Reflective Optical Sensors

Reflective optical sensors are photoelectrical sensors that are used to detect the presence or absence of objects, or measure the distance to those objects. They are a non-contact type of sensor, often used in the automation industry. They can be used to provide real-time information in a manufacturing setting in order to keep processes running smoothly.

How do reflective optical sensors work?

A reflector is positioned opposite the light sensor, and a light beam is passed back and forth between the two. When an object is present, the beam is interrupted, and the sensor will send an electrical signal to the output device.

In some cases, polarising filters may be needed if the objects being detected are themselves reflective. These allow the sensor to tell the difference between light reflected by the reflector and the object.

Advantages of using reflective optical sensors

The advantage of using a reflective optical sensor over a through beam sensor is that they are much easier and less time consuming to install. This is because the transmitter and receiver are housed within the same body.


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RS Stock No. 170-2386
Mfr. Part No.GP2Y0A02YK0F
BrandSharp
$18.48
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1500mm - - - - 3 Screw Mount - 44.5 x 18.9 x 21.6mm 21.6mm 44.5mm +60°C -10°C 18.9mm
RS Stock No. 315-450
Mfr. Part No.GP2Y0A02YK0F
BrandSharp
$25.14
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1500mm - - - - 3 Screw Mount - 44.5 x 18.9 x 21.6mm 21.6mm 44.5mm +60°C -10°C 18.9mm
RS Stock No. 862-9400
Mfr. Part No.QRE1113
$1.362
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- Phototransistor 20µs 20µs 1 4 Through Hole Miniature 3.6 x 2.9 x 1.7mm 1.7mm 3.6mm +85°C -40°C 2.9mm
RS Stock No. 178-7542
Mfr. Part No.QRE1113
$0.697
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- Phototransistor 20µs 20µs 1 4 Through Hole Miniature 3.6 x 2.9 x 1.7mm 1.7mm 3.6mm +85°C -40°C 2.9mm
RS Stock No. 170-0732
Mfr. Part No.OPB720B-06Z
BrandOptek
$24.673
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152mm Open Collector - - 1 3 - - 17.15 x 8.38 x 27.94mm 27.94mm 17.15mm +70°C 0°C 8.38mm
RS Stock No. 919-0001
Mfr. Part No.TCRT5000
BrandVishay
$1.295
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2.5mm - - - - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 414-197
Mfr. Part No.OPB720B-06Z
BrandOptek
$26.33
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152mm Open Collector - - 1 3 - - 17.15 x 8.38 x 27.94mm 27.94mm 17.15mm +70°C 0°C 8.38mm
RS Stock No. 708-5017
Mfr. Part No.TCRT5000
BrandVishay
$1.944
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2.5mm Phototransistor - - 1 - Through Hole PCB - 7mm 10.2mm + 85°C - 25°C -
RS Stock No. 124-6801
Mfr. Part No.RPR-220UC30N
BrandROHM
$4.482
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6mm Phototransistor 10µs 10µs 1 4 Through Hole Radial 6.4 x 4.9 x 6.5mm 6.5mm 6.4mm +85°C -25°C 4.9mm
RS Stock No. 170-0777
Mfr. Part No.OPB702
BrandOptek
$4.862
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3.81mm Phototransistor - - 1 4 Through Hole - 17.78 x 4.78 x 8.89mm 8.89mm 17.78mm +85°C -40°C 4.78mm
RS Stock No. 414-181
Mfr. Part No.OPB720B-30VZ
BrandOptek
$37.47
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762mm Open Collector - - 1 3 - - 17.15 x 8.38 x 27.94mm 27.94mm 17.15mm +70°C 0°C 8.38mm
RS Stock No. 170-0731
Mfr. Part No.OPB720B-30VZ
BrandOptek
$35.937
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762mm Open Collector - - 1 3 - - 17.15 x 8.38 x 27.94mm 27.94mm 17.15mm +70°C 0°C 8.38mm
RS Stock No. 455-0931
Mfr. Part No.OPB702
BrandOptek
$5.03
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3.81mm Phototransistor - - 1 4 Through Hole - 17.78 x 4.78 x 8.89mm 8.89mm 17.78mm +85°C -40°C 4.78mm
RS Stock No. 168-5476
Mfr. Part No.SFH 9206
$0.96
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5mm Phototransistor 30µs 40µs 1 6 Surface Mount SMD 6.2 x 2.1 x 4.2mm 4.2mm 6.2mm +100°C -40°C 2.1mm
RS Stock No. 778-1396
Mfr. Part No.SFH 9206
$2.49
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5mm Phototransistor 30µs 40µs 1 6 Surface Mount SMD 6.2 x 2.1 x 4.2mm 4.2mm 6.2mm +100°C -40°C 2.1mm
RS Stock No. 915-4917
Mfr. Part No.SFH 9206-5/6
$2.167
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1 → 5mm Phototransistor 30µs 40µs - 6 Surface Mount - 4.2 x 3.4 x 2.1mm 2.1mm 4.2mm +100°C -40°C 3.4mm
RS Stock No. 455-0947
Mfr. Part No.OPB705
BrandOptek
$4.77
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3.8mm Phototransistor - - 1 4 - - 17.78 x 5.08 x 22.86mm 22.86mm 17.78mm - - 5.08mm
RS Stock No. 170-0783
Mfr. Part No.OPB350W250Z
BrandOptek
$11.737
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6.35mm Phototransistor - - 1 4 Screw Mount - 29.59 x 7.62 x 13.34mm 13.34mm 29.59mm +85°C -40°C 7.62mm
RS Stock No. 642-4323
Mfr. Part No.OPB350W250Z
BrandOptek
$12.59
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6.35mm Phototransistor - - 1 4 Screw Mount - 29.59 x 7.62 x 13.34mm 13.34mm 29.59mm +85°C -40°C 7.62mm
RS Stock No. 170-9658
Mfr. Part No.SFH 9206-6/7
$1.05
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1 → 5mm Phototransistor 30µs 40µs - 6 Surface Mount - 4.2 x 3.4 x 2.1mm 2.1mm 4.2mm +100°C -40°C 3.4mm
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