Gauge Management Software
Gauge management, gauge monitoring, and MSA measurement system analysis in one software including gauge calibration and lending. The software application PMM.Net supports you throughout the planning, administration, control, calibration, and capability analysis of your gauges. It effortlessly facilitates highly effective and efficient gauge management – from simple calipers to the most complex multi-dimensional gauges.
- Compliant with ISO 9001, IATF 16949, VDA, MSA (QS 9000), IFS, and ISO 13485
- VDA 5 proof of suitability
- Standard-compliant MSA / gauge capability inspections
- Display inspection plans in accordance with VDI/VDE 2618
- Dynamic location/storage related inspection intervals
- Complete inspection history of characteristics and gauges
- Evaluation of gauge suppliers
- Integrated inspection plan management
- Inspection history and gauge life-cycles at location of storage / utilization
- Integrated standards and fitting tables
- Production-accompanying calibration
- Import and export inspection data in accordance with VDI/VDE 2623
At the Beginning of All Quality Management Efforts
Gauges are essentially the sole interface between the measured object and the measured value and it is safe to say that this value lies at the beginning of all quality management efforts. If, for whatever reason, the value is not measured correctly, all subsequent QM processes such as incoming/outgoing goods inspections, SPC, or quality planning will be in vain.
As the reliability of information is determined right at the point of its initial collection, perfectly functioning gauges are essential for successful quality assurance. Gauge management is applied in order to ensure that the employed gauges are always correctly calibrated and in sound working order. It furthermore organises the acquisition, application, and maintenance of all gauges.
Gauge Management with PMM.Net
The application of the PMM.Net software solution allows you to perform gauge management as an active process. It facilitates the planning and monitoring of both freely determined and manufacturer-specific maintenance intervals. For example, maintenance intervals can be planned dynamically according to wear and tear or freely according to individual time intervals.
All processes are subsequently monitored and documented automatically. The software also supports you in your planning by including company holidays, public holidays, or the precise definition of which days are to be checked. Throughout all of this it doesn’t matter whether you wish to monitor 10, 1000 or 100,000 gauges: all relevant information such as type of device, ID-number, location, specification, current user, calibration interval, or calibration results is consistently maintained in the system for each individual gauge.
Assistants Prevent Errors
The integrated assistants support you throughout the standard-compliant application of VDI/VDE inspection plans or gauge capability monitoring in accordance with MSA 1-6 and VDA 5. These integrated tools greatly simplify inspection planning and gauge inspections and thereby eliminate the error-potential of manual gauge management.
In addition to the internal testing and calibration of gauges or test equipment, the exchange of data with external service providers and laboratories is also supported in PMM.Net. The easiest way to import data within this context is the automatic import and standard-compliant archiving of simple PDF test certificates. However, the comprehensive bidirectional data exchange according to guideline VDI/VDE 2623 offers considerably more possibilities. This standard facilitates the direct exchange of gauge-related information via the CDE-format (Calibration Data Exchange).
Integrated Fitting Tables and Standards
In order to be able to simplify the integration of gauges into your daily inspection planning processes, the software application PMM.Net contains a variety of predefined fitting tables and inspection standards such as DIN 286, DIN 862, DIN 863, or DIN 7162. Simply select the applicable entity from the overview while planning your inspection or defining your inspection characteristics. Thanks to the complete integration of these standards, there is no need to consult additional tables and thus the likelihood of typos or data transmission errors is eliminated.
Keep an Eye on Everything
PMM.Net assists you by facilitating consistent traceability as it records the full history of each gauge. Said data naturally includes all important documents such as instruction manuals or maintenance certificates. In order to consistently keep an eye on the gauges themselves, the software contains functions such as browser-based gauge-lending or gauge-monitoring via barcode, QR, and RFID. PMM.Net can also be integrated in existing physical gauge management facilities per interface / OpenAPI.
Many gauges consist of several individual components and thus exhibit a special challenge for the organization and execution of calibrations and maintenance jobs. PMM.Net therefore allows you to consolidate any number of a gauge’s components in one group. This allows you to synchronize inspection dates and ensure that the entire device is calibrated in one go – thereby significantly reducing the planning effort and power-off hours caused by otherwise varying calibration dates.
Gauge Management in the Context of PDCA
A fully linked CAQ-system like CAQ.Net® provides measures that go way beyond the mere adherence to standards and protection against legal matters. Apart from providing real-time monitoring and documentation of the state of a gauge as well as its location of use and calibration status, the gauge management module PMM.Net ensures that only gauges which are available and in sound working order are planned and implemented in measuring processes – thus eliminating the possibility that faulty or unsuitable gauges are used.
All of this creates powerful synergies throughout the entire quality management of a company and highlights gauge management’s status as integral part of the comprehensive PDCA-cycle.
Comprehensive Gauge Management
From a management point of view, the full integration of PMM.Net into existing external systems (e.g. ERP, DMS, ...) as well as the transfer of already existing gauge data plays an important role. The software here not only ensures a high level of data transparency and information availability, but also eliminates the need for double data maintenance.
True to the idea of efficiency, PMM.Net also provides comprehensive assistance for cost and finance management matters as well. It allows you to conveniently retrieve current sums and facts regarding maintenance, inspections or calibrations at the click of a button and use this data to compile detailed cost-center or gauge-specific financial overviews. The software application PMM.Net thereby allows you to lay the foundations for effective and efficient gauge-related cost controlling.
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