Schonstedt Instrument Company provides solutions for the detection and location of objects and phenomena below the surface of the ground or water. As a full business unit, Schonstedt designs, manufactures', markets and services instrumentation for - Surveyors, Utilities (water, power, telecom, cable, sewer), Ordnance removal, Construction, Excavation, and Exploration. Schonstedt's products are sold directly over the Web from their headquarters in West Virginia, and through a nation wide network of dealers and manufacturers representatives. Schonstedt specializes in instruments to locate iron and steel (ferrous) objects, and pipes and cables (linear underground conductors).
Founded 59 years ago by Erick O. Schonstedt, the company took its early shape from the aerospace industry, producing magnetometers for over 400 satellites, including the Hubble telescope. The legacies of their beginnings are extremely reliable and rugged instruments. Although today they are almost exclusively focused on the commercial and industrial marketplace, their instruments are still suitable for launching into space, where repair is difficult or impossible. Their patented Heliflux® magnetic sensor technology is unsurpassed for its environmental stability and ability to detect ferrous objects to extreme depths.
In 1998 the company moved to its custom-built headquarters location in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, about an hour's drive from Washington and Baltimore. Here they assemble and quality control their instruments, provide repair services, design and develop new products and manage communications with their customers, dealers, and representatives.