The different types of electromechanical counters

DATE: Mar, 3   COMMENTS: 0   AUTHOR: Allan Azarola

An essential part of many industries, products, and devices, electromechanical counters can count up or down, engage with machinery, can be reset, as well as several other functions. They can improve productivity on assembly lines, can decrease machine downtime, count accurately at a high speed, and more. There are 4 categories, with varying functionalities. Let’s have a closer look at electromechanical counters and how they can help your business.

Count accumulators

These are your basic counters they count in one direction – up or down. They are commonly known as:

  • Batch counters – they count up and stop once a certain amount has been reached.
  • Event counters – count how many times something occurs.
  • Frequency counters – measures the Hz of a wavelength.
  • And, pulse counters – recognise sharp changes in currency, such as being turned on and off.

Count accumulators and equipment control

This category takes the basic counter to the next level. These counters not only accurately count but they can also control machinery and equipment when a setting or number is reached. The preset counter counts down and once it gets to a preset amount the counter sends a signal to the machine to initiate the next process. For example, your assembly line packs 100 toothpicks in each container; the machine is loaded with 20000 toothpicks, the counter counts down 100 of the toothpicks and loads them into the container before the signal is sent for the conveyor belt to move on to the next step of the process. Count totalizers are similar but can be used for long term counting. Perhaps your counter is focused on a natural event that may only occur from time to time.

Position indicators

These can accept, process, then display the angle, position, or the travel data of equipment and machinery. They are found in pneumatically-operated linear actuators, valves, and encoders among a few things.

Counter/timer combinations

This type of timer/counter combo is often used in equipment and  machinery maintenance. They count the number of times it has been through its process since the last time it was serviced and the amount of time that has lapsed. This can make maintenance schedules easier to arrange and create less downtime.

Quality products and service

Most of the time electromechanical counters do not come with LED or LCD displays. They do have multiple inputs (analog, digital, signal, or sensor) and outputs (voltage, frequency, current) though. So, make sure you get expert advice before choosing an electromechanical counter for your job. We suggest you consult a reputable company like RS. They can be contacted online or by phone. The team will help you decide what type of counter you need, and which user interface will work best for your environment. Things like low-light and noise can affect the interface performance. That’s why you need expert advice.

If improving productivity, minimising downtime, and producing quality products is something you want for your business, then contact the team at RS and find out how electromechanical counters can help your business today.

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