Pipe And Cable Locating Equipment: Equipment Spotlight

Pipe and cable locating equipment, from SENSIT Technologies, Vivax-Metrotech,
MALA Geoscience USA, Ditch Witch, McLaughlin, RIDGID, Sensors & Software and Radiodetection.

SENSIT Technologies

SENSIT Technologies introduces a revolutionary new acoustic pipe locator; the ULTRA-TRAC APL. The “APL” will detect piping of virtually any material and over any ground covering such as gravel, asphalt, concrete, soil and grass. There are no hook ups to the system to detect and no access needed to customer facilities. The technology was developed through research provided through GTI. 888.473.6748, gasleaksensors.com


The Metrotech 810 locator, now known as the VM-810, has all the features you liked in the original version, like one button operation and left/right guidance is now upgraded and in a new rugged weather resistant housing. The VM-810 is best used to locate direct buried steel water mains and tracer wire. The 83kHz frequency is high enough to skip over rubber gaskets and low enough not to bleed off onto nearby utilities. 800.446.3392, vxmt.com

MALA Geoscience USA

The Easy Locator HDR boasts a higher resolution and deeper depth penetration than prior GPR technology for utility detection. A single frequency transducer now performs the work of two and allows the detection and imaging of targets from small near surface service connections to deeper larger transmission facilities. With the new zoom function and other upgrades incorporated into the HDR monitor, the user can zoom in for visualization of small near surface targets or out for maximum range to view the deepest targets. Other features include a built-in DGPS receiver and upgradeable GPS Mapper software for mapping utilities marked digitally with the HDR monitor. 843.852.5021, malags.com

Ditch Witch

The Ditch Witch 830R/T high-frequency electronic locating can trace poor conductors, such as ungrounded tracer wire, and locate short lengths of utility infrastructure better than low-frequency units. Automatic features—such as gain control, auto depth, and visual and audio feedback—make the 830R/T easy for even novice operators to confidently identify and trace metallic pipe or cable, water and gas distribution lines. Adaptive filtering, one of the system’s many industry-exclusive features, ensures that the 830R/T is highly responsive in all modes of operation, providing left-to-right guidance very quickly regardless of mode or operator style. In Peak Verify mode, another exclusive feature, the 830R/T system gives operators an additional way to confidently verify the locate. 800.654.6481, ditchwitch.com


The McLaughlin Verifier G2 uses “Smart” transmitter technology along with improved noise reduction to achieve extreme accuracy in utility line location and depth calculation. Additional features include Peak and Null locating modes, four active frequencies, depth readout and Current Measurement Index (CMI), unique inductive method, passive radio search, increased depth capacity to 30 feet and a completely weatherproof receiver. 800.435.9340, mightymole.com


Powered by OmniSeek technology, the RIDGID SeekTech SR-20 utility line locator uses a combination of multi-directional antennas, a revolutionary mapping display and state-of-the-art processing to provide users with more information to effectively and easily locate underground utilities. Specifically, the locator’s high-resolution monitor, equipped with an automatic backlight function for low-light situations, displays line depth, current and field angle in real time to virtually guide users down the line. 800.474.3443, RIDGID.com

Sensors & Software

Sensors & Software Inc.’s LMX100 is tailored for the locate-and-mark needs of utility locating contractors. The LMX100 eliminates complexity; making routine locates fast and easy. LMX100 features include a high performance GPR sensor; a lightweight, rugged non-metallic cart; out-of-the-box operation; and a simple, visual user interface. 800.267.6013, gprlocates.com

Included in the C.A.T4 range are the eC.A.T4 series products, incorporating over a year’s worth of data acquisition capacity, recording key locate parameters including mode used, Genny signal detection, control settings and warning statuses, to enable managers to rapidly verify correct usage and identify training needs. The new Avoidance Mode lets the operator check an intended excavation area for all locatable signals simultaneously, and pinpoint located utilities, in a single scan. The Dynamic Overload Protection feature enables operators to locate even in areas of high electrical interference, such as substations or under High Voltage cables. The new Genny4 provides a class-first dual frequency feature. Two frequencies are transmitted simultaneously to facilitate location of small diameter cables such as telecoms and street lighting, including spurs. For tricky locates, the new Power Boost function enables the locate signal to travel further and deeper, and couple onto utilities more easily. 877.247.3797, radiodetection.com

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