Reinventing the humble stud finder

Zircon has released the second generation of its easy-to-use stud finder, the Zircon SuperScan Target Control Technology + FILTERz. This technology uses multiple sensors and signal processing to filter out false positives.



For decades, stud finders have been designed based on capacitive technology that identifies changes in density behind the walls. While this technology can indicate the location of wood stud framing, it also discovers metal, plastic, wiring and other objects in walls just as easily.

Hypersensitive ‘deep scanning’ modes further increase the potential for ‘false positives’, objects inaccurately identified as studs. The result is that traditional stud finders frequently chirp or flash LED lights – often to the point of distraction – to indicate something was sensed.

Ideal for plumbers, this new SuperScan solution filters out non-wood products like plumbing, conduit, straps, brackets, screws, protector plates, ductwork, plastic pipe, PEX tubing and wiring behind the walls. The benefits of this technology is minimising rework, less damage is created and increased safety for the user.

To simplify the delivery of this seemingly complex information to users, Zircon invested extensive time and research to understand the user experience. A new and improved user interface provides an intuitive “go/no go” indication in response to what is being sensed.

With a new haptic vibration and a patented SpotLite Pointer that shines an arrow-shaped beam on the wall, users can clearly understand the target’s location and areas to avoid.

By filtering out false positives, users can be confident they have located a wood stud and not something else. Given the opportunity for a much clearer picture of what is behind the wall, contractors would do well to upgrade their existing stud finder with an affordable, next-generation model that is sure to become the new standard in scanning.

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