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~

 

New WiMER 2 for Fowler Instruments

March 8, 2015

Even though WiMER Series 1 works with almost all Mitutoyo digimatic instruments and Mitutoyo has a pretty complete product line, we are still working on making WiMER compatible with more instruments from other major manufacturers. Now WiMER Series 2 for Fowler/Sylvac instruments is out!

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WiMER Series 2 is the WiMER designed for Fowler/Sylvac users. It collects readings from Fowler/Sylvac instruments with RS232 outputs and transmits data wirelessly via Bluetooth Low Energy to iPhone/iPad. WiMER 2 is also able to power the instrument connected to it if needed.

WiMER 2 has the same parameter with WiMER 1. All the hardware options like 5/10 Hz sampling rate, angle measurement, trigger button are all available with WiMER 2. At the same time, WiMER 2 is also compatible with all the iOS apps developed for WiMER 1.

As usual, you can visit our product page  or store for more details.  You can also reach us to discuss more customization options by sending email to info@motionics.com.

Introducing WiClamp and BlueClamp App (iPad)

March 8, 2015

Our wireless current measurement kit is a solution for power monitoring. It consists of an AC current transducer and the WiClamp base. It is able to measure the TRUE RMS value of current in a cable and transmit measurement results wirelessly via Bluetooth Low Energy. With the support of BlueClamp App, the kit turns your iPad into a current monitoring device.

The clamp-shaped AC current transducer can stand Working Voltage up to 600 V CAT II. The range selection switch on the transducer provides two options of measurement range, 1-115 A RMS and 1-400 A RMS. The corresponding resolutions for two ranges are 0.3 A and 3 A respectively.

The WiClamp base is a small box with dimension of 60 x 36 x 15 mm. It wirelessly transmits one current RMS value approximately every one second. The Bluetooth working range is about 10 m. The WiClamp base has built-in rechargeable li-po battery.

On the software side, we have developed the BlueClamp App for WiClamp. This app is free on the App Store.

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The BlueClamp App can connect up to 3 WiClamps, that means you can monitor 3 power lines at the same time. On the measurement page, user has individual control of adding and removing all 3 WiClamps separately. In the upper portion of the page, measurement results are presented in a data table. Max, Min, Average values are automatically calculated for easy reference. In the lower part, a real-time graph of 3 sensors is available. While user is still able to hide or unhide one plot individually. All measurement results can be easily exported and shared via email with one button push.

We have also enabled a simulation mode for those who don’t have WiClamp while still want to know more about this App. The simulation mode has almost all the major features of actual measurement mode.

This App has the potential of connecting even more WiClamp devices. Contact us for more details.
Here are the product page and the store page.
And our email: info@motionics.com.

Here is our DialRead App for iPhone

March 8, 2015

We have developed a few iOS Apps for WiMER device. This post will show the features of one of them called DialRead.

DialRead App connects to WiMER and reads the readings from any micrometer, caliper, dial indicator or any other digital measurement instruments with SPC output. This system allows you to have a wireless bluetooth measurement device and read the values directly from your iPhone. Click the icon below to get it for free on the App Store.

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Now let’s go through some screenshots of DialRead and get to know all the features it has.

– In the main menu, you can connect a device, start a new session, view recorded measurements, run demo and change settings

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– There are various setup options available in Setting page, like sampling rate, unit, decimal accuracy, etc

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– When you go to the measurement page and start a new session, you can add Machine ID through QR reader. You can also add machine image from device library or camera

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– When a session starts, there will be a real-time plot displayed during data collection. In the continuous mode, the plot keeps updating continuously as data is transmitted by WiMER at a constant pace

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– On the same page, you can choose to turn on analog dial and show more signal information

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– If you are recording measurement in the single mode, you can tap read button on screen or pushing button on device to record reading at any moment you need to keep the reading

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– You have access to a list of previous recordings in View Measurements page. There are options of viewing plots, generating report, synchronizing with Dropbox or emailing CSV file

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– In viewing plots page, you can post-process waveform plot. Pinch/Pan/Zoom are enabled on this page

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– We also include the feature of generating polar plot for testing result

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– Finally is the PDF report generation session. You can include all testing information in this session

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– Inserting machine image, TIR indicator, waveform and polar plot to report are also available

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– In the end of the report, you can add signature and location information to report. The report is ready for printing or emailing

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Introducing WiMER 1

March 8, 2015

Are you using a digital measurement instrument like dial, caliper or micrometer? Have you even been caught in the situation that you don’t have access to the instrument reading, say the dial is in a long pipe to measure the inner diameter? Are you tired of taking down all of the readings and doing complex analysis? Have you thought getting rid of the small display screen while the external display is expensive and bulky? Here is our solution for you, it’s our WiMER Series 1 device.

WiMER stands for wireless measurement read. It’s not a measurement instrument, but it connects to almost all of the Mitutoyo digital instruments. No matter it is a caliper or a micrometer or a dial indicator, as long as it is from Mitutoyo and it has SPC digimatic output, WiMER 1 is able to obtain the current reading and transmits the result wirelessly to your iPhone/iPad via Bluetooth Low Energy.

WiMER comes with the dimension of 60 x 45 x 25 mm. It has a 850 mAh rechargeable battery inside, which will allow for about 60 hours of usage time. WiMER has a micro USB connector at the bottom, used for both data input and charging. We have included a USB charging cable and an adaptor in the package, but since it is a standard micro USB port, you can basically use any normal USB charger like your phone charger to charge WiMER.

WiMER reads and sends measurement readings continuously at the rate of 5 or 10Hz. That means you will see 5 or 10 samples every one second. There is also one push button available on the top of WiMER. You can use it to trigger the recording of the single measurement value you want at any moment. This single recording function can also be achieved through a virtual button in the iOS Apps since sometimes it’s not a good idea to touch the instruments during the measurement once it is mounted on the fixture.

There is also one built-in angular sensor option with WiMER on request. Once angle measurement is enabled, you will see the tilt angle of WiMER. Imagining you are doing runout test, if you fix WiMER on a rotor, our App detects the rotating angle of WiMER, which is also the rotating angle of the rotor, and automatically records measurements at preset angular positions. Isn’t it cool?

Currently we have 4 Apps for WiMER, DialRead and DialFace on iPhone, DialReadPad and DialReadRotary on iPad. They can communicate with WiMER, record the reading and display with real-time plot. There are many other features like analog health indicator, PDF report generation, database saving, etc. We’ll get to more details in other future posts.

WiMER can be used for outer or inner diameter measurement, just as shown in the following pictures. It can also be applied to runout test, surface profile measurement and so on. We can customize both hardware and software to make WiMER system more capable and helpful for your specific application.

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