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Mag Advant. #1 Magnetic Scales Advantage 1

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Direction Change the Direction Your Scales Read

 

 

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Click HERE to read how to initialize 1 micron scales on the DRO PROS 2L Lathe Kit

Click HERE to read how to initialize 1 micron scales on the DRO PROS 2M Milling Machine Kit

Click HERE to read how to initialize 1 micron scales on the DRO PROS 3M Milling Machine Kit

 

GS10 / GS11 Glass Scale Standard Size Scale Dimensions:

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Our Kit and Part Prices always beat Newall Acurite Sargon & Fagor!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                              

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GS30 / GS 31 Glass Scale "SlimLine" Scale Dimensions:

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Linear transducer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Did you order 1 micron scales? Make sure to 'initialize' them to the readout:

 

 

Click on the following image to read how to initialize 1 micron scales on the DRO PROS 2L Lathe Kit: Click on the following image to read how to initialize 1 micron scales on the DRO PROS 2M Milling Machine Kit: Click on the following image to read how to initialize 1 micron scales on the DRO PROS 3M Milling Machine Kit:

 

 

 

Milling Machine Typical Digital Scale Requirements

Table Size

Typical Scale Requirement (Inches Travel)

8" x 36"

12" x 30" x 16"

9" x 42" BP Series I

12" x 30" x 16"

9" x 48" BP Series I

12" x 36" x 16"

10" x 44" Lagun FTV-1

16" x 30" x 16"

10" x 50" Lagun FTV-2

16" x 33" x 16"

11" x 58" BP Series II

15" x 30" x 12"

 

Please keep in mind one table cannot possibly cover all possible variations of Milling Machines

DRO PROS always recommends measuring your particular machine's travel

 

 

Glass Scales:

 

Digital Scale Size refers to the part number. In other words, the smallest scale (also known as a linear transducer), we carry is referred to as a 100mm digital readout scale.


Maximum Digital Scale Travel refers to the maximum distance the readhead can physically travel back and forth within the confines of the scale to the point where it physically collides with the digital readout scales end caps.


Recommended Digital Scale Travel refers to the maximum travel we recommend is utilized for a particular scale installation. It allows 10mm or ~1/2" clearance on either end of the readhead so that it does not physically run into the end of the digital readout scale.

 

Obviously, you want to pick a digital scale with enough capacity to allow the reader head to at least physically travel to the limits of your particular machine. While our guideline is to recommend allowing ~1/2" on either end of the scale for clearance, you may decide to leave less room. One instance where it might make sense to reduce the end clearance is when you're installing a scale on a lathes cross slide.

 

For example, if your lathes cross slide travel is 6", our chart would recommend using a 200mm digital scale. But an experienced installer might very well choose a 150mm linear transducer instead, realizing that the end clearance will be less than what we recommend. Still, note that the overall maximum scale travel of a 150mm scale is ~ 6.9", which is more than the machines travel of 6". The installation should be fine, but the installer must realize when choosing a mounting point for the readhead that the end clearance is less than what we recommend. So how far can you take exception to our recommended clearance of 1/2" on either end? As far as you feel comfortable. Just realize, the less clearance = the more likely the readhead may run into the end of the digital scale. In other words, be careful!

 

How to measure your machines travel, or capacity

Why do we have to measure our machines capacity? Why can't we just use the stated travel specifications from the manufacturer? Won't all machines of the same model type have the same capacity? Surprisingly, no. Manufacturers typically overstate their machines travel, especially for the Z or vertical axis on milling machines. Typically the travel is measured without a drill chuck or collet in place, sometimes even without the spindle! Further, additional accessories like power feeds may sometimes limit your machines travel to less than original spec's.

 

Here then, is the easiest way we've found to measure your machines travel: With the machine off, position the machine to the far end of its travel. With a grease pencil, make a mark across where the movement and stationary surfaces meet. Next, position your machine to the opposite end of its travel limit, then simply measure the distance between the marks. Congratulations, you've just measured your machines true capacity!

 

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Length simply refers to a scales actual physical outside dimensions or overall length. There is 3" distance from the center of the reader head to the outside of either end of the scale. Therefore, every scale is physically 5" longer than it's maximum capacity. For example, our 100mm scale has a capacity of 3.9" but is physically 9.9" long. Likewise, 600mm scale has a capacity of 23.6" and is physically 29.6" long. Still confused? Don't worry about it - Just give us a quick call and we'll work you through it!

