EZiCAT i-Series: Making Cable Location Easier & Safer Than Ever Before!
4 May 2010, News release from Cable Detection Ltd
Over the past two years Cable Detection has made a significant investment in the development of a new range of cable locators.
As a result of this investment and considerable effort, we now have a brand new locator range ready for release!
We are pleased to announce the next generation of cable locators; the EZiCAT i-Series product range. Consisting of two models (EZiCAT i500 & EZiCAT i550) the i-Series products are based on an entirely new electronic DSP (Digital Signal Processing) platform delivering significant improvements in performance.
Every year site workers are injured due to inadvertently striking buried utilities such as electricity cables or gas pipelines. The EZiCAT i-Series is designed to detect electromagnetic signals radiated from underground utilities and allows employees and equipment to be protected during excavation projects.
Users of the 'old' EZiCAT 100 & 200 may recognize the similar external casing, however don't let this fool you - beneath the surface they are completely new. The adoption of DSP technology delivers improvements in location precision and allows a number of intelligent features to be added to the product - all of which make location safer and easier than ever before!
EZiCAT i-Series: New Technology
One very noticeable new addition to the product is a large, high contrast LCD screen, providing users with more information at their fingertips. It also includes a light sensor which automatically enables the vivid backlight in low light conditions, as well as a dynamic display area used for features such as service depth indication and numeric Sonde location.
EZiCAT i-Series Unique Features
Traditionally, users would have to manually adjust signal tuning on the cable avoidance tool which would often result in some buried services being missed. The new EZiCAT i-Series locators have the same clever software seen on their predecessors which automatically adjusts pinpoints services ensuring they are not missed.
Always Start in Power Mode
The i-Series locators always start in 'Power Mode' regardless of user intervention, ensuring the most dangerous current carrying services are detected first for increased user safety.
Put simply - Cable avoidance has never been safer or easier!
EZiCAT i-Series New Features
Numeric Sonde Location
Tracing Sonde's (small signal transmitters) has always proven tricky with a traditional signal strength indicator. Typically users would have to conduct extensive area sweep searches to discover the position, being mindful of the 'ghost' signals which are occur. The new EZiCAT i-Series locators feature a numeric signal strength indicator. As you approach the Sonde, the numeric readout will begin to slowly increase up to its highest value, indicating the exact position below the ground. Simple!
'Hazard Zone' Shallow Service Warning
Buried utilities close to the surface pose a significant safety risk to site works. The new 'Hazard Zone 'function provides an additional warning to the close proximity of buried services alerting users to the immediate danger.
'Auto Mode' Combined Detection Mode
Safety and ease of use are driving principles in the design of the EZiCAT i-Series locators. With that in mind we have introduced a new automatic detection mode which switches between Power & Radio detection. It's perfect for quick surveys on initial site occupation and requires minimal user experience.
Wireless Survey Mapping
Both the EZiCAT i-Series locators can be purchased with the added benefit of Bluetooth wireless connectivity, allowing the EZiCAT to integrate seamlessly with mobile mapping technology to log survey data. With a single press of the button service depth can be logged and stored. Comprehensive site surveys become simple!
The EZiCAT i-Series locators will replace the existing EZiCAT 100 & 200 models and will remain fully compatible with existing EZiSYSTEM products such as the EZiTRACE Signal Generator, Sonde etc, allowing simple integration for established customers.
The EZiCAT i-Series locators will be available to purchase from Late June 2010-04-30
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Cable Detection Ltd
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