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McLaughlin Unveils New Utility Locators
McLaughlin revealed a new line
of underground utility locators.
The Vision locators combine
proven McLaughlin technologies
to ensure accuracy with new
features to help contractors
find underground utilities more
The Vision product line
includes three models: the LX
for utility contractors, the FLX2
with fault finding capabilities for
power companies and secondary power contractors, and the
premium GX2, designed with
professional locators in mind.
"Utility contractors face a
crowded underground infrastructure, unmarked utility lines
and increasingly strict regulations, which makes accurate, timely locating more important than ever,"
said Jeff Wage, vice president of sales at McLaughlin. "With the addition
of the Vision product line, McLaughlin has an underground utility locating
solution for everyone from the new utility contractor who is just starting out
to the professional One Call contractor."
Vision LX locator
The Vision LX locator has a streamlined design and simple user interface.
The LX combines the peak locating screen and null locating screen into
one display. This allows the user to capitalize on the benefits of both functions - the accuracy of the peak mode and the user-friendliness of the null
mode - without toggling back and forth between screens.
Other improvements to the display include an automatic depth and
current measurement index, which automatically appears when the locator
is positioned over a utility line, and a new compass icon. The compass
automatically calculates the peak signal and visually informs the user of the
direction of the utility path, making it easier to locate the entire line.
Vision FLX2 locator with fault finder capabilities
The Vision FLX2 has the same features and functions as the Vision LX
locator plus secondary and sheaths fault-finding capabilities. Designed
with power companies and secondary power contractors in mind, the FLX2
allows contractors to quickly and accurately pinpoint the location of faults
in power and telecommunications cables.
Once the locator is connected to the utility line, a contractor can use
an A-frame transmitter to find the fault. The contractor places the A-frame
transmitter's prongs into the ground, and the reading is sent to the receiver.
If the receiver shows the signal is on the right side of the screen, the
contractor proceeds forward along the utility line. If the receiver shows the
signal is on the blue side of the screen, the contractor has passed the fault
and is alerted to back up. Using this process, a contractor can narrow the
location of the fault to within a few inches.
When used for its traditional locating capabilities, the FLX2 has five active
frequency modes. Lower- frequency modes provide more accurate locates
over longer distances; high-frequency modes use a powerful signal to get
through resistant lines, like cast-iron pipes. The FLX2 allows the operator to
adjust the frequency based on the needs of the utility line, which provides a
more accurate locate.
Vision GX2 locator
The GX2 is the most powerful locator in the Vision product line. Using a
7-watt transmitter the GX2 allows contractors to push the locating signal
farther, which is ideal for long fiber runs or gas distribution projects with
To further extend the signal, the GX2 uses a dual frequency mode - that
does not require Bluetooth - to simultaneously inject 9.5 kHz and 38 kHz
signals into the utility line. When the 38-kHz signal begins to fade, the
operator can use the receiver to toggle to the 9.5 kHz frequency and can
Because some fiber providers use a custom frequency, the GX2 gives
contractors the flexibility to program other frequencies into the locator for
added jobsite efficiency.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
McLaughlin, (800) 435-9340, mclaughlinunderground.com
ALLU Introduces New Material Feeder
The ALLU Transformer D-Series is an excavator-, loader- and tractor-mounted attachment that screens,
crushes, aerates, blends, mixes, separates, feeds and loads materials. This results in the feed material being
effectively transformed into highly valuable products, making your business more efficient, and more
At the heart of the Transformer D is the unique top screen of its bucket. This is where the screening blades
spin between the top screen combs, with the end material size being defined by the space between the
combs. These screening combs carry most of the material weight to ensure the drums and bearings take on
less impact and load. This construction is clog-free and maintains good capacity even with wet materials.
The Transformer D-Series has proved to be the ideal solution for dealing with excavated soil and rubble,
with processed material not needing to be transported away and replaced with fresh soil. Not only does this result in substantial savings in material and
transport costs, but no time is lost when waiting for replacement material. Additionally, binders can be mixed if the job undertaken requires stabilization.
Designed to be mounted on 11.8-ton loaders, and 7.8-ton tractors and backhoe loaders, D-Series attachments are ideally suited to companies requiring limited, yet profitable, material separation, crushing, screening and processing.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
ALLU Group Inc., (800) 939-2558, allu.net
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