Who Uses This Software?

Organizations that manage their own equipment with internal/external calibration. Industries: machine shops, electronic manufacturing, medical device manufacturing, hospitals, aerospace, and more


Average Ratings

24 Reviews
  • 5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $768.00/one-time/user
    See pricing details
  • Pricing Details
    Priced by Version (Features) and Users (Seats)
  • Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours
    24/7 (Live Rep)

Vendor Details

  • Ape Software
  • www.apesoftware.com
  • Founded 1992
  • United States

About This Software

30-day full-featured free trial; just sign-in & download. License includes 12-mo. updates & tech support. We import your existing data from any format. Network location with MS Access or SQL Server. Spanish, French, Mandarin + others. Features include multiple histories, record attachments, custom certificates/reports/labels, notifications, auto-email, export to Excel/PDF, all custom fields, adjustable precision, job+change tracking, sign-in mode, user security, link procedures, & much more.


Product Features

  • Calibration Instructions
  • Calibration Schedules
  • Compliance Management
  • Device History
  • Due Date Tracking
  • Gage Management
  • Label Printing
  • Measurement Readings
  • Multi-Station Management
  • Out-of-Tolerance Notification
  • Statistical Data Reporting

Product Reviews

Excellent software!

Feb 08, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to use. Frequent updates to keep it current.

Overall: When I have a problem their customer service with technical help is always perfect. I never worry when I encounter a problem since I know that help is just a phone call away. Software is intuitive and easy to learn. With frequent updates they seem to be always on the cutting edge of technology and their updates make sense and include the end user in their decisions.

APE Has Been A Great Choice For Us

Sep 30, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Very user friendly.

Cons: n/a

Overall: Natasha was really great helping me out with the minor issue I had with printing. She was very professional and courteous in her support and in a very timely manor. My thanks to your company and to Natasha.
Mike

Recommendations to other buyers: not at this time

The most affordable and easy to use Calibration Software I've ever used or have seen others use.

Jun 08, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We had a very important re-certification audit for our AS9100/ISO9000 Quality Management System. The Audit team from NSF said our Calibration System is the best they have ever seen!!! They were so impressed with the photos of each tool/gage along with the scanned attached certs and the bar coded labels. Needless to say the owner of Kinemotive and my Quality Manager were extremely pleased. So hats off to us! Also let me say that Natasha is the best customer support rep I¿ve ever dealt with. Her help with upgrades and any other issues I¿ve had have always been answered and resolved in a very timely manner. Looking forward to continue using Ape Calibration indefinitely. Thanks again

This is the first time I have used APE Software.

Jun 08, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: This is the first time I have used APE Software. After a learning curve and some help from them, the software is very use friendly to use. They like suggest from the user on improvement to the software. They are willing to help you with on any item or change you needed.

APE software is an easy and efficient way to help capture calibration history for your company.

Jan 13, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I have used this software for one year and I have about 5,000 gages currently that I handle. My overall experience with the software and APE staff has been very pleasant. I have experienced some issues stemming from security on my computer, knowledge and glitches in the software but I have had wonderful support every step of the way.
Customer service is SUPERIOR. The Ape staff is friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable. Mark has many years of experience and takes time to understand your needs. One particular time there was a glitch with my system and Mark walked me step by step through what happened, why it happened and although he had never had that problem before was able to fix the glitch with me. A big plus is that they usually answer the phone when you call but if they do not, leave a message; they return calls and emails in less than 24 hours generally and in most cases within the hour.
The biggest bonus is that Mark and Natasha are always listening to suggestions, concerns, and feedback and then look for solutions to incorporate it into the software to ensure that their customers are running efficiently. Natasha and I have worked on things before and when I would suggest or make a comment and she will stop me, write down the information and I will see the fix in a future update. The software I used prior did not do even 50% of what APE software does. APE gives me the flexibility to do what I need to do and with a professional look.
As for the software its very user friendly no matter what the level of computer knowledge the user has. I have not had time to read the manual and still have been able to print reports, attach documents, attach links to policies and procedures and print certificates of calibration among basic calibration record keeping. The software allows for such a variety of options so that you are able to accurately record everything happening with each gauge, tool, machine, etc. By using features like measurement groups, notes, check in and attachments it is easy to with a click of a button know your tolerance for a tool, when it was last calibrated, who checked it out last, where it is located and any documentation such as manufacturers instruction manual, certification, and repair information right from your pc. My previous software was unable to do that and did not always know how it was filed.

