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How to “WinCan” with the Maxprobe

Posted on: October 10th, 2019

WinCan has been a popular feature on Scanprobe’s flagship pipeline inspection camera, the Maxprobe, ever since it was released back in 2015, and in the space of almost 5 years a lot has changed in terms of technology and connectivity.  There is more to WinCan on the Maxprobe than simply the ability to perform a WinCan survey, and certainly more ways to interact with it than just simply through the control box, so to make sure you are getting the most out of your WinCan enabled Maxprobe, we have put together this helpful guide:


WinCan on the Maxprobe

This is the bread and butter that all WinCan users will know about.  The reporting software is embedded into the control box, and all the Maxprobe operator needs to do is begin a WinCan survey, input your site and run information into the load-up screens and then begin your survey. Here you can use the WRC survey codes to populate your survey with all of the critical data that your customers and other stakeholders require.  The reporting software is embedded into the Maxprobe control box as standard, and you just need to purchase the office software to be able to customise your survey reports, which can be purchased direct from WinCan.  For those who are new to the WinCan survey reporting software, they run an “Education Day” on the last Friday of the month where you will come away with a full working understanding of WinCan Embedded surveying and reporting software on the Maxprobe.

WinCan's survey reporting software comes embedded as standard on all Maxprobe control boxes

WinCan’s survey reporting software comes embedded as standard on all Maxprobe control boxes


WinCan on your iPhone
Benjamin Franklin famously said “time is money”, and in 2019 this is still very much the case with patience very much in short supply.  In the drainage industry, we don’t always have the time, or simply want to have to wait to receive the survey report and its subsequent findings, and thankfully with the Maxprobe there is a solution.  You might already have heard of the mobile app mina survey and if so you will know that it enables wireless connectivity between your iPhone or iPad and your Maxprobe control box.  You might also know that mina enables you to download your mina survey reports to your device via the free mina app, but did you know you could also download your WinCan reports too?  And better still, you don’t need to have a WinCan software subscription either.  Once you have finished your WinCan survey, you can send a fully formatted WinCan report direct to your mobile device, and then send it direct to your customer.  No need to come back to the office and format the report, as the control box will do this for you.  The mina app enables this file transfer, for both mina and WinCan survey reports. But it doesn’t stop there.  Using the mina app, you can create a detailed digital survey drawing and then send this to the Maxprobe control box to add into your WinCan report!

Send your WinCan survey directly from the Maxprobe to your mobile device using the mina app

Send your WinCan survey directly from the Maxprobe to your mobile device using the mina app


WinCan on your Android device

Now, just because the mina mobile app is only currently available on Apple devices, that doesn’t mean you cannot access your WinCan reports on your Android device.  This is where WinCan Web comes into play.  With a WinCan Web subscription, you can send your entire survey, including all and any photos and video files directly from your Maxprobe to an online file storage facility in the cloud.  From here, using your Android device, you can access WinCan web via a log-in page on your web browser and then go on to download and share your files as you wish.  It really couldn’t be easier.  The file storage facility of your Android phone is perfect to store the files locally, and through WinCan Web you can also share direct access with whomever you like, for however long you like.  All your survey videos and files available on-the-go.

Access your WinCan Web account from your Android device to see, share and store your survey files

Access your WinCan Web account from your Android device to see, share and store your survey files

The underlying message to take from this is that, if you conduct your pipeline inspection surveys using the WinCan embedded software platform, no matter what mobile device you are using you have the capability to access it. Whether that be accessing the entire survey folder through a computer or laptop, an immediately accessible PDF report through mina on the iPhone or iPad, or access to view, save and share any and all files on your Android (or Apple) device through WinCan Web, it is possible.  And refreshingly easy.  And the Maxprobe makes it all possible.

TrapJumper celebrates its one year birthday!

Posted on: October 7th, 2019

It was September 18th 2018 when the TrapJumper push-rod camera burst onto the scene at the No-Dig Live trenchless exhibition at the East of England Showground in Peterborough. The long-anticipated launch for our latest push-rod camera offering, but unlike the Maxprobe range.  The TrapJumper had been designed to do a different kind of inspection job.  It was flexible.


The TrapJumper has been designed to tackle a particular and problematic survey type

The TrapJumper has been designed to tackle a particular and problematic survey type

Now, if you ask any drainage inspection professional, a flexible push-rod is about as useful as a chocolate teapot, so why are we so proud of the TrapJumper’s ability to bend?  Surely it would just coil up inside the pipe, right?  Well, as global sales glide past the 350 mark and the TrapJumper infiltrates the US, South African and European markets, it is clear that it is more than just flexible.


“We wanted to address a particular issue faced in the industry, which is gully traps and general bends commonly associated with the domestic drainage market.  The Maxprobe was never designed to handle this type of work, it needed a different level of rigidity, so we wanted to find a solution” said Jon Barry, Managing Director of Scanprobe.  “But we wanted it to be a solid addition to our push-rod camera range, and not just manage bends but offer nothing else to the industry.”


Having identified an issue that the industry required solving, we got to work on determining the true purpose for the ‘TrapJumper’.  “I didn’t want us to put a lot of time and resources into developing, designing and manufacturing a gimmick product, it had to have a real purpose and be a worthwhile addition to the drainage engineers tool-belt” Jon continued. “We needed to find out more about the scenario that today’s drainage engineer was going to be in, and therefore what they would need from our TrapJumper.  We needed to do some thorough research with our existing customer base.”


"Brexit - what now, what if, what ever" in the June edition of Drain Trader

The TrapJumper adorns the back cover of the Drain Trader magazine

This research came back as we expected; it needed to be more than a gimmick, and needed to benefit the operator as well as those requiring the service.  This is where the portability of the TrapJumper was born.  We knew that we could make a compact push-rod system as the rod wouldn’t need to be as long or as heavy duty as the Maxprobe coiler due to the type of job it would be needed for, so we could make a hand-held unit that could easily be transported and operated by one person, with little to no disruption when it came to undertaking internal domestic surveys. And so with this key feedback, the TrapJumper was born, and launched to overwhelming anticipation both here in the UK and in the United States where our distribution partners Spartan Tool LLC were also eager to get their hands on our latest innovation too.




So one year on from the launch, sales of the TrapJumper are still going strong, demand continues to grow and most importantly there gap in the market that the TrapJumper was designed to fill has now been successfully filled.  But in true Scanprobe fashion, we are continuing to look for way to develop and enhance the TrapJumper further, as the industry doesn’t sit still so we cannot either…

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