- May 10, 2018
- Heidenhain Corp.
May 10, 2018 - HEIDENHAIN introduced the ND 5023 digital readout (DRO) for use with manually operated machine tools. This DRO replaces HEIDENHAIN’s entry-level ND 522/523 models and consolidates it to one three-axis product. The DRO comes equipped with a TFT color display that enhances the readability of the information displayed over older models, plus features other design changes and enhanced functions. An installation guide has been implemented to assist in performing the basic configuration. When switching on the unit for the first time, the user can select this support feature and will then be guided through the required settings step-by-step. Many features are being introduced on the ND 5023 including a zoom feature designed to improve position value readability. Once activated, the display value for the axis currently being moved is magnified. For small numbers (i.e., numbers close to zero), the character height can be increased from 17 mm (standard height) to 25 mm. The operator immediately sees which axis is currently moving and can also read the numerical value from a greater distance. When the axis stops moving, the display returns to its standard size. The display is also configured for right-handed or left-handed operation. The ND 5023 DRO also has a powder-coated, die-cast aluminum housing and, just like its predecessor, uses a membrane keyboard. As before, encoders with a TTL interface (differential and single-ended) can be connected via a 9-pin D-sub connector. The data interface on the ND 5023 was changed to USB Type C which has the advantage of allowing the digital readout to assume the tasks of both master and slave. In addition, a universal mounting option has been implemented on this new DRO. It features a VESA-MIS 100 interface on the rear that allows the use of standardized holders for mounting. HEIDENHAIN solutions are available.