SL mini series non-contact, unidirectional speed and length gauges provide extremely accurate speed and length measurements in almost any sheet material or converting application.

Production processes for web products, woven and non-woven materials, paper, plastic film, tapes, building materials, flooring and labelling can all be measured using the laser Doppler method.

Applications requiring a precise cut-to-length process benefit from the non-slip and highly accurate laser measurement technique which reduces scrap, increases uptime and improves material yield by eliminating product "Give Away" or "Short Length" claims.

SL mini Series gauges are money-saving, direct replacements for traditional problematic and high-maintenance contact wheel and roller-type devices and are extremely easy to install and operate.  Integration with production line controllers such as PLCs is eased by the availability of a wide variety of industry standard communications interfaces.

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Specification - Unidirectional Units SL1220 SL3060
Minimum speed m/min 0.1 0.25
Maximum speed m/min 5000 5000
Stand-off distance mm 120 300
Depth of field mm 20 60
Accuracy Maximum 0.05%
Repeatability Maximum 0.02%
Maximum acceleration >1000
Internal measurement rate 200kHz
Measurement update time 200 kHz internal and 20µs at the outputs
Power requirement 24Vdc, 8 Watts
Protection rating IP67 (harsher envoronments possible with an optional environmental enclosure)
Operating temperature 5° ~ 45°C (higher temperatures possible with an optional environmental enclosure)
Gauge dimensions L x W x H 140 x 105 x 50mm
Laser beam diameter 4mm
Laser safety classification Class 3B
Diagnostic display Integrated LCD
Pulse outputs 2xpluse outputs or 1xquadrature output, freely programmable, pulse rate <1mhz
Digital inputs Laser enable;  Shutter enable;  3 programmable inputs
Digital outputs Shutter status;  2 programmable outputs
Standard communications interfaces RS-232;  Ethernet TCP/IP (Mopdbus protocol)
Display communications Proton CANbus for optional SiDi-CDI interface display
Optional communications interfaces
(replaces Ethernet TCP/IP interface)
PROFINET          DeviceNet
PROFIBUS          EtherNet/IP
  • Non-contact, high-speed, solid-state laser speed and length measurement with no slippage, drift, mechanical wear or maintenance compared with contact wheel/roller systems

  • Unidirectional speed and length measurement

  • Ultra-compact design with a footprint comparable to a smartphone

  • Optimised for sheet material and converting applications

  • UKAS-traceable calibration; accuracy better than 0.05% and repeatability better than 0.02%

  • Rugged industrial design for use in factory environments

  • Available fitted with industry-standard communications interfaces for easy integration with PLCs and production line equipment

  • Excellent value with low cost of ownership

The miniSL is a very versatile piece of equipment and is suitable for a wide range of applications.
Here's a short list of some of the industries where our customers have benefited from our non-contact laser measurement systems:

  • Flooring and carpet
  • Abrasive paper
  • Roof foil
  • Adhesive tape
  • Cold metal
  • Paper
  • Packaging material
  • Construction & insulation material
  • Special extrusion and calendaring
  • Ceramics
  • Cord, lead
  • Stranded products
  • Insulated products

The following are some of the applications covered:

Cut to Length Control  Elongation or Speed Control  Encoder Calibration

 Inkjet Print Control  Part Length Measurement  Speed Balancing

Speed Measurement  Speed Synchronisation  Spool Length


AiG2-SL/SLR - Display module
  • Connects via the CANbus port
  • Displays measured speed and length
  • Provides menu-based settings of all parameters
  • Bright VFD dot matrix display
AiG2 Panel Mount Kit
AiG2 Panel Mount Kit
  • Bracket for mounting the AiG2 to an end-user panel
CAN-bus cable
CAN-bus cable - for connecting the gauge via a PSU-BOB mini to a CDi interface display unit
  • Available in 1, 5, 10, 20, 40, 60 and 100m lengths
PCIS SL/SLR mini - PC Interface Software
  • PC-based software package
  • User-friendly graphical user interface
  • Displays all measurements
  • Provides menu-based setting of all parameters
  • Provides trending, data logging, presets and alarms
  • Gauge to PC connection via RS-232
PSU BOB mini PSU-BOB mini - Power supply, break-out box and laser safety key switch
  • Connects via the DB25 “INTERFACE” connector
  • Supplies 24VDC electrical power to the gauge
  • Provides screw terminal access to all electrical input and output pins
  • Provides DB9 connectors for access to the CANbus, RS232 and optional industrial bus communications ports
  • Provides a RJ45 connector access to the ethernet port
  • End user cables are sealed with three cable glands
  • Provides a laser enable key switch for compliance with laser safety requirements
  • Input voltage range: 90 – 260VAC @ 45 – 65Hz
DB25 Cable
DB25 Cable - For connecting the gauge "INTERFACE" port to a PSU-BOB mini
  • Available in 1, 3, 5, 10, 20 and 30m lengths
Terminal_Expander Terminal Expander - Gauge-mounted break-out bos
  • Connects the DB25 “INTERFACE” connector
  • Provides DB9 connector access to the RS-232, CANbus, Ethernet or optional industrial bus communications ports
  • Provides screw terminal access to all electrical input and output pins
  • End user cables are sealed with cable glands
Industrial Bus Module
Industrial Bus Module - For connecting the gauge to industrial communications buses, such as used with PLCs
  • May be retrofitted
  • Protocols: DeviceNET; PROFIBUS; PROFINET; EtherNet/IP
Base Plate
Base Plate
  • For securing a SL/SLR mini gauge to a mounting surface
Vibration Reducing Kit
Vibration Reducing Kit
  • For use with the above Base Plate in high-vibration environments
3D Adjuster Plate
3D Adjuster Plate
  • For use with the above Base Plate for precision alignment of the SL/SLr mini gauge to the measured object
  • Provides ±3o of roll and yaw adjustment
Adjustable beam enclosure tube Laser Protection Tube for SL/SLR mini 1220
  • Enclosure of the laser beam to within 10mm of the object for laser safety and harsh environments
Laser Protection Tube Laser Protection Tube for SL/SLR mini 3060
  • Enclosure of the laser beam to within 10mm of the object for laser safety and harsh environments
Air Wipe
Air Wipe
  • High-efficiency, air-wiped protection window for dusty/steamy environments with a quick-change window release mechanism
  • Provides an 8mm push fit tube fitting to connection to a clean air source
Cooling Plate Cooling Plate
  • Air or water cooled plate for installation between the gauge and mounting surface
  • For use in ambient temperatures up to 60°C
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