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Maxprobe distribution extends to South Africa

Scanprobe Techniques are delighted to announce our new distribution partnership with one of the leading distributors, repair facilities and rental agent for CCTV push rod camera and crawler camera systems for pipeline inspection solutions in South Africa, Octopus Electronics to distribute our flagship model push-rod camera, the Maxprobe.  This new distribution partnership marks the company’s first venture into Africa, and Scanprobe are excited at the opportunities that this partnership with a company with over 20 years’ experience in the industry presents.

 

Octopus Electronics Teams Up with Scanprobe

Octopus Electronics is the latest distribution partner to join up with Scanprobe Techniques

Jon Barry, Managing Director of Scanprobe Techniques, says of the new distribution partnership:

 

This partnership speaks volumes about the strength and the direction of Scanprobe Techniques Ltd as a business.  The fact that we are now actively expanding our distribution network into Africa, with all the opportunities that this will bring shows you we are going in the right direction.  From meeting with Trevor I could see immediately that he is a driven man and he is pushing to make Octopus Electronics the place to go to for push-rod CCTV systems, and we firmly believe that the Maxprobe is a fantastic product to help him achieve this.”

 

UK Sales Manager Vernon Pain was key in identifying Octopus Electronics as a potential distribution partner, and he was equally optimistic:

 

Having spoken at great lengths with Trevor about the South African drainage market I am certain that the Maxprobe will be a great fit into their markets.  It is built not just to put an image on a screen but to handle the abrasive materials and surfaces we come across, and also to make the lives of the drainage engineer as easy as possible.  This is not just any old push-rod camera system!”

 

Vernon will be supporting Octopus Electronics on their stand at PlumbDrain Africa 2018 in Johannesburg from Wednesday 15th September to Friday 18th September, so if you are over for the show make sure to visit them in Hall 6, Stand F17!




Meeting Our Distribution Partner – Utility Support Ltd

Utility Support Ltd, joined the Scanprobe Techniques distribution network in July 2018

Utility Support Ltd, joined the Scanprobe Techniques distribution network in July 2018

It’s been a busy few weeks for us here at Scanprobe as our distribution network grows, and we’ve been talking to Jon Shelton at Utility Support Ltd to find out a little bit about what attracted him and his business partner Lawrence Kieran to the industry and also to partner with Scanprobe Techniques:

 

Having began his career in the drainage industry back in 1984, working in the lining and CIPP area, so with Lawrence, through Utility Support Ltd he joins us with over 30 years of experience.  When asked what made him want to start out on his own, Jon replied candidly “It may sound ‘cheesy’ but Loll (Lawrence) and I wanted to use our knowledge and experience to help and support contractors working in the water industry.”  Having worked with such contractors throughout their careers date it is clear that they both not only understand the industry, but also the problems that can cause drainage contractors issues, and they clearly feel that within our distribution network they will be able to support them to the high standards they would expect themselves.  Jon and Lawrence have joined forces to create Utility Support Ltd, of which he said “By coming together and using over 30 years of combined knowledge and experience in all aspects of drain cleaning, CCTV and pipe repair we feel we are suitably qualified to offer this support service.

 

The obvious quality of the Maxprobe system” Jon remarked when asked about what he sees as a key differentiator between Scanprobe and the rest of the competition.  “Its ease of use, including the most upto date technology and all at an affordable price makes it a system I would be happy to promote and sell.” – words we are very happy to be able to quote!  He continued “We have considered many options for ‘partnering’ but feel combination of Scanprobe’s wide range of products and services, innovative thinking and willing support, they were the ideal partner to team up with.

 

From our side we could not be happier to welcome Jon & Lawrence, as Utility Support Ltd into our distribution family; their passion for the industry is more than apparent and they are already a trusted resource to all of the contacts they have built over the span of their careers.  It is clear that their experience and enthusiasm is a very strong asset, and we all look forward to the future with our new distribution partner.




Scanprobe Expands Distribution into the Danish Market

Scanprobe Techniques are delighted to announce our new distribution partnership with Danish television inspection company JKL Teknik A/S today to distribute our flagship model push-rod camera, the Maxprobe, into Denmark.  Marking the company’s first venture across the channel, Scanprobe are excited at the opportunities that this partnership with a company with over 20 years’ experience in the industry presents.  Jon Barry, Managing Director of Scanprobe Techniques, says of the new distribution partnership:

Scanprobe and JKL Teknik

This is a fantastic move for Scanprobe Techniques, and I firmly believe that it shows our belief in our Maxprobe push-rod camera unit that we are expanding our distribution into Europe.  JKL Teknik A/S have a rich history in the sewer inspection industry, and with their high level of expertise in this field I feel they are perfectly positioned to take the Maxprobe to market and help us to expand into Europe.  I look forward to working together with Johnny and his team.”

