Merging separate PAT Files together
You may have separate SimplyPats Data Files that need merging into one data file, this guide will guide you through the process of merging multiple .PAT (SimplyPats Data Files) into one .PAT Data File.
The most common reason for doing this will be when you have carried out PAT Testing on the same premises or for the same company over multiple days/weeks downloading from the PAT as you go, or where you have used different PAT Testers.
When you download or import RAW Data from your PAT Tester into SimplyPats it creates a completely new Data File, so you may end up with separate .PAT data files for each download or import of data.
To import one .PAT Data file into another, follow these instructions;
Open one of the .PAT data files (File > Open File)
On the File Menu choose Import File
Click on the file that you want to import and choose Open
That’s it, you have just merged one .PAT data file into another. You can check that it has been successful by looking at the total number of Records in the file, this is displayed in the bottom left of the SimplyPats Main screen.
At this point we would recommend that you now save the merged data as a completely new .PAT Data file by choosing File > Save As.
You may want to give it a name such as “My PAT Testing Data Master File” or My Company Name Master” or even “My Company Name 2012”
If you want to merge more data into this new file, simply repeat the steps outlined above (File > Import File) but remember to save the file each time.Further reading.
Please note that the information above and the methods mentioned regarding the management of PAT data will not apply to everyone. SimplyPats gives you a lot of options when it comes to data management and it will be up to you to decide which method best suits you or your company.
Using the quick guide above, you should now know how simple it is to quickly merge data files together in SimplyPats. You may also want to look at the Import and Update Feature found in SimplyPats as this may offer a better alternative to simply merging all of the data from one file into all of the data from another file.
Just remember the following, when you import one file into another using the File > Import File option, all data is copied across. If the same appliance exists in both data files, you will have one or more entries for that appliance in the merged file.