Analog Device

An analog device or analog technology is comprised of a machine and a  media readout that transmits continuous interpretable data regarding the functioning and output inherent to the machine’s purpose.

Analog in most cases is dependant on a mechanical linkage.  Example: Before cars had digital readouts of the odometer, the measurement was relayed by a mechanical counter that was paired mechanically to the rotation of the car’s wheels.

Analog technology is becoming a fallback system as software digital systems are applied to old measurement points.

Another example of analog technology might be an alarm clock that is mechanical. (You have to wind up a spring to power it)  The face of the clock is the display of the time which is denoted by the positions of the two clock hands. Digital clocks display time-based on the output of an electronic timer circuit.  The display is in a numerical form that is reliant on the timing circuit.

In industrial settings, there are still many analog devices that are standard.  Pressure gauges, , dispensing meters, and even scales are still analog but do have digital counterparts.

Analog technologies are still relevant and as a backup is without equal when there is a power outage.  This is particularly true in oil depots, and power plants where there is no shortage of pressure gauges that need to be monitored.

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