FilmStar supports industry-standard database software
for managing coating designs and quality assurance.
Why you need the FilmStar Database
Coating facilities with hundreds of designs can sort and retrieve designs according to
Quality-control departments can organize tens of thousands of spectral
measurements and select them according to type, customer, etc. Imagine the
convenience in saving all QA data in one place. (Only one file to back up!)
Management can evaluate trends in coating performance, identify problem areas, and
perform what-if analyses based on previous coating performance.
Security! Of course,
your company's technicians are trustworthy, but can you really afford to
assume that no one would ever
(search the document for Plummer) in order to ship product?
FilmStar provides the programming examples you
need to utilize database technology in your coating facility. With database technology FilmStar becomes an important tool for managing
optical coatings and meeting quality requirements.
As an alternative (or supplement) to the
solutions given below, the FilmStar Database also supports NTFS file properties.
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Flash Video Demo
Why you need the FilmStar
Database Take advantage
of popular business software to organize, select, sort
and interpret spectral data! It's easier than you think! (3.75 min)
FileMaker user-privileges can be password protected. Data can be stored
directly in the database
instead of in thousands of files. Examples for storing spectra (illustrated here) and
coating designs are based on the
following FileMaker advances:
FilmStar BASIC can run FileMaker scripts via ActiveX.
Once you understand the included examples, you'll be amazed how simple and
is. Measure a filter and the spectrum automatically appears in the
database; it's that easy! FileMaker scripts can also be run by Excel VBA as
in this important example.
FileMaker Pro includes the ability
to customize menu commands according to user name and password. This feature is essential in ensuring
that users and browsers do not alter results or modify database structures.
FileMaker Pro includes container fields
which store data files as well as pictures.
Thousands of spectra and
pictures can be stored in a single database file. FileMaker Pro 12
added new support for saving PDF documents. FilmStar QA reports or coating
data sheets can be reviewed and printed directly.
FileMaker Pro is far easier to implement
than databases such as Microsoft Access. FilmStar users have found
that student interns have been able to adapt FTG-supplied sample databases
to their particular requirements.
Companies with multiple users should
contact FileMaker to discuss their
optimum configuration. One
copy of FileMaker Pro Advanced is required in order to modify menus.
Click here for our
flyer 'Two Methods for Managing Spectral Data'