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ACT-1112 Cable Locator

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"Absolute measurement error" service allows you to estimate the measurement accuracy considering uncertainty (error) in the absolute value. It’s important if you take measurements at the range edge when the error value contributes to the value displayed on the device screen.

To get the value range it’d be enough to enter the estimate of the value under measurement into Value input field and to see the range of possible values taking all of the standardized errors into consideration.

Note: a point is used as a separator of the integer and fractional part.

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1. 2 x 9V batteries

2. Crocodile clips

3. Test leads

4. Gift box with carrying case


AKTAKOM ACT-1112 Cable Locator
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Brand: AKTAKOM
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The AKTAKOM ACT-1112 cable locator is used for general purposes. It is ideal for tracing cables in walls and underground, locating fuses/breakers on final circuits and locating interruptions and short-circuits in cables and electrical floor heating systems. It can be also used for tracing metallic water and heating pipes. The unit is supplied as a complete kit comprising of a transmitter and receiver in a purpose-made carry case. The receiver also incorporates a torch function for working in dimly lit locations.

  • For all applications (live or dead cables) without additional instruments
  • Set includes a transmitter and a receiver
  • Proven digitally coded sender signal guarantees clear signal identification
  • Transmitter with LCD-display for transmitting level, transmitting code and external voltage
  • Receiver with backlight LCD-display for level of receiving signal, code of receiving signal and live voltage indication
  • Automatic or manual adjustment of signal sensitivity receiving
  • Acoustical receiving signal switchable
  • Auto Power Off
  • Additional torch lamp function for working in dark environment
  • Additional transmitters are available to distinguish several signals

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Specifications: 

Technical Specifications 

  • Voltage measurement range Transmitter: 12V, 50V, 120V, 230, 400V
  • Frequency range Transmitter: 0...60Hz
  • Output signal Transmittet: 125kHz
  • Voltage Transmittet: Up to 400V AC/DC
  • Tracing depth cable location Receiver: 0...8.2ft / 0...2.5m wall/underground cables
  • Main voltage detection Receiver: 0...1.3ft / 0...0.4m

Environmental Specifications

  • Operating Temperature Transmitter: 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C); Receiver: 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
  • Storage Temperature Transmitter: -4 to 140°F (-20°C to 60°C); Receiver: -4 to 140°F (-20°C to 60°C)
  • Humidity (Without Condensation) Transmitter: Max. 80% relative; Receiver: Max. 80% relative
  • Operating Altitude Transmitter: Up to 6560ft/2000m; Receiver: Up to 6560ft/2000 m

Safety Specifications

  • Electrical Safety: EN 61010-1
  • Overvoltage category: CATIII 300V

Size(H×W×D): 7.5×2.4×1.5in/190×60×37mm

Weight: 8.1oz/229 g

1. 2 x 9V batteries

2. Crocodile clips

3. Test leads

4. Gift box with carrying case


Operating Principle and use of cable locators

The Cable Locator consists of a transmitter and a receiver which is a portable measurement instrument and can be used to detect or trace conductors.

The signal generated by the transmitter is made of a modulated current generating an electro-magnetic field around a conductor. This electro-magnetic field induces a voltage within the receiving coil. The induced voltage is amplified, decoded and converted to the original signal by the receiver and finally displayed on the screen. The connecting parameter for the transmitter during an application must be a closed current circuit.

1. General purposes and features:

  • Finds conductors in walls, conductor interruptions, short-circuits in conductors
  • Conductor tracing in the soil
  • Detects fuses and assigns current circuits
  • Traces sockets and distribution sockets having accidentally been covered by plastering
  • Detects interruptions and short-circuits in floor heating
  • Traces metallic water and heating piping
  • All application areas (both, voltage-free and live) are performed without any additional instruments used
  • Transmitter display indicates the transmission level, the transmission code, as well as the foreign voltage
  • Receiver display indicates the reception level, the transmission code, as well as the mains voltage detection
  • Automatic and manual sensitivity adjustment
  • Acoustic reception signal may be switched off
  • Auto-Power-Off function
  • Backlight
  • Additional lighting function when working in the conditions of bad lighting
  • Additional transmitters are available to extend or distinguish several signals

2. One pole application (In open circuits)

Line interruptions in walls and floors. Finding and tracing of lines, sockets, junction box, switches, etc. for house installations. Finding bottlenecks, kinking and buckling and obstructions in installation pipes by means of a metal coil. The ground connector must be connected to a suitable earth. A typical example would be an earthed socket. The tracing depth amounts to 0 ... 2 meters

Note:

The tracing depth depends on the medium and application.

