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Here is a short video on how you can integrate a weighing scale with your FileMaker App.

It is fairly simple and in the video I show you 2 ways of doing it.
One way is to use a serial plugin, another is by using a serial-to-bluetooth dongle.

The serial plugin way has the advantages that you can script all interactions. Basically, you are telling the plugin to listen for data from the weighing scale and run a particular script, whenever it receives any data. This script will then process the input from the weighing scale, which could be to put the weight into a field.

The serial-to-bluetooth dongle method is more simple as you just need to purchase the dongle, insert batteries and connect the bluetooth to either a computer or iOS device. Then it will work just as if you were typing on a keyboard, except that it will be the weighing scale, that types the weight. The downside of this method is that you will need to have the cursor active in a field and you will need to setup onObject trigger to format the content. Also, most scales do NOT send a return character, which makes this a bit more tricky than if you e.g. integrate with a barcode scanner.

You can download the FileMaker file below.

Have a lot of FileMaker fun!

 

 


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