Outstanding Service, Friendly technical Support, combined with a powerful software

Sep 02, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: After reviewing numerous calibration systems we have decided on Ape Software's Calibration Control.

The software itself is massively powerful. After speaking to the designer of the software, we were shown that updates are all based on user feedback. All design iterations have been well thought out and constant updates are being made for a better overall user experience. With a little knowledge of Microsoft Access, the program has endless customization from everything to click-able links to custom designed labels and reports.

The customer support is outstanding, very patient and very fast to answer questions. The designer is very knowledgeable, friendly, and always open to suggestions and feedback. This is the kind of company I love to deal with. Responsive and open to customer feedback.

Give the trial a quick go, you won't be disappointed. Call for a walk-through, and make the same decision we did for our company!

If you want a low cost S/W database for managing instruments, this is the one.

Aug 05, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: CONS:
I have to put one but it not really a con. The 3 hour time zone difference is a bit of a drag.
PROS:
Visual, browsing windows and icons placement well structured.
Works well on a SQL server (big plus).
We have over 15,000 instruments in the database with data and we have no glitches.
A good built-in protective scheme that all auditors will love.
The auditors will also like the graphs display.
Very flexible for reports and labels.
A good number of generic fields that you can rename.
Managers will love the price.
Learning curve not to long.
Good PDF help file.
They listen to customers.
Willing to modify software if any requests are added values. Some fees are sometime necessary but at minimal cost.

Great Customer Sevice!

Dec 04, 2014
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I have never worked with a company that has been so quick and so willing to work with us on issues and custom works that we need with a program. With a lot of questions and help from Bill Shackleford we have made this program work for what we need here at Cal Tech. If for some reason someone needed calibration control software I would recommend this 100%. Great price and easy to use even for the basic user!

Calibration Control Software

Nov 19, 2014
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: The software is easy to use and user friendly the support team and team viewer is wonderful unlike other calibration software were you get a tech. that try's to walk you through or refers you to a class.

Like the scan ability to cut down on time when it comes time to calibrate a tool no need to search just scan and the record is there.
Like the THUM cuts down on data entry its automatic.

This calibration meets all the requirement for ISO 9000:2008.
also if you need a special field that is not in the program already you can call them and let them know what field you would like to see and they be happy to provide it.

There customer services is the best.

Lots of maintenance - complicated to get and keep running

Jul 09, 2014
2/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Title says it all. Not ready for prime time. This is NOT a professional peice of software.

It'll WOW Ya!

May 31, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: I'm a quality consultant who has been exposed to a myriad of calibration software products. About a year ago, I was at a client's location and I saw that they had switched from a well known software package to APE. My client raved about both the software and the service.

Then, I tried the software and was so impressed that I recommended it to another client. At that firm I was the primary user. I was blown away with how easy it was to use. It has every feature I could want, but Mark keeps thinking up cool, new features and adds them to subsequent releases. Oh, and the service is OVER THE TOP FABULOUS.

Now, two more of my clients have purchased and are loving it! That's a total of four of my clients in just the past year who are gaga for APE.

Cons: I can't think of a single negative thing.

Overall: It makes me look good to my clients every time I recommend this software.
1) Slick, powerful, robust software.
2) Pricing is more than fair.
3) All upgrades free for the first year.
4) Outstanding customer service.

I rarely write product reviews but I love this software!

