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Hilti launches radar detection system

Tool manufacturer Hilti has launched its first ever radar detection product.

The PS38 is designed to scan walls and floors for hidden hazards like rebar, copper pipe, plastic and fittings. The operator can then find safe places to drill in the wall or floor without disrupting vital building services or damaging drilling equipment.

The piece of kit works by the user selecting from a menu the material to be scanned, and then rolling the detector across the surface. The detector sends radar signal into the material and identifies any unexpected results. The PS 38 can then report whether it’s found steel, copper, hollows or wood.

Hilti product manager Jason Armstrong says, “This is our first foray into the radar detection market. These sorts of products are particularly aimed at the renovation market, where in particular there are issues with working around rebar and copper in the walls, but also any plastic piping as well, which can be harder to detect.” He points out that that in renovation projects, it can be a case that plans for the building no longer exist, meaning contractors can find themselves having to work ‘blind’ without a detector.

The PS 38 can work to a depth of 120 mm and inform the user of the depth of anything it detects within a wall.

Mr Amstrong confirmed that the firm was looking to expand its range of radar detection products in the near future.

Alongside the radar detection system are the PS 30 and 35, which use pulse magnetic induction to locate steel and copper. Both systems also scan to 120mm in depth, with the PS 35 able to estimate the depth of hidden steel but not copper.