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|     Written By: Cody Carlson     |     Date Posted: 02-17-2017     |

This is provided to serve as an easy to use set-up guide for the HRLV‑MaxSonar‑EZ family of ultrasonic sensors. This ultrasonic sensor uses sound to measure the distance to nearby objects, and then reports the information through one of the three sensor outputs. This quick start guide for the HRLV-MaxSonar-EZ line will help you easily test and use your ultrasonic sensor. This sensor uses sound to measure the distance to nearby objects, and reports the information through one of the three sensor outputs.

|     Written By: Cody Carlson     |     Date Posted: 02-03-2017     |

A MaxBotix ultrasonic 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 any Ubuntu device from a Raspberry Pi to a dedicated PC, learn more about how to connect a Raspberry Pi with a USB ultrasonic sensor.

|     Written By: Cody Carlson     |     Date Posted: 01-15-2017     |

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 navigation.

|     Written By: Cody Carlson     |     Date Posted: 01-11-2017     |

MaxBotix Inc., welcomes all participants of FIRST® STEAMWORKS SM the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition game. MaxBotix has proudly sponsored the FIRST Robotics competition each year since 2012, and are looking forward to continue to support FIRST Robotics in 2017 and many years to come. This year we continued our sponsorship of FRC by sending every team in the competition a free MB1013 from the HRLV-MaxSonar-EZ line.

|     Written By: Cody Carlson     |     Date Posted: 01-10-2017     |

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 ultrasonic sensors for their performance.

|     Written By: Cody Carlson     |     Date Posted: 12-03-2016     |

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 how snow dampens sounds at this link on Ultrasonic Rangefinder Target Acoustics.

|     Written By: Cody Carlson     |     Date Posted: 11-21-2016     |

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, hobbyists, students and teachers.

|     Written By: Cody Carlson     |     Date Posted: 10-13-2016     |

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 the Raspbian Jessie with PIXEL OS.

|     Written By: Cody Carlson     |     Date Posted: 09-31-2016     |

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 provides an inexpensive and relatively easy base for electronics projects.

|     Written By: Cody Carlson     |     Date Posted: 08-31-2016     |

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 Tutorial to connect your Raspberry Pi Zero over the serial port and how to use an ultrasonic sensor with a Raspberry Pi.

|     Written By: Kathy Kostal     |     Date Posted: 08-31-2016     |

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%.

|     Updated By: Cody Carlson     |     Date Updated: 08-02-2016     |

Do you enjoy or love testing new Raspberry Pi Projects? Maxbotix has put together a tutorial that teaches you how to interface a Raspberry Pi with an ultrasonic sensor to read TTL serial data. You may also want to check out our tutorials on Using an ultrasonic sensor with a Raspberry Pi and how to use USB sensors for a Raspberry Pi.

|     Written By: Scott Wielenberg     |     Date Posted: 07-18-2016    |

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.

|     Written By: Scott Wielenberg     |     Date Posted: 07-26-2016    |

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: Jenney Grover     |     Date Posted: 06-28-2016    |

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.

|     Written By: Jenney Grover     |     Date Posted: 05-05-2016    |

August 12, 2015, Inc. 5000 recognized MaxBotix Inc., with a rank of #3616 overall. Our growth from 2011 to 2014 was 87% with revenues at $2.5 million in 2014. Our 2015 year increased another $1.4 million reaching a total of $3.9 million. The three year growth rate for 2012 to 2015 is estimated at 212%. We could not have continued this growth rate without our valued customers. Customer satisfaction is our first priority.

|     Written By: Kathy Kostal     |     Date Posted: 04-28-2016    |

This article is a quick start guide that compiles information about sensor use. This is a compilation of eight (8) articles to help you through the process of selection, set-up, and troubleshooting.

|     Written By: Cody Carlson     |     Date Posted: 04-07-2016    |

I2C circuits allow users to simplify advanced multi component circuits. However, these circuits are not always the easiest to use. This article will guide you through the process of troubleshooting your I2C circuits.

|     Written By: Dan Alcox      |     Date Posted: 03-31-2016    |

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 of their system application.

|     Written By: Dan Alcox      |     Date Posted: 03-18-2016    |

This article discusses the different output formats available for a Maxbotix Inc., sensor. Further, the article explains the differences between these outputs and shows examples of the output formats. If you have questions about the outputs used by Maxbotix Inc., please contact us.

|     Written By: Dan Alcox     |     Date Posted: 02-26-2016    |

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: 02-18-2016    |

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 (, or by the contact tab on the MaxBotix Inc., webpage.

|     Written By: Dan Alcox     |     Date Posted: 02-12-2016    |

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    |

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: 01-28-2016    |

An oscilloscope displays electrical signals as they change over time. Understanding the operation of an oscilloscope allows for in depth examination of a circuit and/or electrical components. Oscilloscopes measure noise levels, cycle frequency, and other electrical specifications of a circuit. This guide covers the basic use and features of an oscilloscope.

|     Written By: Jenney Grover     |     Date Posted: 12-16-2015    |

Faith makes all things possible,
Hope makes all things work,
Love makes all things beautiful,
May you have all three for this Christmas.

MaxBotix Inc., will be closed for the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

|     Written By: Cody Carlson     |     Date Posted: 01-22-2016    |

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: Bob Gross     |     Date Posted: 11-24-2015    |

MaxBotix Inc., celebrates Thanksgiving with gratitude to God first for our customers, our suppliers, and our employees. The year has been amazing with growth, new machines, and a new build-out.

MaxBotix Inc., will be closed from 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 25th through Friday, November 27th. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, November 30th.

|     Written By: Cody Carlson     |     Date Posted: 01-11-2016    |

An introductory guide to testing your power supply and locating power problems.

|     Written By: Cody Carlson     |     Date Posted: 12-10-2015    |

We focus on in-air ultrasonic detection, however, a number of our customers have expressed interest in using our ultrasonic sensors underwater. While this is feasible, it is not without its challenges.

|     Written By: Scott Wielenberg     |     Date Posted: 11-18-2015    |

When designing an application that places an ultrasonic sensor in a visible location, users may wish to conceal the sensor for aesthetic purposes. Additionally, users may desire to hide the sensor to discourage individuals from tampering with the sensor. This article covers several methods that you may use to conceal a sensor.

|     Written By: Scott Wielenberg     |     Date Posted: 07-11-2016    |

Many customers have requested the option to mount an ultrasonic sensor in a pipe. During the testing and development cycle, we discovered a number of considerations and requirements that must be met for the application to be successful. When all of these are met, a user may be able to achieve the desired level of success for measuring the liquid level inside of a pipe.

|     Written By: Cody Carlson     |     Date Posted: 11-03-2015    |

When it comes down to it, you purchase a rangefinder for the range readings. The success of an application may hinge upon knowing the exact location of a target. However, a sensor may report one meter even if the target is not exactly one meter away from the sensor. Sensor specifications, such as resolution, precision, and accuracy, help us understand what wiggle room and error will be present in a reading.

|     Written By: Cody Carlson     |     Date Posted: 10-08-2015     |

All targets reflect sound to a varying degree. Ultrasonic sensors use the speed of sound to calculate distance based on the time it takes for an echo to return from a target. More simply put, our sensors detect distance much like a bat or dolphin does.

|     Written By: Nicole Smith     |     Date Posted: 08-17-2015     |

Inc. Magazine Unveils 34th Annual List of America's Fastest Growing Private Companies–the Inc. 5000. MaxBotix Inc., Ranks No. 3616 with Three–Year Sales Growth of 87%.

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