Number Masks in Calibration Control

A mask is a way to format a field to make the data in that field look a specific way.  Calibration Control (our Calibration Management Software) gives you the ability to format some of the more important date, string, and number fields.  Find the 'Number Masks' dialog in the Labels tab of the Program Options dialog.

Number Masks

Each section in this dialog controls the settings for that specific number mask.  They give users the ability to define a standard mask for all new records in that category.  The first box controls the look of the mask, with a sequence of capital letters and '-####' leading zero masks.  The 'Current Increment' is the next number CC will use in the mask when the next new Equipment record is created.  An example of each mask is shown in orange and changes in real time.  Activate or deactivate each mask feature by checking or unchecking the 'Enable' checkbox.

The Calibration Certificate Number Auto Increment box is an example of what the PDF format will look like when saved.

Number Mask Options

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 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.

Calibration Measurement Mask

Last Updated:  27 June 2019