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The D-Series Dimetix Laser Distance Sensor Applications

D-Series

The D-Series Dimetix Laser Distance Sensors are at the forefront of our continuous development and innovation. They measure long distances with the highest precision, reliability and speed, even in the most difficult situations. The D-series can measure on dark surfaces - even in exterior applications with solar irradiation. With this series, which is now avilable in a new modern design. Dimetix has expanded its product range with a device, that has an output rate of 1 kHz.

Highlights

  • Measuring range 0 to 500 m
  • Max. measuring rate 250 Hz
  • 1 mm accuracy
  • Serial interfaces
  • High precision analog output (0.1%)
  • Two programmable digital outputs
  • Digital input
  • Digital output for error signalization
  • Profibus interface (optional)
  • PROFINET, EtherNet/IP and EtherCAT interfaces (optional)
  • Degree of protection IP65
  • Extended temperature range -40...+60°C

Applications


AE0104 Floodgate position measurement
AE0104 Floodgate position measurement

Dimetix laser distance sensors are used to monitor floodgates. This means that the amount of water outflow is known at all times. The sensors measure the exact position of the floodgates in millimeter-precision and absolutely contactless.

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AE0112 Cutting application

AE0112 Cutting application

In the metal industry, devices for length division are frequently used. However, many standard solutions, presently available on the market, are not optimal for some companies. With Dimetix laser distance sensors, an inexpensive special model is offered.

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AE0202 Monitoring of pressure tunnel

AE0202 Monitoring of pressure tunnel

An automatic monitoring system is used in a headwater pressure tunnel to measure the passive bias of penstocks during injections. As soon as the limit values were exceeded, an alarm lamp is illuminated, so that the injections can be stopped.

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AE0203 Supervision of railway infrastructure

AE0203 Supervision of railway infrastructure

Accurate distance measurement is essential in railway construction – for new development as well for maintenance. Speed trains of the latest generation move at maximum speeds of over 300km/h, in order to preserve the rolling stock at such strains, millimeter precise measuring is inevitable.

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AE0205 Monitoring of rockformation above railwaytrack 

AE0205 Monitoring of rockformation above railwaytrack

Dimetix sensors are used to monitor a debris flow activity. These rocks can lead to the accumulation of a mountain stream, which can lead to a flooding of a rail track. In addition, two additional lasers are used to monitor a large boulder that moves downhill and warns communities in danger.

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AE0207 Movement of large structures

AE0207 Movement of large structures

In order to move large structures as bridges and buildings, the PolyDist system is the optimal solution. With up to four Dimetix sensors the process of moving is constantly monitored so that the structure can be moved and repositioned precisely.

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AE0209 Monitoring of railway tunnel

AE0209 Monitoring of railway tunnel

During construction work on railway infrastructure automated monitoring systems are crucial to early detect potentially hazardous structural deformations. As Ristag AG successfully demonstrated with this tunnel monitoring system, expensive standard surveying equipment can often be substituted by much more economical Dimetix laser distance sensors, while maintaining the demanded monitoring accuracy and reliability.

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AE0305 Monitoring of heritage materials

AE0305 Monitoring of heritage materials

In historic buildings the fabric can often become damaged. With the aid of a measuring concept, which includes Dimetix sensors, the evolution of historical buildings are monitored and examined. 

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AE0401 Truck position measurement

AE0401 Truck position measurement

In times of increasing traffic and ever more demanding tasks where time is of the essence, a system has been developed to speed up customs inspections on HGV vehicles. This device significantly helps to reduce time consumption checking up on vehicles as the positioning of trucks can be done with sensors. Customs uses mobile X-Ray scanners to examine the content of trucks and containers. During the scanning process, movements of the scanner must be precisely determined.

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AE0502 Glass panel measurement

AE0502 Glass panel measurement

In order to transport glass panels, they are positioned after production from a conveyor belt onto a pallet. To prevent glass breakage, a system of DIMETIX sensors has been developed to precisely monitor positioning.

