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Intermediate Usage
 
036 - Controlling A MaxSonar Sensor
129 - Data Averaging
085 - Using a MaxSonar with an Arduino
132 - Proper Soldering & Desoldering Techniques of a MaxBotix Inc., Sensor
095 - Using an Arduino with an I2C-MaxSonar
133 - Creating & Weatherproofing a Wire Splice
103 - Cube Corner Reflectors
135 - How Salt Water Affects Electronics
106 - Weatherproof the Pin Out
136 - Output Options
108 - Long Range Sensing
142 - Packaging Options for the MaxSonar Sensors
 
|     Written By: Scott Wielenberg     |     Date Posted: 07-26-2016    |
Full Horn Housing

MaxBotix offers an expanded range of packaging options for many of our sensors. Each option provides unique benefits to certain mounting integrations. This article provides a brief overview of each option.

|     Written By: Dan Alcox      |     Date Posted: 03-18-2016    |
one of the options for outputs

This article discusses tips on hardwiring your sensor and shows proper steps for soldering connectors and headers to a MaxBotix Inc., sensor. Included are step-by-step instructions for soldering and desoldering the right way to avoid damage.

|     Written By: Dan Alcox      |     Date Posted: 02-26-2016    |
Shows Salt Water Damage

This article discusses the effects of salt water on electronics, PCBs, and sensors. Further, the article explains the inhibition of sensor operation with examples of salt damage, and shows the neutralization process of salt water. If you have questions about how salt water affects electronics, please contact us.

|     Written By: Dan Alcox      |     Date Posted: 02-12-2016    |
shrink tubes on individual wires after splicing

While there are numerous types of splice kits and wire connectors available, being able to properly solder wires, and the ability to weatherproof the new splice will save time, money, and frustration. This article will guide you on the right path to learning a new skill by outlining the proper technique to splice wires and create a weatherproof seal to protect outdoor electronics.

|     Written By: Dan Alcox      |     Date Posted: 02-09-2016    |
soldering sensor pins

This article discusses tips on hardwiring your sensor and shows proper steps for soldering connectors and headers to a Maxbotix Inc., sensor. Included are step-by-step instructions for soldering and desoldering the right way to avoid damage.

|     Written By: Cody Carlson     |     Date Posted: 01-22-2016    |
mean, median, mode definitions

Finding an average or standard data value can be a useful way to understand the underlying trends of your data. Averages help you look past random fluctuation and see the central trend of a data set.

|     Written By: Cody Carlson     |     Date Posted: 06-30-2015    |
Long Range Sensing

MaxBotix® offers a number of sensors with 10 meter ranging capability to meet the needs of many long range sensing application. MaxBotix® continually works to press these limits by pursuing new technologies.



|     Written By: Cody Carlson     |     Date Posted: 06-08-2015    |
Wire Attach Option

When you use a rugged WR sensor from MaxBotix® Inc., the sensor pin out is exposed allowing you to attach wires and equipment to the sensor. While leaving the pin out open provides greater flexibility in how you choose to connect to the sensors, it can leave the sensors exposed to the weather in some applications. If your mounting requires you to protect the back of the sensor from damage, you must seal the sensor pin out against rain and other potential hazards. For users that want to purchase a fully sealed sensor, the wire attach option is a great choice.



|     Written By: Scott Wielenberg     |     Date Posted: 03-12-2015     |
MaxSonar-WR Cube Corner Reflector Performance

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.

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.

|     Written By: Carl Myhre     |     Date Posted: 03-27-2015    |
How to use a MaxSonar with an ArduinoA 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.

This article is written to assist in configuring I2C-MaxSonar sensors that were shipped after 10/29/14. We have updated our I2C-MaxSonar sensors to support faster speeds and work with the current Arduino Wire() library.

|     Written By: Tom Bonar     |     Date Posted: 04-30-2014    |
How to use a MaxSonar with an Arduino
The Arduino micro-controller is one of the most popular development boards for electronics enthusiasts. With the ability to control components such as buzzers, LED’s, servos, motors, and LCD’s, Arduinos have become the go-to selection for users that are looking to start into electronics, firmware coding, or automation.
With three simple interfaces, it is easy to connect a MaxSonar to an Arduino. For assistance with setup, coding, and wiring, MaxBotix Inc., has made it easier to interface our sensors with an Arduino.
|     Written By: Tom Bonar    |     Date Posted: 07-10-2012     |
Triggering a MaxSonar

Controlled Ranging

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.

 
 
 
Author: Kathy Kostal  Date: 08-31-2016
Inc 5000 Maxbotix Logo Inc. Magazine Unveils 35th Annual List of America's Fastest Growing Private Companies–the Inc. 5000. MaxBotix Inc., Ranks No. 1752 on the 2016 Inc. 5000 with Three–Year Sales Growth of 213%.
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Author: Cody Carlson  Date: 08-02-2016
Raspberry Pi 2 board MaxSonar sensors offer a variety of outputs including TTL serial data. This tutorial guides you through the process of setting up your Raspberry Pi 3 with a MaxBotix sensor.
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Author: Scott Wielenberg  Date: 07-26-2016
Full Horn Housing MaxBotix offers an expanded range of packaging options for many of our sensors. Each option provides unique benefits to certain mounting integrations. This article provides a brief overview of each option.
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Author: Scott Wielenberg  Date: 07-18-2016
Sensor is Tested When providing support, our technical support team may determine that further testing at our facility is the best way to help resolve the issue that you are facing. At this point, they will start the Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) process. This article will explain what you can expect as your ultrasonic sensor travels through our RMA process.
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Author: Jenney Grover  Date: 06-28-2016
one of the options for outputs On April 19th, we welcomed our supporters to join us for the Grand Opening of the Build Out. Bob and Nita Gross gave a tour of the build out and their vision for the space. We continue to be in awe of the support from our community, our employees, our distributors, and our customers. Thank you for the many years of support, and we look forward to serving you in the years to come.
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