How LaserLinc Technology Works
With Laser Scan Micrometers

Laser Demo

Using your mouse, move one or more objects (black circles or squares) into the laser stream. Our simulated laser measurement system will indicate the measurements between state changes of the receiver.

Laser scan micrometers use a laser light source to measure diameter, gap, position, width, and other dimensions.

The light source is focused onto the facets of a rotating mirror or prism that reflects the laser beam into a collimating lens.

The lens refracts the beam so that all paths of light from the mirror through the lens emerge parallel to each other. A lens on the opposite side of the measurement field focuses the incoming light onto a photocell, generating an analog voltage.

When an object is placed in the measurement field, it obstructs the laser beam. When the beam is obstructed, the photocell output voltage is at its lowest level; when unobstructed, the voltage is at its highest level.

As the mirror or prism rotates, the beam scans the measurement field from one side to the other.

An object in the field obstructs the laser beam, casting a shadow that causes a low output voltage for a period of time that is proportional to the size of the object.

LaserLinc processors have specially-designed circuitry to measure the time that the object's shadow persists. Using the speed at which the beam is traversing the measurement field as a reference, the shadow time is converted to an accurate measurement of the object's size.