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USB Ultrasonic Distance Sensors

USB Ultrasonic Distance Sensors – Measure Distance and Proximity

MaxBotix’s USB ultrasonic distance sensors are low-cost ultrasonic proximity sensors featuring an easy-to-use USB interface that connects directly to a computer with a standard Micro-B USB cable. The interface was designed to be very easy and intuitive to use. These USB ultrasonic distance sensors provide a component module solution that offers easy integration with USB
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UAV Ultrasonic Sensors

UAV Ultrasonic Sensors – Measure Distance and Proximity

“What goes up, must come down.” One of the biggest considerations for how much time a UAV spends in the air is weight. This means that every ounce affects the UAV. We design our UAV ultrasonic sensors to be high performance, small, compact, low-cost, easy-to-use and lightweight. Our recommended ultrasonic sensors for UAVs weigh approximately
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Ultrasonic Sensor HRLV-MaxSonar-EZ

Ultrasonic Sensor Quick Start Guide – HRLV‑MaxSonar‑EZ

This is provided to serve as an easy to use set-up guide for the HRLV‑MaxSonar‑EZ family of ultrasonic sensors, awarded one of the Top 10 Sensor Products of 2012 from Sensors & Transducers Magazine. This ultrasonic sensor uses sound to measure the distance to nearby objects, and then reports the information through one of the
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Ultrasonic Sensors Kiosk Applicatoins

Ultrasonic Sensors for People Detection in an Application

MaxBotix ultrasonic sensors solve the common problem of people detection. Our ultrasonic sensors offer the ability to detect people over a wide range of distances with a high read rate and excellent reading to reading stability. Ultrasonic sensors support a wide range of needs from kiosk based applications to occupancy detection and even to autonomous
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Robot Operating System (ROS) used with a MaxBotix Ultrasonic Sensor

A MaxBotixultrasonic sensor installed in a robot using the Robot Operating System (ROS) provides the valuable data needed to solve the complex obstacle avoidance and navigation problems on your autonomous robots. The Robot Operating System is a powerful resource that enables collaborative development of truly complex robot software. ROS is designed to be run on
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Robot Using an Ultrasonic Sensor Bring Your Robotic Visions To Life

  A robot without an ultrasonic sensor is blind. Ultrasonic sensors allow our robots to react to the world around them like we do with our eyes and ears. There are many types of ultrasonic sensors, and they provide your robot with new or improved senses. At MaxBotix Inc., we know how to best leverage
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Connect a Raspberry Pi Zero with an USB Ultrasonic Sensor

MaxBotix USB ultrasonic sensors make your Raspberry Pi Projects even easier. This tutorial teaches you how to connect a Raspberry Pi Zero, as well as the other members of R Pi family, with an ultrasonic sensor to read data off the USB port. You may want to check out our tutorial on Raspberry Pi TTL
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Using an Ultrasonic RangeFinder for Snow Level Measurement

When winter arrives at our production facilities in Minnesota, we see a lot of snow. An ultrasonic rangefinder for snow detection is a great way to measure just how much snow Old Man Winter brings. Ultrasonic sensors traditionally struggle to detect snow because it acts like a sound dampener. You can gain further understanding of
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Arduino Projects Ideas

Arduino Projects Ideas – The Ultimate Arduino Playground

We are hand-picking the best Arduino Projects to power up your skills. We are working on a brilliant selection of inspirational ideas to help you build extraordinary projects without the need for expensive add-ons, or hard-to-find-parts. Learn, master & create fun arduino projects. Our fun projects are going to be great for beginners, advanced users,
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Raspberry Pi Zero

Setting up the Raspberry Pi Zero for an I2C Sensor

  Brief Synopsis: This tutorial demonstrates how to set up an I2C circuit using a Raspberry Pi product such as the classic Raspberry Pi, Raspberry Pi Zero, Raspberry Pi 2, or Raspberry Pi 3 and an I2C Sensor MaxSonar. The article was written and tested on an R Pi with the September 2016 version of
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Raspberry Pi Projects – Exclusive Ideas to Use with Ultrasonic Sensors

We’ve put together some of the best and worthwhile Raspberry Pi Projects to make your time fun and educational. Explore below easy, simple fascinating Raspberry Pi Projects to get started with, along with some complex projects for advanced users. At this point the Raspberry Pi is a modern legend. These series of tiny, low-powered computers
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Packaging Options for the MaxSonar Sensors

Key Takeaways Maxbotix Inc., offers a variety of housing types for many of our popular sensors The WR full horn housings generally provides the best performance Compact WR housings provide wider beam patterns with weaker detections Over the past 10 years, MaxBotix expanded the number of packaging options available for each many of our sensors.
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Triangulation Finds the Direction and Distance to a Pole

Using the HRLV-MaxSonar-EZ1 (MB1013).   Download this Ultrasonic Pole/Tower Sensing & Detection Application Note! This PDF will show you how to use one sensor for pole detection, and distance sensing. Or with two sensors, you can determine the distance, direction, and alignment to the pole. Using the HRLV-MaxSonar-EZ1 sensor(s) on your robot The MaxBotix Inc.,
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The MaxBotix RMA Process Guide

