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.