About 3M Utility Locator and Marking Solutions

  • 3M™ Locators and Markers provide a complete system for locating, marking and mapping vital underground assets.

    From markers that give an exact path and estimated depth of underground utilities, to markers that store information, to utility locators that interface with GPS/GIS field mapping instruments, 3M offers the precision tools needed to manage your assets. Together, they provide a complete solution with the performance and reliability you trust from 3M. Learn more about 3M's utility locating products, line locator industry solutions, or utility locator resources.


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    Communications Cable Locating

    Quickly pinpoint the location of buried facilities with the 3M™ Electronic Marker System (EMS) for Cable TV and 3M™ Electronic Marker System (EMS) for Telephone. Using 3M EMS markers during construction, installation and maintenance virtually eliminates the time consuming search for hard-to-locate facilities. Markers used for communications location are color-coded to APWA standards for visual reference and have their own frequency, helping reduce the risk of accidentally locating and excavating other buried facilities. For communications utilities, all telephone locator markers are orange and CATV markers are orange/black.

    3M EMS telecom cable locator series can be used to locate:
     

    • Buried splices of all types
    • Buried service drops
    • Bends: changes of direction, arcs
    • Depth changes: lateral deflection
    • Fiber optic facilities with no metallic conductor
    • Encasement ends: conduit ends of horizontally directional drilled facilities
    • Manhole covers
    • Crossings: Water, road and rail

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    Gas Pipe Locating

    Save time and money by quickly pinpointing the location of buried facilities, with the 3M™ Electronic Marker System (EMS). 3M markers operate even in the presence of metal conduit or pipe, metallic conductors, fences, AC power lines and electronic markers of other utilities. All EMS Markers used for gas pipe location are color-coded to APWA standards for visual reference and gas utilities have their own frequency, helping reduce the risk of accidentally locating and excavating other buried facilities. All gas pipe location markers are yellow in color.

    3M EMS gas pipe location series can be used to locate:
     

    • Main and Service Stubs
    • Meter Boxes
    • Buried valves, stopping valves and squeeze points
    • P.C Fittings
    • Depth Changes
    • E.F Couplings
    • Road Crossings, pipeline paths and trees
    • Service Stubs

     

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    Electrical Power Utility Locating

    Know where to dig! The 3M™ Electronic Marker System (EMS)  helps save electric utilities time and money by enabling field crews to quickly pinpoint the location of underground electric facilities, including cable runs, splices, vaults, conduits and road crossings. 3M also offers wide product support and service for increased safety, performance and reliability.

    EMS markers used for underground electric cable location are color-coded to APWA standards for visual reference and power utilities have their own frequency, helping reduce the risk of accidentally locating and excavating other underground electric facilities. For power utilities, all underground electric cable markers are red in color.

    3M EMS Power series can be used to locate:
     

    • Service drops
    • Buried transformers and splices
    • Street lighting
    • Distribution loops
    • Conduit stubs
    • Service laterals
    • Manhole covers
    • Utility and road crossings
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    Water and Wastewater Line Locating

    Find it the first time! The 3M™ Electronic Marker System (EMS) for Water and 3M™ Electronic Marker System (EMS) for Wastewater helps save time and money by enabling field crews to quickly pinpoint the location of buried facilities including valves, bends, clean-outs and road crossings. Using EMS markers for water and sewer pipe location during construction, installation and maintenance virtually eliminates the time consuming search for hard-to-locate facilities.

    3M EMS markers used for water and sewer pipe location are color-coded to APWA standards for visual reference and water utilities have their own frequency to reduce location errors. For water and sewer pipe location, markers are color coded as follows:

    Water Utility: Blue
    General Purpose/Reclaimed Water: Purple
    Wastewater Utility Markers: Green

    3M EMS Water series can be used to locate:
     

    • Buried valves
    • Clean-outs
    • PVC pipeline
    • Road crossings
    • Pipeline paths
    • Service stubs
    • Bends
    • Trees

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