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Advantages of Electronic Counter | disadvantages of Electronic Counter

This page covers advantages and disadvantages of Electronic Counter. It mentions Electronic Counter advantages or benefits and Electronic Counter disadvantages or drawbacks. The basics of electronic counter along with definition is also described.

What is Electronic Counter?

We have seen variety of electronic gadgets consisting of electronic counters of various types. They are used for different applications such as domestic uses, scientific purposes, time or counting stocks, doing calculations, weighing machines etc.

Definition: Electronic counter is a digital logic device which stores and displays specific events continuously based on its configurations and software design.

Electronic Counter

Electronic counters can be implemented using register type circuits such as flipflops. They are classified into various types e.g. synchronous, asynchronous, up/down counter, BCD counter, decade counter, ring, cascaded, johnson, modulus etc. The figure-1 depicts digital counting machine used for counting notes and for billing purpose.

Benefits or advantages of Electronic Counter

Following are the benefits or advantages of Electronic Counter:
➨They are available in several mounting configurations.
➨There is large demand of electronic counters for vivid applications such as setting up AC timer, setting timer to take pictures in camera, as clock divider etc.
➨They are available in low cost to medium cost depending upon the configurations and specifications.
➨They are widely used for manufacturing purposes, for controlling batch sizes, punch/drill products etc.
➨It can be used for long duration with minimum maintenance.
➨It offers digital readouts.
➨It can be easily installed and it is available in semi-automatic to automatic modes.

Drawbacks or disadvantages of Electronic Counter

Following are the drawbacks or disadvantages of Electronic Counter:
➨There are chances of operational error which depends on configurations of electronic counter machine.
➨It requires training to operate it efficiently and hence increases cost on training or in hiring skilled professionals.
➨It is medium to heavy in weight.
➨There are specific disadvantages of electronic counters based on type of digital counting principle used in the design of it such as johnson counter, cascaded counter, synchronous or asychronous counter, decade counter, ring counter etc.

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