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As ISO Annual Meeting closes, collaboration stays open to all.

by Barnaby Lewis

It may take place every year, but the 2022 ISO Annual Meeting was the first of its kind. For this year's meeting in Abu Dhabi, the Organization shook things up with an open invitation to business, academia and the world of international development. The idea was to build new and effective networks of people who are committed to working together to fix our planet’s biggest challenges. The innovative approach set new highs in attendance and participation...


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Using Prefill for Test Point Groups in GAGEtrak 7

In our last tech tip, we covered manual entry of Test Point Groups in GAGEtrak 7. Now, we'll cover how to use Prefill for Test Point Groups.

Navigate to Calibration Utilities -> Test Point Group. If data already exists, click the New Record button to proceed with this example. For this example, we will use a 0 to 1 inch micrometer. The same basic micrometer used in the August tech tip will also be used here. 

It is not unusual for the Test Point Group's name and description to be the same or similar on basic gages. So, enter 0-1 Micrometer in the Test Point Group (name) field, and 0-1 inch Micrometer in the Group Description field.

The specifications for this gage are as follows; enter the data into the appropriate fields:
Resolution: .0005 (the smallest increment the gage will measure)
  • + Tolerance: .001
  • - Tolerance: .001
  • Operating Range: 0-1 inches
These tolerances are “master” tolerances and will be applied to all Test Points, unless specific tolerances are entered for the individual Test Point.

By default, the Test Points are sorted by the Test Point ID field. Numbering them ensures they will appear in the order in which you want the tests performed. Therefore, the first Test Point ID is called 01. You may add some detail such as Visual Check.

Because this is a check to assess the condition of the gage, the “result” will be Yes (it is in good condition) or No (it is not in good condition). A yes/no, go/no go, true/false Test Point is an Attribute type of Test Point. So in the Type field, select A for Attribute. This action removes unneeded fields from the sub-form because in the Calibrations -> Measurement tab, you will simply be asked to select yes or no. You may enter notes explaining what should be looked for in the text box under the Type field.

Now, click the Prefill button; this opens the Prefill form. As previously mentioned, we will have a total of 4 Test Points. We are going to use the Prefill form to create the remaining 3. Prefill assumes that all the Test Points are evenly spaced (that they use the same increment of separation). In this case, the Test Points will each be .25 inches apart. In the Prefill form, enter the following in the appropriate fields:
  • Number of Test Points: 3
  • Start Value: .25 (first measurement)
  • Increment Value: .25
At this point, the End Value field will populate with the value of your last measurement.

Now we will enter the instructions for numbering the Test Points.
  • In the Starting Number field, enter 2 (we already have a number 1).
  • Number of Leading Zeros: select 1(this forces the numbering to be in order). We need leading zeros because Test Points are sorted on the Test Point ID field. The sort is left to right, text style sort. Using the leading zero prevents something like: 1, 19, 2, 3.
  • The Test Point Names field is not needed for this particular example.
  • Units: inches
  • The Sample Test Point ID field shows you a sample of what a Test Point ID will look like.
  • These measurements will generate a number, so select V as the Type (V is for Variable).
  • The Test Point Format is a selection determining the number of zeros required to the right of the decimal point. This will be set to .000. Choosing this setting will cause a warning because one of the gage’s specifications has 4 digits after the decimal point. In this case, we can ignore the warning and click NO.
  • The remaining fields are used when the tolerances for this Test Point ONLY are different from the master tolerances which were entered when you first created the Test Point Group.
The form should now look like this:

Click the Fill button. A message will open stating that the Test Points have been created; click OK to close the message. You may now look through Test Point Groups to verify that they are all there.

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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