FP-4USB FlexPort Gage Interface


FP-4USB FlexPort Gage Interface.

Connecting gages to a FlexPort Gage Interface is quick and easy –just plug them in!  The FlexPort Gage Interface uses industry standard cables to connect to multiple devices and sends gage readings directly to your PC software via
USB or RS232.  The FlexPort Gage Interface controls the flow of data to the PC –making collecting data easy and intuitive.  User friendly features, like data send LEDs for each input, signal successful data transmission.  The LED
turns on when data is requested and automatically turns off when data has been sent. Each input also includes a data send jack for a handswitch or footswitch.  Data can be requested by external switch, the send button on the gage, or
host commands from the PC.

SPC data collection is now simple and accurate.  Sending 10 readings per second (even faster for high speed applications) means you can collect data in ‘real-time’.  Special functions like TIR, MIN and Max can all be captured and
sent to your software as well.

Many functions that other manufacturers consider “custom” are built into the FlexPort for advanced data collection.  Whether adding a new workstation or expanding a plant-wide installation, the FlexPort Gage Interface can make
collecting data fast, easy and economical.

The FlexPort Gage Interface is designed for interfacing (connecting and converting) most measuring instruments to a computer via USB port. The FlexPort is a multi-function interface that includes RS232 Mode (serial output), HID
Mode (keyboard wedge) and VCP Mode (Virtual Com Port driver).

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FP-4USB FlexPort Gage Interface

Send data to any software via 3 different options - all in one unit:

-  USB HID keyboard output (appears like type on keyboard in ANY application)
-  USB Serial Port (Virtual COMport)
-  DB9F Serial Port (Standard RS232 port)

- Collect data from literally 1,000's of measuring devices
- Capture gage readings (Digimatic, OptoRS232, and Serial) and send to directly ANY software
- LED flashes to show successful data capture and sending
- Powerful spreadsheet functions:
-  Column/row mapping
-  Date/time stamp
-  Move up, down, tab, return to beginning
-  And more...
- Use right out of the box or configure to match custom requirements
- Continuous/streaming readings
- TIR mode with Min/Max/TIR output


Output types available in each unit:

DB9: RS232 Mode
Standard RS232 output via DB9: This is the standard output and connection that has been the industry standard for over 20 years.  Standard serial cable is connected (supplied with interface) to serial port on computer.  Output is in
standard output format (FlexPort Standard) with count, reading, mode and channel numbers for port identification.

Keyboard Wedge: No setup is required. The FlexPort USB works right out of the box. Connect the FlexPort directly to any USB port on a computer and collect data immediately. The computer will see the FlexPort as an additional
keyboard and immediately allow readings to be entered into any program. Gage readings appear as if they were typed on the keyboard numeric pad. That means readings are entered just like displayed on gage…no data errors!

Exclusive HID Functions: In addition to sending readings, the FlexPort can send extra characters to enhance data collection. The FlexPort can automatically find row/column positions, add date/time stamps, move to different cells after
data entry, and more.

Virtual COM Port Driver (Will create next available COM Port: COM1, COM2, COM3, etc.): Load the driver (included) for the FlexPort USB to access advanced features as well as create a Virtual COM Port (VCP). The computer will
configure the FlexPort as the next available COM Port – and will act just like previous DB9 or DB25 serial ports. The FlexPort USB will send data to the COM Port that can be captured by any software you choose. Most SPC software
has a driver for the standard format used by all Midwest FlexSystem’s products.

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