3. Double pole application (In complete circuits)

When detecting short-circuits or during wire sorting, i.e circuits with or without voltage. Voltage-free circuits are directly supplied by the instrument battery. Example for a complete circuit: Complete circuits are appropriate for: i.e. detecting sockets, switches, etc in live installations.

Note:

The tracing depth amounts to 0 ... 0.5 meters.

The tracing depth depends of medium and application.

When connecting in live circuits, safety regulations must be followed.

The switching with button 4 from LEVEL I to LEVEL III the sensitivity of Distance is increased up to factor 5.

4. Locating and tracing of lines, lateral circuit branches, sockets, switches and junctions in house installations circuits (one-pole application).

When locating and tracing of lines, sockets, switches and junctions in house installations circuits, the circuits must be dead; Neutral line and ground must be connected and fully operational; Connect transmitter to phase and neutral according to figure 4; and Carry out this example as described in the application example.

Note:

If the supply cable fed with the signal via the transmitter is located, e.g. directly in parallel to other conductors (e.g. cable duct), or if these conductors are crossed, the signal is also input into the other conductors. The fuse must be removed during this example.

The switching with button 4 from "LEVEL I" to "LEVEL III" the sensitivity of Distance is increased up to a factor of 5.

Setup: manual mode, minimal sensitivity. Tracing depth max 2 meters

5. Locating of line interruptions in the plastic-sheathed cable (one-pole application).

When locating of line interruptions, the circuit must be dead; all lines which are not required must be connected to the auxiliary ground in accordance with figure 8, Connect transmitter to one lead and to a neutral according to figure 5; and Carry out this example as described in the application example.

The ground connected to the transmitter should be earth from an earthed socket or a water pipe which is properly earthed. When tracing line interruptions in multi colors cables, not that all remaining leads in plastic-sheathed cable or conductor must be grounded in accordance with the regulations. This is required to avoid cross coupling of the fed signal (by a capacitive effect to the source terminals). The tracing depth for sheathed cable and conductors are different, as the individual leads in the sheathed cable are twisted around themselves. The transition resistance of a line interruption must be higher than 100 kOHM. The verification of resistance can be carried out by any multimeter.

Note:

The switching with button 4 from "LEVEL I" to "LEVEL III" the sensitivity of Distance is increased up to factor 5.

Tracing depth max 2 meters

Setup: manual mode, minimal sensitivity

6. Locating of line interruptions using two transmitters (one-pole application)

When locating a line interruption using one transmitter to feed from one conductor end, the location of interruptions may not be precisely located in case of bad conditions due to a field disturbance. The drawbacks described above can easily be avoided when using two transmitters (one from each end) for line interruption detection. In this instance, each of the transmitters are set to a different line code (e.g. transmitter one to code "1 '', the other transmitter to code "2"). A second transmitter with a different line code is not included within the scope of supply and, therefore, has to be ordered separately.

If the transmitters are connected in accordance with the figure 12, the receiver indicates "3" at the left side of the line interruption. If you continue further than the interruption, towards the right, the receiver displays "7". If you are directly above the interruption, no line code is displayed, due to the overlapping of both transmitter signals. The line interruption is located exactly in the middle between the displayed line codes "3" and "7".

Requirements:

  • The current circuit must not be live.
  • All lines not being used must be connected to the auxiliary ground as shown in the figure 6.
  • Connect both transmitters as shown in the figure.
  • Proceed as described in the application example.

The ground connected to the transmitter and to the wires not being used can be as follows is: an auxiliary ground, an orderly connected ground contact of a home office socket, or an orderly a grounded water pipe.

