Work Order Meter Readings

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You can record a meter reading from a work order. Start in the work order's Meters section, click on a meter, and click New Work Order Meter Reading. The resulting window contains the following:

Meter Class: A read-only field giving the class of the meter whose reading you are recording. For more, see Meter Classes.

Unit: A read-only field giving the unit with which the meter is associated. For more on units, see Units.

Meter Class UOM: A read-only field giving the units of measure associated with this meter. For more on units of measure, see Units of Measure.

Reading Offset: A read-only field giving the offset associated with this meter. For more, see the section titled Effective vs. Actual Readings in Meters.

Current: A line of read-only fields giving the most recent reading on the meter. If no reading has ever been recorded for the meter, "Entry Date" and "Effective Date" will both show the current date, "Reading" will be zero, and "Effective Reading" will be equal to "Reading Offset".

Entry Date: A read-only field giving today's date.

Effective Date: The date/time when the reading was taken. As an initial default, this shows today's date and time; however, you should change this to reflect the actual date and time on which the reading was made.

Important: MainBoss will not let you enter a meter reading with an "Effective Date" that is older than the most recent reading on the meter. You must enter meter readings in chronological order. This is especially important during set-up: if you want to enter old meter readings (to create a meter history), you must enter the readings in the order they occurred. If you want to enter older meter readings, you have to delete any more recent readings first.

Reading: The actual reading from the meter. When you type a number in this field, MainBoss automatically sets "Effective Reading" to "Reading" plus "Reading Offset".

Effective Reading: The sum of "Reading" and "Reading Offset". This gives you the true value of the meter, after adjusting for roll-over, resetting, and other special conditions.

Save & Close: Saves the current record and closes the editor window.

Cancel: Closes the window without saving any changes you've made to the record since the last time you saved. When you Save the record, the Cancel button changes to Close, indicating that you can safely close the window without losing any changes.

Close: Closes the window. This button only appears after you've saved changes with Save or before you've entered any data at all. Otherwise, the button is labeled Cancel.

For more on meter readings, see Meter Readings. For more on editors in general, see Using Editors.

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