A mask is a way to format a field to make the data in that field look a specific
way. Calibration Control gives you the ability to format some of the more
important date, string, and number fields.
The date formatting methods used in CC are software industry standards used by MS.
For example, a date mask like MM/dd/yyyy, would format January 5,
2022 into 01/05/2022.
Here are some sample date mask results for the date of August 26, 2018 . . .
|[Anything in Brackets]
||Anything in Brackets
Leading Zeros Mask (LZ Mask)
Leading zeros can be important in number formats if all numbers require the same
minimum number of characters. Instead of a counting number
sequence of 1, 2, 3, etc. an LZ Mask of ‘000’ results in 001, 002, 003, etc.
In the case where a counting number has more characters than the mask, the counting
number wins. For instance, with a mask of 000 and a number of 5348,
the result will be 5348 even though the mask has only 3 characters.
Calibration Control uses one special character to change the results of any mask
to all upper case. Do this by placing a lower case "u" at the end of
any mask and the result will be all upper case and the "u" will be removed.
All the non-functional characters in masks [not date mask strings (e.g., MM, dd,
or yy), LZ Masks, or the ending "u"] will display just as entered in the
mask. For example, the "DT" characters at the beginning of a mask will still be there
in the formatted results.
If displaying a reserved character in a mask without it changing to a date, enclose
it in [brackets]. While an M changes to August 26, an [M]
in brackets displays just as an M.
Label Date Masks
There are three types of dates printed on labels that can be formated. The
Standard Date Mask is the default date mask for all label dates unless the
Equipment uses a Calibration Frequency of 'Month of' or 'Week of', which have their own date
The Equipment ID Auto Increment Mask gives users the ability to define a standard
mask for all the new Equipment records. The Equipment ID masks include
all the mask features described above except for date. The Current Increment is the next
number CC will use in the mask when the next new Equipment record
is created. Activate or deactivate this feature by checking or unchecking the "Auto Increment
New Equipment IDs" checkbox.
The Calibration Certificate Number Auto Increment provides the same masking features
as the Equipment ID Auto Increment in addition to the date masking features.
The Current Increment is the next Certificate Number and this feature is active when
the Auto Increment New Certificate Numbers checkbox is checked.
Calibration Measurement Mask
The Mask field in the Measurement Group of the Calibration dialog sets the leading
and trailing zeros of all the numbers in the given group. Unlike the
Leading Zeros Mask, the number of leading and trailing places of these fields are strictly
limited by the mask. For instance, a mask of 00.000 will only
allow two places to the left and 3 places (rounded) to the right. Therefore, if a number
of 100 or higher is required, the mask must be modified to include
three zeros to the left 000.000.
Last updated: 18 Jan 2017
Compatibility: Calibration Control versions 7.3 (date &
cal mask), 8.0 (number), and later