Key Takeaways MaxBotix Inc., uses a systematic evaluation process to determine the functionality of each sensor. Soldering to the sensor’s pins may affect the sensor replacement policy. If a sensor is found functional, MaxBotix Inc., support will continue to help resolve the issue you are facing. When providing support, our technical support team may determine
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Important Considerations for Using an Ultrasonic Sensor Inside of a Pipe

Key Takeaways Successful operation of an ultrasonic sensor inside a pipe has strict pipe requirements Ultrasonic sensor performance is limited by the principles of physics It is possible to get accurate results in a pipe, however, many factors must be accounted for to achieve success Many customers have requested the option to mount an ultrasonic
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Ultrasonic Sensor Output Options

Key Takeaways Analog voltage provides range information on a linear voltage scale Pulse width outputs a digital representation of range using a pulse which directly corresponds with the range Serial data output of our sensors delivers asynchronous data at TTL voltage levels The analog envelope output is a minimally filtered output of the acoustic waveform
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Grand Opening of Facility Expansion

MaxBotix Inc., Continues to Expand Production began in 2004 in the office of the owner’s house. With exponential growth in the first three years, the company made their first move in 2007 followed by yearly moves to bigger spaces over the next three years. MaxBotix Inc., headquarters and production operations moved to a larger facility
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2015 a Record Year for MaxBotix Inc.®

Key Takeaways Customer satisfaction is our first priority Striving to innovate new products Continuous improvement along with future thinking has helped our continued growth Our community mission is “Better Jobs for a Better Community” MaxBotix Inc., Continues Strong Growth August 12, 2015, Inc. 5000 recognized MaxBotix Inc., with a rank of #3616 overall. Our growth
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Sensor Selection, Set-up, and Troubleshooting Overview

Key Takeaways The sensor selected must fit your environment Setting up your sensor Understanding how sound waves affect the beam pattern of a sensor Implementing Multiple Sensors Most effective way to troubleshoot your sensor with MaxBotix Technical Support Full Article Links 105-Protected vs. Non-Protected Environments 016-LV-MaxSonar-EZ Quick Start Guide 109-An Introduction to the 42kHz Sound
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I2C Troubleshooting

Key Takeaways Pull-up resistor values for an I2C circuit are bus speed dependent MaxBotix Inc., sensors require clock stretching for bus speeds above 50kHz Sensor addresses must be properly set and polled for proper operation What is I2C? Integrating a number of devices together into one circuit and individually commanding each device allows you to
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Analog Envelope Captured Using a PicoScope

Key Takeaways Capture the analog envelope Use a picoscope Screen shot the analog envelope The analog envelope output is the log compressed voltage output of the acoustic return signal, which provides users with the ability to see the internal workings of the sensor. This output allows users the ability to easily verify the overall operation
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How Salt Water Affects Electronics

Key Takeaways Know the affects of saltwater on electronics See how saltwater damages electronics Learn how to clean off saltwater residue Pure distilled water does not conduct electricity and will not damage most electrical equipment that is clean and free of debris. Tap water is not pure water because it mixes with polarized minerals as
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Tech Support

Key Takeaways FAQs by Tech Support Tips for sensor selection Troubleshooting tips Technical support services help solve sensor problems, wiring, and mounting as well as application-based sensor selection. Technical support for MaxBotix Inc., may be delivered over the phone (218-454-0766 ext 2), by e-mail ([email protected]), or by the contact tab on the MaxBotix Inc., webpage.
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Creating & Weatherproofing a Wire Splice

Key Takeaways List of Materials to properly splice wires List of Materials to properly create a weatherproof wire splice Techniques to properly splice wires Techniques to properly create a weatherproof wire splice List of Materials Needed For Splicing Wire To Weatherproof a Wire Splice Goggles Hands-free clamp Wire stripper Soldering iron with stand Lead free
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Proper Soldering & Desoldering Techniques of a MaxBotix Inc., Sensor

Key Takeaways List of Materials to properly solder and desolder a MaxBotix Inc., sensor Techniques to properly through-hole solder a MaxBotix Inc., sensor Techniques to properly desolder a MaxBotix Inc., sensor Materials Needed for Soldering Materials Needed for Desoldering Goggles Hands-free clamp Wire stripper Soldering iron with stand Soldering iron tip Lead free solder ~.031
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Quick Start Oscilloscope Operation Guide

Key Takeaways Oscilloscopes display the properties of electrical signals as they change over time Most oscilloscopes offer a number of tools or options to measure electrical signals Proper triggering helps to fix the waveform in one spot on the display An oscilloscope displays electrical signals as they change over time. Understanding the operation of an
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Data Averaging

