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MINI-EYE General Purpose Photoelectric Sensor

Low in cost and high in value.  MINI-EYE™ is a full line of very economical, miniature photoelectric sensors for general sensing tasks. The rugged MINI-EYE™ sensors are waterproof and enclosed in high-impact plastic housings for use in hostile environments. They are also immune to indirect ambient light and strobes. They are great for material handling, sorting, web break detection, counting, inspection, orientation...and much more!

MINI-EYE™ sensors offer a selection of thru-beam, polarized retroreflective and proximity modes, Class 1 red laser, infrared (IR) or red LED light sources, and your choice of NPN or PNP output transistors. All models are available in front or 18 mm mounting, with quick disconnect or potted cables, and operate in either Light "ON" or Dark "ON" sensing modes.

SENSING MODES
Proximity, Retroreflective, Polarized Retroreflective and Thru-beam models.

COMPACT VERSITAL HOUSING
Select from a compact front mount version that is only a 1/2 in. deep and .74 in. wide or 18mm threaded version with side mounting holes.

PERFORMANCE
600us (1.1ms, thru-beam) speed of responce. Polarized retroreflective range is 12ft. no proxing off shinny surfaces.  Thru-beam range is 65ft.

SENSITIVITY ADJUSTMENT
Single turn potentiometer.

LIGHT/DARK OPERATION
Light/Dark operation is selected by wire.

CONNECTION
Quick disconnect M8,  M12 4-PIN pigtail connector or a 6’ (1.8 m) 4-wire cable.

Features

Thru-Beam MINI-EYE™ and Laser Thru-Beam MINI-EYE™ Models available.

 
Details

Features and Options:

  • 18mm mounting
  • Laser thru-beam
  • NPN or PNP output transistor
  • Fixed Optics - Proximity, Retroreflective, Polarized Retroreflective, and Thru-Beam
  • Selectable Light “ON” or dark “ON” operation
  • High immunity to ambient light and strobes
  • Waterproof with high-impact housing
  • Available in 6 foot 4-Wire cable, M8 4-Pin connector, or M12 4-Pin 6 inch pigtail
  • Reverse polarity protection
  • Short circuit protection
  • Power-up output suppression
  • 5VDC models available (please consult factory)

 

Benefits:

  • Easy to use
  • Lower inventory costs
  • Lower maintenance costs
  • Flexible
SUPPLY VOLTAGE
  • 10 to 30 VDC
  • Polarity Protected
CURRENT REQUIREMENTS
  • 30mA (exclusive of load)
OUTPUT TRANSISTORS (CURRENT LIMITED)
  • NPN: Sink up to 100mA
  • PNP: Source up to 100mA
  • All outputs are continuously short circuit protected
RESPONSE TIME
  • Light State response = 600µs (1,100µs, Thru-Beam)
  • Dark State response = 600µs (1,100µs, Thru-Beam)
LED LIGHT SOURCE
  • Red = 633 nm
  • Infrared = 850 nm
  • Pulse Modulated
EXCESS GAIN ADJUSTMENT
  • Sensitivity controlled by a screwdriver adjustment to prevent tampering
LIGHT/DARK “ON” OPERATION
  • Light “ON” achieved by connecting white wire to negative lead
  • Dark “ON” achieved by connecting white wire to positive lead
RANGE
  • Dependent on model, see Catalog
HYSTERESIS
  • Approximately 20% of signal
LIGHT IMMUNITY
  • Responds to sensor’s pulse-modulated light source, resulting in high immunity to most ambient light, including high intensity strobes
DIAGNOSTIC INDICATORS
  • Red LED = Output Status
  • Green LED = Power “ON”
AMBIENT TEMPERATURE
  • -40° to 70°C (-40° to 158°F)
RUGGED CONSTRUCTION
  • Chemical resistant, high-impact polycarbonate housing
  • Waterproof ratings: NEMA 4X, IP66

 
Details

Features and Options:

  • 18mm mounting
  • Laser thru-beam
  • NPN or PNP output transistor
  • Fixed Optics - Proximity, Retroreflective, Polarized Retroreflective, and Thru-Beam
  • Selectable Light “ON” or dark “ON” operation
  • High immunity to ambient light and strobes
  • Waterproof with high-impact housing
  • Available in 6 foot 4-Wire cable, M8 4-Pin connector, or M12 4-Pin 6 inch pigtail
  • Reverse polarity protection
  • Short circuit protection
  • Power-up output suppression
  • 5VDC models available (please consult factory)

