Another Leap Forward With New DigiTrak F5

First Look
By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | November 2010, Vol. 65 No. 11

Digital Control Incorporated (DCI) has introduced the DigiTrak F5 locating system, the top-of-the-line model of the company’s new F Series horizontal directional drilling locating and tracking equipment.

Each F Series model incorporates DCI’s successful Eclipse tracking technologies, including DCI’s patented 3D antenna technology, target-in-the-box locating and intuitive picture-driven menus.

“One distinguishing feature of the new F5 is a five-frequency capability for working through passive and active interference found on job sites,” said Michael Young, DCI global sales and marketing director. “In addition, two of the F5 transmitters, the 12/1.3 KHz and 12/19 KHz, are dual frequency allowing the drill operator to switch frequencies while in the ground. Without having to pull back and change transmitters, this quickly becomes a valuable time saver in the field when combating interference.”

Another new advanced feature of the F5 is its full-color graphic display, along with a toggle switch feature which provides greater ease of use and simplified training.

The F5 can operate at depths to 85 feet with 0.1 percent sensitive pitch without a wire. Other key features include:

• Real-time viewable on-screen data;
• Full-color graphic interface;
• 24 clock positions;
• Bluetooth data log and ability to view bore path on the fly;
• SST steering tool capability;
• Fluid pressure monitoring capabilities for pilot bores and pull back;
• TensiTrak pull-back monitoring system capability; and
• Four-way toggle switch for easy operation.

Young said following completion of testing in early fall, the F5 went into production and is now available.

Other models
Other models in the DigiTrak F Series are the F2 and SE models.

The F2 has dual frequency capability, and its 4-channel radio enables multiple F2 locators to be in the same vicinity up to 2,000 feet from a drill rig. The F2 remote display will work with any compatible DigiTrak receiver.

The SE is the most affordable locator in the F series line. It shares the same advanced locating technology with other F series models and is compatible with existing DigiTrak Mark Series remotes and multi-function displays. The SE has a depth range of 50 feet, features left/right remote steering, and off-track locating for situations when walkover tracking is not possible.

DigiTrak multi-function remote displays can be upgraded to receive signals from a compatible SE, F2 and F5 receiver.