Case Studies: Counting in the Thousands
Keeping track of some 2,000 gages and other devices represents a clear challenge to any system, particularly for an organization that deals with the nation’s safety and security. Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL, Los Alamos, NM), a leading research institution, is meeting this challenge with GAGEpack EZ from PQ Systems (Miamisburg, OH).
“We needed to manage time better,” says Randy Flores, dimensional inspection team leader for the lab facility in New Mexico. With anywhere from five to 100 gages needing attention each month, keeping track of the devices was more than a full-time job. Flores and his colleagues found the software that they were using too burdensome, requiring hours of tracking. That is when they turned to GAGEpack from PQ Systems.
Prior to adopting GAGEpack, team members often had “their own little database files,” says Francisco Lopez, a system that often created discrepancies in records entered on a master list. Now, he says, there is “virtually 100% accuracy.”
In the meantime, the laboratory has saved time and improved efficiency and has demonstrated its commitment to science by addressing the challenge of gage management.
Benefits• With GAGEpack, the inspection team can upload 2,000 items, adding custom builds and more customized inspection reports.
• Gages can be linked to other gages, and the inspection team is now getting real-time interpretation of data from gages.
• The laboratory has saved time and improved efficiency by addressing the challenge of gage management.