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. 124-6800
Mfr. Part No.RPR-220
BrandROHM
€0.958
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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. 642-4301
Mfr. Part No.OPB732
BrandOptek
€3.52
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1in Phototransistor - - 1 4 Through Hole - 12.19 x 5.08 x 12.7mm 12.7mm 12.19mm +85°C -40°C 5.08mm
RS Stock No. 170-0908
Mfr. Part No.TMD26711
Brandams
€1.113
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100mm Photodiode 20ns 20ns 1 8 Surface Mount Flat No Lead 3.94 x 2.36 x 1.35mm 1.35mm 3.94mm +85°C -30°C 2.36mm
RS Stock No. 161-2156
Mfr. Part No.VCNT2020
BrandVishay
€0.426
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2.5mm Phototransistor 10µs 15µs - 4 Surface Mount SMD 2.5 x 2 x 0.8mm 0.8mm 2.5mm 85°C -25°C 2mm
RS Stock No. 414-175
Mfr. Part No.OPB720A-06Z
BrandOptek
€12.86
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152mm Open Collector - - 1 3 Screw Mount - 17.15 x 8.38 x 27.94mm 27.94mm 17.15mm +50°C 0°C 8.38mm
RS Stock No. 788-4928
Mfr. Part No.EE-SY1200
BrandOmron
€2.77
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4mm Phototransistor 30µs 30µs 10 4 Surface Mount SMD 3.2 x 1.9 x 1.1mm 1.1mm 3.2mm +85°C -25°C 1.9mm
RS Stock No. 182-8092
Mfr. Part No.RPI-121
BrandROHM
€0.717
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1mm Phototransistor 10µs 10µs 1 4 Through Hole - 3.6 x 2.6 x 3.3mm 3.3mm 3.6mm +85°C -25°C 2.6mm
RS Stock No. 182-6294
Mfr. Part No.BH1792GLC-E2
BrandROHM
€8.49
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- Photodiode - - 1 10 Through Hole WLGA010V28 2.8 x 0.9 x 2.8mm 2.8mm 2.8mm +85°C -20°C 0.9mm
RS Stock No. 146-0784
Mfr. Part No.GP2A25NJJ00F
BrandSharp
€5.50
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27 (Non-Detection) mm, 9 (Detection) mm Photointerrupter - - - - Surface Mount - 39.8 x 9 x 8.65mm 8.65mm 39.8mm +60°C -10°C 9mm
RS Stock No. 178-5030
Mfr. Part No.GP1A57HRJ00F
BrandSharp
€1.608
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- Transistor 0.5µs 0.5µs 1 5 Through Hole OPIC 18.6 x 15.2 x 5mm 5mm 18.6mm +85°C -25°C 15.2mm
RS Stock No. 773-3993
Mfr. Part No.TCND5000
BrandVishay
€2.30
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6mm Photodiode 800ns 800ns 1 4 Surface Mount - 6 x 3.7 x 3.75mm - - +85°C -40°C -
RS Stock No. 146-0743
Mfr. Part No.GP2Y0A51SK2F
BrandSharp
€3.62
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RS Stock No. 161-2050
Mfr. Part No.VCNT2020
BrandVishay
€0.348
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2.5mm Phototransistor 10µs 15µs - 4 Surface Mount SMD 2.5 x 2 x 0.8mm 0.8mm 2.5mm 85°C -25°C 2mm
RS Stock No. 146-0782
Mfr. Part No.GP2A200LCS0F
BrandSharp
€5.075
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22 (Detection) mm, 90 (Non-Detection) mm Photointerrupter - - - - Surface Mount - 39.8 x 9 x 8.65mm 8.65mm 39.8mm +70°C -10°C 9mm
RS Stock No. 178-7542
Mfr. Part No.QRE1113
€0.385
Each (In a Bag of 1600)
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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. 170-0731
Mfr. Part No.OPB720B-30VZ
BrandOptek
€18.03
Each (In a Bag of 25)
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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. 146-0785
Mfr. Part No.GP2Y1012AU0F
BrandSharp
€5.50
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- - - - - - Surface Mount - 46 x 34 x 17.6mm 17.6mm 46mm +65°C -10°C 34mm
RS Stock No. 170-9657
Mfr. Part No.SFH 9206-5/6
€0.431
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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. 124-1360
Mfr. Part No.QRE1113GR
€0.298
Each (On a Reel of 1000)
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- Phototransistor 20 μ 20µs 1 4 Surface Mount SMD 3.6 x 2.9 x 1.7mm 1.7mm 3.6mm 85°C -40°C 2.9mm
RS Stock No. 862-9400
Mfr. Part No.QRE1113
€0.566
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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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
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