Digital Readout Improves Readability, Eases Installation

Heidenhain’s ND 5023 digital readout (DRO) is designed for use with manually-operated machine tools.

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Heidenhain’s ND 5023 digital readout (DRO) is designed for use with manually-operated machine tools. The ND 5023 replaces the company’s entry-level ND 522/523 models and consolidates them into one three-axis product. It comes equipped with a TFT color display that improves the readability of information compared to older models. 

An installation guide has been implemented to assist in performing the basic configuration. When switching on the unit for the first time, the operator can select this support feature to be guided through the required settings step by step.

Straightforward user management capability enables multiple users to operate the product. As many as nine operators can save their personal settings with a user number and call them up again.

dynamic zoom feature improves position value readability. Once activated, the display value for the axis currently being moved is magnified. The character height can be increased from the standard 17 mm to 25 mm, enabling the operator to see which axis is currently moving and to read the numerical value from a greater distance. When the axis stops moving, the display returns to its standard size. The display can be configured for right- or left-handed operation.

The DRO features a powder-coated, die-cast aluminum housing and uses a membrane keyboard. Encoders with a TTL interface (differential and single-ended) can be connected via a nine-pin D-sub connector. It also has a USB Type-C data interface.

A universal mounting option features a Vesa-MIS 100 interface on the rear that enables the use of standardized holders for mounting.