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STLOC5 Pathfinder Pipe & Cable Locator

STLOC 5 Pathfinder Pipe Cable locator from Rycom Instruments USA based on SAF technology is a high precision pipe & cable locator designed to provide the operators capability to perform:

  • Route tracing of medium to Long distance Cable or Pipe Routes, with high accuracy.
  • Route tracing & measure depth of cables or pipes at relatively high depth, typical of HDD installations.
  • Perform route tracing of armoured optical fiber cables – Fast !
  • Detect buried energised power cables. Detect a variety of buried metallic pipes & unenergized power cables, prior excavation. The Pathfinder is one of the most versatile & powerful pipe & cable route tracing locating equipment for the telecom, oil/gas, water & power sectors.

The Pathfinder 5-Watt Max Output Power Or 5-Watt transmitter is utilized for medium distance tracing.5-Watt transmitter when used with the Pathfinder Receiver provides the operator with the capability to perform medium distance tracing ranging up to 20 kms or even higher depending on cable type(attenuation) and transmitter option chosen and measure depth of utility. A higher power transmitter should ideally be opted in case utilities being traced are at depths of 5 meters or higher.

High Power Output function (HPO): Power Boost in the HPO Setting, Max voltage can be increased to 130 Volts.

10 Level Output Signal control: The transmitter allows the operator to cycle the Output Signal through 5 selections on the standard power setting and 5 selections on the HPO setting.

Signal Application Techniques: The Pathfinder Transmitters can be used to apply signature frequency to utility through following methods:

Direct connection: is the most efficient method to trace utilities. Direct connection method allows specific cables or pipes to be individually traced, identified and their depth measured with accuracy. Signal from the Transmitter is applied using direct connection leads at an access point. Direct connection method allows any of the transmitter frequencies to be injected into the metallic utility for pipe or cable route tracing.

Induction: provides the capability to induce a detectable and traceable signal to a utility where direct connection is not possible and to apply signal to previously unknown or inaccessible metallic utility, by placing the transmitter on the ground at a possible location of utility. This allows Blind search of utilities and significantly increases capability to locate or trace buried metallic utilities.

Induction Signal Clamp: is used to apply a signal to an armored cable such as armored optical fiber cable, JFTC when a direct connection to utility is inconvenient or when it is not possible to interrupt services. The signal clamp can be conveniently clamped around the cable to induce a signal into the utility – Signal couplers are available in 2 options: 4” Universal Hard Signal Clamp (Coupler) offered as default that allows coupling signal from transmitter at any chosen frequency to most utilities. Also available is the 7” Flexi Coupler that allows looping the flexible clamp onto larger utilities – the 7”flexi coupler is frequency specific and allows 85Hz & 82kHz signal to be applied.





Product Specification
Available Operating Frequencies (up to 36 user configurable frequencies) 200 Hz, 256 Hz, 273 Hz, 400 Hz, 512 Hz, 560 Hz, 570 Hz, 577 Hz, 640 Hz, 760 Hz, 797 Hz, 815 Hz, 870 Hz, 920 Hz, 940 Hz, 1.01 kHz, 1.02 kHz, 1.1 kHz, 1.45 kHz, 4 kHz, 8.192 kHz, 8.4 kHz, 8.9 kHz, 9.2 kHz, 32.768 kHz, 65.53 kHz, 82.70 kHz, 83.00 kHz, 93 kHz, 116 kHz, 117.850 kHz, 131 kHz, 145 kHz, 200 kHz, 262 kHz, 476.2 kHz
Passive Modes 50Hz & 60Hz Live Sound; Radio Frequency & Rectified CP
Antenna Mode Simultaneous peak/null (dual horizontal antennas & vertical antenna), pin-point peak (dual horizontal antennas), directional guidance, peak (single horizontal antenna) & null (single vertical antenna)
Display Indicators Backlit segmented LCD bar graph, battery condition, continuous mode signal strength, depth measurement, line orientation, left /right line guidance, operating mode, volume level & function indicators
Navigation features Left Right Arrow, Compass Mode for Orientation, for cable Route & Identification
Push Button Selection 6 Buttons for Power, Frequency, Mode selection, Shift/Log/Depth/P-Link, Gain or Up & Down. Shift button allows for selection of “Optional *” functions such as Remote transmitter control connectivity, GPS On/Off
Audio Indication Variable pitch & LiveSound. 4 volume selections including mute
Current Measurement Display indicates relative current
Display Large LCD Display, Backlit, (4” Diagonal, 2.5” x 3.1”)
Power Source Lithium Ion Rechargeable battery for all models
Battery Life Continuous: 30 hours intermittent: 82 hours
Signal Strength LCD bar graph, absolute signal strength 0-999
Gain Control Manual gain adjustment & automatic centering
Dynamic Range 126 dB
Depth Measurement DIGITAL: 3-digit LCD readout .02m-10.6m | Optional: 20m.
MANUAL: 45º triangulation method
Units Metric / Imperial, based on user selection
Live Measurement Depth & Current, simultaneous at user option
Operating Temperature -20º C to +55º C
Dimensions 77cm x 24cm
Weight Rechargeable: 1.9 kg
Environmental IP65
Optional features*:
Datalogging >=10000 datalogs (2GB SD Card) or higher
GPS Breadcrumb data captured automatically every 7 seconds. Additionally, Specific locations can be logged based on user selection.
Communication 2GB or higher SD Card, Mini USB Port
Wireless Communication Bluetooth
Optional feature** Pathlink: enables the user to remotely control the transmitter using the receiver. The frequency and power output of the transmitted signal can be controlled up to 800 meters.

