Balance Keys, Balance Data Collection Software

Balance Data Collection Software Compatible with Windows® 7, Windows® 8 and Windows® 10

Balance Keys

Shimadzu has released Balance Keys, data collection software capable of running in Windows® 7, Windows® 8 and Windows® 10, as the computer software successor to the popular WindowsDirect function.
With the remarkable advancement of office and factory automation, there has been a simultaneous increase in the demand to import balance data to computers, to save on labor and to avoid transcription mistakes.
Balance data can be imported directly to the user's applications with the intuitive feel of keyboard input using the existing popular WindowsDirect function as is*1. In addition, data from multiple balances (up to three balances) can be imported. The software also supports the Shimadzu MOC series moisture analyzers and the AP series analytical balances*2.

*1 This software is compatible with Windows® 7, Windows® 8 and Windows® 10.
For more about communication, click here. PDF(1,569 KB)

*2 Supported in Ver. 3.1.1 and later.


  1. Data can be imported directly into applications (such as Excel) in Windows®.
  2. Data can be imported from multiple balances (up to three balances).
    Note: This software can be used on computers without a serial port as long as there is a USB port. (A special optional kit is required.) 
  3. Operations such as configuring settings and running a communications test can be easily performed after searching for a serial port capable of communications.
  4. Data reliability is significantly improved since there are no transcription mistakes.

Usage Overview

  1. Set up the USB-serial converter, and create a new serial port.
  2. Connect the balance and the computer using an RS-232C cable.
  3. Check the serial port created using the Control Panel in Windows®.
  4. Match the Balance Keys communications settings to the balance, and perform an operating test.
  5. After "Now you are ready!" is displayed, press the [PRINT] key on the balance. The data displayed on the balance can be imported to the computer.

If 123.45 g is displayed, it will have exactly the same effect as typing 123.45 on the computer keyboard and then pressing the Enter key. In Excel, for example, the data "123.45" will be entered into the cell at the cursor position, and the cursor will move to the next cell.
For continuous data import, the Auto Print function and Interval Timer function can be used, so there is no need to press the [PRINT] key each time.

For details, refer to the instruction manual provided with the download.

Note: Windows® and Excel are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States. Other company names and product names mentioned are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

For inquiries on how to operate Balance Keys, click here.

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