Detect more, detect faster
The C.A.T4 Avoidance Mode™ lets the operator check an intended excavation area for Power, Radio and Genny4 signals, and pinpoint located utilities, in a single scan. The bargraph ‘tidemark’ enables the user to quickly spot and zero-in on a buried conductor.
The Genny4 (optional) provides a simultaneous dual-frequency signal output. Alongside the familiar 33 kHz signal for general purpose locates, the Genny4 transmits a specialised Small Diameter Locate frequency which facilitates location of utilities such as telecoms and street lighting, including spurs. For difficult locates, the SignalBoost function enables the Genny4 signals to travel further and deeper, and couple onto utilities more easily.
C.A.T4’s Dynamic Overload Protection feature automatically filters out high levels of interference, allowingoperators to continue working even in electrically noisy areas such as substations and under high-voltage cables – and requires no input from the operator.
Dig more safely
As a safety critical tool, C.A.T4 and Genny4 offer a number of features designed to support safe working and help to drive utility strike rates down.
StrikeAlert™ (optional) warns the operator of shallow buried utilities, while the SWING™ warning alerts of incorrect usage patterns, encouraging corrective action.
eC.A.T4® and gC.A.T4™ models feature on-board data acquisition, logging key locate parameters every second to aid in identifying training needs.
The gC.A.T4 range incorporates an internal GPS/GNSS receiver which adds positional data to log records showing not only how the operator was working, but also where the C.A.T was being used.
All C.A.T4 units are equipped with Radiodetection’s proprietary eCert® technology, which provides a comprehensive assessment of the unit’s hardware and software using an internet connection to Radiodetection, and can be used to extend the validity of the C.A.T4’scalibration certificate on-demand*.
* Further purchase may be required - see 'Optional Extras'.
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Radiodetection eC.A.T4 Cable Locator
Straightforward operation and introduction
C.A.T4 and Genny4 retain the familiar C.A.T operating interface first introduced by Radiodetection in the mid-1980s and have been designed to offer full reverse compatibility. For example, all Genny3 accessories are compatible with Genny4. Radiodetection offers comprehensive training options for operators, managers and trainers to promote best working practices and supports management of those responsible for Cable Avoidance.
Data Acquisition /Logging
On-board memory allows over a year’s worth of data* to be stored on eC.A.T4 and gC.A.T4 series products. This data can be backed-up to a PC at any time, giving virtually unlimited record keeping for the life of the product. Retrieved data can be analyzed, either locally using C.A.T Manager® for Windows PC or remotely using C.A.T Manager Online, to aid in ensuring compliance and identifying training requirements.
Factors logged include:
- Mode of use
- Genny / Power/Radio signal strengths
- Date and time of survey/ SWING warning statusesAlertStrike
- 3Speed over ground**
- Location of survey (Latitude/Longitude)**
- Bargraph readout
- Sensitivity control setting
- Depth measurements made
- Battery status
- Last / next calibration date
- Angle of use
- Dynamic Overload Protection/signal overload status**
- Number of Satellites Received
- Audio status
* Based on 8 hours use per day, 5 days per week
** gC.A.T4 models.
eCert – remote calibration validation
eCert remote calibration testing offers an innovative calibration option intended to form part of an annual service regime. Activated through the C.A.T Manager PC software, eCert provides a fast, thorough and convenient test of the key locating circuitry within C.A.T4, and validates the results against the original factory calibration using an internet connection to Radiodetection. Following an eCert test pass, a Radiodetection Calibration Certificate for that C.A.T4 can be printed or saved.
For a complete maintenance package, Radiodetection also offers exhaustive factory-backed service and recalibration options including full mechanical integrity inspection and function testing.
Small cable locating
Simultaneous dual frequency and simple, intuitive, locating methods assist C.A.T4 and Genny4 users to locate Small Diameter cables such as telecom twisted pairs, CATV feeds, spurs and drop-offs which have historically been hard to find and a common strike risk.
Service due indicator and CALSafe™
Annual service and calibration is key to ensuring thatC.A.T operators can work safely and with confidence in their equipment. To support this, eC.A.T4 and gC.A.T4 models provide a 31-day Service Due countdown warning on start-up.
CALSafe – enabled units can be set to automatically deactivate on expiry of the defined calibration interval, to help ensure compliance with individual company policies.
The interval required between services can be customized using the C.A.T Manager software to anything up to one year.
Radiodetection C.A.Ts are designed to respond exceptionally fast to even the smallest detectable underground signals. Radiodetection’s research into underground signal detection has shown that the ability of an operator to identify these buried utilities is directly affected by careless working practices such as excessive or rapid swinging.
To further reduce utility strike risks, eC.A.T4 and gC.A.T4 models are equipped with sensors to detect such incorrect sage and warn the operator with an alert that is also stored in the data log.