You can enter data to GausSPC® in the following ways
- through keyboard
- directly from gauges featuring a RS232 output
- from gauges via measuring interfaces
- by using the copy/paste functionality you can paste it from other applications
- by importing text files
- by importing PC-DMIS rich text format files (PC-DMIS is a commonly used software for coordinate measuring machines, CMMs)
Some gauges can be connected directly to computer’s COM port (RS232), while other must be connected through a measuring interface.
Most gauges from Tesa have an RS232 output, most gauges from Mitutoyo have a Digimatic output, while for Mahr gauges you can select either RS232 or Digimatic output at the time of purchase.
Beside the possibility to connect several gauges to a single computer port, the advantage of connecting gauges via a measuring interface is also the possibility to use a single external trigger (usually a footswitch) to trigger a measurement from any of the gauges. You can also connect gauges from different manufacturers and with different outputs to a single measuring interface.
Most measuring interfaces connect to computer’s COM port. Newer versions often connect to the USB ports, but also the older COM port versions can be connected to a USB port via an RS232-to-USB adapter cable.
With measuring interfaces that emulate a keyboard (e.g. Mitutoyo’s DMX-3T, or BOBE Elektronik’s Digi-USB1, TBox-206), measurements are entered as if they were entered manually.
PC-DMIS is a registered trademark of Wilcox Associates, Inc.