MCE Announces the New Instru-Gard Protection Device for Surveying Instruments

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Inexpensively protects surveying instruments from the damaging effects of tripod knock-overs

"our first production run sold out quickly to local contractors."

Midwest Construction Equipment (MCE) of Warsaw, Indiana, an authorized Spectra Precision, Nikon and Topcon dealer, is pleased to announce the availability of the Instru-Gard device, engineered to inexpensively protect a tripod-mounted construction or engineering surveying instrument from directly contacting a ground or floor surface in the event of knock-over, and also substantially lessens the lateral shock of impact.

Problem: As a full service surveying instrument dealer with a repair facility, countless customers have brought in damaged or destroyed instruments resulting from tripods being accidently knocked over on jobsites.

Solution: As surveying instruments can cost from around $1000 to more than $10,000, and there are over a million surveying instruments being use in the United States alone, the Instru-Gard fills a need in the market by providing an inexpensive way to prevent or substantially mitigate damage to an instrument in the event of a tripod knock-over, be it a construction laser, automatic level, theodolite, total station or GPS rover. The level of enthusiasm for the Instru-Gard by our local customers is very high, as our first production run sold out quickly to local contractors, the first to see this new product.

Materials & Design: The Instru-Gard device is constructed of proprietary materials that include a special type of plastic for the disc and XL EXTRALIGHT® foam material for the protective ring, the result of the most advanced technological research and an exclusive production process.

Cost: Three sizes are available, the IG-10, IG-13 and IG-16, and are priced at $24.95, $29.95 and 39.95, respectively.

The IG-10 is sized for smaller automatic levels, smaller GPS rover receivers (such as Trimble R8, 5800, SPS-880, SPS-885, SPS-985), and robotic prisms with remotes.

The IG-13 is suitable for protecting many laser levels (including the Spectra Precision LL500, Topcon RL-H3C, RL-H4C, RL-SV2S, RL100, RL200), as well as larger automatic levels (like the Nikon AS-2), theodolites (like the Nikon NE Series, Spectra DET-2), and many total stations (most manufacturers). Larger robotic total stations may require the IG-16.

The IG-16 is sized for larger laser levels and laser levels where the instrument attachment is offset from the physical center of the instrument (models include the GL612/622, UL633, GL412N/422N, LL300S, LL300N, LL400HV) as well as larger total stations.

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MCE can also be reached at 574-267-1623 or by email sales(at)mcesurvey(dot)com. Dealer inquiries are welcome.

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