To better organize the calibration process, the lab needed a flexible calibration management software program. They chose GAGEtrak because it "suited our needs the best," Nelson said. "GAGEtrak allows us to track all the gages, no matter who the calibrator is, and sort for gages by multiple criteria."
Nelson began converting his existing system in May of 1999 and had fully implemented GAGEtrak within six months. "Now I know which items are where, their current calibration status and even if the item is owned by the company or by the individual. And when a calibration comes due, I am automatically notified. I also know who to contact to have it brought in or who to issue a calibration work order to. This is a quantum leap from what we had before we started using GAGEtrak," he said.
GAGEtrak’s issue tracking records help Nelson "track the location of each gage, so that local recall lists may be issued for gages that need calibration." He’s also uses the software to trace past locations for gages that are "dropped off with no information on where they had come from, or what was wanted."
Nelson distributes GAGEtrak’s automatic notifications to the responsible department heads, which has made his work more efficient and timely, he said.
The lab’s external calibrators appreciate GAGEtrak’s reports. "They now know how many items they will have to calibrate when they get here, and which items, and can have all the appropriate equipment," said Nelson. "The ability to track things and generate new lists the same day has enabled me to keep close track on the calibration process and ensure a clean sweep during the yearly calibration process. As I now know the locations of the tools and gages, I can see that everything that needs to be brought in is actually brought in and I can go out and get things which have not come in."
Richard Nelson is happy to report that "the calibration in December of 1999 was the smoothest plant-wide calibration we have had in the last several years, and all due to GAGEtrak."
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