For the most efficient and advanced data output from your Mitutoyo WF tensiometer, use Foot Pedal Data Output System*. Three components connect the tensiometer to your computer for no-keyboard data entry. Recommended by Mitutoyo engineers, this component kit sells as a set. We switched (Jan’17) from Mitutoyo’s system to a 100% compatible one by iGaging.
iGaging is one of the largest makers of electronic measurement tools, you’ve seen their goods in many equipment offerings. Their regular customers include Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Intel, government agencies, Snap-On, MacTool, MSC, SPI, Fowler, Central, LeeValley Tools, Rockler, Cornwell, and many others. We like the foot switch better and all wiring and connections appear to match Mitutoyo quality. Assembly and operation is identical. Plus, the price is 1/3!
We recommend using the SpokeService.ca utility. Once started (and until you close the tab), the software resides and runs inside your browser. No web connection is required to be running it. But any spreadsheet program of your choice will work. The advantage of SpokeService is automatic zeroing, real time conversion of reading to tension, and simultaneous building of a graphic radar chart of tensions (that you can print and download for your archives and customer). Watch a demo here.
When your cursor is in the SpokeService utility active cell, first put the tensiometer on a spoke. If the tool does not read zero, tap the foot pedal. Now release the tool and tap again. The program automatically zeros the tool so the eventual entry is adjusted. This double tap routine becomes a reflex and tensions can be sensed and entered with great ease and speed. The cursor knows when to advance.
If you prefer not to use the SpokeService utility, begin by placing your cursor in a spreadsheet active cell. Apply the tensiometer to a spoke, zero it with the “Origin” button on the indicator, release the tool to see the reading. Now tap the foot pedal once and that number will appear in the cell and the cursor advances to the next cell.
Such ease of use and accuracy have only been available with industrial building systems costing in excess of €10,000. Wheel Fanatyk is proud to be associated with such a data collection breakthrough. Once you’re accustomed it will be hard to imagine life without.
*System works only with our Mitutoyo-equipped tensiometers.