Q: What is the Routine's Next Date Update used for?
A: The Next Date Update drop-down in the Routine details screen is used to calculate the Next Date; the date on which the device needs to be calibrated next.
For a Routine there are 3 ways that the Next Date can be calculated after the completion of a Work Order.
When this option is selected, any Work Order carried out will follow it's interval and schedule regardless of when the actual calibration was carried out or when the Work Order was issued.
So if you have a Routine that is due on the 24/04/2015 with an Interval of 6 months then even if the calibration is carried out on the 10/02/2015, the Next Date will be 24/10/2015. If another calibration is carried out after that, the Next Date of this Routine will be 24/04/2016 and so on.
When this option is selected, any Work Order carried out will base the Next Date on the date the Work Order was issued + the interval. So if a Routine was due on the 25/09/2015 and the Work Order was issued on the 30/09/2015 with an Interval of 3 months then the Next Date for the Routine will be the issued date + the interval, in this case it would be 30/12/2015.
When this option is selected, any Work Order carried out will base the Next Date on the date the Work Order was conducted + the interval. So if a Routine was due on the 20/06/2015 with an Interval of 6 months and the Work Order for this Routine was issued and carried out on the 20/05/2015, then the Next Date for the Routine will be the conducted date + the interval, in this case the Next Date for the Routine would be the 20/11/2015.
The Next Date Update drop-down in Routines is therefore quite important as it directly affects the way the Next Calibration Date is calculated for your Routines.
If you'd like to set default a Next Date Update that will be used for all new Routines click here for more information.
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