AURORA, Ill., Feb. 3, 2012 — Mitutoyo America Corp. has announced the availability of its handheld Digimatic digital micrometer, whicht produces resolution of 0.1µm. It employs the patent-pending Absolute rotary sensor manufactured using proprietary high-precision screw machining technology. The sensor reduces instrument error to ±0.5 µm to deliver high accuracy with no trade-off in operability. The Absolute system eliminates the need to reset the origin each time power is turned on, enabling measurement immediately upon startup. The measurement origin can be preset to any value within the display range to reduce setup time and improve repeatability. The display can be zeroed at any position, facilitating measurement comparison. Display resolution can be switched to 0.5 µm if 0.1-µm measurement is not required. The micrometer features a rigid frame for stable measurement and a constant-force barrel/spindle mechanism that eliminates the possibility of overspeed errors. Transfer of body heat to the instrument is reduced with a removable heat shield, minimizing errors attributable to thermal expansion while handheld measurements are performed. The device supports output to measurement data applications such as the proprietary MeasurLink statistical processing and process control program, which performs statistical analysis and provides real-time display of measurement results for statistical process control applications. The program can also be linked to a higher-level network environment for enterprise-wide functionality.