GAGEtrak calibration management software
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October 2018
How to Optimize Calibration Intervals  
Calibrating measurement and test equipment (M&TE) is expensive, but using measurement and test equipment that is out of calibration can be even more costly. Equipment that is out of calibration will produce suspect parts and once you've discovered that your M&TE is out of calibration, you will have to screen the suspect parts and repair or scrap the parts that are not in spec. If you have already shipped the parts to a customer, you may have to recall them.
GAGEtrak Training
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Web Training Suite 
Our Web Training Suite covers the same topics as a regional training class, but it's broken down into four easily manageable online sessions. You can register for individual sessions when you just need a refresher or you can register for the full suite and learn to use GAGEtrak like a pro, right off the bat.

Admin Web Training Suite
The Admin Web Training Suite is a series of two interactive online training sessions intended for software administrators, covering topics such as configuration, user/security setup and custom reporting.

GAGEtrak 7 - November 2018

Regional Training

Do you prefer to get out of the office? A two-day, hands-on regional training class will take you step by step through planning, preparation, setup and successful operation of GAGEtrak. You'll learn how to save time, avoid common mistakes and get the most out of your software. You'll also learn about advanced topics like data filtering, system maintenance, security and more.

For pricing and to view the full training schedule, please click here .
To register, contact our GAGEtrak Training Specialist
at 1-800-777-7020 ext. 134 or
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In addition to the three training types listed above, we also offer onsite training and a custom web training suite. If you need to train more than one user, users at multiple locations or simply want a fully customized training experience on your timeline, please contact us about these special training options.

What is a Trigger Code and how do I get one?

A trigger code is a unique code number required to register your GAGEtrak license. If you don't obtain a trigger code within 30 days of installing GAGEtrak, you will receive a message from GAGEtrak saying that your trial period has expired. Obtaining a trigger code will remove this expiration date. You may also require a new trigger code after reinstalling GAGEtrak because of a workstation upgrade or if GAGEtrak is moved to a new workstation.

Click here for trigger code instructions.
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Real-world Industry Solutions for Quality Management Professionals

Please join us for a free educational calibration management webinar to learn how to improve efficiency, increase measurement reliability and assure compliance with industry quality standards and regulations.

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GAGEtrak 7 Tech Tip
Numbering Schemes and Sorting Guidelines

All Gage ID, Test Point ID and other ID fields in GAGEtrak must contain unique values and because GAGEtrak sorts text fields like these alphabetically, it's essential to understand how unique identifiers (such as numbers) can be used in these fields and how they affect the sort order of your records.

The basic types of characters:

Letters: Letters A-Z are of course sorted as such; Roman alphabet letters are arranged according to their order in the English alphabet.

Symbols: Symbols are characters generally reserved for programming and should not be used for data, most importantly in the Gage ID field, but also throughout the rest of GAGEtrak. Symbols like . , / \ _- are typically okay to use. Symbols like ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) + = { } [ ] | : ; ' " < > ? should NOT be used.

Numerals: Numerals are arranged ahead of letters and it's important to understand that an alphabetical sort compares the characters in each string as characters, not integral values. The following values: 1, 10, 2 are in alphabetical order. Though 10 comes after 2 in numerical order, it comes BEFORE 2 in alphabetical order.

In numerical order, these values would sort as follows (and all are considered to have a value of 1): 1, 01, 001, 0001. In GAGEtrak, however, using alphabetical order, each has a different value and the order in which they would be sorted is: 0001, 001, 01, 1.

Consider test points as an example: When performing a calibration, the test points should be in the order in which they are needed, so that the calibration flow is smooth. If the test points were numbered as 1, 2, 3...9 what will happen when the 10th test point is entered? Alphabetical order will place the 10th test point after the 1st: 1, 10, 11, 12...19, 2, 20, 21, 22...29, 3.

To resolve this, use leading zeros to hold the place value:

1 leading zero for test points from 1-99 - 01, 02, 03...09, 10...

2 leading zeros for test points from 1-999 - 001, 002, 003...099, 100...

3 leading zeros for test points from 1-9999 - 0001, 0002, 0003...0999, 1000...

...and so on.

For example: 0001 CMM Check, 0002 CMM Check, 0003 CMM Check. This type of numbering scheme not only ensures unique Test Point IDs, but also lets you control the list's sort order.

It is very important to decide on a numbering scheme ahead of time so that you can use the appropriate number of leading zeros in order to achieve the desired sort order both now and in the future.

We encourage you to explore the additional capabilities of your GAGEtrak software and as always, keep an eye out for future Tech Tips.
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