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MIT-Cable Detector - Fast and simple location of buried cables and metal pipes


The MIT-Cable Detector is an easy-to-use device designed for the detection of cables and metal pipes in the ground. Due to its easy handling, it is optimally suited for checking the presence of cables and metal pipes before commencing any excavation work.

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Operating principle

Long cables and metal pipes act like a receiving antenna that are able to pick up electro- magnetic fields (e.g. from long-wave transmitters). This leads to magnetic field noise generation around the cables. The MIT-Cable Detector receives the magnetic noise and converts it into audible signals. To perform a search, the device must be moved over the search area. A sound signal indicates the localization of a cable. Additionally, its depth can be determined by tilting the device. The supplementary transmitter also allows cables to be traced that emit only a weak signal.


✓ Detects cables and metal pipes in the ground
✓ Estimates the depth of the located cable
✓ For both passive and active location of cables/pipes
✓ Inspection of the subsoil to ensure safe excavations
✓ Suppression of radio interference by two oppositely directed antennas


MIT-Cable Detector


Frequency133 kHz ±7,5 kHz
Dimensions  100 x 14 x 3.5 cm
Weight 400 g
Temperature range -20 °C bis 50 °C
Power supply  9 V Block (20 h approx.)
Ports 3.5 mm Stereo socket

Signal generator


Frequency133 kHz ±2 kHz
Battery compartment dimensions2 x 28 cm
Transmitter dimensions2 x 26 cm
Power supply4 x AA-batteries
MIT Precision - made in germany

Your contact:

MIT-Cable Detector
Mr. Matthias Herold
Phone: +49 (0)351/87181-06
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