Key Takeaways Averaging range data can be used to smooth out unstable readings The mean, median, and mode are the three most common averages MaxBotix Inc., recommends the use of a median or mode for averaging range data Finding an average or standard data value can be a useful way to understand the underlying trends
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Power Supply Testing

Key Takeaways A faulty power supply can lead to improper sensor operation Issues with a power supply will manifest throughout the entire circuit The power supply should be tested early in the troubleshooting process Required Equipment Properly calibrated voltmeters and current meters (resolution should be 10 times the parameter being measured) Oscilloscope with bandwidth up
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MaxBotix Inc., Wishes You a Very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year

Faith makes all things possible, Hope makes all things work, Love makes all things beautiful, May you have all three for this Christmas. MERRY CHRISTMAS Company Growth The company continues the trend of doubling each year. We have seen an increase in productivity, added three new machines, and started the buildout of the remaining 12,000
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Notes on Underwater Ranging

Key Takeaways MaxBotix Inc., will not warranty sensors used for underwater ranging Underwater ranging is possible, but may be a difficult task Underwater ranging requires adjusting for acoustic differences between air and water MaxBotix Inc., produces high performance, ultrasonic precision in-air rangefinders. Our rangefinders provide high accuracy and resolution for in-air target detection. We focus
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Happy Thanksgiving 2015!

Happy Thanksgiving! We want to express thanks to our employees, our customers and our suppliers. All of you have contributed to another year of super growth at MaxBotix Inc.! We are in the process of building out the remaining 12,000 square feet of our manufacturing facility and adding new machines to our assembly production line
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Methods to Conceal an Ultrasonic Sensor: The use of acoustically transparent materials

Key Takeaways Speaker grill cloth, wire mesh and open celled foam are ways to conceal ultrasonic sensors for your application For proper operation, moisture, temperature, and acoustic return must be taken into consideration when attempting to conceal the sensor Ultrasonic sensors are not able to range through solid objects regardless of the color or transparency
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Resolution, Precision & Accuracy: A Guide to Understanding Range Readings

Key Takeaways Resolution indicates the smallest reading or change in readings that can be reported Precision indicates the smallest reading that can be taken repeatedly and reliably Accuracy indicates how close the reading is to the true distance When it comes down to it, you purchase a rangefinder for the range readings. The success of
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MaxSonar® Troubleshooting Guide

Troubleshooting the MaxSonar Sensor Family Our sensors are improved to not allow unstable readings. Occasionally unstable range readings occur. Within this tutorial we will explain how to identify, troubleshoot, and eliminate the cause of unstable range readings. This will work for all sensor lines. Start troubleshooting with a single sensor and this simple test. This
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Design Cycle Guide: Production Planning

Summary This is a critical phase of the overall success of the project as MaxBotix Inc., and you collaborate and finalize the desired deliveries. MaxBotix Inc., audits its lead times to ensure the most current information is used during this process. We, do our best to meet the shipping demands of each customer while communicating
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Design Cycle Guide: Product Selection

Summary During this phase, we provide the recommended options for success based on your needs. Additionally, we further discuss any potential specific application needs. Recommendations can include an off‑the‑shelf sensor, a custom or semi‑custom sensor NRE project, or a feasibility study for unknown applications. After product selection takes place, the quoting process beings. Key Takeaways
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Understanding Target Acoustics

Acoustically Soft vs. Acoustically Hard Key Takeaways Acoustic properties limit the detection range of certain targets Understanding a target’s acoustic properties helps with sensor selection Targets that absorb more sound are more difficult to detect with ultrasonic sensors The Reflection of Sound All targets reflect sound to a varying degree. To better understand this, a
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Introduction to the MaxBotix Inc., Design Cycle Guide

Welcome to a series of articles that walks you through the complete process of integrating an ultrasonic sensor into your application. These articles are packed with valuable information and tips to help you complete a successful ultrasonic sensor implementation whether you are a large scale designer, an application engineer, or a hobbyist. Customer success and
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An Introduction to the 42kHz Sound Wave

Key Takeaways MaxBotix® Inc., currently uses 42kHz sound waves in all of its ultrasonic sensors Ultrasonic sensors will detect objects regardless of their visual characteristics A 42kHz sound wave will not range through solid objects The 42kHz Sound Wave MaxBotix® Inc., sensors provide sensing solutions for a wide variety of applications. Our Sensor Selection Guide
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Long Range Sensing

Key Takeaways MaxBotix® Inc., limits its maximum detection range to 10 meters (32.8 feet) MaxSonar® sensors offer reliable people detection out to ~5.4 meters (~18 feet) Targets must be perpendicular or able to reflect sound back to the sensor for long range detection MaxBotix® Inc., presses the limits by pursuing new technologies Ten Meter Ranging
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2015 Sensors Expo Recap

2015 Sensors Expo & Conference MaxBotix® Inc., attended the 2015 Sensors Expo & Conference in Long Beach, California. We greatly enjoyed our time at the expo thanks to the many attendees who stopped by our booth to say hi and learn about our sensors. Hearing from so many people with passion for the industry gave
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People Detection Ultrasonic Sensors & Kiosk Sensors

