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Universal Laser Sensor

A fully programmable laser sensor capable of rapid pulse rates


Obtain accurate measurements in a wide variety of applications – all with one laser sensor.

SKU: 7005395

Overview Downloads Primary Applications Key Features Specs


The Universal Laser Sensor (ULS) puts you in complete control by being fully programmable. Adjusting the sensor’s range within a predetermined distance for presence detection, averaging the number of individual measurements for increased accuracy, and modifying how often you want data values generated are just some of the many parameters you can control.

The interface allows you to easily set specific operating parameters within the ULS and control the sensor’s operation. Setting a short or long gate will program the laser to take measurements within a certain distance or beyond a designated point.

There is also a laser power level adjustment that controls the distance measuring capability of the sensor. Use a high level for attaining maximum range in clear conditions, and use a low level for shooting through airborne particulates.

The ULS can be sold as a stand-alone unit with a rugged, aluminum housing with a flange for easy mounting. It also can be sold as an O.E.M. product with all the necessary components, which is more ideal for system integrators.

How does the ULS Measure Up?

  • Easily identifies difficult targets such as liquids, non-reflective material and fast moving objects.
  • Makes non-contact and non-intrusive measurements without the need for frequent calibration.
  • Recognizes small targets at long distances, within narrow openings and from sharp angles.
  • Performs under temperature variations, background noise, vapor pressure and low dielectric or acoustically absorbing materials.



ULS Documentation & Software (zip file) Download

Primary Applications

Key Features

Averaging Mode

Sends out individual laser pulses and analyzes their time-of-flight to calculate a distance. The number of pulses averaged for a given measurement can be configured by the operator. The ULS, as a key component in a collision avoidance system, can pay for itself by preventing just one major incident!

  • Provides the highest accuracy possible
  • Provides the highest data rate possible
  • Offers an adjustable return shot criteria

Last Target Mode

This mode has the same speed of averaging mode, but can penetrate more airborne particulates, such as dust or fog. A high speed option is available in this mode that offers good performance in the presence of moderate particulates. There is also a successive gating option that dynamically eliminates known targets to find the last target available.

  • Best airborne particulate penetration
  • Automatic intermediate target discrimination

Detection Mode

This mode analyzes distance data on a pulse-to-pulse basis, providing the fastest possible response by minimizing timing latency for object presence detection. Distance data is not generated, but instead outputs a ‘trip’ signal that signifies object presence at a user-defined distance. A signal can also be sent when a minimum or maximum change in distance is detected.

  • Ultra quick detection with precision timing signals
  • 2 modes: One looks for a change in distance, the other looks for an object inside a desired range

Binning Mode

Sends out individual laser pulses and places the pulse returns in fixed increments of flight time. When several pulses end up in a given time bin, the ULS determines that there is a target present. Increasing the bin size will increase the maximum acquisition distance, whereas decreasing it will improve measurement resolution and accuracy.

  • Enhanced measurement range capability
  • Dynamically tracks multiple targets
  • Adjustable target definition criteria


Min Range

46 cm (1.5 ft)

Max Range (to reflective target / to non-reflective target)

1600 m / 500 m (5,249 ft / 1,640 ft)


± 2 cm (0.70 in)

Data Output Rate

<1 Hz to 25 kHz: Depending upon RS232 or RS485 communication

Target Modes

Averaging, binning, detection, last


905 nm (near IR)


3 mrad (equal to 30 cm beam diameter @ 100 m (1 ft @ 328 ft)


RS232, RS485, 4-20

Baud Rate Min/Max

1,200 / 230,400

Input Power

12-24 VDC nominal

(12 VDC recommended)

Current Draw

Measuring = 150 mA

Dimensions (L x W x H)

134.6 x 120.7 x 50.8 mm (5.3 x 4.75 x 2.5 in)


Standard = 929.9 g (32.8 oz)

OEM = 439.3 g (15.5 oz)

Housing and Frame Material


Eye Safety

Class 1, 7mm (FDA, CFR 21)

Class 1m (IEC 60825-1:2001)



Operating Temperature

-28° to 60° C (-20° to 140°F)