How to add a new report to MicroActive

The User defined reporting available in MicroActive 2.0 and MicroActive for Gemini, TriStar II Plus, ASAP 2460, and 3Flex allows advanced reports to be quickly developed and deployed.  This new capability allows Micromeritics staff and users to rapidly implement new or custom data reporting models.

Adding a new report to the library

New reports are developed using the Python scripting language.  The “mic” Python extensions provide the user with direct access to isotherm data, adsorptive properties, data from overlay isotherms, imported mercury porosimetry data, and results from standard reports such as BET surface area, t-Plot, BJH pore size, NLDFT, etc.

The new report is a Python script with a “.py” extension.  Scripts developed by Micromeritics are available from your local Micromeritics representative or via a request submitted through techsupport.micromeritics.com.  The following example demonstrates the simple steps to adding a new report.

Save the new report to the library

The new report should be saved to C:\MicroActive\python\Scripts.  The “MicroActive” directory is specific to each application; 3Flex users will save new reports to C:\3Flex\python\Scripts.  The default directory is a convenient location for saving and organizing new reports.  New reports may be saved in other locations and the user may navigate to these other locations using the standard Windows interface.  In this example, C:\MicroActive\pyUser is used as the directory for the new reports.

 

MicroActive pyUser directory.

MicroActive pyUser directory.

Adding a new report to a sample (SMP) file

Using the File menu and the Open… menu item, select a sample file.

fMicroActive - File > Open to select a sample (SMP) file

MicroActive – File > Open to select a sample (SMP) file

Switch to the Advanced View using the pop-up menu in the lower control bar and then select the Report Options tab.  Scroll down the Selected reports list and select User-defined reports.

Select the User-defined reports to enable additional reports.

Select the User-defined reports to enable additional reports.

Click the Edit… button to add the new report and then click the Add… button to select the new report.

Select a new report to add to MicroActive.

Select a new report to add to MicroActive.

The new report is activated by assigning it to one of the five available slots.  In this example, the Auto Select and Optimize BET report is assigned to User Report 1.

User-defined dialog screen that allows users to add reports or change the page ordering of user-defined reports.

User-defined dialog screen that allows users to add reports or change the page ordering of user-defined reports.

Once the new report is assigned to User Report 1, the Edit… button becomes active and the report script may be reviewed and brief title may be assigned to the report.

The Edit dialog allows the script to be reviewed ana a nave assigned to the new report.

The Edit dialog allows the script to be reviewed ana a nave assigned to the new report.

Click OK to exit the edit dialog and then click OK to exit the User-defined dialog.  Switching the view to User-defined 1 (using the po-up menu) displays the new report and changes the report name in the pop-up menu to the “Auto select and fit BET” name that was previously defined.

Example of the automatic selection and optimization of the BET fit report using the Rouquerol rules for BET surface area calculations.

Example of the automatic selection and optimization of the BET fit report using the Rouquerol rules for BET surface area calculations.

The instruments used to obtain the isotherm data may be viewed at www.micromeritics.com.

Technical support for Micromeritics users is freely available through techsupport.micromeritics.com.

Accredited training and education for Micromeritics instruments users are available through www.micro.edu.

 

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