Key Takeaways People are traditionally a challenging target for ultrasonic sensor MaxBotix® Inc., offers ultrasonic proximity sensors that reliably detect people Proximity information is minimally affected by sensor cross-talk People Detection Many ultrasonic sensor applications require the user to detect people in an environment. MaxBotix® Inc., provides ultrasonic sensor that reliably detect people, and our
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Protected vs. Non-Protected Environments

Key Takeaway How to distinguish between a protected and non-protected environment. Protected vs. Non-Protected Environments When choosing an ultrasonic sensor it is very important to be aware of the surrounding environment. This is a key factor and the first consideration when selecting a sensor. This requires looking around the environment that your sensor will be
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Sensors Expo 2015 Announcement

MaxBotix Inc., is once again attending the Sensors Expo & Conference which is the longest running event in the industry featuring tomorrow’s innovative technologies. This year it is in Long Beach, California, June 9 –11, 2015. Look for our signature banner which displays a number of common sensor applications. Check out our interactive display featuring
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Design Cycle Guide: Full Deployment & Production

Summary At this phase, our order processing department issues the invoice for the required payment. Vendor lead times are confirmed with MaxBotix Inc., product shipment schedules. MaxBotix Inc., starts the production of the units. Required payment is received before shipments are started and/or released from our manufacturing facility. Phase 5 and 6 are repeated as
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Using an I2C‑MaxSonar with an Arduino

A number of customers have asked if the Arduino supports talking to the I2C‑MaxSonar sensors over an I2C interface. The short answer is “Yes.” The more technical answer is – be prepared to install a new library and learn a bit about digital electronics.Never fear! I have worked to provide a clear and easy to
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Corner Reflectors Can Cause Surprise Clutter

Illustration 1: Two common shapes of corner reflectors. Sometimes when using an ultrasonic sensor, users experience detection of unwanted objects that appear outside the expected beam pattern. These types of detections are the result of reflectors present in the environment. Corner reflectors can be surprisingly small, yet present a large reflection back to the sensor.Certain
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Design Cycle Guide: Discover & Education

Summary During this phase, we share information about our mutual businesses and goals. We present our process for doing business. Additionally, we review and discuss any legal requirements such as contracts, NDAs, and tax exemption certificates. If an NDA has not been executed at this point, we execute a mutual NDA. Assuming all things check
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Design Cycle Guide: Concept & Requirements

Summary We start the process by developing a mutual understanding of your application vision, specific requirements and sensor needs. This step defines the details and outcomes you require to be successful. This includes reviewing your sensor, application, and production requirements. Additionally, we explore your use of a contract manufacturer to ensure there is a smooth
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Design Cycle Guide: Proof of Concept & Testing

Summary During this phase, we ensure that the sensor used in the application will be successful. An NRE project and feasibility studies begin during this stage when applicable. Once the proof of concept is proven to work, testing increases in scale and a larger quantity of sensors are used to ensure any previously unidentified issues
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Design Cycle Guide: Outro

Review of the Design Cycle Guide MaxBotix Inc., finds the information in this guide to be beneficial to our customers as they endeavor along the Design Cycle from concept to full deployment. If you have any questions regarding the process, please contact your sales representative. Phase 1: Concept & Requirements We start the process by
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Design Cycle Guide: Partnership & Future Projects

Summary We want to continue working with you on future projects where our products and services can help make you be successful. Additionally, we want to hear about other businesses that you feel can benefit from our services. Key Takeaways MaxBotix Inc., believes in creating relationships and partnerships with our customers Customer success and satisfaction
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Design Cycle Guide: Feedback Evaluation

Summary Now is the time when you are able to help us improve your experience in the future. We want to know how everything went. What was good, where can we improve, and how did our products and service accomplish your goals. If you have a concern at any point during the process, please contact
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MaxBotix Inc. Product History

The MaxSonar product line has experienced steady continued growth since product inception. Early customer satisfaction, and distributor acceptance, created the platform for incremental product improvement and growth. You may also view the growth of our company in the company history. December 2005 The MaxSonar-EZ1 was released for sale to the public. July 2007 MaxBotix Inc.,
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MaxBotix Releases the ParkSonar™-EZ Sensors

MaxBotix Inc., developed a sensor line specifically for parking garage applications that has unique properties. Our ParkSonar‑EZ ultrasonic proximity sensor line is a cost-effective solution with excellent clutter and noise rejection and the ability to reliably detect automobiles. It also has the ability to work in multi-sensor environments all while providing a simple ‘yes/no’ signal
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MaxBotix Inc., Releases the MB8450 Car Detection Sensor

MB8450 Car Detection Sensor is a USB ultrasonic proximity sensor with a True/False output, an optional range output, and an IP67 rating for use in outdoor environments. This sensor detects cars in a variety of installations such as: drive thru ATMs, fast‑food restaurants, pharmacies, smart parking meters, or outdoor parking garages. The user can integrate
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MaxBotix Inc., Thanksgiving 2014