 

Benefits:

  • Easy to use
  • Lower inventory costs
  • Lower maintenance costs
  • Flexible

Drawing

 
Details

Features and Options:

  • 18mm mounting
  • Laser thru-beam
  • NPN or PNP output transistor
  • Fixed Optics - Proximity, Retroreflective, Polarized Retroreflective, and Thru-Beam
  • Selectable Light “ON” or dark “ON” operation
  • High immunity to ambient light and strobes
  • Waterproof with high-impact housing
  • Available in 6 foot 4-Wire cable, M8 4-Pin connector, or M12 4-Pin 6 inch pigtail
  • Reverse polarity protection
  • Short circuit protection
  • Power-up output suppression
  • 5VDC models available (please consult factory)

 

Benefits:

  • Easy to use
  • Lower inventory costs
  • Lower maintenance costs
  • Flexible

How to Specify

Models Description Range
Standard 18mm Short Range Proximity Standard 18mm
MIVC MIVC-18 IR, NPN, 4-pin M8 Connector, 10-30VDC 5" (127.0mm) 6" (152.4mm)
MIVC-5 MIVC-185 IR, NPN, 4-pin M8 Connector, 5VDC 5" (127.0mm) 6" (152.4mm)
MIVC-M12 MIVC-18M12 IR, NPN, 4-pin M12 Connector, 10-30VDC 5" (127.0mm) 6" (152.4mm)
MIVC-5M12 MIVC-185M12 IR, NPN, 4-pin M12 Connector, 5VDC 5" (127.0mm) 6" (152.4mm)
MIV MIV-18 IR, NPN, Cabled, 10-30VDC 5" (127.0mm) 6" (152.4mm)
MIV-5 MIV-185 IR, NPN, Cabled, 5VDC 5" (127.0mm) 6" (152.4mm)
MRVC MRVC-18 Red, NPN, 4-pin M8 Connector, 10-30VDC 4" (101.6mm) 5" (127.0mm)
MRVC-5 MRVC-185 Red, NPN, 4-pin M8 Connector, 5VDC 4" (101.6mm) 5" (127.0mm)
MRVC-M12 MRVC-18M12 Red, NPN, 4-pin M12 Connector, 10-30VDC 4" (101.6mm) 5" (127.0mm)
MRVC-5M12 MRVC-185M12 Red, NPN, 4-pin M12 Connector, 5VDC 4" (101.6mm) 5" (127.0mm)
MRV MRV-18 Red, NPN, Cabled, 10-30VDC 4" (101.6mm) 5" (127.0mm)
MRV-5 MRV-185 Red, NPN, Cabled, 5VDC 4" (101.6mm) 5" (127.0mm)
PMIVC PMIVC-18 IR, PNP, 4-pin M8 Connector, 10-30VDC 5" (127.0mm) 6" (152.4mm)
PMIVC-5 PMIVC-185 IR, PNP, 4-pin M8 Connector, 5VDC 5" (127.0mm) 6" (152.4mm)
PMIVC-M12 PMIVC-18M12 IR, PNP, 4-pin M12 Connector, 10-30VDC 5" (127.0mm) 6" (152.4mm)
PMIVC-5M12 PMIVC-185M12 IR, PNP, 4-pin M12 Connector, 5VDC 5" (127.0mm) 6" (152.4mm)
PMIV PMIV-18 IR, PNP, Cabled, 10-30VDC 5" (127.0mm) 6" (152.4mm)
PMIV-5 PMIV-185 IR, PNP, Cabled, 5VDC 5" (127.0mm) 6" (152.4mm)
PMRVC PMRVC-18 Red, PNP, 4-pin M8 Connector, 10-30VDC 4" (101.6mm) 5" (127.0mm)
PMRVC-5 PMRVC-185 Red, PNP, 4-pin M8 Connector, 5VDC 4" (101.6mm) 5" (127.0mm)
