A long way from 3 x 5 cards: GAGEpack® 10.0 saves time, offers flexibility

Barb ClearyIt’s hard to believe there was a time calibration systems relied on paper and pen methods of tracking using such things as 3×5 cards, desk calendars, and notebook paper. We’ve come a long way since then and now have an increasing reliance on technology to ensure timely calibration. Learn more about the latest software available to better track and manage your complete history of measurement devices, instruments, and gages.

You may remember when you entered calibration due dates on a big calendar near your desk, or filed them on 3 x 5 cards that were color-coded or separated with rubber bands.

After all, it wasn’t so long ago that paper-and-pencil systems were used to ensure accurate records—an almost laughable concept today, with increasing reliance on technology to assure timeliness in calibration dates. We all know just how critical calibration management can be to manufacturing operations: just one missed calibration date could result in costly production and manufacturing consequences such as scrap and rework.

The latest release of GAGEpack 10.0 from PQ Systems features a redesigned add-on module called GAGEmail that serves as an automated email gage alert system. An improved, flexible “To do” list and new reporting capabilities are among other highlights offered by the newest release. GAGEpack 10.0 further enhances the efficiency in gage management, saving time and ensuring accuracy.

GAGEpack is powerful gage calibration software that maintains complete histories of measurement devices, instruments, and gages. The solution is completely scalable to your operations and has the ability to grow with the future needs of your organization as your gage database increases.

GAGEpack utilizes either a Microsoft Access or SQL Server database. Our team of GAGEpack support consultants can work with any existing gage database—even a competitor’s—to easily convert all your gage information to be managed in GAGEpack.

To ensure timely calibration, the software provides a variety of tools, such as:

  • Calibration schedules and reports
  • Alerts about failed and past due calibrations
  • Gage location and status tracking
  • Gage repair records
  • Audit trail for traceability
  • A Task tab with a “To do” list
  • Gage event alert system

Never miss a critical gage event using the optional GAGEmail alert system that sends reminders via email. GAGEmail is a program designed to run in the background and continuously scan GAGEpack databases to watch for upcoming gage servicing events. Set it up once and then forget it−let GAGEmail do the work to remind you of upcoming gage events, overdue events, and failed calibrations. GAGEmail puts you in control of who should receive the messages, what gage information to include in the email, how far in advance of an event the messages should be sent, and the frequency of the messages. >> Watch a video about this feature.

The “To do” list in the newest release indicates items requiring attention for a user-selected period of time so you can easily manage your future gage events. The list can be filtered by action and ordered with a simple click of column headers, and can be sent via email to designated receivers. Worksheets can be printed from the list as well. Gage information sent by email from the “To do” list is attached to the message and can be opened in any web browser. >> Watch a video about this feature

Easily view upcoming activities in the “To do” list.

If a Temperature Humidity USB Monitor (THUM) is connected, GAGEpack will automatically record the temperature and humidity for a new calibration or verification event, providing critical information at your fingertips.

GAGEpack 10.0, like its predecessor, is a .NET program, so it will continue to evolve and improve using the newest available technology, according to lead program developer Jeff Aughton. Current users will find the transition to the new release seamless, he adds and new users will find the software easy to implement and customize to fit their organization’s needs.

Find out how the newest advantages of GAGEpack can help demonstrate proof of quality in your organization. See these features for yourself by requesting a free 30-day software trial, or attending a free web demo.