Giving thanks! This has been another exciting year of outstanding growth. This year the Brainerd Area Chamber of Commerce considered MaxBotix Inc., for the Business Excellence Award. While we didn’t place first, we were one of the three finalists and that was truly wonderful. If you are interested click through to read the article covering
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MaxBotix Inc. Launches a High Performance 4-20mA Output Ultrasonic Sensor

The new 4-20HR-MaxSonar-WR sensors are high accuracy ultrasonic sensors featuring a 4-20mA output. These sensors are a low cost, IP67 rated drop-in replacement for use with existing PLC/process control systems. The sensors offer superior rejection of outside noise sources and feature speed of sound temperature compensation. The 4-20HR-MaxSonar-WR sensors provide range information from 50cm to
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Easy to Use Sensors are now Easier to Select

The sensors in the MaxSonar family have always been easy to use with interfaces such as Analog Voltage, Pulse Width, and Serial data, but now we have made it even easier to select the proper sensor for your application. We have just released the new Sensor Selection Guide, that is as simple as choosing the
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Arduino Ultrasonic Sensors – How to Use an Ultrasonic Sensor with an Arduino

Arduino Ultrasonic Sensors – How to Use an Ultrasonic Sensor with an Arduino Arduino ultrasonic sensors are very popular for integrating when designing solutions for many applications in robotics and automation. The MaxBotix ultrasonic sensors that interface with the Arduino platform make it easy for a users to implement the needed ranging capabilities no matter
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MaxBotix Inc., Releases the SCXL‑MaxSonar Sensor Line

MaxBotix Inc., Releases Two Self‑Cleaning, High Performance, Outdoor Ultrasonic Sensor Lines The condensation issue in tanks and other moisture-prone environments is solved! The SCXL‑MaxSonar sensor series, based on our popular HRXL-MaxSonar-WR product line, is a power-efficient unit suitable for battery or solar powered setups. Designed for tank level measurement, grain storage bins, and other applications
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MaxBotix Releases 3D CAD Files!

Making your Design experience so much Better – Download and utilize MaxBotix 3D CAD Models Good news Designers – we now have downloadable 3D CAD models (in multiple formats) of our ultrasonic sensors! Designers and Engineers can utilize these models for system integration design or free designing, which will save you time, money, and resources.
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MaxBotix™ Inc., Releases the UCXL‑MaxSonar®‑WR!

MaxBotix Inc., Releases New High Performance, Low Cost, Ultra-Compact Ultrasonic Sensor series Our most popular sensor is now available in a new design which is physically shorter than any of our current outdoor sensors, allowing easy integration into users’ applications. Our new UCXL‑MaxSonar®‑WR series sensors are flexible, customizable products intended to be integrated with a
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Swinging Ball Test of MaxSonar™ Rangefinders

The primary goal during the building of the original LV-MaxSonar-EZ1 was to make a high performance ultrasonic range finder that provided readings, so stable, that unless the object moved, the readings didn’t vary. This was the first and primary goal during the initial design of the LV-MaxSonar-EZ1, these goals have continued and been improved upon
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MaxBotix Inc. Company History

MaxBotix has experienced steady continued growth since the company first began. You may also view the growth of our products in the product history. January 2004 MaxBotix Technologies begins product development. October 2005 MaxBotix Technologies contracts a small independent electronic assembly company, Wielen Electronics, to handle the light electronic assembly and shipping operations. December 2005
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Robotics Alley Conference & Expo

We had a blast at the Robotics Alley Conference and Expo November 12th & 13th, 2013. We saw several of the display robots using our sensors. This was a great opportunity for us to see all the unique and exciting advances in robotics and autonomous technologies.Looking for other companies that were at Robotics Alley? CLICK
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Merry Christmas From MaxBotix Inc!

MaxBotix Inc., Would like to Wish Everyone a Merry Christmas! We would like to take time to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. This year has brought many wonderful, positive changes to MaxBotix Inc. We would personally like to thank everyone that helped make it possible, from our loyal customers, vendors,
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MaxBotix Inc., Wishes you a Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and a world of good wishes to our customers, vendors, distributors, and our staff! Our joys for this holiday season are the opportunities to say thank you and wish everyone the very best for the new year. Our sincere thanks for your loyalty and goodwill throughout the year. Community We continue to move
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Welcome FIRST® Teams

MaxBotix Inc., would like to welcome back all returning students to this years’ F.I.R.S.T® competition.Last year we had an enjoyable time watching teams creating robots during Ultimate Ascent competitions. There were many great robots made, and from what we see lots of creative students working on the robots. Like we have done the last several
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MaxBotix Inc., Thanksgiving 2013

Giving thanks for our Company Growth This has been an exciting year of growth at MaxBotix Inc. As of May 2013, our operations are now in a newly remodeled 22,000 square foot building (with 23 attached acres for further construction). In this new facility we have continued, all year, to add people to our wonderful
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Using a MaxSonar® with an ioBridge® Wireless Endpoint Pro

Using a MaxSonar with ioBridge products have proven to be effective methods of monitoring distance over the internet in real-time from anywhere in the world. This solution quickly connects you to the real-world information you want from a variety of devices. Using this system, users were able to watch the build of up hurricane Sandy
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CE Compliance Has Arrived!

