Simple Strategies for Improving Test Minute Usage

Mark Switzer

Simple Strategies for Improving Test Minute Usage

The Minutes app allows the device owner to view Total Minutes Available and transfer them from account to device. This article will walk you through the entire process plus shed light on what Test Minutes are and how you can get the most out of them.

AutoCue Minutes App

Test Minutes power the test. You'll have immediate access to the latest resolver and encoder test features for the industry's top brands. There are no recurring licensing or add-on fees. Software upgrades are released as new capabilities get launched at no cost to you.

Test Minutes never expire. The pricing is straightforward:

1 Test Minute = 1 Minute

You can find the Minutes app in the side panel navigation within the AutoCue software. The clock starts only after you select Start Collection. Test analytics will then collect data from the connected encoder and/or servo motor. Stop this at any time by clicking Stop Collection

Buy More Test Minutes

Before running a test, check to make sure Test Minutes are available. When you need to restock, log in to your Octava account and select Buy Minutes. The pricing structure is straightforward and affordable.

Buying Test Minutes
Checkout Test Minutes

Test Minute Pricing

Most Linea X3 users average 5-10 minutes to test and align an encoder. The winning UX design prevents having to jump between screens for a 2X faster diagnostic and alignment experience.

Test Minute pricing chart

Checkout Test Minutes

After selecting how many Test Minutes and confirming payment information is up to date and correct. You should see the purchased Test Minutes in your account. Each device associated with the account pulls from Test Minutes Available when they're out or need more. Use the Minutes app within the AutoCUE software to transfer Test Minutes from account to device.

Updated Total Minutes Available

Navigate to the On Device section within the Minutes app and select how many you want to transfer using the Get More field.

Before test minutes transfer

A screen notification will let you know if the transfer was successful. Click OK to confirm. 

Minutes transferred pop-up

Total Minutes Available should decrease and Minutes in the On Device section should increase by the amount you requested.

After minutes transfer

Best Practices

Start Collection should be activated when running diagnostics and aligning feedback devices. Stop Collection for the moments you don’t need to use Test Minutes.

Here are some other tips to get the most from your Test Minutes:

  • Implement an extra level of protection with UsageControl™
  • Stop Collection during disconnect and setup periods