Integrating your Instrument with Third-party Devices and Applications

Most commonly, measurements from PosiTector and PosiTest AT-A instruments are stored within internal memory and later transferred to a PosiSoft Software solution (Windows/Mac/iOS/Android) for further reporting. DeFelsko instruments also have the ability to integrate with third-party software, drones, ROVs, PLCs, and robotic devices using several industry-standard communication protocols:

  • USB Keyboard mode
  • USB Serial Streaming mode
  • Bluetooth API (iOS)
  • WiFi Server mode

USB Keyboard Mode

USB Keyboard mode enables PosiTector Advanced instruments (gage body serial numbers 784,000 and greater) to emulate a USB keyboard when connected to a computer.

USB Keyboard mode communicates with your computer by emulating keyboard keystrokes.  When connected in this mode, PosiTector Advanced instruments will be recognized as a simple USB keyboard. Each reading is ‘typed’, followed by a carriage return (enter). This provides a simple way to capture readings as they are taken without any special software, drivers or complex setup.

In the following spreadsheet example, the user selected cell C4.  Then, 7 readings were taken with a USB connected PosiTector 6000 Advanced in USB Keyboard mode.  Each reading automatically populates into its own cell and is followed by a carriage return (equivalent to the enter button on the keyboard).

This mode is ideal for use with your own quality control reports or pre-formatted spreadsheets. It can also be used to interface with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) used for industrial automation.   

For information on setting up USB Keyboard mode see:  Setup: USB Keyboard Mode

USB Serial Streaming Mode

PosiTector Advanced (serial numbers 784000 and greater) and PosiTest AT-A instruments (with a color display) allow live streaming of measurement values to a USB connected computer.

The PosiTector creates a virtual ‘serial’ port, a protocol commonly used by applications to communicate with external tools and devices. PosiTector measurements can be captured as they are taken in real-time, including metadata such as the units and measurement type. 

Any serial-compatible software can be configured to accept the PosiTector data stream. Proficient (by InfinityQS) and WinSPC (by DataNet systems) are two popular statistical process control (SPC) software options.

For information on setting up USB Serial Streaming mode see:  Setup: Serial Streaming Mode

Bluetooth API (iOS devices)

PosiTector Advanced (serial numbers 784,000 and greater) and PosiTest AT-A instruments (with a color display) feature Bluetooth BLE wireless technology.  Stored measurement data can be transferred to an Apple iOS or Android device using our free PosiTector App. Professional PDF reports can be generated quickly and easily within the App.

Alternatively, DeFelsko has created an Application Programming Interface (API) for developers of iOS applications who wish to retrieve stored measurement data directly from PosiTector and PosiTest instruments. Please contact us for more information.

WiFi Server Mode

WiFi wireless technology is included with all PosiTector Advanced models with serial numbers greater than 730,000 and PosiTest AT-A Automatic Adhesion Testers with touchscreen display.

Any device connected on the same WiFi network can wirelessly access the gages stored measurement data to: 

  • View stored measurements using a standard web browser
  • Access HTML, comma delimited text (.txt) and JSON schema files - parse information for inclusion in databases or custom software applications.
  • Remotely control gage memory features such as creating a new batch, closing a batch and deleting all measurement data.
  • Remotely view the live display of a working instrument – see the gage display as if it were in your hand

For information on setting up WiFi mode see: Setup: WiFi Server Mode


From wired USB to WiFi wireless technology, DeFelsko instruments offer data management solutions for even the most advanced software integrations.  Accessing your stored or live streaming measurement data is simpler and more flexible than ever before.  

Contact us for more information and no charge

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