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Kopp Glass

Giant glass company assures accuracy using GAGEpack

'From stone age to space age.'

If you’ve been to an airport recently, or you went to a theater production last night, or visited your dentist recently, you’ve benefited from a product whose name may not be immediately familiar, but whose precision technical glass is a part of your everyday life.

For more than 85 years, Kopp Glass has led its industry in manufacturing clear and colored precision molded and blown technical glass for industrial and commercial applications. And behind the scenes is GAGEpack, gage calibration management software used for its measurement systems analysis. After all, if you need precision, your gages and calibration equipment are essential, so keeping track of inventory and assuring its accuracy is a critical ingredient in Kopp Glass’s approach to excellence.

GAGEpack is powerful gage calibration management software used to assure accuracy of gage management and measurement systems analysis. It maintains a complete history of measurement devices, instruments, and gages. To ensure timely calibration, the software provides a variety of tools, including calibration schedules and reports, alerts about failed and past due calibrations, gage location and status tracking, gage repair records, and an audit trail for traceability.

Kopp Glass, whose headquarters are in Pittsburgh, prides itself on the high quality of its products, including those that respond to needs for customized shape, color, or design. Its products can be found not only in airport and medical device lighting, but also in aircraft lighting, transportation and signal processes, industrial site and meter glass, filter and scientific use—the list goes on, but with every product, Kopp Glass has assured its quality with careful data analysis and accurate measurement systems.

Kopp Glass products are made to order, since “every customer has unique requirements that are carefully evaluated by a team of experienced and highly trained technical design and engineering personnel,” the company promises. PQ Systems is part of this emphasis on careful evaluation, since its GAGEpack product assures accuracy in measurement systems by supporting inventory and service logs. With GAGEpack, none of Kopp Glass’ many gages misses a calibration date or falls into disrepair, saving time and money in their production line, since having gages out of service is a lost resource.

Joe Bileck, mould technician for Kopp Glass, says that introducing GAGEpack last year, “compared to our former calibration software, was like going from the stone age to the space age,” in terms of its ease of use and facilitation of gage accuracy.

The next time you’re on an airline flight, notice the lighting that guides you down the runway or the blinking signals on the plane itself, and you’ll get an idea of how extensive Kopp Glass’ reach is. It’s not only on nearly every kind of airport light, but also in highly specialized products that serve required medical, transportation, and military uses. And while you’re not likely to visit Antarctica in your everyday life, you could find Kopp Glass even under the ice cap at the South Pole.

GAGEpack, compared to our former calibration software, was like going from the stone age to the space age.”

- Joe Bileck, Mould Technician, Kopp Glass