 

Price. Most likely you'll be buying our scales with a kit. Our 100mm - 1000mm scales are included in the price of the kit and there is no surcharge. Simply tell us what size scale you'd like and we'll send the correct length digital scale. For scales greater than 1000mm (our oversize scales), there is a surcharge based on length when purchased with a kit (see the chart).

 

Linear transducer

Our Kit and Part Prices always beat Newall Acurite Sargon & Fagor!

 

 

Our Kit and Part Prices always beat Newall Acurite Sargon & Fagor!

 

 

Our Kit and Part Prices always beat Newall Acurite Sargon & Fagor!

 

 

Glass Scale Accuracy:

 

Our Kit and Part Prices always beat Newall Acurite Sargon & Fagor!

 

Advanced Optical Measuring Systems (Glass Scales)

 

High Noise Immunity & (EMC) Design

The slide carrier of the GS series digital readout scales uses a five bearing design. The optical grating linear transducer has been proven as the most reliable system design in today's market. The glass grating slideways are lapped, and JIS standard P5 grade bearings are used to achieve smooth and accurate movement and long working life.

 

Double Seals Design

The plastic seals of the GS series digital readout scales use an innovative material to offer superior oil resistance, high elastic recovery properties and durability. Carefully designed lip geometry offer low slide resistance.

 

100% Laser Calibration

All glass grating linear transducers are individually inspected and calibrated by Easson's in-house laser calibrator to ensure 100% accuracy.

 

ASIC Interpolator

ASIC Interpolator is built-in inside the GS Series Glass grating linear transducer to facilitate increased resolution of the grating. All frequency multiplication is implemented 100% by hardware phase shifting inside the ASIC interpolator to minimize the real time measurement error. Additionally, error drift caused by environmental temperature change is minimized by constructing all resistor ladders for phase shifting with the same piece of semiconductor.

 

Industrial Standard Output Signal Interface

Only the industrial standard TTL digital signal output is available. Interface is the industry standard 9 pin DSUB9 connector.

 

 

Glass Scale Kits:

At DRO PROS, we only sell true five bearing glass scales with our readout kits, and with over 70 different size scales to choose from, we fit your machine right! For .0002" resolution scales up to 39.3" in capacity (models 100mm - 1000mm), the scales are included in the price of the kit and there is no surcharge. Simply tell us what size scale you'd like and we'll send the correct length scale. For scales greater than 40" capacity (our oversize scales), there is a small surcharge based on length when purchased with a kit.

 

Please refer to the chart below for more details:

