Non-Contact Speed Measurement

On moving surfaces – even at high accelerations

Should the speed of moving web and parts be accurately recorded in order to monitor, control and regulate machines? Measuring wheels and other tactile gauges do not offer sufficiently high measurement accuracy due to slippage or dependencies caused by material, surface or thickness as well as wear and tear. In addition, tactile measurement systems can damage the material surface due to scratching or tracking. What is needed is maintenance-free and permanently accurate sensors that measure on all surfaces, structures and colors without the need for parameter setting, regardless of whether the material to be measured is firm, soft, dry or damp, transported on belts or as a web, as a pipe, in endless production or as parts. The applications extends from portable use for speed measurement at any measurement point in production machines through the speedometer calibration to process optimization via differential speed measurement. The non-contact laser encoders μSPEED from ELOVIS are perfectly suited for such speed measurement applications.

Typical measurement materials:

  • Paper, Cardboard, Tissue, …
  • Pulpjet, headbox
  • Film, foil, plastic packaging
  • Textiles, carpets, nonwoven, nonwoven fabric
  • webs, foils of metal
  • cable, wire
  • Extrusion material such as profiles, hoses
  • Rolling material, strips, sheets

Typical machines with measurement problems:

  • Paper machines, long wire machines, headbox
  • Winder, slitter, rewinder
  • tenter frame, stenter frame
  • dryer
  • calendering machines
  • laminating machines
  • coating machines
  • rolling mills
Non-contact speed measurement

Application Examples

Zylinder Geschwindigkeit

Cylinder Speed, Roller Speed

Cylinder speeds and roller speeds often decide on the material quality and the degree of utilization of machines. Dri...

Spray Wire Speed Measurement

The measurement of the spray wire speed is an important factor in the coating of components. Due to the surface prope...

Speed of Metal and Sheet Metal

Sheet metal made of aluminum, steel, stainless steel and copper alloys must be moved at the right speed during the pr...

Wire Speed Measurement

Wires are difficult to measure with tactile devices. Due to the smooth and often oiled surfaces, measuring wheels usu...

Speed of Rail Vehicles

The speed of rail vehicles and other vehicles is generally determined on the basis of the static friction of the whee...

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 speed measurement:

  • Consulting regarding speed measurement 
  • Measurement & calibration services
  • Help in finding system malfunctions
  • OEM sensor development in the area of non-contact 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

Required Information *