PMRVC-M12 PMRVC-18M12 Red, PNP, 4-pin M12 Connector, 10-30VDC 4" (101.6mm) 5" (127.0mm)
PMRVC-5M12 PMRVC-185M12 Red, PNP, 4-pin M12 Connector, 5VDC 4" (101.6mm) 5" (127.0mm)
PMRV PMRV-18 Red, PNP, Cabled, 10-30VDC 4" (101.6mm) 5" (127.0mm)
PMRV-5 PMRV-185 Red, PNP, Cabled, 5VDC 4" (101.6mm) 5" (127.0mm)
Models Description Range
Standard 18mm Long Range Proximity Standard 18mm
MIPC MIPC-18 IR, NPN, 4-pin M8 Connector, 10-30VDC 20" (508.0mm) 20" (508.0mm)
MIPC-5 MIPC-185 IR, NPN, 4-pin M8 Connector, 5VDC 20" (508.0mm) 20" (508.0mm)
MIPC-M12 MIPC-18M12 IR, NPN, 4-pin M12 Connector, 10-30VDC 20" (508.0mm) 20" (508.0mm)
MIPC-5M12 MIPC-185M12 IR, NPN, 4-pin M12 Connector, 5VDC 20" (508.0mm) 20" (508.0mm)
MIP MIP-18 IR, NPN, Cabled, 10-30VDC 20" (508.0mm) 20" (508.0mm)
MIP-5 MIP-185 IR, NPN, Cabled, 5VDC 20" (508.0mm) 20" (508.0mm)
MRPC MRPC-18 Red, NPN, 4-pin M8 Connector, 10-30VDC 14" (355.6mm) 8" (203.2mm)
MRPC-5 MRPC-185 Red, NPN, 4-pin M8 Connector, 5VDC 14" (355.6mm) 8" (203.2mm)
MRPC-M12 MRPC-18M12 Red, NPN, 4-pin M12 Connector, 10-30VDC 14" (355.6mm) 8" (203.2mm)
MRPC-5M12 MRPC-185M12 Red, NPN, 4-pin M12 Connector, 5VDC 14" (355.6mm) 8" (203.2mm)
MRP MRP-18 Red, NPN, Cabled, 10-30VDC 14" (355.6mm) 8" (203.2mm)
MRP-5 MRP-185 Red, NPN, Cabled, 5VDC 14" (355.6mm) 8" (203.2mm)
PMIPC PMIPC-18 IR, PNP, 4-pin M8 Connector, 10-30VDC 20" (508.0mm) 20" (508.0mm)
PMIPC-5 PMIPC-185 IR, PNP, 4-pin M8 Connector, 5VDC 20" (508.0mm) 20" (508.0mm)
PMIPC-M12 PMIPC-18M12 IR, PNP, 4-pin M12 Connector, 10-30VDC 20" (508.0mm) 20" (508.0mm)
PMIPC-5M12 PMIPC-185M12 IR, PNP, 4-pin M12 Connector, 5VDC 20" (508.0mm) 20" (508.0mm)
PMIP PMIP-18 IR, PNP, Cabled, 10-30VDC 20" (508.0mm) 20" (508.0mm)
PMIP-5 PMIP-185 IR, PNP, Cabled, 5VDC 20" (508.0mm) 20" (508.0mm)
PMRPC PMRPC-18 Red, PNP, 4-pin M8 Connector, 10-30VDC 14" (355.6mm) 8" (203.2mm)
PMRPC-5 PMRPC-185 Red, PNP, 4-pin M8 Connector, 5VDC 14" (355.6mm) 8" (203.2mm)
PMRPC-M12 PMRPC-18M12 Red, PNP, 4-pin M12 Connector, 10-30VDC 14" (355.6mm) 8" (203.2mm)
PMRPC-5M12 PMRPC-185M12 Red, PNP, 4-pin M12 Connector, 5VDC 14" (355.6mm) 8" (203.2mm)
PMRP PMRP-18 Red, PNP, Cabled, 10-30VDC 14" (355.6mm) 8" (203.2mm)
PMRP-5 PMRP-185 Red, PNP, Cabled, 5VDC 14" (355.6mm) 8" (203.2mm)
Models Description Range
Standard 18mm Retroreflective Standard 18mm
MIRC MIRC-18 IR, NPN, 4-pin M8 Connector, 10-30VDC 12' (3.7m) 15' (3.8m), 35' (8.8m)*
MIRC-5 MIRC-185 IR, NPN, 4-pin M8 Connector, 5VDC 12' (3.7m) 15' (3.8m), 35' (8.8m)*
