Locatable Rope Enables Better Detection of Plastic Pipes

June 12, 2015
Offers More Cost Effective, Reliable Tracking of Underground Plastic Pipe

The Electronic Marker System Rope 7000 series uses propriety 3M path marking technology to deliver accurate tracking of underground plastic pipe and fiber optic conduit.

Using path marking technology from 3M, the new EMS Rope 7000 Series helps alleviate the detection problems often faced by utilities. The EMS Rope, which can be easily installed alongside underground pipes, continues to transmit a signal, even in the event of a cut or removal of a segment.

Compatible with pipeline installations up to four feet deep, the new EMS rope is available with a 200 lb. tensile strength (skinny rope) for applications inside conduit, or a more rugged 500 lb. tensile strength for direct bury and horizontal directional drilling applications.  It has a long life expectancy, is corrosion-resistant and is virtually maintenance free.

The 3M path marking technology, available in both the EMS Rope Series and the EMS Caution Tape Series, was specifically developed to assist utility customers dealing with unreadable surface markers, bad or poorly marked facilities, unlocatable plastic pipes, and aging technology. The location system, which does not require a power source, identifies underground plastic pipes without installing access points.             

EMS Rope is easily and positively identified with a 3M Dynatel brand EMS Marker/Tape Locator Model 7420.  The locator emits a radio frequency signal, which is received by the marker inside the rope and reflected back to the locator, providing path location of the underground utility.  The locator’s screen display identifies the type of utility and its depth.  The locator is able to detect the 3M EMS Rope 7000 Series and also locate most EMS markers as well as read and write to 3M EMS iD Markers.

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