Calibration Events

Understanding the structure and the fields

  • Each Calibration Event can have several Measurement Groups or none at all.
  • Each Measurement Group can have any number of measurements to it.
  • Each Measurement Group has its own tolerance, unit of measure, and calibration standards.

To illustrate, the diagram below is a single Calibration Event with three Measurement Groups and a different number of Measurements for each Group.

Calibration Event Structure

A Simple Calibration Event

The following image shows a Calibration Event without Measurements, as is often the case when recording Calibrations handled by an external calibration laboratory.  The Technician, Temperature, and Humidity fields are usually not required in the outside lab scenario because this data would be included on the calibration certificate.

Calibration Event Results

Calibration Event Fields

  • Date:  Date the Calibration Event took place.  This field defaults to today's date.
  • Company:  The organization that calibrated the equipment, like your own company (Internal) or a calibration laboratory (External).
  • Technician:  The individual who performed the calibration.  This field is auto populated from the Technician field on the parent Equipment record.
  • Procedures:  Read-only list of procedures, which can be edited in the Equipment dialog.
  • Temp (Temperature):  Enter the ambient temperature of the room where the calibration is performed.  If a THUM device (USB hygrometer) is plugged and configured this field will auto populate.
  • Humidity:  Enter the Relative Humidity of the room where the calibration is performed.  This field is also auto populated with a configured THUM device.
  • As Found:  Record the condition the equipment was received for calibration (e.g., Out of Tolerance or In Tolerance).  This field gets auto populated when the results are tied to the results of the Measurement Groups.
  • As Left:  Record the condition of the equipment at the end of the Calibration Event.  This field is auto populated when using Measurement Groups because the results of the groups are tied to the overall result of the Calibration Event.
  • Remarks:  Use this field for any remarks related to the Calibration Event.
Calibration Event Measurements Group

Measurement Group Fields

  • Tolerance Type:  Set as None, Percent (%), Tolerance (+/-), and Limit Values.  The following is the result of each type:
    1. None:  The Upper and Lower Limits are the same as the Nominal.
    2. Percent (%):  [Upper Limit = Nominal + (Nominal x Plus Tolerance)] and [Lower Limit = Nominal - (Nominal x Minus Tolerance)]
    3. Tolerance (+/-):  [Upper Limit = Nominal + Plus Tolerance] and [Lower Limit = Nominal = Minus Tolerance]
    4. Limit Values:  Both the Upper and Lower Limit values are edited for each measurement.
  • Mask:  Number mask used to set the Integers spaces (number places to left of decimal) and significant digits (number places to right of the decimal).  The Number Mask field formats all numeric fields in the given Measurement Group.
  • As Found:  Automatically In Tolerance (green) or Out of Tolerance (pink) dependent on the value of the As Found Result column in the Measurement Grid below (yellow area).  If any record has a failing result (red X), the Measurement Group As Found value will be Out of Tolerance.
  • As Left:  Automatically Pass (green) or Fail (pink) dependent on the value of the As Left Result field in the Measurement Grid below (blue area).  If any record has a failing result (red x), the Measurement Group As Left value will be Fail.
  • Units:  Select the Unit of Measurement for all number fields (e.g., measurements and tolerances) in the current Measurement Group.  If a different Measurement Unit is required for the same Calibration Event, then create an additional Measurement Group in the Event.  Edit the selections available in the Units combo box from the Measure Units screen accessible from the main screen.
  • Standards:  Select the Calibration Standards used for the measurements in the current Measurement Group.  Add additional items to the Standard combo box by checking the 'Is Calibration / Test Standard' checkbox in the Equipment Edit dialog, Calibrations tab.  If the Equipment identified as Calibration Standards have a Calibration Due date of greater than the current day AND with their most recent (if any) Calibration Event as Passing, then it will be selectable when clicking on the Standards link button.  (Standards that need calibration are still shown but cannot be selected.)
  • Measurement Notes:  Add any notes specific to the current Measurement Group.
  • Quick Menu (Right-Click Popup Dialog):  Initiate any of the following Group Actions by selecting the desired action from the right-click popup menu.
    Calibration Measurement Group Menu
    1. Rename Group:  Change the default name of Measurement Group.   Also accessible by double-clicking on the Measurement Group name.
    2. Delete Group:  Deletes the current group.
    3. Auto Fill After:  Toggles the feature for automatically filling the As Left field with the same value as the As Found field.  This feature is useful for equipment that can only be checked that is in tolerance but cannot be adjusted or otherwise calibrated.
    4. Show (Hide) Description:  Toggles the visibility of the Desc. (Description) field in the Measurements Grid.
    5. Make Measurement Template:  Instantly creates a Measurement Template from the current collection of Measurement Groups.  Edit all existing templates through the Measurement Template button on the main screen ribbon.  Assign Measurement Templates to Equipment Types, Model Numbers, and individual Equipment.
    6. Add Sequences to New Measurements:  Automatically add a sequential number to the Seq (sequence) measurement column, thereby keeping the measurements in the same order as entered.

Custom Fields

Each calibration event has several additional fields, which can be renamed.  Included are several text, date, numeric, and Boolean.  Edit these and other field names by clicking the Edit Form Labels button in the Options dialog.

Calibration Custom Fields

Within the Custom Fields tab there are three additional fields that are not custom.

  • Certificate:  A sequential number is assigned to each Calibration Event.  This number is automatically used as the Certificate number unless another value is entered in this field.  To set a manual value automatically for this field, see the Date and Number Masks topic for instructions.
  • Cal Cost:  The actual cost of this Calibration Event.
  • Cal Time:  The actual time required to perform this Calibration Event.

Approval / Equipment Used

Checking the check box in this tab will Approve and Lock the current Calibration Event record.  If the current user is signed-in at the time the box is checked, that user's name will be tied to the approval of the Event.

This tab also has the second purpose of displaying the details of the Calibration Standards used during the Calibration Event.  These details are a snapshot of the Calibration Standards at the time they were added to the Calibration Event.  Jump to Standards topic.

Used Calibration Event Standards

Calibration Measurements Scatter Plot

The Scatter Plot tab displays a Scatter Plot of the measurements entered for a given Measurement Group.  In-Tolerance As Found measurements are displayed Green while Out-of-Tolerance measurements are Red.

Calibration Scatter Plot

Last updated:  27 Feb 2017