Slotted Optical Switches

Slotted optical switches (also called opto switches) are devices that provide status indications (on or off) when light beams are interrupted in various types of instruments, systems and equipment.

The switches contain phototransistors, which are illuminated by infrared light from the LEDs. The illumination causes the phototransistors to conduct. If objects are then placed into the slots between the transistors and the LEDs, the interruption of the light beams causes the transistors to switch off.

Optical slotted switches may also house rotating discs with holes around the rims. These holes spin within the light paths of the switches to create on and off pulses and direct the speed of the spinning discs.

What are slotted optical switches used for?

Slotted optical switches are used in assembly line production systems, machine automation and machine safety indicators.

The switches are standard in computer peripherals like printers, where the projection images get interrupted when they reach the end of their travel.

Types of slotted optical switches

Slotted optical switches are classified by their output mechanisms (buffers, inverters, interrupters), mounting types (through hole, panel, surface) and the number of pins located on the switches.


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Description Price Output Device Number of Channels Typical Rise Time Typical Fall Time Mounting Type Package Type Number of Pins Dimensions Height Length Maximum Operating Temperature Minimum Operating Temperature Slot Width Width
RS Stock No. 170-0964
Mfr. Part No.OPB990T51Z
BrandOptek
$7.898
Each (In a Bag of 25)
units
- 1 70ns 70ns Screw Mount - 5 24.63 x 6.35 x 10.8mm 10.8mm 24.63mm +70°C -40°C 3.18mm 6.35mm
RS Stock No. 880-2037
Mfr. Part No.OPB990T51Z
BrandOptek
$8.06
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units
- 1 70ns 70ns Screw Mount - 5 24.63 x 6.35 x 10.8mm 10.8mm 24.63mm +70°C -40°C 3.18mm 6.35mm
RS Stock No. 880-1993
Mfr. Part No.OPB829CZ
BrandOptek
$5.675
Each (In a Pack of 2)
units
- 1 - - Screw Mount - 4 24.64 x 6.35 x 10.03mm 10.03mm 24.64mm +80°C -40°C 3.18mm 6.35mm
RS Stock No. 455-0896
Mfr. Part No.OPB916BZ
BrandOptek
$7.91
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Buffer, Open-Collector with 10K Pull-Up Resistor 1 50ns 50ns Screw Mount - 5 30.73 x 6.48 x 19.3mm 19.3mm 30.73mm +80°C -40°C 5.08mm 6.48mm
RS Stock No. 170-0952
Mfr. Part No.OPB829CZ
BrandOptek
$5.50
Each (In a Bag of 100)
units
- 1 - - Screw Mount - 4 24.64 x 6.35 x 10.03mm 10.03mm 24.64mm +80°C -40°C 3.18mm 6.35mm
RS Stock No. 194-4030
Mfr. Part No.OPB815WZ
BrandOptek
$7.32
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Phototransistor 1 - - Chassis Mount PCB Module - - - - +80°C -40°C 9.53mm 9.53mm
RS Stock No. 170-0776
Mfr. Part No.OPB916BZ
BrandOptek
$12.012
Each (In a Bag of 25)
units
Buffer, Open-Collector with 10K Pull-Up Resistor 1 50ns 50ns Screw Mount - 5 30.73 x 6.48 x 19.3mm 19.3mm 30.73mm +80°C -40°C 5.08mm 6.48mm
RS Stock No. 194-4024
Mfr. Part No.OPB815L
BrandOptek
$4.25
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units
Phototransistor 1 - - Screw Mount - 4 32 x 6.6 x 14.35mm 14.35mm 32mm +80°C -40°C 9.53mm 6.6mm
RS Stock No. 321-9308
Mfr. Part No.HOA 1887 012
BrandHoneywell
$12.38
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Phototransistor 1 15000ns 15000ns Screw Mount - 4 23.75 x 15.62 x 12.95mm 12.95mm 23.75mm +85°C -40°C 3.18mm 15.62mm
RS Stock No. 453-0836
Mfr. Part No.H21A3
BrandIsocom
$2.33
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
Phototransistor 1 8µs 50µs Screw Mount - 4 25.7 x 6.6 x 11.1mm 11.1mm 25.7mm +85°C -25°C 3mm 6.6mm
RS Stock No. 455-0919
Mfr. Part No.OPB917BZ
BrandOptek
$8.83
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Buffer, Open-Collector with 10K Pull-Up Resistor 1 50ns 50ns Through Hole - 5 30.73 x 6.35 x 25.65mm 25.65mm 30.73mm +85°C -40°C 5.08mm 6.35mm
RS Stock No. 173-0303
Mfr. Part No.OPB917BZ
BrandOptek
$8.484
Each (In a Box of 100)
units
Buffer, Open-Collector with 10K Pull-Up Resistor 1 50ns 50ns Through Hole - 5 30.73 x 6.35 x 25.65mm 25.65mm 30.73mm +85°C -40°C 5.08mm 6.35mm
RS Stock No. 170-0765
Mfr. Part No.OPB815L
BrandOptek
$4.169
Each (In a Bag of 25)
units
Phototransistor 1 - - Screw Mount - 4 32 x 6.6 x 14.35mm 14.35mm 32mm +80°C -40°C 9.53mm 6.6mm
RS Stock No. 170-0962
Mfr. Part No.OPB841W55Z
BrandOptek
$6.93
Each (In a Box of 25)
units
- 1 - - Screw Mount - 4 23.75 x 6.35 x 10.54mm 10.54mm 23.75mm +80°C -40°C 3.18mm 6.35mm
RS Stock No. 301-8442
Mfr. Part No.OPB620
BrandOptek
$2.53
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Phototransistor 1 - - Through Hole - 4 10.16 x 5.59 x 9.52mm 9.52mm 10.16mm +100°C -40°C 4.83mm 5.59mm
RS Stock No. 178-1533
Mfr. Part No.GP1A51HRJ00F
BrandSharp
$1.76
Each (In a Bag of 100)
units
Photologic, Pull Up 1 0.1µs 0.05µs Screw Mount - 5 18 x 12.2 x 10mm 10mm 18mm +85°C -25°C 3mm 12.2mm
RS Stock No. 219-2533
Mfr. Part No.EE-SX1041
BrandOmron
$4.27
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Transistor 1 4000ns 4000ns Through Hole - 4 6 x 14.6 x 10.9mm 10.9mm 6mm +95°C -25°C 5mm 14.6mm
RS Stock No. 666-6530
Mfr. Part No.GP1S53J000F
BrandSharp
$1.774
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
Phototransistor 1 3µs 4µs Through Hole - 4 13.7 x 5.2 x 10mm 10mm 13.7mm +85°C -25°C 5mm 5.2mm
RS Stock No. 145-2313
Mfr. Part No.TCST2202
BrandVishay
$1.442
Each (In a Tube of 85)
units
Phototransistor 1 10µs 8µs Through Hole Leaded 4 24.5 x 6.3 x 10.8mm 10.8mm 24.5mm +85°C -55°C - 6.3mm
RS Stock No. 219-2561
Mfr. Part No.EE-SG3
BrandOmron
$9.83
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Phototransistor 1 4000ns 4000ns Through Hole - 4 25.4 x 6.35 x 11.7mm 11.7mm 25.4mm +85°C -25°C 3.6mm 6.35mm
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