Wireless Measurement Read (WiMER3) – Safety Improvement Case Study

Motionics products can be utilized in a large variety of industries, as seen in the chart below. Many of the industries we serve, such as manufacturing, mining, and construction, have serious safety concerns. Our wireless measurement solutions can increase work safety and decrease the risk of injury by eliminating the need of having an operator close to machinery during a measurement. Below is a case study of a mining company that implemented the WiMER3 for on site measurements to decrease risk of injury for workers.



Motionics MultiGage measurement solutions allows measurement and simultaneous data collection from several gages using smart devices or any computer. WiMER3, one of the Motionics products, is a data collector and wireless transmitter developed for the Mitutoyo Linear Gage and LVDTs. WiMER3 sends readings to iPhone, iPad, and PC for convenient and accurate measurement.


Wireless Measurement Read (WiMER3) transmitter for Linear Gages and LVDTs

Case Study

What is happening?

An Australian mining company needs to measure slew bearing deflection on their heavy equipment every 100 hours to trend the rate of flew bearing wear and assist in the forecasting for component life. The task is generally completed using a dial indicator and a magnetic base. There is generally a spotter on the ground, an operator in the cab, and someone near the machine reading the dial indicator while movements are conducted. This is hazardous because a worker is close to swing bearing while the machine is being operated. There is potential for major crushing injuries to occur.

How was it improved?

Motionics WiMER3 wireless gage removes the requirement for personnel to be near the machine. A person in the cab operates the machine, and the measurements are sent wirelessly via the transponder to either a recorder on the ground or in the cab.   The measurements are either recorded in an app on a phone, a tablet or a computer.

What impact did we see from this technology?

The Risk Score is reduced from major injury likely (ten times per year) to minor injury unlikely (one every ten years). Furthermore, the device helps to reduce the amount of exposure to risk by getting the job completed quicker. It also provides more accurate and reliable measurements and eliminates the human reading error.

Photos in Use

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Australian mining site and the equipment under measurement

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Motionics WiMER3 measurement instrumentations in use

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WiMER3 taking wireless measurements on site

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Risk chart showing the reduction in injury risk using the Motionics WiMER Tool.


Mitutoyo U-WAVE Capabilities Compared to Motionics WiMER Uno

A common question we receive is, “How is Mitutoyo’s U-WAVE different than Motionics WiMER Uno?” So today, we are going to go through both U-WAVE capabilities and WiMER Uno’s capabilities to properly answer this question.

Mitutoyo’s U-WAVE system enables easy wireless data communication from a measuring tool to a PC using the Digimatic protocol. This allows for improvement in measurement efficiency by eliminating the long and cumbersome data cables. This interface allows data to be loaded into any software product that accepts keyboard input, such as Excel or Notepad. There are two different components of Mitutoyo U-WAVE. The first is U-WAVE-T which units transmit data from measuring tools to U-WAVE-R. Then U-WAVE-R loads data received from U-WAVE-T into a PC software package via a USB port.

U-WAVE product benefits include:

1. Up to 100 measuring tools can be connected to one U-Wave-R unit

2. Wireless operation improves efficiency in measurement data recording

3. Data communication range up to 60ft is possible

4. One U-WAVE battery will last for about 10 months.


Now, Motionics WiMER Uno has made sure to preserve the same great benefits as Mitutoyo U-Wave. These include the standard 10 pin connector for Mitutoyo digimatic SPC data cables, data capturing that can be triggered by a foot switch, hand switch or the data button, and allowing measurement data to be easily entered into in Excel/Notepad. What WiMER Uno does offer that is different from U-Wave is the capability to wirelessly send measurement readings to iOS/Android/Windows devices via Bluetooth Low Energy. Motionics provides free apps for each product. The apps that would connect to WiMER Uno include MultiGage Reader for iOS and DialReading for Android. For Windows, free software is provided upon purchase of the product. The big perk to this is that there is no receiver needed for iOS/Android mobile devices. The only extra device required is a miniature USB dongle but this is only used for PC communication and comes at a very affordable price of $25.00.