MIRC-M12 MIRC-18M12 IR, NPN, 4-pin M12 Connector, 10-30VDC 12' (3.7m) 15' (3.8m), 35' (8.8m)*
MIRC-5M12 MIRC-185M12 IR, NPN, 4-pin M12 Connector, 5VDC 12' (3.7m) 15' (3.8m), 35' (8.8m)*
MIR MIR-18 IR, NPN, Cabled, 10-30VDC 12' (3.7m) 15' (3.8m), 35' (8.8m)*
MIR-5 MIR-185 IR, NPN, Cabled, 5VDC 12' (3.7m) 15' (3.8m), 35' (8.8m)*
MRRC MRRC-18 Red, Polarized, NPN, 4-pin M8 Connector, 10-30VDC 3.5' (0.9m), 8.5' (2.2m) 6' (1.8m), 15' (4.6m)
MRRC-5 MRRC-185 Red, Polarized, NPN, 4-pin M8 Connector, 5VDC 3.5' (0.9m), 8.5' (2.2m) 6' (1.8m), 15' (4.6m)
MRRC-M12 MRRC-18M12 Red, Polarized, NPN, 4-pin M12 Connector, 10-30VDC 3.5' (0.9m), 8.5' (2.2m) 6' (1.8m), 15' (4.6m)
MRRC-5M12 MRRC-185M12 Red, Polarized, NPN, 4-pin M12 Connector, 5VDC 3.5' (0.9m), 8.5' (2.2m) 6' (1.8m), 15' (4.6m)
MRR MRR-18 Red, Polarized, NPN, Cabled, 10-30VDC 3.5' (0.9m), 8.5' (2.2m) 6' (1.8m), 15' (4.6m)
MRR-5 MRR-185 Red, Polarized, NPN, Cabled, 5VDC 3.5' (0.9m), 8.5' (2.2m) 6' (1.8m), 15' (4.6m)
PMIRC PMIRC-18 IR, PNP, 4-pin M8 Connector, 10-30VDC 12' (3.7m) 15' (3.8m), 35' (8.8m)*
PMIRC-5 PMIRC-185 IR, PNP, 4-pin M8 Connector, 5VDC 12' (3.7m) 15' (3.8m), 35' (8.8m)*
PMIRC-M12 PMIRC-18M12 IR, PNP, 4-pin M12 Connector, 10-30VDC 12' (3.7m) 15' (3.8m), 35' (8.8m)*
PMIRC-5M12 PMIRC-185M12 IR, PNP, 4-pin M12 Connector, 5VDC 12' (3.7m) 15' (3.8m), 35' (8.8m)*
PMIR PMIR-18 IR, PNP, Cabled, 10-30VDC 12' (3.7m) 15' (3.8m), 35' (8.8m)*
PMIR-5 PMIR-185 IR, PNP, Cabled, 5VDC 12' (3.7m) 15' (3.8m), 35' (8.8m)*
PMRRC PMRRC-18 Red, Polarized, PNP, 4-pin M8 Connector, 10-30VDC 3.5' (0.9m), 8.5' (2.2m) 6' (1.8m), 15' (4.6m)
PMRRC-5 PMRRC-185 Red, Polarized, PNP, 4-pin M8 Connector, 5VDC 3.5' (0.9m), 8.5' (2.2m) 6' (1.8m), 15' (4.6m)
PMRRC-M12 PMRRC-18M12 Red, Polarized, PNP, 4-pin M12 Connector, 10-30VDC 3.5' (0.9m), 8.5' (2.2m) 6' (1.8m), 15' (4.6m)
PMRRC-5M12 PMRRC-185M12 Red, Polarized, PNP, 4-pin M12 Connector, 5VDC 3.5' (0.9m), 8.5' (2.2m) 6' (1.8m), 15' (4.6m)
PMRR PMRR-18 Red, Polarized, PNP, Cabled, 10-30VDC 3.5' (0.9m), 8.5' (2.2m) 6' (1.8m), 15' (4.6m)
PMRR-5 PMRR-185 Red, Polarized, PNP, Cabled, 5VDC 3.5' (0.9m), 8.5' (2.2m) 6' (1.8m), 15' (4.6m)
Models Description Range
Standard 18mm Thru-Beam Standard 18mm
Light Source
MLSIC MLSIC-18 Infrared, 4-pin M8 Connector, 10-30VDC 65' (19.8m) 65' (19.8m)
MLSIC-5 MLSIC-185 Infrared, 4-pin M8 Connector, 5VDC 65' (19.8m) 65' (19.8m)
