A timer is a device used for measurement, display and control in applications and processes that rely heavily on timed events. They often work with one or two input signals, processing values during set intervals.
Programmable timers are used in manufacturing and process applications to control batch lot size, regulate punching or drilling frequency, regulate flow rate, trigger alarms and control outputs, measure equipment runtimes and cycling times, and much more.
Modern timers are typically equipped with digital displays, offer extreme precision and accuracy, and can reset quickly. The time duration many modern timers can monitor or measure during a process can reach thousands of hours. Many of these timers are used to automatically control machine cycles, sequence events and detect equipment malfunctions.