Please make sure during line interruption locating in multi-wire shielded conductors and cables, that all remaining wires are orderly grounded. This is required to avoid inductive disturbance (by capacity coupling).

The locating depth for shielded conductors and cables varies, as the individual wires within the shield are twisted. The transition resistance of a line interruption must be higher than 100 kOHM. The verification of resistance can be carried out by any multimeter.

Note:

The switching with button 4 from "LEVELl" to "LEVEL III" the sensitivity of Distance is increased up to factor 5.

Setup: manual mode, minimal sensitivity. Tracing depth max.2 meters.

7. Error detection for an electrical floor heating (one-pole application)

The connection conditions:

  • If a shield mat or shield wiring is located above the heating wires, no ground connection may exist. If required, separate the shield from the ground connection.
  • The switching with button 4 from "LEVEL I" to "LEVEL III" the sensitivity of Distance is increased up to a factor of 5.
  • A second transmitter is required for this application.
  • Setup: manual mode, minimal sensitivity. Tracing depth max.2 meters.

8. Locating of bottlenecks (obstructions) in installation pipes (single-pole application)

When locating of bottlenecks in installation pipes, Any circuits in the pipe must be dead and grounded; Connect transmitter to the metal coil and auxiliary ground according to figure 8; and Carry out this example as described in the application example.

Note:

If you have only coiled actual of non conducting material (ex. fiber). We recommend you to slide a copper wire ex. 1.5 mm² up to the x-pipes.

The switching with button 4 from "LEVEL I" to "LEVEL III" the sensitivity of Distance is increased up to a factor of 5.

Setup: manual mode, minimal sensitivity. Tracing depth max 2 meters.

9. Locating Fuses (dual-pole application)

When connecting in live circuits, the safety directions must absolutely be respected./

Insert into the current circuit of a multifamily residential structure within a socket between L 1 and N and switch the transmitter to "LEVEL I"./

You may assign the signal in the secondary distribution and main distribution by transmitter pre-setting "LEVEL I". Thus, fuses and automatic devices can definitely be assigned to a certain current circuit. The detection or assignment of the fuse strongly depends on the wiring realised within the distribution. To obtain a result as precise as possible, the cover should be removed and the supply line to the fuse should be traced./

Note:

Set transmitter to LEVEL I.

The switching with button 4 from "LEVEL I" to "LEVEL III" the sensitivity of Distance is increased up to s factor of 5.

Setup: selective mode, minimal sensitivity.

Safety cut-outs of different manufacturers have different installation positions for magnetic coils. If no evident signal can be found by the receiver in the position shown below it is advised to modify the position by 90° towards the left or the right.

10. Locating of short-circuit in conductors (double-pole application)

When locating of short-circuits in conductors, any existing circuits within the cable must be voltage-free; connect transmitter in accordance with Figure 10; and carry out this example as described in the application example.

Note that the tracing depth for sheathed cable and conductors are different due to the fact that the individual leads in the sheathed cable are twisted around themselves. Usually, short-circuits can only be correctly detected when the short-circuit resistance is lower than 20 Ohm. The verification of the short-circuit resistance can be carried out with any multimeter.

Should the short-circuit resistance amount to more than 20 Ohm, you can try the experiment to detect the error location by means of the line interruption method. You can try with sufficient energy to determine the error location (low ohmic connection) or to burn it in a way ensuring a line interruption.

Note:

The switching with button 4 from "LEVEL I" to "LEVEL III" the sensitivity of Distance is increased up to a factor of 5.

Setup: manual mode, minimal sensitivity. Tracing depth max 0.5 meters.

11. Tracing installed water and heating pipes (one-pole application)

The tracing conditions: The line to be located must be separated from the equipotential bonding.

For safety reasons the electrical system must not be live!

Connect transmitter at foundation ground to the ground socket. The second transmitter socket has to be connected to the conductor to be located. Now the feed line can be traced.

The switching with button 4 from "LEVEL I" to "LEVEL III" the sensitivity of Distance is increased up to a factor of 5.

Setup: manual mode, minimal sensitivity.

Tracing depth max 2 meters.

