FLS-C – for fast measuring and unique accuracy

The FLS-C distance measuring device measures absolute distances up to 500 m without contact and with an accuracy of 1.0 mm. It represents a cost-effective solution even at extreme ambient temperatures as low as -40° C using the optional heater.

The FLS-C has been designed to be suitable for both heavy industrial and outdoor applications. It is constructed of a solid metal case and provides class IP65 environmental protection. Furthermore, various features make it flexible for multiple applications in numerous industries such as automotive, paper, metal and textile.

Highlights

  • Measuring range 0.05 to 500 m
  • 1.0 mm accuracy
  • Serial interface (RS-232 and RS-422)
  • High precision analog output (0.1%)
  • Two programmable digital outputs
  • Digital output for error signalization
  • Profibus interface (optional)
  • SSI Interface
  • D-Sub connector and screw terminal for easy connection
  • Solid metal enclosure IP65
  • Wide temperature range: -40 ... +50 °C

Please note that we will obsolete our current C-Series by the end of July. The production has already been stopped, requests regarding the availability are welcome. Thank you very much for your attention!

  • Product type Produkttyp Product type
    Part No. Artikel-Nr. Part No.
    Specifications Spezifikation Specifications  
    Measuring range on reflective foil Messbereich auf Reflexionsfolie Measuring range on reflective foil
    Measuring range on natural surfaces Messbereich auf natürliche Oberflächen Measuring range on natural surfaces
    Typical accuracy @ 2σ Typische Genauigkeit @ 2σ Typical accuracy @ 2σ
    Repeatability typ. Typische Wiederholungsgenauigkeit Repeatability typ.
    Max measuring rate Max. Messrate Max measuring rate
    Operating temperature Betriebstemperatur Operating temperature
    Degree of Protection Schutzart Housing
    Power supply Versorgungsspannung Power supply
    Laser red, visible Laser rot, sichtbar Laser red, visible
    Diameter laser dot at 10m Durchmesser Laserpunkt bei 10m Diameter laser dot at 10m
    Diameter laser dot at 50m Durchmesser Laserpunkt bei 50m Diameter laser dot at 50m
    Diameter laser dot at 100m Durchmesser Laserpunkt bei 100m Diameter laser dot at 100m
    Dimensions (l x w x h) Abmessungen (l x b x h) Dimensions (l x w x h)
    Weight Gewicht Weight
    Interfaces Schnittstellen Interfaces  
    Analog output, programmable, 0/4...20 mA Analogausgang, programmierbar, 0/4...20 mA Analog output, programmable, 0/4...20 mA
    Max error analog output Max. Fehler des Analaogausganges Max error analog output
    2 digital outputs, programmable 2 digitale Ausgänge, programmierbar 2 digital outputs, programmable
    1 digital output, error display 1 digitaler Ausgang für die Fehleranzeige 1 digital output, error display
    1 digital input, programmable (instead of DO1) 1 digitaler Eingang, programmierbar (anstelle DO1) 1 digital input, programmable (instead of DO1)
    RS-232 RS-232 RS-232
    RS-422 with programmable ID RS-422 mit programmierbarer ID RS-422 with programmable ID
    SSI SSI SSI
    PROFINET (option) PROFINET (option) PROFINET (option)
    EtherNetIP (option) EtherNetIP (option) EtherNetIP (option)
    EtherCAT (option) EtherCAT (option) EtherCAT (option)
    PROFIBUS (extern) PROFIBUS (extern) PROFIBUS (extern)
    Connection Anschlussart Connection  
    Internal screw terminal Interne Anschlussklemmen Internal screw terminal
    Features Funktionen Features  
    Auto start Auto Start Auto start
    Direct connectivity of an external remote display Direktes Anschliessen einer externen Anzeige Direct connectivity of an external remote display
    External trigger for measurements Externe Auslösung von Messungen External trigger for measurements
  • Controlling of the filling and pour of steel and iron

    Controlling of the filling and pour of steel and iron

    Dimetix sensors were installed in a foundry to monitor the filling of hot steel and iron. With the aid of the sensors the level can be measured and an overflow can be avoided.
    Glass panel position measurement

    Glass panel position measurement

    In order to transport glass panels, they are positioned after production from a conveyor line onto a pallet. To prevent a glass breakage, a system with DIMETIX sensors was developed, which precisely monitors the positioning.
    Laser controlled cut off solution

