VM-550 Service Drop Locator - Metal Pipe and Cable locator

Overview

The VM-550 is a general-purpose locator used to detect buried pipe and cable services in a variety of situations. With a 50/60Hz passive power locating frequency and three active frequencies, the VM-550 locators will meet the requirements of those wishing to detect the presence of active power cables and to trace short ranges. The VM-550 transmitter also has the additional frequency of 8kHz Fault-find so it can be used to detect the presence of ground to sheath faults on cable when used with the VM-510 Stand Alone A-Frame fault locator.

The 1-Watt Transmitter applies a locate frequency by direct connection or induction. Optional Induction Clamps can be used to clamp around a line and induce the locate signal onto it.

VM-550 Utility Locator frequencies: 50/60Hz, 512/640Hz, 8.19kHz, 83.1kHz and 8kHz FF

Features

  • Rugged and lightweight
  • Visual and audio response
  • Passive and active locate modes
  • Pushbutton depth of cover reading

Accessories

Live Cable Connector The Live Cable Connector is usable on live cables up to 480 V ac 60/50Hz. The Live Cable Connector operates on frequencies of 8kHz, 33kHz and SIS. The Transmitter provides power in, the output leads from the separation filter can be connected to conductors carrying up to 480V AC. Note that the Live Cable Connector should only be used by approved operatives adhering to company regulations and work practices while using appropriate safety equipment and clothing.
Live Plug Connector The Live Plug Connector (LPC separation filter) is used to safely inject a locate frequency onto a live street distribution cable using a standard household mains socket from a building. This allows the cable to be traced from the premises to the connection in the street. The LPC separation filter is useable with transmitter frequencies of 8 kHz, 33 kHz, 65 kHz and has a roatary knob for phase switching. Use the Live Plug Connector for connecting to voltages between 100V AC and 250V AC. Apply a locate signal onto all utility services using one connection Phase switching
Rechargeable Transmitter Battery The rechargeable battery kit for the vScan transmitter is supplied with a charger assembly and custom Lithium-ion battery. Lithium-ion batteries are high capacity, do not develop a memory and can hold a charge for an extended amount of time.
Direct Connection Lead with Heavy Duty Clips The direct connection lead consists of two cables, one (red clip) must be connected to the conductor being located, the other (black clip) to a suitable ground (a ground stake is provided with the transmitter). A few options are available for specific industries and conditions. Heavy Duty Lead Heavy Duty Clip version is more suited for the gas and water industries where the size of the targeted lines is larger, and connections will be made to bell housings, fire hydrants and transformer boxes. The more aggressive teeth of the heavy-duty clip also make it easier to connect to objects that are painted such as hydrants.
Direct Connection Lead with Telco Clip The direct connection lead consists of two cables, one (red clip) must be connected to the conductor being located, the other (black clip) to a suitable ground (a ground stake is provided with the transmitter). A few options are available for specific industries and conditions. Telco Lead Telco Clip version is suitable for telephone cable where the user cannot access the sheath of the cable. The “bed of nails” part of this clip can be clamped onto a cable breaking the insulation allowing contact with the sheath. The Telco Clip is constructed with an Insulation Piercing Bed of Nails and spike.
Ground Extension Spool Use the extension spool to extend the ground connection to reach a suitable grounding position. Extending the ground allows the user to move the ground lead to various positions to help the transmitters signal to travel further. By extending the length of the ground lead the user can use locate tactics such as performing a double ended connection.
Induction Clamps The Induction Clamp provides a precise way to apply a locating signal. It is generally used when it is not possible or convenient to access the conductor to make a direct connection but there is sufficient room to place the clamp around the cable or pipe, or when it is not safe to make a direct connection because the target cable is carrying electricity. The Induction Clamp is a specialized inductive device, sometimes known as a toroid or coupler. All clamps are optimized to work at specific frequencies. In most cases clamps are designed to be used at frequencies generally between 8 kHz and 85 kHz. Apply a transmitter signal to live cables Range of clamps from 2” to 18” Induce signals on lines in a range of different situations

Live Cable Connector The Live Cable Connector is usable on live cables up to 480 V ac 60/50Hz. The Live Cable Connector operates on frequencies of 8kHz, 33kHz and SIS. The Transmitter provides power in, the output leads from the separation filter can be connected to conductors carrying up to 480V AC. Note that the Live Cable Connector should only be used by approved operatives adhering to company regulations and work practices while using appropriate safety equipment and clothing.
Live Plug Connector The Live Plug Connector (LPC separation filter) is used to safely inject a locate frequency onto a live street distribution cable using a standard household mains socket from a building. This allows the cable to be traced from the premises to the connection in the street. The LPC separation filter is useable with transmitter frequencies of 8 kHz, 33 kHz, 65 kHz and has a roatary knob for phase switching. Use the Live Plug Connector for connecting to voltages between 100V AC and 250V AC. Apply a locate signal onto all utility services using one connection Phase switching
Rechargeable Transmitter Battery The rechargeable battery kit for the vScan transmitter is supplied with a charger assembly and custom Lithium-ion battery. Lithium-ion batteries are high capacity, do not develop a memory and can hold a charge for an extended amount of time.
Direct Connection Lead with Heavy Duty Clips The direct connection lead consists of two cables, one (red clip) must be connected to the conductor being located, the other (black clip) to a suitable ground (a ground stake is provided with the transmitter). A few options are available for specific industries and conditions. Heavy Duty Lead Heavy Duty Clip version is more suited for the gas and water industries where the size of the targeted lines is larger, and connections will be made to bell housings, fire hydrants and transformer boxes. The more aggressive teeth of the heavy-duty clip also make it easier to connect to objects that are painted such as hydrants.
Direct Connection Lead with Telco Clip The direct connection lead consists of two cables, one (red clip) must be connected to the conductor being located, the other (black clip) to a suitable ground (a ground stake is provided with the transmitter). A few options are available for specific industries and conditions. Telco Lead Telco Clip version is suitable for telephone cable where the user cannot access the sheath of the cable. The “bed of nails” part of this clip can be clamped onto a cable breaking the insulation allowing contact with the sheath. The Telco Clip is constructed with an Insulation Piercing Bed of Nails and spike.
Ground Extension Spool Use the extension spool to extend the ground connection to reach a suitable grounding position. Extending the ground allows the user to move the ground lead to various positions to help the transmitters signal to travel further. By extending the length of the ground lead the user can use locate tactics such as performing a double ended connection.
Induction Clamps The Induction Clamp provides a precise way to apply a locating signal. It is generally used when it is not possible or convenient to access the conductor to make a direct connection but there is sufficient room to place the clamp around the cable or pipe, or when it is not safe to make a direct connection because the target cable is carrying electricity. The Induction Clamp is a specialized inductive device, sometimes known as a toroid or coupler. All clamps are optimized to work at specific frequencies. In most cases clamps are designed to be used at frequencies generally between 8 kHz and 85 kHz. Apply a transmitter signal to live cables Range of clamps from 2” to 18” Induce signals on lines in a range of different situations

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