 

Jon Barry and Vernon Pain meet with Johnny Nicolaisen and Kristian Wistisen of JKL Teknik A/S

Jon Barry (far left) and Vernon Pain (far right) meet with Johnny Nicolaisen (l-c) and Kristian Wistisen (r-c) of JKL Teknik A/S

Johnny Nicolaisen from JKL Teknik said of the partnership:

 

We have been very impressed with the Maxprobe camera system for some time and so the opportunity to take it to the Danish market is very exciting for us.  It is clear the amount of time and effort that Jon and his team are continuously putting into the on-going development of the Maxprobe to make it the best push-rod camera on the market, and I believe we at JKL Teknik A/S are perfectly positioned to deliver this push-rod camera system to market here in Denmark.”

 

For all enquiries in Denmark you can contact JKL Teknik A/S at info@jklteknik.dk.




Scanprobe’s Trenchless Technology Lands at Utility Week Live!

Scanprobe made our debut appearance at Utility Week Live at the NEC, demonstrating our trenchless technology to the crowds that came to visit over the busy two-day exhibition, twinned with edie Live.

Alex Rose talks Trenchless Technology at UWL18

Alex Rose talks Trenchless Technology at UWL18

 

 

Situated in the “Streetworks area of the exhibition, surrounded by companies looking to make safe the areas that companies have dug up and excavated, we were perfectly positioned to demonstrate our offering to the trenchless technology environment, the Maxprobe.  We sent our Technical Support Manager Alex Rose and Marketing Manager Ben Gane to man the stand and talk to the public, and from the look of our social media accounts they not only had a lot of interest over the two days, but had a lot of fun too!

 

Reports back from the exhibition indicate a great deal of interest in the Maxprobe from utility companies, as well as some transport infrastructure companies too all interested in how they could benefit from our trenchless technology.  Many visitors were happy to test the technical resolve of Alex who, as we expected, was confidently answering their questions whilst others tried the Maxprobe out for themselves on our demonstration pipe, working the camera past a few commonly found blockages in order to earn themselves a voucher to get money off their first Maxprobe purchase.

 

Visitors try the Maxprobe on the stand

Visitors try the Maxprobe on the stand

Of the exhibition, Ben said:

“As my first exhibition with the company and therefore taking a different approach to how Scanprobe will have done things in the past, I am delighted with the success of the show from our point of view.  The interest shown in our product and company was strong and genuine, and I feel like this show has really strengthened our position with these companies and visitors who came to see us.  I look forward to coming back again next year!”

 

So some great interest expressed in the Maxprobe trenchless technology, we now have a little break until we exhibit again.  “But where?” you ask…all shall be revealed soon enough!




New Hotbox Fleet Arrives at Renoline

A brand new shiny fleet of hotboxes have arrived at the Renoline Trade Counter, available for both hire and purchase.

Renoline Hotbox Fleet

Renoline Hotbox Fleet

Operations Manager Andy Booth took the decision to replace and update the existing model of hotbox available from the Renoline store for these rust-proof stainless steel models, and he couldn’t be happier with his decision:

 

“I had been looking to upgrade our existing hotbox option and wanted to supply a model that I knew that I could count on, and more importantly one that our customers could rely on; one that would add to the shared intent of the entire Renoline range which is to be strong enough to do the job in the most testing of environments that our industry puts us in.  I am very confident that this hotbox will stand up to the test and our customers will benefit from this upgrade.”

 

Andy has a good point, with this latest hotbox boasting a weather-resistant, rust proof stainless steel cover, an 8ft joining hose, a zintec-coated steel chassis finished with polyester, whilst also being capable of producing water up to 150ºC and boiling 15 litres per minute at 200bar.

 

So when the curing of a pipe liner is time dependant, or when the British weather decides to throw you a curve ball, take a hotbox on site with you and get the job done in completely controlled environment.




Free Maxprobe Education Days at WinCan

An exciting opportunity to evaluate WinCan Embedded included in the Maxprobe

Combining the strength of WinCan’s embedded drain surveying and reporting software with the power of the Maxprobe push-rod camera from Scanprobe was always going to create a winning team, and together we are keen to demonstrate how this collaboration can benefit the drainage industry.

WinCan surveying and reporting on the Scanprobe Maxprobe

WinCan surveying and reporting on the Scanprobe Maxprobe

Our carefully and continuously developed camera system has been made with the challenges of the job in mind, whilst the WinCan surveying and reporting software has been developed not only to industry standards but to also save countless hours of re-typing drain surveys as an industry approved report can be input generated on site. With this in mind we have come together once again to offer a completely obligation-free trial, that we have called “Maxprobe Education Days.”

 

The Maxprobe Education day comprises of an overview of the WinCan Embedded software package included in the Maxprobe, data transfer to WinCan from the Maxprobe, a trial WinCan VX Entry licence and a 25GB account for WinCan WEB with unrestricted use for 45 days.

