How it work

Digit2000 is a universal digital retrofit kit, which is designed to measure the back gauge of any linear movement more easily and more accurately, regardless of the brand name or size and can be used with motorized or manual back gauges. It can also replace broken linear glass scales.

Who is it for?

- Machine shop used printing equipments distributor industrial equipment supplier metal cutting equipment manufacturer paper cutting service aerospace aviation avionics aircraft manufacturer military manufacturer railroad supplier

Digital Retrofit Back gauge Measuring Device Backgauge Montreal Quebec Canada


The Digit2000 encoder unit (cable extension transducer) has a stainless steel cable which is wound on a drum that turns as the cable reels and unreels. While the drum rotates, an incremental encoder sends the signal to an LED display of the reading (extended wire length). To keep the cable tension constant, a power spring has been added to the drum.


Up to 48″ standard measuring range (megr2050)

Optional up to 180″(megr20180)

Reading in inches, fractions and metric reading at the touch of a button

Zero setting at any point

DC 9V operation (AC adapter included)

Accurate to 0.01″ (regardless of lead screw wear)

Guaranteed for one year

Digital Measuring Device Digital Backgauge

Besides the Digit 2000 kit, what else do I need?

Nothing else is needed since this is a complete kit with everything included already inside.

Working hours

Monday Friday 8:00 16:30 Hrs
(Phone until 17:30 Hrs)

We are here

9252 Lacordaire Montreal, Quebec, Canada H1R 2B7

Digital Retrofit on the Production Line – The Current Landscape


Central machine monitoring and process optimisation is the best way to ensure that production lines and

their associated constituent part machinery operates more effectively and economically. Many machines in well-established production lines, which may be between 15 and 30 years old, can still perform their main functional tasks successfully, however they do so less efficiently than their modern day counterparts.

For example, they don’t have the same level of computing power, enough memory capacity to record and store the relevant data, they lack the ability to communicate with their modern equivalents, or other language protocols. In many cases, these machines also use data formats and protocols from the 80s and 90s, which are no
longer used by today’s PLCs and industrial PCs.

Industry 4.0 Demands in a Smart Factory

The key to a successful Smart Factory is the ability for machines to communicate to one another at field level, in real time and with an intelligent functionality that gathers all the data together, analyses it and
produces meaningful insights that are then delivered to a management system. With a unified language, there is communication between machines, enabling full interaction and integration across the whole factory. This
communication functionality doesn’t need to be built into the machine. Instead flexible modular devices can be added on to capture, process and transfer this data
throughout all levels of the factory.

What is a Digital Retrofit?

A digital retrofit is where you add digitalisation capabilities to an existing machine that is without them or that these capabilities are not up to date. One such way of doing this is with the addition of a modular
industrial computer.

