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Easy to operate even for beginners: The PMD 7 detector from Bosch Detects metals and electricity in seconds

  • Easy to handle due to self-explanatory single-button operation
  • Low-cost entry-level model for anybody
  • Displays the search result using a red, yellow or green LED
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  • September 02, 2013
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Switch it on, and off you go: the PMD 7 detector from Bosch will be available in future to do-it-yourselfers who want to easily detect metals and electric cables. It reliably detects ferrous metals up to a depth of seven centimeters, non-ferrous metals up to six centimeters and live AC wires up to five centimeters. This gives do-it-yourselfers greater safety when drilling: thanks to the PMD 7 they know where pipes and cables are located and can avoid damaging them.

Self-explanatory to use like the Quigo
As with the tried-and-tested Quigo cross line laser and the PLR 15 laser rangefinder, the PMD 7 that Bosch is now launching onto the market is another instrument that is especially easy to operate and therefore also suitable for beginners. The PMD 7 is self-explanatory to use like the Quigo: there is only one switch to operate. Slide this switch downwards and the instrument instantly begins to detect. The result is displayed to the user by three LEDs in a traffic light system: green means “It's OK to drill”, red means “Please do not drill: an object has been found”, and yellow means “Drilling is not recommended”. If electricity is detected, the red LED flashes. As soon as it lights up, an audible signal is also always emitted at the same time. It becomes louder the closer you get to the detected object. When you have found the exact position – it is directly behind the LED square – it can be precisely marked at the top and the side using the marking aids. To end detection, you simply slide the switch on the PMD 7 back to the starting position and the instrument is then switched off.

Calibration of the PMD 7 takes place automatically. The detector is therefore always immediately ready to use, and there is no chance of application errors resulting from incorrect calibration. Further advantages are the low weight and the compactness of the PMD 7: it weighs only 150 grams, is about 15 centimeters long and six centimeters wide, and can be comfortably guided over the wall to detect pipes and cables.

Easy-to-operate instruments for all segments
By launching the PMD 7, Bosch now also covers the detecting segment in its series of self-explanatory measuring tools for entry-level users and people with little DIY experience. The leveling segment is covered by the tried-and-tested Quigo cross line laser, while the measuring segment is covered by the PLR 15 laser rangefinder. Bosch therefore now offers easy-to-operate measuring tools in all three areas – detecting, measuring and leveling – that anyone can use.

The PMD 7 detector will be available at retail outlets from October 2013 onwards at the recommended retail price of 49.99 euros including VAT. It comes complete with three 1.5V AAA batteries.

 Specifications PMD 7
 (replaces PDO 6)
 Max. detection depth of ferrous metals 7 cm
 Max. detection depth of non-ferrous metals 6 cm
 Max. detection depth of live AC wires 5 cm
 Power supply 3 x 1,5 V AAA
 Run time 5 h
 Dimensions (length x width x height) 144 x 60 x 30 mm
 Weight 150 g


The Power Tools Division of the Bosch Group is one of the world’s leading providers for power tools, power tool accessories and measuring tools. In 2015, its roughly 20,000 associates generated sales of 4.5 billion euros, about 85 percent of which outside of Germany. With brands such as Bosch, Skil and Dremel, the division stands for customer focus and great engineering progress. The core success factors are innovative strength and pace of innovation. The division generated about one third of its sales in 2015 with products that have been on the market for less than two years. In 2016, Bosch Power Tools will again launch more than 100 new products onto the German market in its four business segments power tools, accessories, measuring tools and garden tools.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

Further information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com, http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

PI8302 - September 02, 2013

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