Simcenter Testlab Batch Reporting

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Simcenter Testlab (formerly called LMS Test.Lab) Batch Reporting allows users to generate multi-page reports in an automated fashion.


To use Batch Reporting, it may be helpful to read the Knowledge Base article 'Format Based Printing' first to learn how to make a PowerPoint plot format file and set electronic PowerPoint file as the default print destination.


Turning it on


Batch reporting is included with Advanced Desktop.  Turn it on under “Tools -> Add-ins” (Figure 1).


addins.pngFigure 1: Tools -> Add-ins -> Batch Reporting

Batch reporting does not require tokens and is included standard in Simcenter Testlab Advanced Desktop. No extra license is required. Press “OK” after selecting ‘Batch Reporting’ from the list of add-ins.


A new worksheet titled ‘Batch Reporting’ appears at the bottom of the screen (Figure 2). 


batchreportingworksheet.pngFigure 2: Batch Reporting worksheet

Add some data to be plotted to the Input basket and click on the ‘Batch Reporting’ worksheet to open it.


Getting Started in Batch Reporting


In the batch reporting worksheet, click on the “…” button in the upper left of the screen and select ‘Input Basket’ (Figure 3). 


Add some data to be plotted to the Input basket and click on the ‘Batch Reporting’ worksheet to open it.


Getting Started in Batch Reporting


In the batch reporting worksheet, click on the “…” button in the upper left of the screen and select ‘Input Basket’ (Figure 3). 


InputBasket.pngFigure 3: Set 'Input Basket' in 'Data Source Selection'

Press “Close” after selecting ‘Input Basket’ as the 'Data Source Selection'.


Press the ‘Add to List’ button to populate the data list area (Figure 4).


DataList.pngFigure 4: Add data to be batch plotted to list on left side of Batch Reporting

Next, select ‘Load a Format’ button in the upper middle of the screen (Figure 5). 


LoadAFormat.pngFigure 5: Select a format using ‘Load a Format’ button

Don’t have a format? Want to create a custom format? A format file can be created in Navigator with the ‘Make Printformat’ button which as described in the Knowledge Base article on ‘Format Based Printing’.


After selecting the format, in the lower left of the Batch Reporting worksheet, switch “Reporting” from ‘Current Group’ to ‘All’ (Figure 6).


ReportingAll.pngFigure 6: Set reporting to “All” for multi-page report

By selecting the ‘All’ button, the Print button will create a multi-page will result, instead of a single page.


Grouping and Sorting


To use Batch Reporting, it is important to understand ‘Grouping’ and ‘Sorting’.


  • Grouping – All data on a single page of a multiple page report comes from a single group. In other words, the data on each page of a report comes from an individual group.
  • Sorting – Data is sorted to control the order in which it appears in the data list

Sorting determines the order in which data is plotted and grouped. For example, the sorting could be used to:


  • Sort all the data into runs, the channels, then functions
  • Sort the data by channel name, then by function, then by run

To start sorting add some columns to the data list area, by right clicking in the column header and selecting ‘Select Columns’ (Figure 7).

columns.pngFigure 7: ‘Select Columns’ to enable sorting data

In the ‘Select Columns’ dialog, possible columns to be shown are selected on the left side and made visible on the left (Figure 8). Some useful columns to add:


  • Origin: Test.Lab -> Type: Run -> Name
  • Origin: Test.Lab -> Type: Block -> Point Id: Measurement location
  • Origin: Test.Lab -> Type: Block -> Absolute direction: X, Y or Z with no + or -
  • Origin: Test.Lab -> Type: Block -> Section Value: Order number, frequency band, etc
  • Origin: Test.Lab -> Type: Block -> Function Class: Autopower, Spectrum, Time, etc


SelectColumnsDialog.pngFigure 8: Select columns to be displayed

Move columns headers from ‘Available’ on the left side to ‘Selected’ on the right side using the arrow key. Press ‘OK’ when finished selecting the columns.


After adding columns, data can be sorted.  Just double click on top of the column to sort.  The A, B, C indicate the order in which they have been sorted (Figure 9).


DataListSort.pngFigure 9: A, B and C indicate the order in which columns have been sorted

Data can be grouped.  Data within a single group will go on one page in the final report. 


Alternating light blue and white areas indicate the data groups.  The current group is highlighted in bright blue (Figure 10).


group4.pngFigure 10: Group size of 4, can plot Body vs Engine for X and Y directions for a single run for Order 2

Using sorting and grouping, one can control how the data appears in the report.  For example, one could overlay data from different runs, for only the Y direction of the data, for different orders (Figure 11).


group6.pngFigure 11: Group size of 6, different runs, different orders, same point

Sorting and grouping could also be used to plot only 2nd order, for different runs, and all directions (Figure 12).


group8.pngFigure 12: Group size of 8, all 2nd order, different runs

Sorting and grouping is used to determine the order in which the data is plotted.


Drag and Drop


Drag and drop data from the data list (left side) into the PowerPoint format (right side) as shown in Figure 13. Make sure to drop and drag from within a single group.


drag_and_drop.pngFigure 13: Drag and drop data from within a group over to plot format.

When printing, the data from each group will be plotted to a separate page in the resulting report. Batch Reporting will go thru the data group by group, plotting the same data positions in each group.


Printing to Powerpoint


Under “File -> Printing Options…” make sure printing to PowerPoint electronic file is enabled.  Press the ’Print’ button (Figure 14) when ready to make a report. 



printing.pngFigure 14: ‘Print’ button

After pressing ‘Print’, a multi-page report will generated. If printing to electronic Powerpoint file, the software will prompt for a destination file name and directory.


Use ‘Save Template’ before exiting to be able to recall the batch reporting setup later.


Questions?  Post a reply, email, or contact Siemens PLM GTAC support.


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