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FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions:

 

What size drills and taps do I need to install my new Electronica kit?

We recommend having the following drills and taps on hand when installing the Electronica kits:

 

Scale Endcaps M3 x .5 plug tap   
     
  Customer L. Dietz was kind enough to send us the latest and greatest part numbers from Grainger. His list can be found HERE.  
     

 

   
Mounting the Scales M4 x .7 plug tap   
  M4 x .7 bottom tap
  3.30mm drill for M4 taps
   
Scale & Readhead Brackets M6 x 1.0 plug tap
  M6 x 1.0 bottom tap
  5.00mm drill for M6 taps

       

 

The scale readout on my Electronica display is flickering - what is happening?

Electronica magnetic scales and readheads have "hash marks" on one side of them. These hash marks must be installed on the same side for the scale to read correctly. If you accidentally mount the scale and the readhead with the hash marks on opposite sides, the scale will not read correctly, and it will cause the display to 'flicker'. Simply remove the scale, turn it so that the hash marks are adjacent to the readheads hash marks, and re-install the scale.

 

WARNING - Section 6.3 of the Electronica Operations Manual reads in part "Error Compensation is required during DRO installation". This is an incorrect statement? It should read that Error Compensation is not required. Please remember the scales are already laser calibrated at the factory and any attempt by the user to calibrate them with anything less than a laser WILL VOID ALL WARRANTIES.

 

My Electronica magnetic scale lathe display is not reading correctly on the X (cross slide) axis.

The most likely cause is the display and scale resolution don't match. The display is shipped from the factory with a default 5 micron scale setting, which must be changed to 1 micron for the display to read correctly. Click HERE to download "Setting up an Electronica Lathe Kit" instructions.

 

My DRO PROS brand display is not reading correctly. Seems like it's reading 5 times higher than it should be.

The most likely cause is the display and scale resolution don't match. Did you upgrade any of your scales to the high resolution 1 micron scales? The display is shipped from the factory with a default 5 micron scale setting, which must be changed to 1 micron for the display to read correctly. Please see our library page for machine specific articles on how to change this setting.

 

On my glass scale kit, what's the purpose of the "Blue Plastic Piece" or BPP?

The "Blue Plastic Piece"- Between the scale and the reader head there is a blue strip which helps to maintain the correct distance between the reader head and the scale for installation purposes. This should be removed after installation.

 

I can't seem to get the slot in the brackets to line up with the readhead - am I missing something?

For some reason, this is probably the most missed item when installing the DRO kit, so don't feel bad. Probably 95% of our customers try and align the two large threaded holes on the sides of the readhead with the slots in the bracket set. The brackets are designed to align with the four smaller tapped holes on the bottom side of the readhead, not the two larger holes on the side.

 

I need some help choosing between all of your kits. Any advice?

To start with, all DRO PROS products are quality built to do the job right. However, with that said, each brand has its own unique advantages. We know that choosing a DRO kit can be difficult, so in our endeavor to help our customers we've developed the following guidelines. While we try to be as impartial as we can, our interaction with our customers and their feedback has certainly influenced us greatly in forming our "opinions". Please keep in mind that every installation is different, only you can know what's best for you.

 

What is a DRO?

DRO stands for Digital Read Out. A digital readout system digitally displays a machine tools exact position on an electronic display board.

 

What can a DRO do for me?

A digital readout system can greatly simplify your work, save time, reduce costly mistakes and allow you to produce more accurate, exacting parts. Without a DRO system, an operator must count the number of hand wheel revolutions to determine exact position of a tool head against the table. For example, some milling machine leadscrews are graduated at 16 threads per inch (TPI), which means that for every turn of the hand wheel the table moves 1/16? (.0625), therefore it takes 16 turns to move the table exactly 1?. Other machines are calibrated at 10 TPI, meaning it takes 10 hand wheel revolutions for the table to travel an inch. On the Z axis, it is typical for each division to represent .002?, where one full revolution is equal to .060?. Needless to say, it can quickly become quite confusing! The bottom line is that with a digital display, the days of counting hand wheel revolutions are over. Simply turn the display on and you're ready to go!

 

Do I have to center the scale on the table?

 

The short answer is no, you do not. But let's take a look at some examples to illustrate the point. The first series of pictures illustrates a 'traditional' installation on a milling machines' X axis where the scale has been mounted relative to the center of the table. The scale (light blue) has been attached to the table (white). The trolley (dark blue) has been fastened to the base of the machine (grey). Remember, we're presenting a typical installation first, followed by an example where the scale has been offset.

 

In this example, the scale body has been mounted on the center of the table. Traditionally, this is how most scales are mounted. Note how the trolley (dark blue) is 'centered' on the scale with the table in the middle, or neutral, position.

Notice the readhead is centered to the machine
 

In this diagram, the table has been moved to the extreme left. Note the trolley is nearing the right end of the scale.   

 

Now the table has been moved to the extreme right most position. Note how the trolley is nearing, but not over, the left end of the scale.

    

While the last example is most likely what most scale installations will end up looking like, let's take a look at a rather extreme case. Remember, while this might be rather academic, the point is to illustrate how you do not need to exactly 'center your scales' when mounting them. They will work just fine offset to one side or the other.