Calibration Control

Apr 23, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: This software is comprehensive and easy to use. The customer service / support is TOP NOTCH.

Cons: Would like a calibration interval based on usage.

Overall: Calibration Control is priced right and comprehensive. I have found it to be a great value.

Incredible Support and Software

Jun 06, 2012
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Ease of use
Customizable reports
Customer support
Thoroughness of application, touches all needs of calibration
Enables organization to start performing independant in-house calibrations
Resources and tutorials available
Frequent updates with enhancements
Developer open to suggestions

Cons: Customized reports are not available on the dashboard. You have to go through a couple of menus to get to them. it would be handy to be able to put links to these reports somewhere on the dashboard for easy access.

Overall: Calibration control allowed us to take control of our calibration records. I am now begining an effort to use it to cut our calibration costs by doing some of our own in-house calibrations. Calipers, torque wrenches, crimpers, and more, his software has paid for itself. Our ISO registrars were impressed with the functionality, as well as, many of our customers as well when they perform audits.

Best Customer Support of any software I've ever used

May 22, 2012
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Unsurpassed support. Affordable software. Uncomplicated, easy to train others to use.

Cons: Minor problem is having to manually type calibration measurements specific to each new tool, instead of being able to have this info saved in a template so that you can save time entering info an new similar tools.

Overall: By far the best customer support I have ever encountered. I have never used a software in any application or field that is so responsive to issues we encountered. Even when the issue was 100% operator error, there was no condenscending attitude. All issues we have encountered have been logged and fixed in each new release, even if we were the only customer having an issue. In fact, our company is still using Windows XP (one of the only customers still using this) and he has given us XP specific help and functionality, even though his software is developed for Windows7 platform, and technically we should be upgrading to Windows7 to take advantage of all of Calibration Control's features. Absolutely unmatched customer support!

Feature rich, this system is easy to use and transfers old data from V 4.x

Apr 11, 2012
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Implementation and support were superb using the telephone and Teamviewer application. Installation and personalized training in one step! Our data migrated without a hitch. Our Technician said the interface was familiar and has needed virtually no support while calibrating our tools. We purchased the label maker along with the software upgrade and, after a few modifications to a standard label, we have several custom labels for different applications.

Cons: A few glitches and inconsistencies in our old data caused some heartache in sorting and assigning new tool identifications; Good news was that this will be solved by an upcoming revision, but this is the only drawback so far. We did buy the Bar Code Wand but can't print Bar Codes on everything we'd like due to the size of the label and space restrictions and physical size of the bar code itself. This is not a software problem but it is something to consider for labels.

Overall: This is the first Calibration software I've had occasion to use. Our previous version, V 4.x purchased by a previous administration, was OK but our Auditor did not like it.

I believe it was due to the old interface and opportunity for errors. This version is updated, modern and has a much nicer look and feel for data input and reporting. I expect he will be satisfied with the data output.

We transferred about 1,400 tools from our old system to the new and have added almost 200 more since then.

After we get our tooling current from the data transfer we plan on investigating the Templates for more rapid entry of data.

We are also going to begin to use this database and Bar Coded labels for Asset Management.

I can't wait until we can get the software upgrade to make our jobs even easier.

All in all, this is a great system at a great value that is performing above our expectations.

One of the best calibration databases I have used!

Apr 11, 2012
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Fast to learn & easy to use.
Great value.
Excellent customer service.

Calibration Control has one huge advantage over many other calibration software packages - it is not just a scheduling program but lets you record data from the actual calibration events!

Cons: None known.

Overall: I highly recommend Calibration Control to anybody looking for an all around solution to schedule devices for calibration and log device history.

Calibration Software

Sep 12, 2011
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Software is easy to use and provides the needed management reporting and ISO compliance requirements.

Cons: None at this time.

Overall: Highly recommended. Great support by Ape Software.

Easy to use

Sep 09, 2011
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Easy to use and managing databases is a breeze. We have almost one thousand tools and keeping track of each one of them is easy and painless. Great customer service.