 

What you will receive
- a full working understanding of WinCan Embedded surveying and reporting software on the Maxprobe.

- training on exporting from the Maxprobe to USB, print and WinCan WEB cloud delivery platform.

- 45 days FREE unrestricted access to WinCan VX.

- 25GB WinCan WEB account.

 

Following the free 45 day trial there are different options: Keep WinCan running by either purchasing an ongoing subscription based licence, or, the purchase of a full licence, both controlled by USB security key.
The Maxprobe Education days will run on the last Friday of the month from10am – 3pm, so if you would like to attend one (with lunch included of course!) just send a quick email to Nico as directed below.
So come along for the day and find out more, then take away your obligation-free unrestricted 45 day trial of WinCan VX Entry licence and a 25GB account for WinCan WEB and try it for yourself.

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When: The last Friday of every month

Cost:   FREE!

 

How to register: Email Nico Bonaminio, n.bonaminio@wincaneurope.com

 




NADC Members Save with a Maxprobe!

Free Accessories Kit for all NADC Members

 

Scanprobe Techniques Ltd are delighted to once more renew our membership with the NADC (National Association of Drainage Contractors) and help to support the strong work they carry out and instigate for our industry.

 

  • We believe the role of the NADC in making sure that the views of the drainage industry are put to Government, it’s agencies, local authorities and other relevant organisations is hugely important to the growth, sustainability and regulation of the drainage industry.  Their position of providing training and certification the members to help keep standards of practice high, whilst promoting such drainage professionals at all times is of equal importance, and this is why we are happy and proud to support their mission as a member. 
  • At Scanprobe we share the views of the NADC, and believe that supporting the regulation of the industry as well as supporting the industry full stop are very important, and as a manufacturer for drainage professionals for over 30 years we believe we have a responsibility to support the drainage industry, so along with renewing our membership for another year, we have put together a special offer purely for fellow NADC members.  That is why with every purchase of our Maxprobe push-rod camera system we are giving away our accessories kit for free, saving you £299!  This kit comes in a bespoke box, complete with 4 different skids, 3 different charging cables, spare connector covers, 2 camera spanners and a USB kit, helping you to get even more out of your Maxprobe system enabling you to tackle a wider range of jobs.

Contact us today to take advantage of this offer, or if you would like a free, no-obligation demonstration of the Maxprobe at sales@scanprobe.com




Milwaukee Tools Now In Stock

We are delighted to announce that we are now stocking and supplying Milwaukee Tools to add to our extensive range of Renoline drain cleaning machinery.

 

Milwaukee Tools now available from Renoline

Milwaukee Tools now available from Renoline

 

Since the company began in 1924, Milwaukee Tools has been leading the industry in both durability and performance. Milwaukee continues to lead with a focus on providing innovative, trade-specific solutions, and it is this very reason as to why we are delighted to bring them on board.  Having taken the feedback from our customers on the Milwaukee Tools range, in particular the cordless functionality which is favoured for the safety aspect.  This function is also supported by their leadership in LITHIUM-ION battery technology, time-saving accessories or innovative hand tool products, Milwaukee Tools is dedicated to delivering a steady stream of advanced solutions for the trades that offer increased productivity and unmatched durability.

 

The addition of Milwaukee Tools into the Renoline portfolio fills a cordless tool-shaped gap that our customers have been looking for us to fill, and at great value for money too we are delighted to be able to offer their drain cleaning range.

 

If you would like to know more, or if you would like to request an in-house demonstration, please feel free to contact the Renoline team on sales@renoline.co.uk.

 

 




Onwards and upwards for the Scanprobe and WinCan Partnership

Scanprobe and WinCan meet to discuss the exciting future prospects for the Maxprobe

Scanprobe and WinCan meet to discuss the exciting future prospects for the Maxprobe

Managing Director Jon Barry (2nd right) & Colin Sales (2nd left) from Scanprobe meet with Brad, Paul and Martin from WinCan, and the two companies discussed the plans for the future.  Scanprobe’s flagship product, the Maxprobe pipeline inspection system, has had WinCan’s reporting software embedded into it since 2014 and the partnership has grown from strength to strength.

 

Jon Barry, who has been the Managing Director of Scanprobe since 2003, said:

“These are exciting times for the future development of the Maxprobe, and I am delighted to have the weight of WinCan’s survey reporting software and expertise integrated into our pushrod camera system.  I believe this is a strong partnership in the drainage CCTV industry and gives us a real edge over our competition.”

