Small, sleek, light, and accurate – these are some ways to describe the digital micrometer. It gets better with the fact that you can slip it into your tool belt or shirt pocket. Alongside calipers, the digital micrometer is the most popular, effective and reliable measurement and inspection tool. This is despite the proliferation of new and technically advanced equipment that at some point threatened to make the digital micrometer moot in modern manufacturing. So, just how effective are digital micrometers? What makes it special?
The LCD Screen
When it comes to measurements, nothing matters more than accuracy. Unfortunately, no matter how precise a measurement tool is, there will always be room for human error. That is where the digital micrometer comes into the picture. It keeps human error to a minimum by conveniently displaying measurement information on an easy to read LCD screen.
This perk alone makes analog micrometers analogue. Not every individual wants to combine information from two separate scales so as to come up with a result. Going digital saves you this trouble. The LCD display simply provides an instantaneous output within seconds.
A digital micrometer can display accurate measurements on a small scale. Advanced and more accurate models can easily measure a minimum distance of 0.001mm. Such precision when measuring small objects translates to accuracy of the whole project one is working on.
It is impossible to zero an analog micrometer at a random point without recalibrating it. This is not the case with a digital micrometer. It can easily be zeroed at just about any point without recalibration. This means you can automatically calculate the difference between your measurements using zero function. This ensures accuracy by eliminating the need of finding the difference mentally or using a calculator, both of which are gateways to human error.
A digital micrometer can make four main types of measurements – depth, inside, outside and step. This means you do not have to invest in extra measuring equipment for different projects. You therefore get to save time and money. Remember too that a digital micrometer set can make measurements in inches or millimeters. This speeds up the inspection process by taking the conversion process out of the equation.
Nearly all modern digital micrometers can be connected to a computer. Further data processing therefore becomes easy. Measurements are also stored instantly, thus eliminating the human error issue during the recording process.
Point To Note
As much as the digital micrometer is reliable, it still calls for proper care and maintenance. Avoid using it in inclement or extreme weather conditions. They cannot work in hot weather. They are also not water resistant. Consult an expert whenever in doubt as to how the digital micrometer works. Alternatively, you can refer to its user manual. Keep in mind that brand name matters a lot when it comes to micrometers. As such, stick to the most respected micrometer makers in the market.