Number Masks in Calibration Control
Calibration Control (our Calibration Management Software) gives you the ability to format some of the more important date and number fields. Find the 'Masks - Number' dialog in the Advanced tab tab of the Program Options dialog.
Each section (Equipment ID Auto Increment, Calibration Certificate Number Auto Increment, etc.) controls the settings for that specific number mask. This gives users the ability to define a standard mask for all new records in that category. The first box controls the appearance of the mask, with a sequence of letters followed by a dash and zeros. This field should only contain zeros and no other numbers or this will cause an issue with the current increment. The 'Current Increment' is the next number CC will use in the mask when the next new 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 textbox at the bottom of the dialog is an example of what the PDF format will look like when saved. Select (highlights blue) and then right-click at least one Equipment record. Then, click Print PDF.
In the Maintenance Activity Number Increment section, notice the [M] that is used in the Mask field. The character M is a reserved character for date masks which represents the Month. If you'd like to use a reserved character(s), simply placing brackets around the character allows you to use it in your number mask. Not sure what else is a reserved character? Take a look at the Date Masks table in the Date Masks help topic to learn more.
Leading Zeros 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 Group 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.
Troubleshooting Number Masks
If you are receiving an error message when creating a new record, your number masks may not be set up properly. Go to the Options dialog > Advanced tab > Masks - Number. Ensure the mask field contains no other numbers besides zeros (e.g. EID-0000). Then, enter the next increment number in the Current increment field (e.g. 25).
Last Updated: 04 February 2021