Zircon Corporation, manufacturer of the original stud finder, announces its all-new SuperScan “Mx” series of wall scanners with advanced features. The SuperScan “Mx” series offers new, Target Control (TC) technology. Multiple sensors stream and analyze data to find clean wood studs while filtering out “false positive” stud indications.
TC technology helps users avoid all things metallic — such as plumbing, conduit, straps, brackets, or ducts — that are hiding in the wall. It also helps users navigate around other low signal-strength, non-metallic targets, including plastic pipe, PEX tubing, wiring, and more.
Unknown objects hidden in the wall fool ordinary stud finders into falsely indicating a wood stud when they are really detecting other objects.These ordinary stud finders lack the filtering and intelligence necessary, creating a potential risk to any project’s safe, efficient outcome.
To make matters worse, many competitor stud finder models on the market are in a continuously “deep scanning” or hypersensitive mode. Scanning in a continuous hypersensitive mode virtually ensures users will mistakenly find many more false positives than they would have had they used a tool with the appropriate sensitivity settings.
However, when a SuperScan Mx advanced wall scanner locates a wood stud, users can have real confidence before drilling into a wall surface. What’s more is that by using the new “Trust but Verify” technique in TC mode, users are able to verify safe-to-drill (or clean) zones along a stud.
By sliding the device vertically, up and down the wood stud after it’s been found, the tool turns off wood stud indications over metal screws, nails, and protector plates that may be fastened to the stud itself. The safe-to-drill zones are between the screws or other metal objects. The presence of drywall screws further verifies that the object found is a wood stud, not plumbing.
The Mx series uses Zircon’s most advanced user interface, encapsulates all the safety features and precision Zircon is known for, and progresses in size and detection capabilities with each model. No other stud finder brand currently comes close to this capability.
There are several SuperScan models, including:
- The M1 advanced stud finder has the proprietary TC technology that’s optimized to scan through one layer of typical interior drywall. The TC mode addresses most users’ needs.
- The M2, which offers Zircon’s patented DeepScan mode and doubles the scan depth through multi-layer surfaces, such as paneling, flooring, and firewalls up to 1-1/2″ (38 mm) thick.
- The M3, which transitions between the TC, DeepScan, and Metal Scan modes with the slide of a switch. Its Metal Scan mode detects ferrous metal, such as steel, up to 3″ (76 mm) deep, and non-ferrous metal, such as copper pipe, up to 1-1/2″ (38 mm) deep. Metal Scan mode can also identify nail patterns in highly irregular lath and plaster walls to indirectly locate the underlying studs and ignores all non-metallic targets, like wood studs.
- The professional-grade M4 adds live AC wire locating capability accessed through a four-mode switch.
Consumers can shop new and existing Zircon technology, including SuperScan models M1 – M4, exclusively as The Home Depot‘s online store.