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AE0503 Silo level measurements

AE0503 Silo level measurements

With Dimetix laser distance sensors, the level in silos can be exactly measured at any time. The Dimetix sensors measure on different surfaces, like stones, sand, grain or dark surfaces.

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AE0505 Automated diameter & width measurement

AE0505 Automated diameter & width measurement

An exact measurement is extremely important when positioning and dimensioning paper rolls. The Dimetix laser distance sensors measure the width of the paper roll using two sensors on each side of the paper roll.

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AE0506 Monitoring transfer car position

AE0506 Monitoring transfer car position

In a steel production facility, large transfer cars transport glowing steel plates. Due to a malfunction of the micro-switches, cars collided at the end of a transfer line. With the help of two Dimetix lasers integrated in protective housings, smooth operation could be restored.

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AE0507 Saw blade alignment

AE0507 Saw blade alignment

Large saw blades used for cutting different materials frequently shift out of alignment, resulting in cuts at wrong angles, unnecessary reworking and wasted scrap. Our maintenance-free laser distance sensor saw blade alignment system provides a reliable, repeatable and cost-effective means of improving production quality and eliminating unnecessary scrap.

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AE0508 Measuring flood gate height

AE0508 Measuring flood gate height

The ability to reliably and precisely monitor flood gate height is a challenge for hydropower and reservoir flood gate operators. Dimetix laser sensors can be used for remote monitoring of the flood gates. The sensors measure the distances on the surface of the flood gates.

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AE0509 Laser controlled cut-off solution

AE0509 Laser controlled cut-off solution

Increasing operational demands, a multiplicity of maintenance requirements and the growing importance for efficiency are crucial factors in nearly all industries. This is relevant for metal production and especially true for small and medium-sized companies at the heart of manufacturing and metalworking. Laser measurement technology provides an economical approach to reducing production delays and improving quality. Our affordable technological advantage helps you increase efficiency.

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AE0510 Bridge structural monitoring

AE0510 Bridge structural monitoring

Dimetix made history in 2010 by collaborating with Applied Geomechanics, Inc., to develop a system to monitor the lift and placement of steel bridge truss sections on the Huey P. Long Bridge over the Mississippi River in New Orleans. The project involved transportation by river barge, the lifting and placement of the pre-assembled bridge truss spans to reduce stress on the bridge and minimize interruption of traffic. Ten DLS-C laser distance sensors were lifted aboard the 2,700 ton trusses and were used in conjunction with specially fabricated targets and software developed to monitor beam deflection during the day-long lift.

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AE0511 Structural health monitoring

AE0511 Structural health monitoring

In modern urban environments, heavy construction often must be conducted immediately adjacent to properties and structures that must remain open to business or residency during excavation and construction. Traditional surveying techniques allow for +/-5 mm precision of displacement, but Dimetix laser distance sensor technology allows for measurements with sub-millimeter accuracy at distances up to 500 m to detect any shift or displacement of structures.

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AE0601 Lifting of mining equipment

AE0601 Lifting of mining equipment

In mining applications, Dimetix laser distance sensors have been used to ensure accurate lifting and lowering processes of superstructures. In the case of a deviations, a signal was sent to the hydraulic system so that corrections can be made.

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AE0701 Length positioning of wood binders

AE0701 Length positioning of wood binders

Spruce wood has been produced at our customer's facility for decades with great care and professional competence, as spruce wood is not a freely interchangeable material, the crucial difference is in countless details that have been perfected over the many years. Our customer has the most modern know-how for the production of cutting for a wide range of applications such as planking, timber construction, roof constructions, pallet production etc. Dimetix lasers are therefore used daily. Truss length measurement is used for positioning and to enhance their operational efficiency.

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AE1102 Controlling of the filling and pour of steel and iron

AE1102 Controlling of the filling and pour of steel and iron

Dimetix sensors were installed in foundries to monitor the moulding of hot steel and iron. With the aid of the sensors, fluid levels can be measured and an overflows avoided.

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AE1601 Rock surveillance tsunami warning

AE1601 Rock surveillance tsunami warning

In Norway, an early warning system was developed using three Dimetix sensors, which regularly measure the daily movement of rock above a bay. Thus, a warning can be triggered in the event of a potential landslide.