We are excited to announce that all our parts are officially CE compliant! Our products are ready for European users! Declarations of conformity are available to be downloaded at this link. Through rigorous testing by engineers, we have revealed that our products have always been compliant with CE regulations. So the wait is finally over
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Ultrasonic Snow Sensor Demonstrates Great High Accuracy

Ultrasonic snow depth sensors from MaxBotix Inc., feature high range stability during outdoor operation. We believe that our sensor’s performance meet or exceed that of our competitors, yet feature a much lower cost.Presented is our ultrasonic sensor’s performance, from the MB7354, compared with the performance of the Judd Ultrasonic Snow Depth Sensor and Campbell Scientific
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Snow Sensor Mounting

MaxBotix Inc., has recently released a reliable, high accuracy, and inexpensive sensors for precision snow depth measurement. The MB7334, MB7344, MB7354, MB7364, MB7374, & MB7384 HRXL‑MaxSonar‑WR Ultrasonic Snow Sensors are an evolution of our HRXL-MaxSonar-WR product line. In the real world snow environment, at our facilities in northern Minnesota, this sensor line was proven and optimized,
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Ultrasonic Sensor for Snow Depth with Low Cost and High Performance

Today, MaxBotix Inc., is responding to customers demand for reliable, high accuracy, and inexpensive sensors for precision snow depth measurement. The Ultrasonic Sensor MB7364 & Ultrasonic Sensor MB7384 HRXL‑MaxSonar‑WR Ultrasonic Snow Sensors use high frequency sound to measure the time of flight to the surface of snow. These snow depth sensors are an evolution of
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Configuring USB-MaxSonar® Ultrasonic Sensors

This article provides instruction on the easy setup for the MaxBotix® Inc., USB-MaxSonar® ultrasonic sensor lines. This instructional set will help you set up the USB-MaxSonar® ultrasonic sensors with your computer system.     Please use your prefered operating system instruction set: Windows    Linux    Apple OS Serial Port Configuration Settings Com Port: Determined by Hardware*
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HRXL‑MaxSonar®‑WR Extreme Duty Sensors

MaxBotix Inc., thanks guest writer Tim Gallagher who shares his experience with the MB7369 while transporting heavy equipment. MaxBotix Inc., sensors have been successfully used in extreme duty conditions. Large multi-axle trailers, which are used to transport wind energy equipment across the country, hydraulically adjust the ride height of their payload throughout their journey to
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MaxSonar Operation on a Multi-Copter

MaxBotix Inc., sensors have been successfully used on a number of multi‑copters. Multi‑copters are also called UAVs, rotorcraft, quadrotor helicopters, or quadcopters. Many users have had issues getting the sensors to operate reliably. Sensor operation during flight on a quad‑copter is a challenging environment for an ultrasonic sensor to operate reliably. The most obvious issue
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Welcome FRC2013!

Vouchers Vouchers are enabled for the FIRST® 2013 contest. If you have any questions regarding the voucher codes or for technical assistance please email us at [email protected] <– Click the FRC logo to see our FRC2013 support notes. Like MaxBotix Inc., on Facebook: We will be using the MaxBotix Inc., Facebook page to update FIRST®
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Thanksgiving 2012

In a time of general economic downsizing, MaxBotix Inc., would like to express thanks to God, our employees, our customers, and our suppliers that have all contributed to another year of super growth at MaxBotix Inc.This year we increased our product offering from four product lines, to twelve product lines. Here we have greatly increased
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MaxBotix® Inc., Wonderful Innovation!

Wow! We have come out of a wonderful spring and summer of innovation.We just conducted an engineering test of the accuracy of our lowest-cost line of high-resolution sensors, the HRLV-MaxSonar-EZ. The two graphs show 1000 distance measurements each to a bar target at 500mm and 1000mm respectively. The test demonstrates how accurately our sensors measure
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Web Based Remote Monitoring with ioBridge and a MaxSonar®

Remote monitoring for the MaxSonar is easily available with the help of a bridge device such as the ioBridge IO-204. It has become simpler to integrate a MaxSonar into applications like measuring tide level or fuel level. The ioBridge IO‑204 module allows for remote sensing over the internet. All that is needed is a MaxSonar
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Tank Sensor Test of the HRXL‑MaxSonar®‑WR

Tank sensors are an important part of industrial automation. MaxBotix Inc., recently performed a liquid level measurement test at our facility. This test ran from July 13, 2012 until July 16, 2012. The test was conducted by filling a bin with water and recording readings from the ultrasonic sensor using the serial connection while the
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MaxBotix® Inc., Sensor Code Examples