Transmitter Technical Specifications

Model Options Pathfinder
Max Output power 5W
Active Line Frequencies Up to 36 User configurable frequencies: 200 Hz, 256 Hz, 273 Hz,400 Hz, 512 Hz, 560 Hz, 570 Hz, 577 Hz, 640 Hz, 760 Hz, 797 Hz,815 Hz, 870 Hz, 920 Hz, 940 Hz, 1.01 kHz, 1.02 kHz, 1.1 kHz, 1.45 kHz, 4 kHz, 8.192 kHz, 8.4 kHz, 8.9 kHz, 9.2 kHz, 32.768 kHz, 65.53 kHz, 82.70 kHz, 83.00 kHz, 93 kHz, 116 kHz, 117.850 kHz, 131 kHz, 145 kHz, 200 kHz, 262 kHz, 476.2 kHz
Load Matching Automatic 5 to 25000 ohms
Display LCD
Indicators AC load assistance measurement, relative ohms, voltage, live voltage output, current output, power level, frequency, mode, battery indication alert, low battery indicator audio/visual with modulated low battery warning transmitted to receiver
Output power setting 10 power settings Low & Medium Frequency Range: 0.2 to 12 Watt (<8kHz) ; 10 Watt (8 to 44kHz)
High Power Output Mode Yes, Voltage Boost up to 130 Volts
DFF Mode Yes, DFF Mode can be used for sheath fault locating if earth return probe (A frame is purchased separately)
Power Source Rechargeable Li-ion batteries, 10.8V Battery charger included
Operating time Continuous: 8 ~20 hours depending on load, frequency, power setting. Intermittent: 40 ~60 hours
Weight 2.7kg
Size (cm) 41 x 16 x 15
Operating Temperature -20°C to 55°C
Environmental IP 65
  • Frequency Options: The pathfinder transmitter provides the operator to apply up to 36 user configurable frequency options ranging from 200Hz to 476.2kHz.
  • Visual & Audio Controls: The Pathfinder transmitter provides easy to use push buttons with a visual LCD Display and audio feedback to the operator to allow navigate functions such as Frequency selection, Load Indicator, Output Signal level control.
  • Multimeter functions: The transmitter can provide information on Relative resistance, Volts, Current etc.
  • Cable Fault Locating Mode: The Pathfinder transmitter provides a DFF (Directional fault finding) mode as standard. Should an A Frame accessory (Optional) be used, it is possible to utilize the transmitter in DFF mode and A-Frame to determines position of sheath fault on a buried cable.
  • Power supply: The Pathfinder transmitter is provided with built in rechargeable Lithium ion batteries as standard and an external charger to eliminate the need for replacement of batteries, saving cost and increasing operator efficiency.
  • Optional Pathlink feature:Pathlink provides capability for the operator to Remote Control transmitter from the receiver at up to 300m distance allowing single person usage. This feature can serve as a productivity for operator conducting GIS route survey.
Frequently Asked Questions (4 answered questions)
It is a multi frequency locator, operator can configure 36 frequencies , based on operating environment.

Person name: Asian

Yes, it is possible to do so using frequency based on utility type and using a combination of compass and left right arrow functions.

Person name: Asian

Yes, depth capability is more than 5 meters, therefore HDD installs which are typically 3 to 5 meters can be traced and depth measured.

Person name: Admin

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