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AN2001 Numeric digital display

AN2001 Numeric digital display

This application note shows how to read a measured distance value from a standard external numeric digital display. Descriptions of the wiring and sensor configuration are included and two samples are shown.

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AN2002 SSI interface usage

AN2002 SSI interface usage

SSI is a widely used serial interface standard for industrial applications between a master (for example, controller) and a slave (for example, a Laser Distnace Sensor). On an SSI communication channel, the master generates a clock, while the slave sends the data corresponding to the clock signal received. Only point-to-point communication is possible with the SSI interface. The RS-422 standard defines the electrical signal levels of the SSI interface.

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AN2003 RS-422 connection to RS-485

AN2003 RS-422 connection to RS-485

This document explains how to connect the RS-422 interface of the Laser Distnace Sensor to a RS485 double-wire interface. This application note requires special skils, therefore a request for this adaptation must be made by e-mail to Dimetix.

AN2004 EXCEL Example

AN2004 EXCEL Example

This application note describes how to control a Dimetix distance sensor connected to a serial interface by VBA (Visual Basic for Application). The VBA program is integrated into an EXCEL worksheet.

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AN2005 S7 Profibus connection example

AN2005 S7 Profibus connection example

This application note describes the connection of the DIMS Profibus converter to a S7 PLC and a Dimetix laser distance sensor. The S7 sample project is also available for download on our web site.

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AN2006 Timed measurement characteristic example

AN2006 Timed measurement characteristic example

The Laser Distance Sensor offers configuration possibilities for fixed time measurements. This application note gives some configuration examples and describes the specialities of the timed measurement characteristics.

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AN2007 Additional measurement filter – distance jump

AN2007 Additional measurement filter – distance jump

The D-Series Laser Distance Sensors provide a wide range of configuration possibilities. This document shows how to configure the distance jump detection feature. This feature works like a plausibility check of the measured distance. In typical use, cases offer positioning applications (for example, in logistics).

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AN2010 S7 connection to RS422

AN2010 S7 connection to RS422

This application note describes how to connect a Laser Distance Sensor to a CP340 interface of a Siemens S7 PLC. Configuration and wiring are described. In addition to this application note an example for the S7 is also included on our website.

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AN2018 Moving target characteristic with RS-422

AN2018 Moving target characteristic with RS-422

The moving target characteristic has been created for fast position measurement on continuously moving targets. This document describes the necessary settings of the laser distance sensor for the moving target characteristic as well as the configuration of the RS-422 interface.

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AN2019 Moving target characteristic with SSI

AN2019 Moving target characteristic with SSI

The moving target characteristic has been made for fast position measurement on continuously moving targets. This document describes the necessary settings of the Laser Distance Sensor for the moving target characteristic as well as the configuration of the SSI and Analog interface.

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AN2019 Moving target characteristic with SSI

AN2020 Positioning with SEW drives

This document describes how to use the FLS-C sensor in a positioning application in conjunction with a SEW servo drive. The necessary configuration of the FLS-C and the configuration of the SEW inverter are described . Further the wiring is also documented.

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AN2040 Getting started with PROFINET

AN2040 Getting started with PROFINET

This is a simple example of how to get started with the PROFINET® interface of the Dimetix D-Series Laser Distance Sensors. All information and instructions necessary to understand this example of useage and to run this on a Siemens SIMATIC S7 PLC are included.

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AN2041 Getting started with EtherNetIP

AN2041 Getting started with EtherNetIP

This is a simple example of how to get started with the EtherNet/IP™ interface of the Dimetix D-Series Laser Distance Sensors. All information and instructions necessary to understand this example of useage and to run this on an Allen Bradley CompactLogix PLC are included.

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AN2042 Getting started with EtherCAT

AN2042 Getting started with EtherCAT

This is a simple example of how to get started with the EtherCAT® interface of the Dimetix D-Series Laser Distance Sensors. All information and instructions necessary to understand this example of useage and to run this on a Beckhoff EtherCAT® master PLC are included.

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