Our biz, water valves and hydrants is simply not design intensive. Make the components look somewhat like the drawing, put ‘em all together and then ultimately, it’s only about fit, form and function at final assembly. With the exception of metallurgical integrity or an operator sleeping during a tool crash, the parts will always work; even if they occasionally fall outside of the gauge. Simply adjust and go on. “Gauges” are attribute (go – no go), and basically only used to verify a set up. Some “gauges” are simply mating components from inventory. After that, we may check one once in while but never on a specific frequency nor in a batch containment situation. My experiments have proven no performance improvement by doing this. Now, to make a long story a bit longer, I cannot cost justify subjecting these gauges through a full-blown calibration system. What about the infamous “Reference Only” sticker? How can I manage this part of the business both cost effectively and stay within the minimum requirements of 7.6? My heart tells me that final assembly is the only thing I care about and whatever happens before that is only for reference purposes. If I haven’t completely confused everyone, your opinions would be greatly appreciated. Don’t sugar coat it! Please tell me what I need to know and thank you very much.