Key Features and benefits include

1. No receiver needed for iOS/Android devices

2. Free engineering Apps/Software iOS/Android/Windows

3. Multiple device simultaneous reading

4. Customizable reading decimal accuracy

5. Data voice read with 10+ languages

6. Data record and CSV export

7. Quick custom PDF report with results, graphs, image, logo, signature, map and GPS location

8. Keyboard input for Excel/Notepad on PC.

9. Rechargeable LiPo battery

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.


WiMER Uno Wireless Transmitter for Data Collection: The Gage That Speaks To You

WiMER Uno the wireless transmitter for data collection, is one of a kind and just gained a new product feature. If you haven’t heard of Motionics WiMER Uno product it is a data collector and wireless transmitter for Mitutoyo digital instruments that don’t usually require continuous data streaming, for example calipers and micrometers. If you are interested in continuous data streaming, go and check out WiMER1.


Within the WiMER Uno free app provided by Motionics, you can now have it read out each measurement as it is being recorded in real-time. This voice feature allows you to speed up or slow down the rate in which the measurements are read and it also has 10 different language options.

This video shows the voice application in use.


This feature was developed based on a request received from one of Motionics customers who’s workers were visually impaired. Now as they are working they can hear the measurement and place statistically significant parts to the side creating a more streamline process.

Motionics is willing and able to modify their products to fit your companies needs, all you need to do is reach out.



MultiGage Reader for WiMER and BlueDial to Wirelessly Collect Readings

By using Motionics WiMER and BlueDial hardware products that wirelessly collect readings, you will be making displacement measurements simple and more efficient.

screen-shot-2016-11-01-at-3-24-36-pmThe MultiGage Reader app contains the same functions as the DialRead app but now allows users to be able to connect up to 15 WiMER or BlueDial hardware and receive reading from all of them at the same time.


Each device will be assigned with an individual panel to display measurement reading, device rotating angle, max, min TIR and average value. The image below provides an exact model.


Users are able to disconnect/add more devices without interfering with the other device measurements that are taking place. MultiGage Reader is an ideal tool for simultaneously measuring different locations along a long pipe or shaft.



For data recording, MultiGage Reader provides two options: continuous recording or single recording. Continuous recording is capable of up to 10 samples/sec while the single recording takes place by tapping a button. This data can then be plotted in a user interaction enabled graphs or exported in a CSV file via email for further assessment.




The new update for MultiGage Reader iPad version provides analog dial view. This means users can see not only the digital reading values, but also analog dial faces with needle spinning, just like the traditional dial indicator. A TIR indicator bar next to the dial face offers a quick glance at the current TIR value compared to preset threshold with changing length and color. This tool is very convenient for GO/NG judgement.



In conclusion this new smart device app, MultiGage, allows for a simpler and more efficient way to wirelessly collect readings using Motionics hardware products.







NEW: WiMER Uno for Mitutoyo Instruments

Motionics newest product WiMER Uno is a data collector and WIRELESS transmitter for Mitutoyo digital instruments that don’t usually require continuous data streaming, for example calipers, micrometers, and so on.


The true benefit of this product is that it is WIRELESS, allowing you to work quicker and more efficiently by not having to record every measurement by hand. WiMER Uno can be connected to a hand switch or a foot switch and will not WIRELESSLY transfer data until the switch is triggered. Once WiMER Uno reads a value from the connected gage, it will WIRELESSLY send this reading to iOS/Android/Windows devices via Bluetooth Low Energy. Note: There is no receiver needed for iOS/Android mobile devices. A miniature USB dongle is required for PC communication.

Watch this example of WiMER Uno in use

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 iPad application Runout, users can seamlessly measure both circumference and rotating angles and easily inspect rotor runout on iPad.


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.


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:

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:

UPDATE: Analog Dials on MultiGage Reader


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.