Minelab History and their story
The Best Hand-held Metal Detection Technology in the World!
From the Minelab Goldstalker 15000 to the Minelab GPX-5000

The Story:

Since its origins in 1985 Minelab has been the world leader in providing metal detecting technologies for consumer, humanitarian demining and military needs. Through devotion to research and development and innovative design, Minelab is today a major world manufacturer of hand held metal detector products. Over the past 20 years, Minelab has introduced more innovative and practical technology than any of its competitors and has taken the metal detecting industry to new levels of excellence.

Specialising in advanced electronic technologies, Minelab's competitive advantage was created early on with a highly innovative and dedicated research and development team inspired by the innovative physicist Bruce Candy. Minelab spends a higher percentage of annual revenue in research and development than any of its competitors enabling us to continue to provide cutting edge technology in metal detecting equipment. We excel in providing leading technologies and are confident that our culture of innovation and commitment to quality will ensure Minelab continues to succeed.

With manufacturing, distribution and customer service operations in Australia, Europe and the United States you are always safe in the knowledge that customer care is close at hand. Minelabís worldwide network of Authorised Dealers are able to give you the most up-to-date knowledge in products and techniques that will help you to improve your success rate in the field. Minelab products continue to set new standards in the world of metal detecting for both performance and innovation.

In line with these high standards Minelab is an ISO 9001 Quality Endorsed Company. ISO 9001 is a worldwide quality standard certification that ensures continuous improvement is maintained in order to provide the highest level of product quality for our customers. We believe in a strong customer focus and working together to find innovative solutions that add value to our products.

It is this commitment to the development of new technologies, along with excellence in customer service that will give you a big advantage when you are out detecting, no matter what the ground or environmental conditions. With Minelab products you will have the opportunity to find more good targets more often.

In 2008 Minelab became a member of the dynamic Codan Group of Companies. The parent company, Codan Limited, is an international leader in high frequency radio and satellite communications markets with customers in over 150 countries. In 2009, Codan celebrates its commemorative year, marking 50 years of Codan communication equipment.

The Technology behind the Greatest Minelab metal detectors:

Although metal detecting as a hobby gained momentum in the USA and UK during the 1960s and 70s, it didn't become popular in Australia until the late 1970s. Unlike the overseas markets that

 predominated in coin and relic hunting, Australia had superb alluvial gold fields ideally suited to electronic prospecting. By 1980, a mini boom in metal detecting had been experienced and the detecting of

sizeable gold nuggets with a metal detector became common place. It culminated with the "Hand of Faith" being discovered by a metal detector at Kingower, Victoria. It weighed 876 ounces or 27.2kg!

Virtually all metal detectors at this time were imported to Australia from the USA. Technically, it became apparent that there was an ironstone barrier beyond which metal detectors had great difficulty in penetrating. Therein lay an opportunity.

In 1985 Minelab Electronics was formed in South Australia, with the view to becoming "a centre of excellence for metal sensing technology" a "mining laboratory", or Minelab.

Minelab's competitive advantage was created almost immediately with the drawing together of a highly competent and innovative R&D team inspired by the genius of Mr. Bruce Candy.

In April 1986 Minelab's first detector, the Goldseeker 15000, came off the assembly line. Within the next two years, over 8,000 Goldseeker units were sold throughout Australia. The main reason for the Goldseeker's success was its ability to handle ironstone and heavy mineralization better than its competitors.

On-going commitment to Research and Development produced the world's first truly automatic ground tracking metal detector: the Minelab GT 16000 Ground Tracker. This first ever microprocessor driven metal detector, released in 1987, launched Minelab into international recognition and acceptance as a manufacturer of extremely innovative and high quality electronics with unique metal sensing capabilities.

The GT 16000 provided Minelab with the opportunity to penetrate international markets. It was exported to the U.K., Sweden, France, Holland, Brazil, the Philippines, New Zealand, and the U.S.A.

With its origins in gold prospecting and having some of the world's best alluvial goldfields in its backyard, Minelab forged ahead to develop new and innovative technologies.

These efforts have produced gold detectors such as the FT 16000 Fast Tracker, XT 18000, the SD & GP Range and the latest GPX series (GPX-4500, GPX-4800 & GPX-5000) with its unique MPS, SETA and DVT technology.

Minelab soon recognized that in addition to gold prospecting technology, it had the ability to develop advanced discrimination technologies for the worldwide coin and treasure hunting markets.

This led to the development of the most revolutionary coin and treasure hunting technology since VLF was introduced, called Broad Band Spectrum, or BBS.   Essentially, BBS is an entirely new method of metal detection, being radically different from the traditional BFO and VLF detection methods. Instead of operating at a single frequency, BBS enables the detector to operate using 17 separate frequencies simultaneously.

Minelab's coin detectors now include the revolutionary Quattro, Explorer II Pro, Sovereign XS-2a Pro, the underwater Excalibur, the  Musketeer. These machines all incorporate advanced discrimination electronics designed to detect valuable objects at great depths while ignoring ferrous trash.

Minelab's latest success is the new GPX-4800 & GPX-5000. Using newly developed DVT technology, the GPX-5000 penetrates up to 2-3 times deeper than standard VLF detectors and eliminates the effects of mineralization. The GPX Series has created a new "gold rush" around the world with more gold now being found than during the gold rush of the early 1980s.  Sudan, Africa is an example of one of the current gold rushes going on today with thousands of natives using the GPX series metal detectors with great success. 

In addition to the development of world-leading metal detection technology, Minelab employs the latest technology throughout the development and manufacturing process of each detector. Circuit boards are designed using the world's most advanced 3-dimensional modeling software and the individual components of each detector are manufactured using world class materials and processes.

The result is a world-class product in terms of performance, features, quality and reliability.

To learn more about the Minelab Metal Detectors, Latest Minelab Specials, Brochures/Catalogs or other Minelab accessories please contact us at -

Contact Information:

Rob's Detector Sales
PO Box 8926
Surprise, AZ 85374

Business Line - 623-362-1459
Business Cell - 602-909-9008
Online Store - www.robsdetectors.com
Website - www.nuggethunting.com
email - auplacers@yahoo.com or rob@robsdetectors.com


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