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Q & A: What Environments are Ideal for Laser Tech Sensors?

Our sensors are ideal for which kind of environments?

The firmware in our sensors uses strength of signal return to determine actual targets and accurate measurements. This opens up a lot of possibilities.

Between our S200 series, S300 series, and ULS, there is a wide ranging potential for integration that ideally utilizes our sensors’ furthest operational ranges, optimal accuracies, and highest levels of repeatability.

Laser Tech’s Universal laser Sensor (ULS) as an integration-ready component

Determining Environmental Ideals for Laser Tech Sensors

Relative visibility is a crucial factor. An oversimplified but still applicable concept is comparing an environment’s visibility levels to what human eyes can see. Something to keep in mind is that lack of visible light is not a factor. Unlike the human eye, which uses the visible light spectrum, our sensors use infrared beams that do not require visible light to be present.

Another critical feature of the laser is eye safety. Because the lasers they emit carry a 905 nm wave length, our sensors are rated eye safe by the FDA.

With this in mind, the same visibility factors should be applied when assessing the potential application of laser sensors in dark and light environments alike. If you can see your target(s) clearly, without any external factors severely limiting visibility, this environment should allow for peak sensor performance.

There are two general limitations to be aware of:

Laser sensors rely on their emitted beams hitting the target and returning to their receivers. Thick amounts of precipitation, along with dust and fog, can get in the way of these processes. Creative workarounds occasionally allow our sensors to overcome this issue, but an ideal environment is absent of potential beam disruptors.

Think back to your eyesight, which is overwhelmed whenever you look directly into the sun. We have sun shields available, though these do not make the sensors invincible against direct sunlight. Wearing sunglasses helps our eyes better handle intense sunlight, but staring directly at the sun is still a bad idea. The same principle applies to our sun shields.

Most everything else is good to go!

Aside from those conditions to be cautious of, Laser Tech’s non-contact, continuous measurement sensors are friendly to most environments. We’ve even had a satisfied integrator share their story of our Universal Laser Sensor (ULS) functioning without error in negative 15°F temperatures.

Want more info on our Industrial Sensors?

Navigate through the entire LTI Laser Sensors Q & A series:

  1. Introduction to Laser Tech’s Sensors
  2. Who Uses Laser Tech Sensors?
  3. What Advantages do Laser Tech Sensors Offer?
  4. What are Laser Tech’s Sensors Used For?
  5. Laser Sensor FAQs

 

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