The industrial XL‑MaxSonar‑AE sensors are high performance ultrasonic sensors with high power output, noise rejection, auto calibration, and factory calibrated beam patterns. The XL‑MaxSonar‑AE sensors have three outputs: analog voltage, serial, & real-time analog envelope.
Users who prefer pulse width output are encouraged to select one of the XL-MaxSonar-EZ sensor.
Advanced users are encouraged to view the XL‑MaxSonar‑AE sensors which feature analog voltage, serial, & a real‑time analog envelope waveform outputs.
Selecting a Product
The XL-MaxSonar-AE Sensors At a Glance
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. The MB1360 & MB1361 are longer range components which match the calibration of the MB1300 & MB1310 respectively. To view how each sensor will function to different sized targets reference the XL‑MaxSonar Beam Patterns.
The Difference Between XL-MaxSonar-EZ and XL-MaxSonar-AE
Sensors from the XL-MaxSonar-EZ (1200 series) have pulse width output.
Sensors from the XL-MaxSonar-AE (1300 series) have analog envelope output. The AE output allows for easy troubleshooting and is also suitable for users who wish to do advanced signal processing.
Both the XL-MaxSonar-EZ product line and the XL-MaxSonar-AE product line offer users the serial and analog voltage distance outputs.
For further help in selecting a sensor use our Sensor Selection Guide
Sensor Line Specifications
- Resolution of 1 cm
- 10Hz reading rate
- 42kHz Ultrasonic sensor measures distance to objects
- RoHS Compliant
- Read from all 3 sensor outputs: Analog Voltage, Serial, Analog Envelope
- Virtually no dead zone, objects closer than 20 cm range as 20 cm
- Maximum Range of 765 cm (300 inches) or 1068 cm (420 inches)
- Operates from 3.3-5.5V
- Low 3.4mA 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
Quote Request Form: For orders greater than 100 sensors
The industrial XL‑MaxSonar‑AE products are a high quality for cost indoor ultrasonic distance sensor. 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 XL-MaxSonar-AE sensors represent an industry revolution that have already found use in a number of advanced or industrial solutions where ultrasonic sensors historically have not been considered a viable solution for many applications due to unstable readings and high power and size requirements.
The Noise Filtering
The sensor dynamically adjusts its sensitivity to compensate for outside electrical & acoustic noise sources.
The XL‑MaxSonar‑AE interface was designed to be very easy and intuitive to use. The interface output formats included are analog envelope output, analog voltage output, and asynchronous serial digital output. All interfaces work without user code or complicated setup strings.
The Power Requirements
The XL‑MaxSonar‑AE functions throughout a 3.3V 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 XL‑MaxSonar‑AE sensors have a 3.4mA average current draw during free ranging operation.
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 XL‑MaxSonar‑AE 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 XL‑MaxSonar‑AE product line the products with the widest beam are the MB130 and MB1360. The product with the narrowest beam is the MB1340.
Each XL‑MaxSonar‑AE 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 XL‑MaxSonar‑AE 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 MB1320 offers the best balance and is the sensor we recommended for a variety of applications.
|Sensor Selection Guide||Sensor Selection Guide|
|RoHS Conformity||RoHS Declaration of Conformity|
|CE Declaration of Conformity||CE Declaration of Conformity|
|Reliability Demonstration||MTBF Report|
|Quick Start Guide||MaxSonar Quick Start Guide|
|High Resolution Pictures||High Resolution Pictures.zip|
Product 3D Models
These 3D model files will download with a different product name.
|Key Shot||IGES File||ACIS 7.0 File||Solid Works Part|
|STL File||STEP File||ParaSolid Part|