1) Code example for BasicX, BX24p.Link 2) Code example for the Basic Micro, Atom.Link 3) Code example using Wright Hobbies, DevBoard-M32 (AVR using Bascom). Link 4) Code example using Parallax, Basic Stamp BS2, BasicStamp. Link 5) C Program Driver for MaxBotix MB7066. Link 6) Arduino I2C code Examples for I2CXL-MaxSonar sensors. Link Code Example for BasicX, BX24p
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HRXL‑MaxSonar®‑WR™ Released

MaxBotix Inc., continues to to expand our sensor line with our newest sensor the HRXL‑MaxSonar‑WR. This new rugged sensor line includes the standard outputs that are featured on our current sensor lines with the addition of higher resolution, greater accuracy, and temperature compensation. It also has superior noise rejection when compared to the XL‑MaxSonar‑WR. With
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Using Multiple MaxSonar® Ultrasonic Sensors

When using a single ultrasonic sensor, typically it is possible to just let it range continuously in free run mode. This method is easy and works well. Please consult your sensor datasheet or Finding Distance Using Analog Voltage for calculation formulas for analog voltage to distance. This guide covers: ‑Free Run Operation ‑Simultaneous Operation ‑Commanded
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Finding Distance Using Pulse Width

Calculating Distance from Pin 2 All of the MaxSonar sensors have an output waveform that is a pictorial representation of distance measured. For the majority of our sensors that waveform output is a pulse width. The Pulse Width output is 0-Vcc that shows the Time of Flight in microseconds (uS). Our standard LV-MaxSonar and XL-MaxSonar
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Finding Distance Using Analog Voltage

How to Calculate Distance from the Pin 3 The Analog Voltage pin on the MaxSonar family of sensors has been the most popular output for our users. All of the MaxSonar sensors have this output included. This guide will give a look into how to use it for obtaining the distance to the target being
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MaxBotix® Inc., Made in the USA

Many people have been astounded that the MaxBotix Inc., products are made in the USA. With the low prices we advertise when compared to our competitors, we have been asked where our products are manufactured. When employees state “Our products are made in the USA.”, we have many various responses. With electronics it is almost
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HRLV-MaxSonar-EZ Product Details

A look at our new product MaxBotix Inc., has released the HRLV‑MaxSonar‑EZ for sale to the public. As we continue to finalize the design and work through our initial production run we wanted to give our customers a look into some of our new product features. The HRLV-MaxSonar-EZ sensor line features 1 mm resolution, target
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Controlling a MaxSonar® Range Cycle

Triggering and Free Running All the MaxSonar sensors, by default, will operate in a free run mode. What this means is the sensor will continue to range until power is removed from the sensor. This is generally the easiest way to operate in a single sensor setup. If you are operating multiple sensors please visit
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This Sensor is Amazing

I had the opportunity to see the new HRLV-MaxSonar-EZ in operation Wednesday evening this past week. All I can say is WOW! This sensor is truly an amazing piece of engineering work. The most exciting part of the demonstration that I saw was the engineer set up an MB1010 (in free run operation 20Hz) pointed
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Using the MaxSonar® TX Output

Connecting The MaxSonar to a Computer The MaxSonar® can be directly interfaced to be used with your PC, if you have a PC with a DB9 Serial connection or a USB to DB9 convertor. The DB9 connection is capable of being connected to the TX pin output on the MaxSonar® sensor. Connecting the sensor to
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MaxBotix®Human Safety Applications

MaxBotix® Inc., products are not authorized for use as critical components in life support devices or systems. As used herein: 1) Life support devices or systems are devices or systems which, (a) are intended for surgical implant into the body, or (b) support or sustain life, and whose failure to perform when properly used in
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MaxBotix® Patent and Copyright Status

MaxBotix® Inc., holds full patent status on the MaxSonar® line of ultrasonic rangefinders (patent 7,679,996). At this time, we do not issue licenses for use of our MaxSonar® product line circuits or software. MaxBotix® Inc., provides circuit information on our MaxSonar® line in our data sheets so our customers can understand the basic circuitry operation
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3 Sensor Multi-Sensor Test and Results

MaxBotix Inc., has recently tested operation of our MB7360 HRXL‑MaxSonar‑WR in a multi-sensor environment. The testing was conducted from 11/15/2012 to 11/19/2012. Test Setup The following presents the test data from a four day, three sensor test to verify multi­sensor operation for the MB7360 ultrasonic sensor. The sensors tested were the MB7360 in free run
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LV‑MaxSonar‑EZ® Quick Start Guide

A Word of Welcome This is provided to serve as an easy to use set-up guide for the LV‑MaxSonar‑EZ family of ultrasonic sensors.  This sensor uses sound to measure the distance to nearby objects, and then reports the information through one of the three sensor outputs. MaxBotix Inc., is excited to provide this guide which
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MaxBotix Inc., Christmas 2011

MaxBotix Inc., wishes you a warm, peaceful Christmas Season! Our CEO once commented that MaxBotix Inc., “Gets a new shirt and jeans each month” Company Improvement This has certainly proven true this year with the launch of a new company website, a dramatic increase in our production capacity (and demand), implementation of a company wide
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Merry Christmas from MaxBotix® Inc.