Cons: From update to update have to change some stuff, i.e. we had to change the calibration cycle for all the lost and not in use tools because v. 7 automatically made the tools lost or not in use as calibration due.

Overall: Keep up the good job.

ACM Machining

Sep 08, 2011
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Easy to use, does not have a bunch of extras that are not needed.
Cost & customer support.

Cons: Some of the lists & filters can be hard to get use to.

Overall: Great for companys that are doing there own calibration.
Also good for tracking outside calibration. Can not beat the cost.

Ape Calibration Control fit my calibration needs

Sep 08, 2011
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: I have approx. 1500 gages to control.
I find it easy to find the gage I am looking for even without the bar code in place and a snap with the bar code.
It is also easy to separate the information that you want to look at.
The reports come out professional looking and can be setup with the information you want.
Customer support is excellent. I have ask to have a changes made to fit my situation and Mark has been great to implement what I ask for and help me understand any issue I might have.

Cons: There have been a couple of bugs to work out and usually after something new was added, but these were taken care of quickly. Also making custom reports can be tricky, but Mark set me up with the report I wanted. I just need to play with it more and should be able to put together any report I want.

Overall: I am very happy with Ape Calibration Control and can see that when it is up to date, I will have a program that be very easy to maintain and have the information to support any audit. I Highly recommend it.

THANK YOU!

Sep 08, 2011
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Tech. support is AWSOME. I have all my questions answered and usually within that day. This also works well with keeping track of maintance schedules. Impeccable, thank you.

Cons: I haven't found any.

Overall: I would 110% recommend to everyone who needs to handle gage control.

Simple yet highly effective

Sep 08, 2011
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: At first glance the software may seem simple in its design and implementation, yet the ease of use and user customability make this software a must have for any company that tracks and manages tool calibrations. The custom reports offer endless possibilities, and for those who just want it to work out of the box, the software comes with plenty of pre-configured options.

Tool calibration is not all you can do with this software either. Enter information on other equipment to track daily, weekly, monthly or any other frequency you need for preventive maintenance schedules as well.

The author is very responsive to user feedback and bugs are corrected within a few days. Newly suggested features from end-users have been included in recent releases as well.

The layout of the UI is very well done, and even that can be user configured to display only the data you need to see at a glance.

Cons: Users of other similar software may find it tedious to enter all their calibration records manually into Calibration Control as there is no real option to import data from an Excel spreadsheet or similar formats.. The author offers a conversion service for a nominal fee, depending on the data format that is being converted from, and can usually have the converted database back to you within 48 hours.

Overall: If you are looking for a easy to use solution for your calibration tracking needs, then I suggest you download the free 30 day demo of this product and give it a try. I think you will be very happy with the way it performs.

Out of the box, or custom configured, this software package delivers on everything you could want in a calibration tracking solution.

Ape Calibration Control - Best Buy

Sep 08, 2011
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Ape Calibration Control software met my specific needs and at a very reasonable cost. Customer service was excellent and responses to my questions were prompt. Data from my old data base was transferred to the Ape software ¿¿¿ this is a great value-added service. Calibration Control is intuitive, stable, and easily generates needed reports.

Cons: I've had no issues or performance problems. No cons as far as I'm concerned.

Overall: This not a bare bones program nor is it loaded with unneeded applications that would increase the cost. It is easily comparable to other programs two or three times the price. I would recommend Ape Calibration Control software to any business serious about getting control of their gage calibrations.

Ape Calibration Control

Sep 08, 2011
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Ape calibration control is very intuitive. The software includes all features with no need to purchase add-ons. This full featured system offers all the capabilities of larger and more expensive systems without the unnecessary complexity.
New features are added frequently and customer support is second to none.
If you need a calibration program, this is your one stop shop and highly recommended.

Cons: I've not encountered any negatives to date.

Overall: Purchase this software and don't look back.