Accuracy in Measuring: Digital or Analog Scales and Dials?

Scales and DialsWhen you compare digital with analog, you will most likely think that digital is best. After all, digital technology has quickly overtaken analog in terms of data storage, mobile phone networks, and even in photo editing. While digital is indeed a great upgrade from analog, it is not always a good replacement for it.

What we are talking about is the use of analog measuring tools and digital measuring tools. While digital is fast taking over the world, there are some applications that do not benefit as much when it comes to this particular upgrade. There are some things that are better kept in the analog form than in the digital form, and this is because of the fact that while digital can be pretty awesome for encrypting and protecting data, as well as with transmitting it at faster speeds, digital measuring tools can sometimes be rather inaccurate.

Take for instance measuring scales. Not all digital measuring scales can be accurate, even when they claim to be able to do so. How these are used and what company manufactured these will have a bearing on how accurate these are. Apart from these factors, while digital measuring tools are easier to read and to understand (because you are presented with a set of numbers instead of your having to determine what the number is on a dial or scale), calibrating these can be a bit more complicated than when you calibrate analog measuring tools.

Another thing that may have a bearing on the accuracy of the measurements you get when you use digital measuring tools is the amount of “juice” the gadget’s battery still has. If your digital thermometer is low on battery, you might get an inaccurate reading, or you might find your digital thermometer dying on you while using it. The same can be said of any other digital measuring tool. If these have dying batteries in them, you may find these useless as compared with analog or standard measuring tools with dials and scales on them that do not require power to be used.

Of course, the choice between these two is a matter of preference, as well as of use. If an analog method is deemed better for a specific application, then analog should be used. If digital is called for, then a digital measuring tool should be utilized. In order to ensure that the results of such measurements are accurate, calibration should be done, and such instruments should only be purchased from well-known and reputable companies that can guarantee accuracy.

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