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I2CXL-MaxSonar®-EZ™
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Our industrial indoor ultrasonic sensor component module

The industrial I2CXL‑MaxSonar‑EZ sensors are high performance ultrasonic sensors with high power output, noise rejection, auto calibration, and factory calibrated beam patterns.

Product 3D Models

 
 
 

Component Overview

 
  • Resolution of 1 cm
  • Up to 40Hz reading rate
  • Simple I2C bus interface
  • Easy control of multiple sensors
  • Control up to 127 sensors using two wires
  • 42kHz Ultrasonic sensor measures distance to objects
  • RoHS Compliant
  • Virtually no dead zone, objects closer than 20 cm range as 20 cm
  • Operates from 3.0-5.5V
  • Low 4.4mA average current requirement
  • Small, light weight module
  • Designed for easy integration into your project or product
  • Operational Temperature from 0˚C to +65˚C (32˚F to +149˚F)
  • Real-time automatic calibration (voltage, humidity, ambient noise)
  • Firmware filtering for better noise tolerance and clutter rejection
  • 200,000+ Hours Mean Time Between Failure
  • Retail Price Range: $29.95-$44.95
  • Volume Pricing (25 or more units): Contact MaxBotix Inc.
 

Selecting a Product

 

MB1202 XL-MaxSonar-EZ0

The I2CXL‑MaxSonar‑EZ0 offers the widest and most sensitive beam pattern of any indoor sensor we currently offer. An excellent choice wherever wide beam detection, reliable people detection, or reliable small obstacle detection are required. Price each $44.95. More on this sensor

MB1212 I2CXL-MaxSonar-EZ1

The I2CXL‑MaxSonar‑EZ1 offers a lower hardware gain and a smaller, narrower detection zone than the MB1200. This makes the I2CXL-MaxSonar-EZ1 a great choice for people detection applications. Price each $44.95. More on this sensor
MB1220 High Performance Ultrasonic Sensor
MB1220 High Performance Ultrasonic Sensor

MB1222 I2CXL-MaxSonar-EZ2

The I2CXL‑MaxSonar EZ2 is our most recommended indoor sensor. It offers the best balance between wide or narrow beams and provides a good balance between small and large target detection. Price each $39.95. More on this sensor

MB1232 I2CXL-MaxSonar-EZ3

The I2CXL‑MaxSonar‑EZ3 has high noise tolerance and a narrow beam with more sensitivity than the MB1242. Price each $39.95. More on this sensor

MB1242 I2CXL-MaxSonar-EZ4

The I2CXL‑MaxSonar‑EZ4 has the highest noise tolerance and narrowest beam of any of our indoor sensors. Designed to provides reliable range information to large targets even in environments with noise sources. Price each $39.95. More on this sensor
The I2CXL-MaxSonar-EZ Sensors At a Glance
 
People Detection
Wide Beam
High Sensitivity
People Detection
Best Balance
Noise Tolerance 
 Large Targets
Narrow Beam
Noise Tolerance
 

 
 

Different applications require different sensors. MaxBotix Inc. has divided our product lines into a series of products with varied sensitivity and maximum range to allow you to select the best sensor to meet your needs.

The diagram above shows how each product balances sensitivity and noise tolerance. To view how each sensor will function to different sized targets reference the I2CXL‑MaxSonar‑EZ Beam Patterns.

 

Reliable Ultrasonic Sensors

The industrial I2CXL‑MaxSonar‑EZ products are a high quality for cost indoor ultrasonic distance sensors. They provide an industrial component module solution that offers easy to use outputs, virtually no sensor dead zone, calibrated beam patterns, stable range readings, low power demands, and a host of other features as detailed in the product datasheets.

The Noise Filtering

The sensor dynamically adjusts its sensitivity to compensate for outside electrical & acoustic noise sources.

The Interface

The I2CXL‑MaxSonar‑EZ interface was designed to be very easy and intuitive to use. The interface uses a simple I2C command set. Using the I2C bus, a user can control up to 127 sensors over two wires.

The Power Requirements

The I2CXL‑MaxSonar‑EZ functions throughout a 3.0V to 5.5V operational voltage range.  This allows for easy integration at either 3.3V or 5V and means that users of low voltage microcontrollers, or those who wish to operate in solar or battery based systems do not have to provide an extra power supply for the sensor.

The I2CXL‑MaxSonar‑EZ sensors have a 4.4mA average current draw at 5.0V and 2.7mA average current draw at 3.3V.

The Controlled Beam Shape

Similar ultrasonic products may have frequent side lobe detection and can even falsely trigger on objects behind or to the sides of the sensor. The I2CXL‑MaxSonar‑EZ offers a controlled beam that is designed to reject small objects (clutter) outside of the central beam area and provides long range sensitivity without detecting frivolous or unwanted targets.

Users are encouraged to pick the product with the sensitivity that best matches their application.  In the I2CXL‑MaxSonar‑EZ product line the product with the widest beam is the MB1202. The product with the narrowest beam is the MB1242.

The Calibration

Each I2CXL‑MaxSonar‑EZ is tested for proper operation at our facility and comes with a factory calibrated beam pattern to help ensure consistent operation of the sensor even from part to part.

The I2CXL‑MaxSonar‑EZ automatically calibrates to its environment before every range reading. This calibration includes compensation for voltage, humidity, acoustic noise, and electrical noise conditions. Temperature compensation for speed of sound changes are not applied.

The Sensitivity to Match Your Application

All users are encouraged to select the lowest sensitivity sensor that still easily matches their target size and distance detection requirements.

For people detection applications: Internal testing of our product shows that people typically have a detection pattern between that of a 6.35mm (1/4-inch) dowel and a 25.4mm (1-inch) dowel.

The MB1212 offers the best balance and is the sensor we recommended for a variety of applications.

Users concerned with only detecting large objects may want to select a sensor with a lower sensitivity such as the MB1232 or MB1242.

Users that desire a wide beam product and wish to detect smaller targets or people to longer distances should choose the MB1202 or the MB1212.

Reference the product datasheets or the I2CXL-MaxSonar-EZ Beam Patterns to get detailed information on how each sensor operates to different targets.

Product Documentation

 
Datasheets

MB1202..........................................................I2CXL-MaxSonar-EZ0 datasheet
MB1212 .........................................................I2CXL-MaxSonar-EZ1 datasheet
MB1222..........................................................I2CXL-MaxSonar-EZ2 datasheet
MB1232..........................................................I2CXL-MaxSonar-EZ3 datasheet
MB1242..........................................................I2CXL-MaxSonar-EZ4 datasheet

Application Notes

Ultrasonic Sensor Selection Guide........................Ultrasonic Sensor Selection Guide
MTBF Reliability Demonstration Report..................MTBF Report
High Resolution Pictures.....................................I2CXL-MaxSonar-EZ High Resolution Pictures.zip

Key Improvements over our XL-MaxSonar-EZ Sensors

 
  • I2C communications
  • Faster read rate
  • Easy control of multiple sensors
 

Custom Solutions

For some of our customers our standard products have not fit the requirements of their particular application. As a result, we have designed and manufactured a number of custom solutions. Some of the product improvements and features have been incorporated directly into our standard products. For other users we have evaluated their specifications and charged a small NRE fee for their custom parts.

Contact MaxBotix Inc. with your application and its requirements and our engineers will work to arrive at a desirable solution.

 
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