    Laser controlled cut off solution

    Increasing operational demands, maintenance requirements, and the growing importance of efficiency are factors in nearly all industries. This is relevant in the metals production industry, and especially true for the small to midsized companies at the heart of the fabrication & metalworking, where laser measurement technology provides an economical approach to reducing production delays and improving quality, as well as an affordable technological advantage helping to increase efficiency.
    Length positioning of Woodbinders

    Length positioning of Woodbinders

    Spruce wood has been produced at our customers facility for decades with great care and professional competence and is not a freely interchangeable product. Because the big 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 cuttings for a wide range of applications such as planking, timber construction, roof constructions, pallet production etc. Dimetix lasers are used daily. The truss length is used for positioning and to enhance their operational efficiency.
    Lifting of mining equipment

    Lifting of mining equipment

    In a mining application, Dimetix laser distance sensors have been used to ensure an accurate lifting and lowering process of the superstructure. In the case of a deviation, a signal was sent to the hydraulic system so that it could be corrected again.
    Measuring flood gate height

    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 distance to the surface of the flood gates.
    Monitoring of historic tower

    Monitoring of historic tower

    In historic buildings the fabric can often be damaged. With the aid of a monitoring concept which includes Dimetix sensors, the movements of historical buildings are monitored and examined.
    Monitoring of pressure tunnel

    Monitoring of pressure tunnel

    An automatic monitoring system was 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 illuminated, so that the injections could be stopped.
    Monitoring transfer car position

    Monitoring transfer car position

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

    Moving of large structures

    In order to move large structures as bridges and buildings, the PolyDist system is the optimal solution. With up to 4 DLS-C / FLS-C sensors the process of moving is constantly monitored so that the structure can be moved and repositioned precisely.
    Rock surveillance tsunami warning

    Rock surveillance tsunami warning

    In Norway an early warning system was developed using 3 Dimetix sensors. These measure daily the movements of rocks above a bay. Thus, a warning can be triggered in the event of a landslide.
    Silo level measurements

    Silo level measurements

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

    Structural health monitoring

    In modern urban environments, heavy construction often must be conducted immediately adjacent to neighboring 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.
    Supervision of railway infrastructure

    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.
    Truck position measurement

    Truck position measurement

    In times of increasing traffic and ever more demanding tasks where time is of the essence, a system was developed to speed up customs checks on HGV vehicles. This device helps to significantly reduce time consuming check ups on vehicles since the positioning of the trucks is done with sensors. Customs uses mobile X-Ray scanners to check the content of trucks and containers. During the scanning process the movement of the scanner must be determined precisely.
    AN2002 SSI interface usage

    AN2002 SSI interface usage

    The FLS-C(H) provides a Synchronous Serial Interface (SSI). SSI is a widely used serial interface standard for industrial applications between a master (e.g. controller) and a slave (e.g. FLS-C). On an SSI communication channel, the master generates a clock, while the slave sends the data corresponding to the received clock signal. Only point to point communication is possible with the SSI interface. The RS-422 standard defines the electrical signal levels of the SSI interface.

    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 DLS/FLS-C device ot a RS485 two wire interface. This application note requires special skils, therefore it must be requested by e-mail.
    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.
    AN2005 S7 Profibus connection example

    AN2005 S7 Profibus connection example

    This application notes describe the connection of the DIMS Profibus converter to a S7 PLC and a DLS / FLS device. The S7 sample project is also available for download on our web site.

    AN2006 Timed measurement characteristic example

    AN2006 Timed measurement characteristic example

    The DLS-C and the FLS-C Laser distance sensor offers configuration possibilities for fix timed measurements. This application note gives some configuration examples and describe the specialities of the timed measurement characteristic.
    AN2010 S7 connection by RS422

    AN2010 S7 connection by RS422

    This application notes describe how to connect a DLS / FLS to a CP340 interface of a Siemens S7 PLC. The configuration and the wiring is described. In addition to this application note an example for the S7 is also available on our website.
    AN2018 Moving target characteristic with RS-422

    AN2018 Moving target characteristic with RS-422

    The "Moving target characteristic" is made for fast position measuring on continuous moving targets. This document describes the necessary settings of the FLS-C sensor for the "Moving target characteristic" as well as the configuration of the RS-422 interface.
    AN2019 Moving target characteristic with SSI

    AN2019 Moving target characteristic with SSI

    The  Moving target characteristic is made for fast position measuring on continuous moving targets. This document describes the necessary settings of the FLS-C sensor for the "Moving target characteristic" as well as the configuration of the SSI and Analog interface.
    AN2020 Positioning with SEW drives

    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.
    Floodgate position measurement

    Floodgate position measurement

    In this plant, 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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