Utility locator and transmitter

Charlotte, N.C., March 14, 2011—Radiodetection, a cable and pipe locators company, announces the launch of a new utility locator and transmitter with features that are particularly suited for use in the water industry.

Designed for ease of use, the combination of RD5000WL locator and RD5000WLT transmitter provide a single high-frequency location kit that is well matched to the task of locating jointed pipes. These often pose a particular challenge due to isolative seals between sections, and plastic pipes with tracer wire.

Locating specific pipes and cables in large underground networks is becoming increasingly complex. To address this, Radiodetection has developed ClearTRACK, a powerful digital signal processing engine that automatically rejects other signals from adjacent conductors, leading to more accurate location of a target pipe or cable. This feature helps to ensure that operators using the RD5000WL can confidently trace their target pipe or cable through increasingly congested underground utility networks. They are further improved by dynamic overload protection, which rejects large unwanted signals allowing use in electrically noisy areas—beneath high voltage cables, for example.

The RD5000WL has two operation modes: guidance mode, which directs the operator to the target pipe or cable centerline using proportional directional arrows and differentiated audio tones, and signal strength mode, which displays the field strength given out by the located pipe or cable, helping the user to pinpoint the target. Both locator and transmitter are controlled using a single button, making them amongst the easiest to use products available.

Radiodetection’s proprietary compass feature provides the operator with a visual indication of the orientation of the target cable or pipe. This feature makes following the target line significantly easier, and also makes it easier to position the RD5000WL correctly for maximum depth measurement accuracy.

The RD5000WL is Centros enabled. Centros is a measurement engine based on more than 30 years of continuous development, combining new and innovative algorithms with established software on a high-performance processor core. Centros improves location accuracy and repeatability and delivers timely responsiveness in the field.

Unique to Radiodetection’s precision locators, eCALTM allows users to validate the original factory calibration of their RD5000WL locator. By checking the responses of all relevant internal components, eCAL provides the user with confidence that the locator performs as it did when it first left the factory. eCAL can be carried out on-site and allows the owner to print a validation certificate without the need to return the RD5000WL to a service center.

Radiodetection offers a free upgrade to a 3-year extended warranty on the RD5000WL kit through registration on www.radiodetection.com/extendedwarranty within 3 months of purchase. Registered products also receive free product software upgrades through the Centros Manager software suite as they are released.

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