MLSIC-M12 MLSIC-18M12 Infrared, 4-pin M12 Connector, 10-30VDC 65' (19.8m) 65' (19.8m)
MLSIC-5M12 MLSIC-185M12 Infrared, 4-pin M12 Connector, 5VDC 65' (19.8m) 65' (19.8m)
MLSI MLSI-18 Infrared, Cabled, 10-30VDC 65' (19.8m) 65' (19.8m)
MLSI-5 MLSI-185 Infrared, Cabled, 5VDC 65' (19.8m) 65' (19.8m)
MLSRC MLSRC-18 Red, 4-pin M8 Connector, 10-30VDC 45' (13.7m) 15' (4.6m)
MLSRC-5 MLSRC-185 Red, 4-pin M8 Connector, 5VDC 45' (13.7m) 15' (4.6m)
MLSRC-M12 MLSRC-18M12 Red, 4-pin M12 Connector, 10-30VDC 45' (13.7m) 15' (4.6m)
MLSRC-5M12 MLSRC-185M12 Red, 4-pin M12 Connector, 5VDC 45' (13.7m) 15' (4.6m)
MLSR MLSR-18 Red, Cabled, 10-30VDC 45' (13.7m) 15' (4.6m)
MLSR-5 MLSR-185 Red, Cabled, 5VDC 45' (13.7m) 15' (4.6m)
Receivers
MRC MRC-18 NPN, 4-pin M8 Connector, 10-30VDC    
MRC-5 MRC-185 NPN, 4-pin M8 Connector, 5VDC    
MRC-M12 MRC-18M12 NPN, 4-pin M12 Connector, 10-30VDC    
MRC-5M12 MRC-185M12 NPN, 4-pin M12 Connector, 5VDC    
MR MR-18 NPN, Cabled, 10-30VDC    
MR-5 MR-185 NPN, Cabled, 5VDC    
PMRC PMRC-18 PNP, 4-pin M8 Connector, 10-30VDC    
PMRC-5 PMRC-185 PNP, 4-pin M8 Connector, 5VDC    
PMRC-M12 PMRC-18M12 PNP, 4-pin M12 Connector, 10-30VDC    
PMRC-5M12 PMRC-185M12 PNP, 4-pin M12 Connector, 5VDC    
PMR PMR-18 PNP, Cabled, 10-30VDC    
PMR-5 PMR-185 PNP, Cabled, 5VDC    
Models Description Range
Standard 18mm Laser Thru-Beam Standard 18mm
Light Source
MLZRC MLZRC-18 Red, 4-pin M8 Connector, 10-30VDC 60' (18.2m) 60' (18.2m)
MLZRC-5 MLZRC-185 Red, 4-pin M8 Connector, 5VDC 60' (18.2m) 60' (18.2m)
MLZRC-M12 MLZRC-18M12 Red, 4-pin M12 Connector, 10-30VDC 60' (18.2m) 60' (18.2m)
MLZRC-5M12 MLZRC-185M12 Red, 4-pin M12 Connector, 5VDC 60' (18.2m) 60' (18.2m)
MLZR MLZR-18 Red, Cabled, 10-30VDC 60' (18.2m) 60' (18.2m)
MLZR-5 MLZR-185 Red, Cabled, 5VDC 60' (18.2m) 60' (18.2m)
Receivers
MLRC MLRC-18 NPN, 4-pin M8 Connector, 10-30VDC    
MLRC-5 MLRC-185 NPN, 4-pin M8 Connector, 5VDC    
MLRC-M12 MLRC-18M12 NPN, 4-pin M12 Connector, 10-30VDC    
MLRC-5M12 MLRC-185M12 NPN, 4-pin M12 Connector, 5VDC    
MLR MLR-18 NPN, Cabled, 10-30VDC    
MLR-5 MLR-185 NPN, Cabled, 5VDC    
PMLRC PMLRC-18 PNP, 4-pin M8 Connector, 10-30VDC    
PMLRC-5 PMLRC-185 PNP, 4-pin M8 Connector, 5VDC    
PMLRC-M12 PMLRC-18M12 PNP, 4-pin M12 Connector, 10-30VDC    
PMLRC-5M12 PMLRC-185M12 PNP, 4-pin M12 Connector, 5VDC    
PMLR PMLR-18 PNP, Cabled, 10-30VDC    
PMLR-5 PMLR-185 PNP, Cabled, 5VDC    