MaxBotix Inc., would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We will be closed starting December 22nd, and we will resume business on January 2nd to observe the holidays.If anyone wishes to make a purchase over this time, please visit our web-store. You can continue purchasing product directly from our
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Thanksgiving Message for 2011

In a time of general industry economic downsizing, MaxBotix Inc., would like to express thanks to God, our employees, our customers, and our suppliers that have all contributed to another year of super growth at MaxBotix Inc. This year we increased our production capacity by 10X, and we have used it. (20X capacity to be
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MaxSonar Sensor Acoustic Noise Tolerance Test

It’s a little known fact that all of our MaxSonar products have been designed with a high acoustic noise tolerance. This means that the MaxSonar sensors from all of our product lines work to reduce or eliminate false detections caused by external noise sources. While acoustic noise tolerance is only a small part of our
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MaxBotix Inc. Another Super Year!

  We would like to express our thanks to our employees, our customers, and our suppliers that have all contributed to another year of super growth at MaxBotix Inc.  This year again, we  moved to larger and better facilities (purchased in 2009). Checkout the product sales chart and see that sales have continued to double every year, an astounding
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Legacy FAQ Index

Legacy FAQ Index for the LV-MaxSonar Products What motivated MaxBotix Inc., to design, build, and market the original MaxSonar-EZ1™? Link How can I quickly verify the operation of the MaxSonar? Link Why do unstable readings occur in my particular setup, and what can I do about them? Link How can I get the best possible accuracy from the analog
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Reading MaxSonar® Sensor Beam Patterns

MaxSonar Beam Patterns MaxBotix Inc., provides beam patterns for all of our ultrasonic sensors to assist users in choosing the correct sensor for: application, target size, and the distance needed to detect. The beam Patterns provided are approximations to target sizes and distance. Though our beam patterns are accurate for the sensor, there may be
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Ultrasonic Sensor (MTBF) (Mean Time Between Failure)

To read the full PDF article click here: This test was conducted to verify and document the reliability of the MaxBotix Inc., MaxSonar product lines. Test parameters were selected that, if met, would establish and verify a mean time between failure (MTBF) of at least 200,000 hours. Additionally, industry practice states that product performance at
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Introducing the XL-MaxSonar® line of Ultrasonic Sensors

The XL-MaxSonar® line of MaxBotix® Inc., ultrasonic range sensors has arrived. This low cost, high performance sensor is available in both indoor and outdoor versions. The XL-MaxSonar® sensor line maintains the same look and feel of the existing LV-MaxSonar® sensor line; with small size, low power, stable range readings, object detection to the front sensor
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MaxBotix® Inc., Ultrasonic Sensor Selected for Research

MaxBotix® Inc., custom-made ultrasonic sensors are scheduled for micro UAV flight-tests. Weighing in at less than seven grams each, these ultrasonic sensors are an evolutionary extension of the MaxSonar®-EZ line, except with custom high-power drive electronics, integrated sensitive amplifiers and envelope detection and signal conditioning. Arrays of these custom ultrasonic sensors provide the ability to
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MaxBotix® Inc Releases the LV‑MaxSonar‑WR1

MaxBotix® Inc., announces the MaxSonar®-WR1(TM) sensors. These sensors are designed for either indoor or outdoor use while maintaining very low cost. The MaxSonar®-WR1(TM) will work in many industrial application such as presence sensing (determining whether an object is present or not), distance measurement, outdoor mounting, people and proximity detection, and tank level detection. The rugged
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MaxSonar® Sensors in a feature article in the June 2008 Servo Magazine

In the past three years, a few articles have been written about our sensors, but the latest one by Fred Eady, is the most detailed article to date. We first learned about this article after the June 2008 Servo Magazine arrived in our mailbox. This article takes up almost ten percent of the June 2008
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Custom Sensors Selected for UAV Project

Below are exerts from a press release from Aurora Flight Sciences (May 2008) in which the MaxSonar®sensors will be used. Aurora Flight Sciences plans in 18 months to fly a micro-sized unmanned air vehicle that is guided by visual and sonar sensors inspired by flies and bats. A pair of MaxBotix acoustic sensors detects even
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MaxBotix® Inc., Expands MaxSonar® Product Line

Users of ultrasonic rangefinders have found that the beam widths of low cost ultrasonic sensors do not always match their application. Wider beam width (and more sensitivity) is better suited for obstacle detection, people detection, collision avoidance, detecting small objects, and more robust detection in the central beam area. Narrower beam width (and less sensitivity)
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MaxBotix® Technologies becomes MaxBotix® Inc.

On July 1st 2006, Maxbotix® Technologies has become MaxBotix® Inc. This changes the legal status of the company and supports the continuing growth of MaxBotix® Inc.