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NEW: Wireless Rotor Runout Kit Available from Motionics

Motionics has created the newest wireless angle sensor BlueAngle and included it in this Wireless Rotor Runout Kit. Combining Bluetooth dial indicator BlueDial and the FREE iPad application Runout, users can seamlessly measure both circumference and rotating angles and easily inspect rotor runout on iPad.

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BlueAngle can be attached to the end face or the circumference of a rotor with its magnetic base. While the rotor rotates, BlueAngle also rotates with it and continuously measures the rotating angle. At the same time, BlueDial can be set to measure at the edge of the rotating plane. Both sensors transmit data wirelessly to iPad. In the Runout app, displacement measurements from BlueDial and rotating angle readings from BlueAngle are matched to depict the real contour of the rotor in test. To better visualize collected data, we embed a probe meter for BlueDial readings. Users can freely set the range of the probe meter to achieve different display resolution. An analog needle rotates while BlueDial reading changes. Two limit bars stay at maximum reading and minimum reading for quick reference. For BlueAngle, a rotating arrow follows the value of BlueAngle, indicating the angular position of the rotor.

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Two Working Modes:

  • Continuous Mode
    • In continuous mode, readings are constantly recorded while the rotor rotates. A real-time plot provides a quick view of the shape of the rotor. Once data collection is finished, users have the options to plot in cartesian coordinate (dial readings vs time or dial readings vs angle) or create a polar plot.
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  • Point Mode
    • A common scenario in runout test is to only test at certain points on the circumference. Point Mode of Runout app is designed for this application. With our wireless runout kit, instead of marking all testing points, stopping at each of them and writing down values, the Runout app itself automatically triggers data recording once BlueAngle reaches the preset angular position. In the end of each test, values and locations of maximum/minimum readings are summarized in the result table.
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Update: Vibration Data Collection Using iPhone with the VibraTestPro App

Record and see the vibration data in less than 1 minute! Our VibraTestPro app gets a new update for vibration data recording.

This video demonstrates how to collect vibration accelerometer raw data using iPhone and an external accelerometer with Motionics VibraTestPro App.

It allows you to select the data collection sampling frequency (44100, 22050, 11025 Hz), and also allows you to select the recording mode. You can choose to stop the recording manually or let the app automatically do it for you after 1 or 5 or 10 or 30 seconds.

The recorded data can be exported as a CSV file through Email, message, Dropbox, or it can be wirelessly transferred to your Apple computer using AirDrop. If you have mobile Excel installed on your phone, you can also directly import it to Excel. (New update on March 31, now it supports WAV file export too).

The video also demonstrates how to open the CSV file in Excel and see the vibration data graph in time domain!

See more about the App in Motionics webpage:
http://www.motionics.com/vibra-test-p…

VibraTestProIcon The Vibra Test Pro App is a tool for evaluating vibration severity of rotating machines from 120 to 15,000 RPM based on the ISO standard 10816-3.

Vibra Test Pro enables automatic vibration signal collection and velocity RMS calculation on iPhone with connected external DAQ hardware. Users can continuously monitor the vibration severity updates for testing machines.

Vibra Test Pro is compatible with our Vibration Analysis Kit and Single-Channel Vibration RMS Tester. For users who don’t have required DAQ hardware, Vibra Test Pro retains the feature of manual input of vibration velocity RMS in its free version variant Vibra Test.

Download the App:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vibra…

UPDATE: Analog Dials on MultiGage Reader

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New update brings analog dial faces to digital indicators

MultiGage Reader wirelessly collects displacement measurement readings from BlueDial and WiMER. NOW our new update adds an analog dial face view with a needle that spins when readings change. It maintains the accuracy and reliability of a digital indicator, but also shows data like a traditional dial.
Read more about MultiGage Reader or get it for FREE from the App Store.

  • Analog dial face with a spinning needle to show readings
  • 2 different dial faces for mm and inch
  • TIR indicator with color/length animation for Go/NoGo judgement
  • Indicator remote zeroing in the App

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Introducing BlueDial, our new Bluetooth Dial Indicator

May 29, 2015

You probably have heard about our WiMER 1. It connects to almost all Mitutoyo digital instruments with SPC output through a short SPC to micro USB cable and sends data wirelessly to iPhone/iPad. It is cool, isn’t it? But we know there are still users who only need to read a dial indicator and want to get rid of any cable regardless of how short it is. For this part of users, we have a new alternative. That is BlueDial, the bluetooth dial indicator.

BlueDial is based on a Mitutoyo digimatic dial indicator. Seen from the front side, you won’t find anything different from a normal Mitutoyo dial indicator. That also means BlueDial maintains all the benefits from the high precision expert Mitutoyo: absolute measurement, high resolution, high accuracy and high quality build.

