. In its basic form, it saves the programmer from typing the program codes into the computer. The result is that the programmer can type in less characters and he does need to worry about the syntactic structure of the output statement. So that the programmer can concentrate his efforts on the programming design. The project is concerned with the design method of writing a program generator for avionics component testing. It attempts to produce a program generator for the Martron M12000 Automatic Test Equipment (ATE) . It is anticipated that by following the programming examples shown in this report, programmer can develop test program generators for other test systems. The reason to choose this Marton system as the first product is that because it use Abbreviated Test Language for Avionics System (ATLAS) as the test language. ATLAS is getting wide acceptance as the test language for avionics testing. The new generation of test systems are using ATLAS as the system test language. Although Martron M12000 is an older generation test system, the ATLAS language used in it is difference from the new ARINC 626 standard ATLAS. Furthermore, there is a lot of Martron test programs awaiting amendment, therefore, it is a good starting point for writing program generator for ATE systems. The project sets out to design, implement, and assets the efficiency of the program generator. This assessment is done by comparing number of key strokes required to compile a statement with and without the use of the program generator.

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