To readily output tension data to a computer, you need a dedicated cable. For the Classic tensiometer (discontinued but supported) you need the matching cable, described here.
For the Mitutoyo Digimatic tensiometer, the matching cable is compatible with all operating systems, outputting to numerous spreadsheet programs. The “send” button is at the tensiometer.
Note: We switched our foot pedal cable system from Mitutoyo to iGaging, enabling a huge price drop (from $288 to $98). Makes the price of this cable (button, no foot pedal) awkward at $140. So this Mitutoyo cable is on sale for $78!
The Mitutoyo cable is compatible with the SpokeService.ca tension utility which supports automatic zeroing. It’s easy:
- Connect the cable to your tensiometer.
- Open the utility (once open it runs entirely in your browser, no sustained web connection needed) and place the cursor in the first tension cell.
- Manually zero the tensiometer on this first spoke only.
- Release and observe the reading. Now press the cable button to input the number into the utility, which will convert it to actual kgf and begin building a radar chart (for archive or customer sharing).
- On the second spoke, place the tool. If it is not zeroed, rather than zero it manually, press the cable button once. This automatically signals the utility to adjust.
- Now release (observe your reading) and press the button once more. The data is sent to the utility where it is adjusted, converted to actual tension, and entered in the spreadsheet.
Complete instructions accompany either cable. For the ultimate in ease, check our foot pedal output system.