Measurement devices come in all shapes and sizes. Ever since the first measuring devices were displayed, there have been a variety of methods used for displaying the obtained information. With the advent of digital readouts and computer monitors for displaying data, even more options are available. Nevertheless, in some cases traditional analog gauges. So how do you decide which is the right display method for your company?
- Digital Readouts – A measuring device with a digital readout offers many advantages. First, they can be extremely precise, providing detail to a measurement that gauges and other analog systems simply can’t provide. On the down side, digital readouts contain electronic components and are thus more prone to damage. Furthermore, even if the sensor is functional, the digital display may lose power at an inopportune time.
- Analog Gauges – Many systems still use analog gauges because they are reliable. With few or no electronic components, the likelihood of a breakdown is reduced. On the other hand, analog gauges are also not as precise as digital displays Of course, this is not always the case. Some gauges can be designed that are extremely sensitive with readouts that can be extremely precise; however, these are often more rare and more expensive.
- Computer Displays – Many modern companies are switching over to displays that are very similar to a computer monitor. These kinds of displays can give multiple options and calculate data very exactly. Additionally, they are often very compatible with other existing computer systems. Like the digital readouts, however, there are more things that can go wrong with them.
Each kind of display has its positives and negatives. Be sure that you consider the environment the device will be used in, the kind of measurements you need, and your cost-benefit analysis before purchasing any kind of measuring equipment.