Press release #Power Tools

UniversalDetect digital detector from Bosch

Reliable detection for safer drilling

  • New operating concept: Control via touchscreen
  • Intuitive: Step-by-step instructions to simplify use
  • For detection of metal, live cables, and drywall constructions
Manuel Roj

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An easy-to-use detector for safer drilling – the UniversalDetect from Bosch. It is the first digital detector for DIY enthusiasts that is controlled via touchscreen and guides the user through each detection job with step-by-step instructions. This integrated user guide minimizes application errors and ensures precise results. The UniversalDetect is designed for detecting metal, live cables, and drywall constructions. This makes it a universal helper for drilling – enabling users to avoid damaging existing wires and cables and to drill precisely into drywall constructions that are concealed in the wall. This can help when fitting wall-mounted cabinets, for example.

Integrated user guide minimizes application errors

The UniversalDetect is switched on and off using a button; in all other respects, it is operated by using the 2.4-inch color touchscreen. When starting up the tool, each DIY enthusiast is given a short introduction, including tips on how to achieve better results when working with the UniversalDetect. Take searching for live cables as an example: To detect them more easily, users should apply power to the cable or place their hand on the wall to ground it. It is also advised to scan over the same section several times to narrow down the area to the minimum where an object is located. Users can find more tips and answers to a whole range of questions at any time in the integrated help.

Easy to use and interpret results

Using the touchscreen, users can choose between the different modes for metal, live cables, or drywall constructions and start detecting straight away. The UniversalDetect detects metal up to a depth of 10 centimeters, live cables up to 5 centimeters, and drywall constructions up to 2.5 centimeters, which corresponds to a depth of two plasterboards. Two modes can be combined at a time for a detection job. As a result, users need only carry out one detection operation to determine, for example, that there are no pipes or live cables running through the point where they wish to drill. All modes self-calibrate automatically, allowing users to focus fully on detection. The UniversalDetect also has a wall contact sensor to ensure it is used properly. The sensor detects when the tool is not properly positioned against the wall surface, which makes detection impossible. If this occurs, the tool notifies the user via the screen, so that they can correct and position the Universal Detect correctly.

The results are displayed on the screen, via an acoustic signal, and through an illuminated LED ring, which uses a traffic light system to show the detection result: Green means no object was found, yellow means a signal was found, and red indicates a signal could be clearly assigned to an object. DIY enthusiasts can mark the place directly on the wall through a marking hole.

The UniversalDetect is available at retail outlets from now onwards. All prices are recommended retail prices including VAT. Subject to change.

Max. detection depth for metal10 cm
Max. detection depth for power cables5 cm
Max. detection depth for wood and drywall constructions 2.5 cm
Display2.4” color touchscreen
Auto switch-off After five minutes
LEDLED traffic light system with
marking hole
Power supply4 x 1.5 V AAA batteries
Runtime4 h at least
Dimensions (length x width x height)255 x 90 x 51 mm
Weight 300 g
Recommended retail price including VAT€99.99

The Robert Bosch Power Tools GmbH, a division of the Bosch Group, is one of the world’s leading providers for power tools, garden tools, power tool accessories and measuring tools. In 2021, its roughly 21,000 associates generated sales of 5.8 billion euros, about 80 percent of which outside of Germany. With brands such as Bosch and Dremel, the division stands for customer focus and great engineering progress. The core success factors are innovative strength and pace of innovation. In 2022, Bosch Power Tools will again launch more than 100 new products onto the market in its four business segments power tools, garden tools, accessories and measuring tools.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 420,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2022). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of 88.4 billion euros in 2022. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. 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.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. With its more than 400 locations worldwide, the Bosch Group has been carbon neutral since the first quarter of 2020. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 128 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 85,000 associates in research and development, of which nearly 44,000 are software engineers.

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