*AR82 high performance reflector
Note: Standard connector models utilize an M8 4-pin connector. M12 4-pin 6" pigtails are built to order. Ex. MIV-18M12
Note: Retroreflective sensors equipped with red light source are polarized to prevent proxing off shiny objects. Proximity test utilized a 90% reflective white target. Retroreflective tests utilized a 3" diameter, round reflector, Model AR3
Note: Receivers can be used with either IR or Red Light Sources.

 
Details

Features and Options:

  • 18mm mounting
  • Laser thru-beam
  • NPN or PNP output transistor
  • Fixed Optics - Proximity, Retroreflective, Polarized Retroreflective, and Thru-Beam
  • Selectable Light “ON” or dark “ON” operation
  • High immunity to ambient light and strobes
  • Waterproof with high-impact housing
  • Available in 6 foot 4-Wire cable, M8 4-Pin connector, or M12 4-Pin 6 inch pigtail
  • Reverse polarity protection
  • Short circuit protection
  • Power-up output suppression
  • 5VDC models available (please consult factory)

 

Benefits:

  • Easy to use
  • Lower inventory costs
  • Lower maintenance costs
  • Flexible

LIGHT SOURCE SELECTION

Infrared Light Source
Invisible light – recommended in opaque object sensing applications. Infrared LED light source provides long-range sensing in either Beam Make or Beam Break modes. Infrared light maximizes the sensor’s ability to penetrate contamination found in harsh environments.

 

Red (Visible) Light Source
Visible red LED light source recommended for sensing transparent/translucent objects. Outperforms infrared light in many moderate to low contrast applications. Also recommended for use with plastic fiberoptic light guides.

 
Details

Features and Options:

  • 18mm mounting
  • Laser thru-beam
  • NPN or PNP output transistor
  • Fixed Optics - Proximity, Retroreflective, Polarized Retroreflective, and Thru-Beam
  • Selectable Light “ON” or dark “ON” operation
  • High immunity to ambient light and strobes
  • Waterproof with high-impact housing
  • Available in 6 foot 4-Wire cable, M8 4-Pin connector, or M12 4-Pin 6 inch pigtail
  • Reverse polarity protection
  • Short circuit protection
  • Power-up output suppression
  • 5VDC models available (please consult factory)

 

Benefits:

  • Easy to use
  • Lower inventory costs
  • Lower maintenance costs
  • Flexible

Product Literature

Catalog Pages
Instructions
Instructions - 18mm
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Applications:

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Gating and Sorting

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Cap Detection and Position Ejection

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Small Parts Detection

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Opaque Objects Detection

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Product Inspection and Orientation

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Beam Break Detection

 
Details

Features and Options:

  • 18mm mounting
  • Laser thru-beam
  • NPN or PNP output transistor
  • Fixed Optics - Proximity, Retroreflective, Polarized Retroreflective, and Thru-Beam
  • Selectable Light “ON” or dark “ON” operation
  • High immunity to ambient light and strobes
  • Waterproof with high-impact housing
  • Available in 6 foot 4-Wire cable, M8 4-Pin connector, or M12 4-Pin 6 inch pigtail
  • Reverse polarity protection
  • Short circuit protection
  • Power-up output suppression
  • 5VDC models available (please consult factory)

 

Benefits:

  • Easy to use
  • Lower inventory costs
  • Lower maintenance costs
  • Flexible