 

The Scanprobe & WinCan reporting buttons on the Maxprobe

The Scanprobe & WinCan reporting buttons on the Maxprobe

Scanprobe travelled to WinCan’s Head Office in Woking to deliver the latest model Maxprobe pushrod camera system to them, as this is used as part of their on-site training program, educating users and potential users.  This gives them first-hand experience with how they can benefit from having the WinCan software embedded directly into the camera unit and entering the survey details whilst on site, meaning that when it comes to reporting their findings there is no need to re-write survey notes when they get back into the office.

 

WinCan understands that maintaining sewers starts with understanding the sewer conditions, and so their survey and reporting software makes it easy to collect detailed, standards-compliant inspection data. Their focus on innovation and productivity has made WinCan the industry’s most preferred sewer inspection software, with more than 8,500 licenses sold worldwide, and the shared dedication of these two companies to make strides in the industry make this an obvious partnership.

 

Exciting times ahead for Scanprobe and the Maxprobe…




Push Rod Cameras: the difference between expensive and not fit for purpose

The terms “expensive” and “not fit for purpose” are generally polar-opposites, and so the differences are likely to be many, much the same as if we had replaced the term “not fit for purpose” with “cheap”.  But whilst “expensive” is an emotive term generally used when talking about a lot of money in comparison to another option, “not fit for purpose” is damning; it cannot do the job we need it to.  This then falls into the category “waste of money”, no matter how comparatively less.

 

So how can you make sure that you are spending money wisely when it comes to a push rod camera?

 Maxprobe Push Rod Camera

Maxprobe Push Rod Camera

 

At Scanprobe Techniques, to date we have invested over £1,000,000 and 4 years into the development of our Maxprobe push rod camera systems as we focus on manufacturing and supplying a product that we can be proud of, and importantly our customers can rely on.  We are always calling on our 30+ years of experience in the CCTV inspection systems industry to ensure that our products not only talk-the-talk but also walk-the-walk, and this comes from interacting with our customers and reacting to their comments and concerns.  This is why we are continuously updating and adapting our flagship product, the Maxprobe, to optimise it for efficient use in the field, and we have taken particular care to these areas:

 

The Camera

These cameras are going into some dark and murky places, and unfortunately the level of which cannot be guaranteed.  Not a problem, as with our 600 TVL colour camera and our brightness-adjustable 5th generation SMD LED lighting you are able to adapt to whatever you encounter.  Not to mention the ability to capture snapshots and of course the self-levelling camera, all of which ensure that once you have located the issue in the pipe, you are best prepared to identify and rectify it.

 

Scanprobe push rod camera

The Maxprobe camera with Sonde transmitter and LED lighting

The Rod

Now, this element should not just be viewed as “just a cable”, as it is vital in terms of delivering the video from the camera to the display, but also (and commonly forgotten) it needs to be durable enough to not only withstand the variable terrain that it is pushed through, but also it needs to be flexible yet strong enough to handle being pushed up to 120 meters without kinking or curling up within the pipe.  If either of these happen, your 120 meter length rod is not fit for purpose, and so our Maxprobe range has a variety of different diameter cables to ensure the distance you need is the distance you can get.

 

The Monitor

Being able to see what your push rod camera is detecting is clearly important, and not only does the Maxprobe boast the largest monitor in the industry, but it is also perfectly sunlight readable to the point where you could shine a torch directly at the screen (we’ve done this, it’s how we demonstrate it!) and still see your camera image perfectly.  No longer will you need to position a jacket over your head and then over the monitor to block out the sun!

Sunlight readable display on the Maxprobe push rod camera

Maxprobe monitor with daylight readable clear display

 

Position of the Sonde Controls

Whilst the controls for the Sonde are commonly found on the camera head under the skid on the Sonde itself, ours is helpfully located on the framework of the reel, so it can be turned on and off quickly and simply.  Whilst this can seem a frivolous benefit, we understand that our push rod camera systems are not always being used in the most friendly of situations so ease of use for the operatives and also keeping the switch away from danger of damage have been considered.

Position of the Sonde activation switch on the Maxprobe push rod camera

Activation switch for the Sonde transmitter

The Software

How do you want to record/report your survey findings?  With the Maxprobe push rod camera you can generate a WinCan survey (we are the only U.K. based company who can offer WinCan Web included), pre-built survey template, on-site audio report, the Maxprobe can do all of these as standard.  And the operation of this software is user-friendly and straight forward to follow.

 

An example WinCan drain survey report

An example WinCan drain survey report

The Range

Not all drainage systems are the same, be they industrial, commercial or residential, and so along with having a range of skids to suit the pipework you are surveying it is also important to have a range of push rod camera systems.  The flexibility and manoeuvrability of the Maxprobe Lite all the way up to the distance and durability of the Maxprobe 120 means we have everything you need to make sure the investment that you make in a Scanprobe push rod camera system is a good one.

 

Do you have a push rod camera requirement and would like to discuss this with us.  Contact our sales team today – sales@scanprobe.com




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