Length Measurement of Umbilical/Submarine Cables and Ropes

Slip-free measurement of wet, soiled, stranded surfaces

Wet and dirty umbilical / submarine cables as well as rough stranded ropes and cables can best be measured with non-contact methods. With sufficiently good material guidance, μSPEED systems achieve consistently high measurement accuracies.

Typical application data:

  • Material speed: typically up to 150m / min
  • Measurement accuracy with tactile measuring equipment or via drive: typically 5%
  • Measurement accuracy with non-contact length measurement μSPEED: typically 0.05%
  • Amortization: 2 months, direct encoder replacement, sufficient material guidance necessary

Material examples:

  • umbilical , submarine cable, power cable, data cable, …
  • Ropes, rope material

Machines equipped with non-contact length measurement:

  • umbilical / submarine cable laying machines, cable winding machines, cable laying ships, cable laying …
  • stranding machine, rope winding machine, cable winding machine, …


measure cable length

Matching Products and Services

Length & Speed Measurement Systems

  • Non-contact length and speed measurement, optically by laser
  • Length and speed free of slippage, maintenance-free, permanently calibrated and accurately measured
  • The Laser-Encoder replaces tactile measurement via impeller, wheel, measurement roller, or machine drive
  • Measurement of agitated surfaces via laser-doppler surface velocimeter

ELOVIS Services

ELOVIS offers the following services for the measurement of umbilical / submarine cables and ropes:

  • Advice on length and speed measurement
  • Measurement & calibration services
  • Help with length complaints of your customers
  • OEM sensor developments in the field of length and speed measurement

Always available for you:
Bernd Engelsdorf


Vincenz-Prießnitz-Straße 1
76131 Karlsruhe, Germany

T +49 721 933823-0
F +49 721 933823-23


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