clean “count” signal

English translation: (a signal that is free from noise, or that is otherwise distinct, clear-cut, clearly-defined, etc.) [antonym: noisy or dirty]

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English term or phrase:clean signal [electronics, telecoms,...]
English translation:(a signal that is free from noise, or that is otherwise distinct, clear-cut, clearly-defined, etc.) [antonym: noisy or dirty]
Entered by: Tony M

16:37 Apr 6, 2005
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Tech/Engineering - Electronics / Elect Eng
English term or phrase: clean “count” signal
applications for laser sensors

"Seed Packets Counting

This XXX convergent-mode sensor produces a powerful infrared beam which registers one clean “count” signal from each seed packet – dark and light printed areas are sensed equally. The small convergent image produced by this sensor reliably responds to the short-duration spaces between adjacent packets."

...signal that counts one packet? also, why "clean"? (does it mean "neat" in this sense?)
Elena Ghetti
Italy
Local time: 04:58
clearly-defined...
Explanation:
I think it means that the signal is quite distinct, unambiguous --- maybe this is what you meant by 'neat'?

It is a 'count' signal because it serves in counting the packets --- in other words, it is not merely detecting the presence or absence of a packet (though of course inevitably it works like that!), nor is it in any way interpreting the state of the packets. So it represents an intermediate level of criticality...

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Note added at 16 mins (2005-04-06 16:53:29 GMT)
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Of course, it means \"used for counting how many packets pass by\"

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Note added at 1 hr 33 mins (2005-04-06 18:11:16 GMT)
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Note in reply to JCC\'s comment:

Whilst I totally agree that in normal electronic terms, we do of course talk about a \'noisy\' signal, from the context given in this question (and earlier ones), I feel sure this is referring to a \'clear-cut\' signal at the detection stage, rather than any qualitative reflection on the actual electrical state of the signal itself.
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Tony M
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clean “count” signal
clearly-defined...


Explanation:
I think it means that the signal is quite distinct, unambiguous --- maybe this is what you meant by 'neat'?

It is a 'count' signal because it serves in counting the packets --- in other words, it is not merely detecting the presence or absence of a packet (though of course inevitably it works like that!), nor is it in any way interpreting the state of the packets. So it represents an intermediate level of criticality...

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Note added at 16 mins (2005-04-06 16:53:29 GMT)
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Of course, it means \"used for counting how many packets pass by\"

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Note added at 1 hr 33 mins (2005-04-06 18:11:16 GMT)
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Note in reply to JCC\'s comment:

Whilst I totally agree that in normal electronic terms, we do of course talk about a \'noisy\' signal, from the context given in this question (and earlier ones), I feel sure this is referring to a \'clear-cut\' signal at the detection stage, rather than any qualitative reflection on the actual electrical state of the signal itself.

Tony M
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thanks!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Can Altinbay
14 mins
  -> Thanks, Can!

agree  jccantrell: Electrical signals can have lots of 'dirt' on them. Or, they could mean here that the packets are separted by some distance.
1 hr
  -> Thanks, JCC! They specifically state that there is a 'short-duration' space between packets...

agree  Ken Cox: Yep, here 'clean' is the opposite of 'noisy' or (more abstractly) 'ambiguous'.
1 hr
  -> Thanks, Kenneth!
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