Choose from the following scales:
Scale
Size
Rec'md
Scale Travel
mm/inches
Maximum
Travel
(Approx)
mm/inches
Overall
Scale Length
GS10
5 micron
0.0002" / .005mm
GS11
1 micron
0.00005" / .001mm
GS30
"SlimLine"
5 micron
0.0002" / .005mm
GS31
"SlimLine"
1 micron
0.00005" / .001mm
Model Cost w/kit Cost Alone Model Cost w/kit Cost Alone Model Cost w/kit Cost Alone Model Cost w/kit Cost Alone
100mm 100 / 3.9" 125 / 4.9" 9.9" GS10-100 Free $133 GS11-100 + $50 $183 GS30-100 Free $133 GS31-100 + $50 $183
150mm 150 / 5.9" 175 / 6.9" 11.9" GS10-150 Free $133 GS11-150 + $50 $183 GS30-150 Free $133 GS31-150 + $50 $183
200mm 200 / 7.8" 225 / 8.8" 13.8" GS10-200 Free $138 GS11-200 + $50 $188 GS30-200 Free $138 GS31-200 + $50 $188
250mm 250 / 9.8" 275 / 10.8" 15.8" GS10-250 Free $143 GS11-250 + $50 $193 GS30-250 Free $143 GS31-250 + $50 $193
300mm 300 / 11.8" 325 / 12.8" 17.8" GS10-300 Free $147 GS11-300 + $50 $197 GS30-300 Free $147 GS31-300 + $50 $197
350mm 350 / 13.7" 375 / 14.7" 19.7" GS10-350 Free $150 GS11-350 + $50 $200 GS30-350 Free $150 GS31-350 + $50 $200
400mm 400 / 15.7" 425 / 16.7" 21.7" GS10-400 Free $156 GS11-400 + $50 $206 GS30-400 Free $156 GS31-400 + $50 $206
450mm 450 / 17.7" 475 / 18.7" 23.7" GS10-450 Free $160 GS11-450 + $50 $210 GS30-450 Free $160 GS31-450 + $50 $210
500mm 500 / 19.6" 525 / 20.6" 25.6" GS10-500 Free $166 GS11-500 + $50 $216 GS30-500 Free $166 GS31-500 + $50 $216
550mm 550 / 21.6" 575 / 22.6" 27.6" GS10-550 Free $169 GS11-550 + $50 $219            
600mm 600 / 23.6" 625 / 24.6" 29.6" GS10-600 Free $179 GS11-600 + $50 $229            
650mm 650 / 25.5" 675 / 26.5" 31.5" GS10-650 Free $182 GS11-650 + $50 $232            
700mm 700 / 27.5" 725 / 28.5" 33.5" GS10-700 Free $187 GS11-700 + $50 $237            
750mm 750 / 29.5" 775 / 30.5" 35.5" GS10-750 Free $191 GS11-750 + $50 $241            
800mm 800 / 31.0" 825 / 32.0" 37.0" GS10-800 Free $197 GS11-800 + $50 $247            
850mm 850 / 33.4" 875 / 34.4" 39.4" GS10-850 Free $206 GS11-850 + $50 $256            
900mm 900 / 35.4" 925 / 36.4" 41.4" GS10-900 Free $226 GS11-900 + $50 $276            
950mm 950 / 37.4" 975 / 38.4" 43.4" GS10-950 Free $229 GS11-950 + $50 $279            
1000mm 1000 / 39.3" 1025 / 40.3" 45.3" GS10-1000 Free $292 GS11-1000 + $50 $342            
1100mm 1100 / 43.3" 1125 / 44.3" 49.3" GS10-1100 + $50 $340                  
1200mm 1200 / 47.2" 1225 / 48.2" 53.2" GS10-1200 + $50 $404                  

       

Click HERE to download a DRO PROS Scale Chart

 

Why does DRO PROS post their digital readout part prices online when other companies don't?

That's because if you were to find out what other companies are going to charge you for parts

when you need them, you might not buy their digital readout kit in the first place!

At DRO PROS, we're proud to show off our low part prices. 

Go DRO PROS!

 

 

Why should you buy from DRO PROS?

We speak English - We answer our phones - Same day shipping

Veteran owned, Veteran managed - and proud of it!

 

Our goal is to make customers for life. We feel that, in the long run, treating customers right will yield much more than simply "going for the sale". In accordance with that, we have attempted to pass on some ideas to help you, the customer, in completing your purchase decision:

 

Price. Probably the most talked about factor when buying a digital readout. Price can also be the most misleading, and perhaps worst way, to judge a digital readout kit. We've all heard the old adage, "You get what you pay for." Before the internet, it was true, price did generally correlate directly to value. But that was yesterdays economy. All resellers obtained their goods the same way, and therefore incurred the same costs. In today's economy, the market has changed drastically. At DRO PROS, we import and sell directly to you. Unlike our competitors, we do not have Western and Eastern sales divisions and multi layers of management to support. One location, one cost, and the savings get passed on to you!

 

Intuitiveness or "Ease of Use". Probably the most important, and hardest to determine factor when buying a readout. Think in terms of after the sale. Even if you get an absolute 'rock star' bottom line price that would make William Shatner proud, if the digital readout is not user friendly, you still didn't get a 'deal'. The whole point of getting a digital readout is to make your work easier and more enjoyable. If the digital readout is poorly designed, too complicated, if the display isn't bright enough, or in other words is 'user unfriendly', you'll regret your purchase decision every time you turn it on. It simply won't matter what you paid, it's not worth it!

 

Support. Most likely the second most important, and perhaps most overlooked factor when buying a digital readout. Imagine trying to reach a technician when you've bought a digital readout from an overseas reseller! Yet every day, people "save" $50 and buy products on eBay without stopping to think what will happen when they need service or tech support. Some digital readout resellers don't even publish a phone number! While our competitors continue to pare down or even totally eliminate their customer support, we continue to expand our Customer Service. Our Video Tutorials are the best in the industry, and are available free for you, our customers. Our tech help is the best in the business - our techs all know our readouts inside and out. Nobody knows digital readouts like DRO PROS!