What distinguishes BlueDial from regular dial indicators is on the back. We embed a bluetooth low energy transmitter in the less than 15mm back cap, enabling the dial to wirelessly send readings to iPhone/iPad. Users can expect a continuous data stream with the rate of 10 samples per second from a distance of up to 10 meters away from the dial.

You may worry about wireless transmission draining the battery in BlueDial too quickly. Actually it is not necessary, because we have individual power supplies and switch controls for dial measurement and data transmission. With the separate switch control, you have the option to turn off the wireless data transmission and use BlueDial as a regular dial indicator. The measurement part is powered by one SR44 coin battery, which will last for about 20000 hours. While the wireless transmission part is equipped with a 400mAh rechargeable battery, that is enough for 30 hours of usage. BlueDial has a standard micro USB port at side, so you can basically use any normal USB charger like your phone charger to charge it.

Another cool thing about BlueDial is, it has a built-in inclinometer allowing users to have access to the tilt angles of BlueDial when it is in use. With such angle information, when BlueDial is used for taking measurements at certain angular positions along a circle, for example in crankshaft deflection test or shaft alignment test, our iOS App can accurately and automatically record BlueDial readings at desired positions.

BlueDial is compatible with all Apps we developed for WiMER, DialRead and DialFace on iPhone, DialReadPad and DialReadRotary on iPad. They bring features such as wireless data reading and recording, real-time data plot, analog dial faces, analog health indicator, PDF report generation, database saving, etc. We are also working on new Apps to apply BlueDial to a more specific engineering task like shaft alignment or crankshaft deflection detection. With our ever growing engineering App collection, more features will be delivered to users to make BlueDial more powerful and let displacement measurement be simpler than ever.

You can visit our product page or store for more details and specs.  You can also reach us by sending email to info@motionics.com.

Let Motionics App help you with measurement report generation

April 29, 2015

Writing measurement report can be time-consuming and annoying, but the report generation function in our engineering Apps may help to make it easier.

In the following demo video, you’ll see how measurement report is generated in DialReadPad App. It automatically imports testing information and results including Max, Min, Average, TIR. At the same time, it allows user to:

  • add company logo
  • enter or modify test information
  • import or change machine image from camera/library
  • import or change data plot and polar plot
  • add custom notes
  • include location information
  • directly sign the report
  • save the report to database
  • share the report via Email
  • wirelessly print the report

DialReadPad App is an engineering app for general displacement measurement. If you are working on a specific measurement project and want to simplify measurement procedure or report writing, you are welcome to contact us to request a customized App. We can develop a new App meeting all the specific requirements while maintaining current features.

WiMER 2 Wirelessly Reading Fowler/Sylvac Depth Gage and Test Indicator

April 29, 2015

As you know, WiMER Series 2 is developed for Fowler/Sylvac digital instruments with RS232 output.

Today we tested WiMER 2 with Sylvac Depth Gage S_Depth Pro and Fowler Test Indicator 542-562-777. In both tests, WiMER 2 was able to successfully read measurement values from the instrument and transmit readings wirelessly to iPad.

If you are using instruments built by Fowler/Sylvac, WiMER 2 could be a helpful tool to automatize measuring and recording process.

Here are the two testing videos. Please leave a message or contact us at info@motionics.com to let us know your thought.

Wireless Reading of Fowler Test Indicator with WiMER 2

Wireless Reading of Sylvac Depth Gage with WiMER 2

WiMER Series 3 for Mitutoyo Linear Gage

March 9, 2015

WiMER Series 3 is another variant we recently add to the WiMER product line. It is developed for Mitutoyo Linear Gage with 90º phase difference, differential square wave. WiMER 3 is also equipped with the wireless data transmission ability via Bluetooth Low Energy like normal WiMER, helping you get rid of expensive and bulky signal conditioner.

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WiMER 3 has a Hirose 6pin connector, which connects to majority of Mitutoyo Linear Gage and directly powers the Gage. That’s why WiMER 3 is equipped with a big 1950 mAh rechargeable battery.

WiMER 3 also comes with the hardware options of different sampling frequency, angle measurement and trigger button. It should be mentioned that WiMER 3 can even increase its sampling rate to 20 Hz and it is also able to connect to a second channel input. These are the advantages WiMER 3 over the other WiMERs.

As for software, WiMER 3 is compatible with all the iOS apps developed for WiMER 1.

To find out more about WiMER 3, you can visit its product page or store page. You can also reach us to discuss more customization options by sending email to info@motionics.com.

In the end, there are two short demon videos showing how WiMER 3 works with Mitutoyo LVDT and our Apps. Enjoy~