New Electronic Marking System Caution Tape
Unique Design Helps Utilities Locate Plastic Pipes Even If Tape Is Cut
3M has announced the first product in a series of solutions for marking and locating the path of underground plastic pipes. The 3M Electronic Marking System (EMS) Caution Tape 7600 Series and the 3M Dynatel EMS Marker/Tape Locator Model 7420 are ideal for gas, water and telecom utility owners as well as contractors, and for excavators.
The new plastic pipe location system helps utility customers identify underground plastic pipes without using tracer wire or installing access points. The 3M EMS Caution Tape 7600 Series does not need an external power source. If part of the caution tape is cut or removed, the locator is still able to identify and locate the tape. In addition, the tape is corrosive-resistant and has a long design life. The caution tape will be available in three different frequencies (gas, waste water and telecommunications), providing positive identification of the desired target utility.
“We believe this new plastic pipe locating technology will significantly improve productivity and safety issues from accidental strikes of buried underground assets. It will help minimize third party damage to critical infrastructure,” said Ed Scott, business development manager of 3M Electrical Markets Division.
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