Operating Principle

Operating Principle

Ultra sound is a pressure wave with a frequency higher than the upper limit of human hearing (approximately 20 kHz). LaserLinc uses ultrasonic frequencies from 2.25 MHz to 50 MHz.


For measuring material thickness, the process involves the following:

  • A pulse of electrical energy excites a piezoelectric transducer  
  • The transducer converts the electrical energy into mechanical energy in the form of a sound wave
  • The sound wave travels through a coupling medium (typically water) until it encounters a material with a different acoustic impedance (resistance to displacement by sound)
  • At an acoustic interface, some sound energy is reflected—an echo is generated—and a portion of the energy continues onward into the next material
  • An echo is generated at each acoustic interface so with a single-layer plastic tube immersed in water, two echoes occur:
    • One at the acoustic interface between water and the plastic
    • Another at the acoustic interface between plastic and air on the inside of the tube
  • Each echo received by the transducer is converted back to electrical energy
  • The electrical signal generated while the transducer is “listening” for echoes is analyzed by a digital signal processor (DSP) to measure the precise time between consecutive echoes
  • The time between consecutive echoes is converted to a thickness measurement by multiplying by the speed of sound through the material, and dividing by two (since the sound must travel through the material and back to the transducer)

We’re so confident in our products that we guarantee every part we manufacture with an industry-leading four-year warranty.


These products are compatible with the Total Vu™ platform for complete product and process monitoring, reporting, and control.


We’re a 100% U.S. owned and operated company. We’re proud to design and build our products at our Fairborn, Ohio headquarters.


These products use a standard Ethernet connection to transfer data between the device and the host processor.


These products receive power over the same Ethernet connection used for communications, thereby eliminating the need for a separate power source, power cable, or conduit.