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

Besides 3- and 4-digit digital indicators, there are also 3 1/2-digit indicators available for sale. But what is a 1/2 digit?
A full digit can indicate all numbers from ?0? to ?9?. A 1/2 digit, on the other hand, can only just display a ?1?, lots ?2? or higher isn’t possible. With a 3 1/2-digit digital indicator, the indicatable selection of values is thus significantly limited in comparison to a 4-digit indicator.
Thus, on the one hand, the utmost of the indicatable selection of values is 1999 instead of 9999. On the other hand, no negative values could 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 instead of -1999.
An exception to the limitation of the indicatable negative value range is represented by indicators that 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 Hostile can find general information on the main characteristic top features of the display of an electronic indicator.

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