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PRESS RELEASE : New Fluke Manual MET/CAL® Calibration Management Software Helps Speed Cal Lab Operations

EVERETT, Wash. – Fluke Corporation, a global leader in calibration technology, has introduced Fluke Manual MET/CAL® Software – an application for calibration professionals who need to collect, store and report calibration data consistently and efficiently. Manual MET/CAL offers a database-driven solution addressing the mechanical and dimensional workload

Manual MET/CAL software provides all the tools needed to calibrate torque gauges and tools, dimensional and mechanical instruments, and machine tools. It can calibrate such factors as mass, force, density, dimension and hardness, and calibrate multiple instruments at once, increasing cal lab productivity – while eliminating the need to record results with paper and pencil.

“Manual MET/CAL helps cal lab professionals increase their productivity,” says Martin Girard, General Manager, Fluke Calibration. “It’s easy to use and readily customized to meet their individual requirements, and provides the flexibility they need to calibrate all sorts of instruments and devices.”

Developed with extensive input from calibration lab professionals, Fluke Manual MET/CAL software helps users get up and running quickly. The methodology is based on industry standards, so it will be familiar to many calibration professionals.

To perform a calibration, just open a datasheet and follow the procedure. As each test step is done, enter the test values into the datasheet. When the test is complete, save the results and, if desired, print a calibration report.

Fluke Manual MET/CAL software is designed for those who do not need the full calibration automation capabilities of MET/CAL® Plus Calibration Management Software, but who need to collect, store and report calibration data consistently and efficiently. Manual MET/CAL software is also useful for MET/CAL Plus software users who need an easy way to collect and manage calibration data for instruments that cannot be automated via IEEE connection, such as dimensional instruments.

Multiple capabilities

Manual MET/CAL software provides the tools needed to:

  • Quickly and easily create, edit, test and run calibration procedures.
  • Input calibration test data into a computer – no more spreadsheets or paper and pencil.
  • Capture pre-computed measurement uncertainty and TUR (Test Uncertainty Ratio) values.
  • Perform batch calibrations.
  • Calibrate instruments which have separate input and output values, such as transducers.
  • Put a calibration into hibernation, then come back and finish it later.
  • Save calibration results into a database.
  • Run all calibration reports and certificates using Crystal Reports.

In the real world you’re out in the grunge and you’re doing liquid flow calibrations and gas flow calibrations and deadweight calibrations, pressure calibrations – a lot of mechanical stuff,” said the senior metrologist for a major U.S. auto maker. “This is where Manual MET/CAL comes into play. No more paper or pencil, that’s big. Performing batch calibrations, that’s bigger.”

Manual MET/CAL software stores data in the same MET/BASE database used by the MET/CAL® Plus Calibration Management system. MET/BASE features a powerful SQL database server for secure, dependable storage of calibration and asset data. It’s compatible with the Microsoft Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) standard so users can exchange data to and from any ODBC compatible application (such as Microsoft® Excel or Word) for further processing and analysis. And, even more, use MET/TRACK for all your asset management.

Fluke Manual MET/CAL software uses Crystal Reports, which makes it easy to create custom reports, lists, and labels. Several standard reports are included. Use them right out of the box, or use them as templates to create customized reports.

Fluke Manual MET/CAL software licenses are available immediately. For more information on Fluke calibration products, visit www.fluke.com/manualmetcal, or contact Fluke Corporation, P.O. Box 9090, Everett, WA USA 98206-9090 or call 800-760-4523.

About Fluke

Fluke Corporation is the leader in compact, professional electronic test tools. Fluke customers are technicians, engineers, electricians, metrologists and building diagnostic professionals who install, troubleshoot, and manage industrial electrical and electronic equipment and calibration processes for quality control as well as conducting building restoration and remediation services. In the past five years, Fluke tools have won more than 50 industry awards, including Test and Measurement World Best in Test, Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice, and Plant Engineering Product of the Year. Fluke is a registered trademark of Fluke Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.