I have a thought about Types that I'd like to throw out for comment and to see if anyone would like to see MetTeam work in this manner.
If you've used MetTeam, you know that the Category and Sub Category are linked fields such that the choices available in Sub Category depend upon the value in Category.
I submit that Extended Data should be further linked to Category and Sub Category. We have an in-house database that works in this manner. You can define, for example:
Sub Category: OD
Extended Data may be something like
All of this data is relevant to an OD Micrometer.
In a different scenario you might have
Category: Plug Gage
Sub Category: Thread
Extended Data might be
Handle Type: Taperlock
The list could go on, but the point is that trying to make one size fits all descriptions would be impossible, but it is critical in a captive lab to have consistant descriptions. It was suggested to me by Fluke personnel that I should use the Description field. As I'm sure you know, the Description field is a free text field that allows entry of any data. Trying to maintain consistant descriptions among many types of similar equipment is virtually impossible when the primay field you have besides Category and Sub Category is a free text field.
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