 

In this example, the scale body has been mounted well offset to the left of the table. Note how the trolley is 'centered' relative to the scale with the table in the middle, or neutral, position.

Notice the readhead is offset on the machine
 

In this diagram, the table has been moved to the extreme left. Note the trolley is nearing the right end of the scale.   

Now the table has been moved to the extreme right most position. Again, note how the trolley is nearing, but not over, the left end of the scale.

 

Now we realize no-one is going to mount a scale quite to the extremes of our previous example. But what we're trying to illustrate is this: First, you do not need to take elaborate steps trying to ensure a scale is perfectly 'centered', because it really doesn't matter. What really does matter is this - wherever you do end up mounting your scale (centered or not), make sure the trolley is centered to the scales travel, and doesn't run off the end. As easy as that!

 

 

Electronica vs. DRO PROS vs. Easson vs. Fagor

How Do I Choose the Right DRO Kit?

 

To start with, all DRO PROS products are quality built to do the job right. However, with that said, each brand has it's own unique advantages. We know that choosing a DRO kit can be difficult, so in our endeavor to help our customers we've developed the following chart. While we try to be as impartial as we can, our interaction with our customers and their feedback has certainly influenced us greatly in forming our "opinions". Please keep in mind that every installation is different, only you can know what's best for your particular installation.  

 

6 Year warranty / Magnetic scales / Machine Specific Displays

Electronica

 

6 Year warranty / Magnetic scales / Machine Specific DisplaysIndustries Best 6 Year Warranty on all Magnetic Scale Kits!PROS: The most technologically advanced DRO kit on the market today. For starters, the Electronica kit uses magnetic scales. Magnetic scales are impervious to coolant or liquid, and are slimmer than glass or inductive scales. They're easier to mount, more durable, and can be cut to any length you need. They can't be contaminated, and measure only .4" thick. The bracket kits are exceptional, being machined, not cast, and are anodized black for a professional finish.

CONS: Such an incredible deal you may end up buying more than just one!

COMMENTS: DRO PROS hits another home run! Affordable, built to last, and one of the best looking, easiest to use displays we've seen. 

WHY YOU WOULD CHOOSE ELECTRONICA: If you value quality, ease of installation, and don't want your scales to get contaminated, this is the kit for you! 

 

DRO PROS M Series 

3 Year warranty / Glass scales / DVD3 Year Digital Readout Warranty on all DRO PROS brand glass scale kits!PROS: Professionally built, hands down it's the easiest DRO to use on the planet. This display uses traditional glass scales, and you can choose between the standard 5 micron  (0.0002") or optionally upgrade to 1 micron  (0.00005") scales. Lathe kits automatically include SlimLine scales for the cross slide. Covered by a 3 year warranty. Includes the best manuals in the business - completely re-written, English authored, full color Operators and Installation manuals. Unlike the lower priced Easson displays, the DRO PROS displays are machine specific, i.e. the 2 axis mill kit axis are properly labeled as X & Y; the 2 axis lathe kit axis are properly labeled as X & Z. All Mill kits include a professionally produced DVD that clearly explains all functions.

CONS: Glass scales can break or get contaminated.

COMMENTS: Affordable, built to last, and one of the easiest to use displays we've seen. 

WHY YOU WOULD CHOOSE THE M SERIES: If you've been waiting for an easy to use but still affordable Digital Readouts, this is it! 

 

Easson  

1 Year Digital Readout Warranty on all EASSON brand glass scale kits!1 Year warranty / Glass scalesPROS: The strongest advantage of the Easson is it's budget friendly price. This display uses traditional 5 micron (0.0002") glass scales. Most all of the Easson's functions (i.e. bolt hole, line hole, centerfind etc.) have dedicated function buttons on the front. This makes Easson a truly "walk up and operate" type of digital readout. Covered by a 1 year warranty. Repair and parts are both available directly from DRO PROS, unlike many other resellers that send customers overseas for all "repair and warranty" issues.

CONS: Glass scales can break or get contaminated. Does not include the training DVD. Operators manual has been translated, and at times can be confusing. Lathe display is not machine specific, i.e. the two axis are labeled X & Y, not X & Z as would be proper. SlimLine scales not offered for the lathe display.

COMMENTS: Easson has been producing Digital Readouts for over 20 years now, and continues to be a top seller.

WHY YOU WOULD CHOOSE EASSON: You are an experienced machinist and probably wouldn't watch the DVD or look at the manual anyhow.  

 

 

Electronica vs. M Series vs. Easson vs. Fagor

    Electronica DRO PROS 3M Easson Fagor
Durability / Resistance to breakage lll l l l
Resistance to Contamination lll l l l
Slim profile lll l l l
Scales can be cut to length lll l l l
Scale and Readhead separate components? lll l l l
Brackets & Hardware - Machine specific? llll l l l
Display - ease of readability llll ll ll ll
Popularity with Customers lll ll ll l
Display Design / Color scheme lll ll ll l
Price ll lll lll l
Ease of Use - How intuitive (simple) is it to operate? lll lll lll l
Overall Build Quality / Reliability llll lll ll lll
Manuals - Thoroughness, easy to understand? llll llll ll l

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

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