  • Digitalisation capabilities can include:
    ■ Enabling ICT Infrastructure of Machinery
    ■ Processing data in the production environment
    ■ Using smart data such as predictive analytics
    ■ Creating human and machine interaction
    ■ Enabling the use of mobile devices – dashboards
    ■ Creating Auto ID opportunites with RFID solutions
    The key to a successful
    Smart Factory is the
    ability for machines to
    communicate to one
    Why Digital Retrofit?
    Undertaking a digital retrofit project such as integrating a
    “smart” industrial computer to existing machinery, offers many
    benefits for end users including:
    ■ Create a Smarter Business
    A digital retrofit project opens up a whole world of live
    production data that can be used to improve processes,
    increase efficiency, quality and throughput. The ability to think
    smartly about predictive maintenance and condition monitoring
    contributes towards increasing efficiencies and saving costs
    while reducing downtime.
    ■ Extend the life of existing and old machinery
    By integrating a “smart” digital platform such as a modular
    industrial computer to existing machinery, end users are able
    to create a way in which all machinery within the factory can
    easily communicate across different protocol languages and across different aged machinery. The modular
    industrial computer provides a protocol-converting gateway to the central operating software controls of
    the machinery, meaning that existing machinery can be given the power to speak, thus extending the life of
    existing machinery.
  • ■ Program in a language you know
    Reduce time to adoption and get up and running quickly with the ability to choose an industrial computing
    system that enables you to program in a language and environment that your organisation is familiar with.
    ■ Huge cost savings
    Often the cost of undertaking a digital retrofit project is far less expensive than purchasing new machinery
    that has modern communication capabilities built in. There are indirect cost savings also, long down times
    for new machinery installation and old machinery decommissioning can be prevented by opting for a digital
    retrofit. Disruption to working environment and production schedule can be minimised, training costs can be
    reduced due to the ability to use a familiar programming language.
    ■ Communication with legacy machines
    A digital retrofit project enables modern interfaces for devices whose communications are outdated. Using
    a modular industrial computer based solution you can convert old machine protocols into OPC-UA or MQTT
    in order to connect legacy machines to Industry 4.0 based systems or MES systems.
    Digital Retrofit – Path to Industry 4.0 Success
    Introducing MICA
    HARTING’s new MICA (Modular Industrial
    Computing Architecture) edge computing
    device can directly address the Industry 4.0
    roadblocks that older machines create. The path
    to Industry 4.0 success can be cleared by using
    the MICA to provide a digital retrofit solution for
    older machinery. The MICA provides a protocol
    converting gateway to the central operating
    software controls of newer machinery, opening up
    communication pathways between old and new
    machinery, at a fraction of the investment cost of
    purchasing a new machine.
    This is due to the fact that with MICA’s modular open platform, the HARTING IIC MICA permits the user
    to choose the programming language and development environment according to what they are more
    familiar with. It can create a virtual image of a device or a machine in the digital world. It enables modern
    interfaces for devices whose communications are outdated. This means that you can convert old machine
    protocols into OPC-UA or MQTT, in order to connect legacy machines to the developed MES and Industry
    4.0 based Smart Factory.
    MICA fits anywhere
    With dimensions of 13 x 8 x 3.5 cm, it is extremely compact
    and can be fitted directly at the machine or on the DIN rail
    in the electrical cabinet. MICA is robust, has no fan and
    is maintenance-free. The system is designed for harsh
    industrial and railway environments. It can be used in metallic
    environments and
    is resistant to dust,
    moisture and temperature fluctuations (IP67). Remote servicing
    for the MICA can be performed with a web browser.
    MICA has a modular design architecture made from open
    hardware and software components. Unlike single-board
    computers – such as the Raspberry Pi – this device is divided
    into three control boards. A power and network, CPU and an
    end-user customisable function I/O board. For this function
    board RFID, WLAN, BLE, SSD storage or fieldbus functionality
    can be integrated with suitable I/O connectivity, without
    changing the form factor or degree of protection of the MICA
    Digital Retrofit – Path to Industry 4.0 Success
    Linux Based Containers
    MICA is easy to use, with the touchoptimised interface for end-users and
    administrators, implemented entirely in
    HTML5 and JavaScript. It provides an open
    system software environment that allows
    developers from both the production and
    IT worlds to quickly implement projects
    and customise without any special tools.
    Applications are executed in their own
    Linux based containers which contain
    all the necessary libraries and drivers.
    This means package dependencies and
    incompatibilities are a thing of the past. In
    addition, such containers run in individual ‘Sandboxes’ which isolate and secure different applications from
    each other with their own separate log-in and IP Address. As a result, there should be no concerns over
    data security when MICA is allowed access to a higher-level production operating network.
    MICA is already offered with a number of containers such as Java, Python C/C++, OPC-UA, databases and
    web toolkits. The modularity and the use of an intermediate JSON format allows other legacy systems to
    be integrated in the future with minimal effort, only the log-input container is replaced. In addition, other
    protocols can be easily supported by replacement of a container on the server side, e.g. MQTT.