 

Warranty. DRO PROS is proud to offer the industries safest, longest, 6 year warranty on all of our Electronica magnetic scale kits. All of our DRO PROS brand glass scale kits come with a full 3 year warranty, and our EASSON kits come standard with a 1 year warranty. DRO PROS brand warranty claims are handled directly by DRO PROS. No run-arounds, no hassle! Something not working as expected? Call us, don't get redirected overseas like the other guys!

 

Parts. Can you believe some resellers don't carry parts? That's right, buy from the "other guys", break a scale, and you get to replace the entire digital readout kit! Don't assume you can just go buy a different brand scale, either, because most manufacturers use different connectors on their scales. If that wasn't enough, even among those with a common connector, such as a DB9, most are hard wired differently. Finally, don't overlook the cost of parts. At DRO PROS, an 800mm replacement scale will cost you $197. A similar scale sold extensively by a European company will cost nearly $700! Finally, we have a massive inventory of parts, so rest easy - a replacement part is only a phone call away!

 

The Best Value. We literally search world-wide for the best value digital readout products on the planet. If there was a better digital readout package to be sold, we would be selling it. Yes, we've seen cheaper units on eBay, but there is a reason they're cheaper. Think poor quality, no parts, no manual, non-existent customer service, poor product fit/finish etc.

 

Customer Service. We pledge to never "over sell" you on a product that won't work well for you. Our philosophy is to try and save you money and get the best value kit tailored to the machinery you have. Many of our customers are surprised when we recommend against buying a more expensive brand. Again, our philosophy is to build customers for life. Give us a call and let us save you money!

 

Shipping. Most orders ship the same day, the next at the latest. We do not 'drop' ship, we have our own massive warehouse of inventory right here on site. We use UPS, you'll get a tracking number emailed to you immediately, and we cover all shipping insurance automatically.

 

The Company. DRO PROS is a veteran owned, American company. We enjoy selling quality products at competitive prices. We believe that  providing the best customer service is the key to success. No other company spends more time on the phone with customers than we do. Even in a down economy, our company continues to thrive and grow. We look forward to earning your business! 

 

The Bottom Line. Our line of digital readout's are simply the most user friendly readouts on the planet. Because of our direct marketing structure, they're also extremely affordable. Coupled with our extensive customer service and affordable parts, our Digital Readout products are simply the best value on the planet.

 

Shipping:

 

Domestic Shipping to the United States: All digital readout shipping is done via UPS for a flat rate of $43. You'll get a tracking number emailed direct to you from UPS, enabling you to track your shipment door to door! We cover insurance against any potential shipping damages, so no hidden fees here!

 

International Shipping to Canada: All of our DRO shipping is done via UPS. We charge a flat fee of $80.

 

International Shipping elsewhere: All of our DRO shipping is done via the United States Postal Service via a flat rate of $140.

 

 

3 Year Digital Readout Warranty on all DRO PROS brand glass scale kits!Industries Best 6 Year Warranty on all Magnetic Scale Kits!DRO PROS Industry Leading 6 Year Warranty!

 

Electronica magnetic kits = 6 year warranty

DRO PROS glass kits = 3 year warranty

EASSON glass kits = 1 year warranty

 

DRO PROS brand warranty claims are handled directly by DRO PROS.
No run-arounds, no hassle!

 

At DRO PROS, we take care of our customers. Have an issue or need some help? Let us take care of it with a toll-free call to California!

 

Call us now TOLL FREE at 1-855-DRO-PROS

 

We accept credit cards, checks and money order for payment

 


 

Professional Digital Readout kit packages start at only $499!

 

Call Toll Free now at 1-855-DRO-PROS for all your digital readout needs!

 

DRO PROS

4992 Allison Parkway Suite G

Vacaville, CA 95688 US

Phone: 877-628-6028

Website: http://www.dropros.com

 

(877) 628-6028     (855) DRO-PROS     (707) 452-8437     (707) 452-8434

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Why should you buy from DRO PROS?

We speak English - We answer our phones - Same day shipping

Veteran owned, Veteran managed - and proud of it!

 

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