Gage management is broken.
We’re fixing it.
Times are changing; maybe you’ve noticed. The “Fourth Industrial Revolution” is driving the Internet of Things, robotic manufacturing, 3D printing, and a host of business process improvements that are redefining the quality landscape. It’s time your calibration software caught up with the times.
It’s Hard to Harness the Future with Technologies from the Past
According to Dan Jacob, “Quality 4.0 is… about how [Industry 4.0 technologies] improve culture, collaboration, competency, and leadership.”
Complicated desktop-based calibration management systems don’t contribute to culture, collaboration, competency, and leadership. Instead, they institutionalize productivity-killing limitations. They impose serious restrictions on how organizations grow, how they manage workflows and how they pivot as the market evolves. They create silos and bottlenecks that affect productivity and make real-time collaboration difficult, if not impossible. They add unnecessary cycles to remote gage management and open up the possibility for errors in data capture and transmission. They make it difficult for management to view calibration data and assign gage management tasks as they see fit, and instead force organizations to adapt their workflows to the vagaries and limitations of their software. Home-grown, DIY spreadsheet options are even worse.
“Third Age” cloud-based platforms allow real-time collaboration, eliminate duplication of efforts and are easily accessible from anywhere, by anyone who needs access. These are the ideas we built GageList on.
The Pillars of Third Age Software
Simplicity: Just sign up and start managing gages.
If your calibration software requires extensive (and expensive) training, it doesn’t belong in the 21st century. We built GageList to be so intuitive, all you have to do is launch it and go. People who understand calibration can usually figure GageList out simply by using it, or master it by watching a few tutorial videos. From simple workflows and uncluttered screens to a smooth, buttery UI, the whole experience is designed to make gage management easy.
Mobility: Gage management in the palm of your hand.
Today’s workforce is mobile. Many of our customers manage gages in remote locations or in plants so vast that a trip across the shop floor is a major excursion. GageList puts calibration in the palm of your hand with the world’s first full-featured mobile gage management app for iOS and Android. GageList Mobile lets you manage remote calibration data even when there’s no Internet, and GageList Cloud and GageList Mobile work together seamlessly, so your team can collaborate from every corner of your plant, and every corner of the planet. GageList Mobile also uses your device’s camera to scan tool labels so you can instantly access any gage record at the touch of a button. No other calibration software offers the portability and mobility you get with GageList.
Flexibility: Unlimited users collaborating in real-time.
Expensive seat licenses limit your flexibility, forcing you to wrap work processes around your calibration management system instead of adapting to fit your organization. GageList allows unlimited users on all accounts (yes, you read that right). That means your quality managers, tool owners, calibration staff and internal auditors can all collaborate on gage management in real-time. GageList gives you flexible, collaborative tools that make your people more productive, more valuable, better able to focus on doing their jobs.
Industrial software systems should support your strategic objectives and contribute to a culture of collaboration and flexibility. GageList is the only calibration management software built on these principles.
GageList was created by Espresso Moon, a 15-year-old custom software house led by certified quality engineers, technology experts and experienced research consultants. We’ve developed over a thousand bespoke software solutions, most of them focused on quality, asset management, safety and industrial process improvement. Basically, everything we do is driven by a need to overcome the limitations of some outmoded process or technology.
In 2004, we saw a need for a compact, universally accessible calibration solution that didn’t weigh organizations down with unnecessary bells and whistles, that could be easily adopted by anyone without expensive and time-consuming training.
As GageList has evolved, we’ve always stayed ahead of the market in terms of usability, simplicity, and cost. As we research calibration management’s role in Quality 4.0, it’s clear GageList is not just a better software; it’s a revolutionary idea.
Sore Feet: A calibration manager in Ohio was responsible for completing over 300 calibration-related tasks per week on a large inventory of tools distributed around a vast manufacturing plant. Her desktop-based software required that she travel to each tool location, perform calibrations or record data, and then go back to her desk and enter the records into the system. Her workload was growing steadily, and management was faced with the choice of either hiring and training a second calibration manager and buying a second seat-license, or risk losing her to burnout. GageList and GageList Mobile reduced the time she spent walking back and forth from tool sites to her office by over 50%, improved the accuracy of the data she collected, allowed her to enlist collaborators to help manage gage data, and gave her the freedom to initiate top-level business process improvements in a number of other areas she was responsible for.
Offshore Performance: An oil and gas producer had a team of several dozen technicians that regularly traveled to offshore platforms to inspect and calibrate built-in gages. The technicians recorded gage data on clipboards and when they returned to the office, clerks in the calibration manager’s office entered the handwritten data into a central computer. There were frequent mistakes that had to be caught and rectified, and it sometimes took days to get critical calibration data into the system so it could be evaluated by engineers and quality managers. GageList Mobile allowed the techs to update gage data on their mobile devices in real-time, and it synced with the company’s GageList Cloud account automatically as soon as the techs flew back into cell coverage. The program also allowed assigned users across the entire company to use centralized gage data to make management decisions about processes, gage procurement, maintenance programs, compliance and many other important operational issues.
Calibration management software is stuck in the past. GageList applies the principles of Third Age computing to Quality 4.0 to deliver a simple, flexible, mobile experience that changes everything.