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5. Optional: Connecting Pulse Sensors to Your CMM

PULSE is an environmental monitoring system that offers real-time insight into factors affecting the quality of inspection of the metrology management system and business practices for managing metrology data. By creating a network of equipment that communicates and interacts via real-time connectivity, PULSE can monitor the environmental fluctuations about your CMMs in real-time. It also offers equipment status alerts and crash notifications.

These sensors include vibration, temperature, humidity, luminosity, air pressure, crash detection, and switch sensors.

There are two PULSE hardware options available: wireless and wired.


Left: Wireless Pulse Components / Right: Wired Pulse Components

The section below introduces how to connect Pulse sensors to your CMM, including wireless Pulse sensors and wired Pulse sensors.


The information provided in this section is only applicable when installing Pulse on an existing CMM system.

The wireless Pulse system consists of several WSM (Wireless Sensor Modules) and a USB Dongle.

  1. Ensure WSMs are enabled and located on and around the CMM frame.

  2. Insert the USB Dongle into an available USB slot on the computer that is connected to your CMM.

  3. Install SFx Desktop on the computer that is connected to your CMM. See Installing SFx Desktop for details.

  4. Connect your CMM to your SFx account.

  5. Open SFx Desktop from the Windows Start menu or double-click the image12.png icon in your system tray.

  6. Click on the Settings icon (the bigger gear icon) in the upper right corner of the toolbar.

  7. On the Settings page, under the Service and interfaces drop-down menu, click on the Pulse Sensors tab.

  8. Click on the Scan for Wireless Sensors button. A pop-up dialog appears, indicating the scanning process is ongoing.

  9. Select a wireless sensor module from the discovery list. Click on the image and click Go to Configure.

  10. In the Configure Your Wireless Sensor dialog, turn on the Data Transmission toggle.


    Connected sensors are detected and displayed in the Sensors section.


    You can edit the sensor module name or add a description for easy identification if needed.

  11. Now you can enable or disable individual sensors by turning on or off the toggle in each sensor.

    You can also edit the properties of each sensor on the right.


    The unit for each kind of sensor cannot be edited.

    • To proceed to configure another discovered sensor module, click Save and continue to scan.

    • To save the configuration for the current sensor module, click Save and stop scanning.

  12. On the Pulse Sensors screen, you can find all your wireless sensor modules in the list.



    • To edit a sensor, hover over the row in the sensor list, click the More icon (MoreIcon.PNG), and click Edit Sensor.

    • To view the Pulse sensor charts, click the drop-down icon next to SFx Pulse, and click SFx Pulse.


      You can see all sensors under the Asset Dashboard within SFx Desktop in the List View, Table View, or Group View.

      • Click on any sensor from the Sensors section, you can view the detailed sensor chart.

      • To check the details of multiple sensors of the same type in a consolidated view, click on the Multiple Selection button in the toolbar in the Sensors section, and then mark the checkbox of target sensors.

    • You can also view the Pulse sensor charts in SFx Asset Management. See Sensor Monitoring Chart for details.

The wired Pulse system includes the following components:

  • Hub

  • Link

  • Terminator

  • Sensors

  • PWM

  • Interface

  1. Ensure all components are correctly connected as described in the Pulse User Manual.

  2. Plug the wired hub into an available USB slot on the computer that is connected to your CMM.

  3. Then perform the steps described above in Step 3 - 13.

    On the Pulse Sensors screen, you can find your wired sensor hub in the list.