3 1/2- vs. 4-digit digital indicator ? What is a 1/2 digit?

Besides 3- and 4-digit digital indicators, there are also 3 1/2-digit indicators available in the market. But exactly what is a 1/2 digit?
A complete digit can indicate all numbers from ?0? to ?9?. A 1/2 digit, in contrast, can only just display a ?1?, lots ?2? or higher is not possible. With a 3 1/2-digit digital indicator, the indicatable range of values is thus significantly limited in comparison to a 4-digit indicator.
Thus, on Brazen , the maximum of the indicatable selection of values is 1999 instead of 9999. Alternatively, no negative values can be indicated, because the minus sign can’t be displayed in the first position. Therefore, the minimum of the indicatable selection of values is 0 rather than -1999.
An exception to the limitation of the indicatable negative value range is represented by indicators which have another space for the display of the sign. Displays with this particular characteristic can therefore also indicate values down to -1999.
Number of digits
3-digit indicator
3 1/2-digit indicator
4-digit indicator
Representation
Max. scale range, standard
-199?999
0?1999
-1999?9999
Max. scale range with separate sign
-999?999
-1999?1999
-9999?9999
Max. number of positions after decimal point
2
3
3
Note
More information about digital indicators from WIKA are available on our website.
See also our article
Characteristics of the display of a digital indicator ? there you will discover general information on the most important characteristic features of the display of an electronic indicator.

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