12. Detecting the direction of water and heating pipes already installed (one-pole application)

When detecting the direction of water and heating pipes already installed, the respective water and heating pipes must be suitably grounded; connect the transmitter according figure 12; and carry out this example as described in the application example.

Note:

The earth of a properly earthed socket is a suitable ground. The switching with button 4 from "LEVEL I" to "LEVEL III" the sensitvity of Distance is increased up to a factor of 5.

Setup: manual mode, minimal sensitivity. Tracing depth max 2.5 meters.

13. Locating a complete house wiring (one-pole application)

In order to determine all electrical lines of a house within one working process, proceed as follow:

  1. Remove the bridge in the main distribution between "PE" and "N".
  2. Connect the transmitter to the system compliance with the figure 13. Now, the neutral conductor, being present within the total system, may be followed.

For safety reasons, the system must not be live!

Note:

The switching with button 4 from "LEVEL I" to "LEVEL III" the sensitivity of Distance is increased up to a factor of 5.

Setup: manual mode, minimal sensitivity. Tracing depth max 2 meters

14. Following lines with higher location depth (dual-pole application)

If the dual-pole application is carried out on multi-wire cables, the location depth is widely limited. The reason is that the go-and-return lines are installed very closely. Thus, a strong distortion of the magnetic field occurs. The electro-magnetic field may not develop at the bottleneck. This limitation can easily be eliminated when using a separate conductor to simulate the return line. This separate conductor allevel is a larger spreading of the electro-magnetic field. Any conductor or cable reel can be used as separate return conductor.

When tracing the conductors, special care has to be taken that the distance between go and return line is larger than the location depth. In practical applications, this amounts to approx 2.0 meters.

For this application, humid walls, plaster, etc. have only an insignificant influence on the location depth

  • The current circuit must not be live.
  • Connect the transmitter in compliance with the figure 14.
  • The distance between go-and-return lines must be minimum 2.0 meters to 2.5 meters or more.
  • Proceed as described in the application example

Note:

The switching with button 4 from "LEVEL I" to > 2m "LEVEL III" the sensitivity of Distance is increased up to a factor of 5.

Setup: manual mode, minimal sensitivity. Tracing depth max 2.5 meters

15. Tracing Conductors within the soil (single-pole application)

The connection is realized in compliance with Figure 15

Ensure that the current circuit is not live. Make sure that the distance between the connection to the ground and the conductor to be detected is high. If the distance is too close, no definite assignment of the signal received can be made to one conductor.

The tracing depth amounts to maximum 2 meters. Furthermore, the tracing depth strongly depends on the soil characteristics.

  • Set the receiver to automatic mode.
  • Now, search or trace the conductor by means of the signal intensity displayed. When circling the receiver slowly across the conductor to be searched, the display values change considerably. The display of the maximum signal intensity is performed directly via the conductor

The signal intensity level decreases with increasing distance of the fed-in signal (transmitter).

El localizador de cables AKTAKOM ACT-1112 se utiliza para multiples propósitos. Es ideal para el rastreo de cables en paredes y líneas subterráneas, fusibles / disyuntores en circuitos finales e interrupciones y cortocircuitos en cables y sistemas eléctricos de calefacción por suelo radiante. Puede también ser utilizado para rastrear tubos metálicos de agua y tubos de calefacción. El equipo se suministra en un completo juego que incluye un transmisor y en su estuche. El receptor también incorpora iluminación para trabajar en lugares con poca luz.

  • Para todas las aplicaciones (cables con o sin tensión) sin instrumentos adicionales
  • El juego incluye un transmisor y un receptor
  • La señal codificada digitalmente garantiza que el remitente sea el identificado
  • Transmisor con pantalla LCD para ver el nivel de transmisión de código y de tensión externa
  • Receptor con pantalla LCD iluminable para la visualización del nivel de recepción de la señal, el código de recepción de la señal y la indicación de la tensión en línea
  • Ajuste manual o automático de la sensibilidad de recepción de la señal
  • Es conmutable la recepción de la señal acústica
  • Apagado automático
  • Función adicional de iluminación para trabajar en ambientes oscuros
  • Transmisores adicionales están disponibles para distinguir varias señales

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