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." MaxBotix staff has worked to provide a clear and easy to follow path to get an I2C‑MaxSonar up and running on your Arduino. Educational information related to this specific I2C implementation has also been provided.
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 objects are prone to causing corner reflections. A corner reflector is two flat surfaces joining together to create a 90° angle. A half circle also acts as a similar reflector. Illustration 1 shows two examples of corner reflectors.
Some examples of common corner reflectors follow: a book shelf along a wall, a curb in a parking lot, a 1/2” wide seam in a concrete floor, internal bracing in a bin, or the inside corner of a doorway in a narrow hall. Each of these examples can create a corner reflector that may cause unwanted detections.
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MaxBotix Inc., will be closed for the Christmas holiday starting Tuesday, December 23rd at 5:00pm CST. We will return for normal business operations on Friday, January 2nd at 8:00am CST.
The 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 multiple sensors into one system without sensor-to-sensor interference.
MB8450 sensors can be used to enhance the customer experience, such as giving an automated greeting shortly after their arrival, or by automatically notifying staff and triggering a sales order.
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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 to indicate that a parking stall is available or occupied.
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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 our company and the Business Excellence Award Nomination.
We continue giving thanks to Jesus for all He has done for MaxBotix Inc., our employees, our customers, and our suppliers.
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 500 cm and have a 1.6mm resolution, an operational temperature range from -40˚C to +65˚C (-40˚F to +149˚F), real-time automatic calibration, a 200,000+ Hours MTBF, an operational voltage range from 12V to 32V and a low 20-40mA average current requirement. The sensors function well with multiple sensors in the same location and they are RoHS and CE Compliant.
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 environment type and the application.
Previously, MaxBotix Inc., employees would inquire if the application was “Indoor” or “Outdoor”; this new guide poses the questions “Is the application 'Protected' or 'Non-Protected'?”
We invite you to use the new Sensor Selection Guide for new sensor applications. If an application is not mentioned, our technical support representatives will be glad to assist you in selecting the appropriate sensor.
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.
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, and will save you time, money, and resources. STL files allow you to 3D print your own life-size model of our parts.
The models are easy to use. Simply select a sensor, look below the 'Product 3D Models' title in all of the product pages, select your file type, save the file, and import into your system. Easy!!!