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


Posted on: March 8th, 2018

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



Maxprobe Camera System Still Evolving!


Posted on: February 1st, 2018

The Maxprobe camera system is an evolving unit that changes constantly. Initially when launched in 2015 the unit had a standard camera head compared to today’s standard. Since January of 2017 the camera head was upgraded to a 44mm self-leveller with integral sonde within the camera housing that provides traceability up to 4mtrs deep. The Sonde itself is encapsulated in the main camera body for product robustness and compact design, rather than exposed to damage in a spring behind the camera head or potted in bulky connectors.

maxprobe camera system

We currently provide two frequencies – 33 kHz a UK standard and 512Hz (which has improved results in cast iron pipes). We recommend the C-scope MXL4 receiver to trace our equipment, as these provide the best results.

Currently, we are testing a Controller Area Network BUS system which will control numerous operational and inspection functions, allowing us to explore 3D pipe scanning and mapping. Scanprobe is also looking to develop software, as we realise that premium drainage companies are moving more into software technology when carrying out an inspection survey and are now demanding a level of technology never seen in the industry before.

Software companies like Wincan offer surveying package’s which can incorporate all manner of tracing and mapping information. With the introduction of 4G into the Maxprobe box, all surveys can be carried out on-site and sent direct to the client or office via Wincan web. Scanprobe pioneered the first camera inspection system to incorporate Wincan web and are enjoying fantastic reviews on this cutting edge technology. We feel we’ve only just scratched the surface of what can be achieved. We see the future of surveying, where all the pipes are laid out on a map in 3D with all the information (size, material, length) tagged next to each run giving water authorities a complete layout of their waste systems. Once the information has been gathered from around the country, a national waste grid system can be established. This is some way off, but the objective of Scanprobe Techniques is to provide the tools in which this can be achieved.

The latest project due for release is The Maxprobe Atex push rod system (zone 1) which is scheduled for release this year. This will give users the peace of mind to inspect, survey and trace pipes in hazardous areas with a fully independently certified inspection system.

We are constantly monitoring the needs of our customers and (without giving too much away), the future of our Maxprobe looks fantastic. We will be pushing the boundaries of inspection, tracing, mapping software coupled with reliability and durability over the coming years, so watch this space. 

 

 



Amazing New Leasing Deals For Maxprobe CCTV System


Posted on: January 12th, 2018

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The ultimate pipeline inspection unit

 

60 metres of upgraded 12mm pushrod as standard strong and rigid, allowing full use of the 60m reel

Innovative easy-mount MaxProbe to coiler interface allows the user to operate the MaxProbe from a comfortable height

 

Features include;

 

- Suitable for pipe sizes 50mm up to 300mm

- Embedded Wincan reporting software included also to the cloud

- Future-proof software updates

- Bespoke inbuilt Scanprobe reporting software as standard

- 10.4″ Super-bright sunlight readable LCD display with auto brightness

- Battery: Rechargeable with up to 9 hours running time

- Flexible power saving options

- Charging: via mains 100-240VAC or in-vehicle 12VDC

 

For more information on the Maxprobe CCTV System call: Vernon Pain on 0203 2532001 email: sales@scanprobe.com

Scanprobe Techniques Ltd, Unit 11 Kenley Trade Park Old Barn Lane, Kenley, Surrey, CR8 5AU

 

Great Leasing deals available from our partners at Kennet Equipment Leasing:

 

Lease from as little as £51.24 per week over 3 years*

Lease from as little as £40.10 per week over 4 years*

Lease from as little as £33.44 per week over 5 years*

 

Leasing
* Subject to status. All prices exclude VAT. Prices quoted based on established business . Finance provided by Kennet Equipment Leasing who is authorised by the FCA for the purposes of agreements governed by the Consumer Credit Act 1974. FRN 676027.. Unit price £6395 plus VAT based on a 5 year lease.

 

 



Maxprobe Web Ready Capability – “Pipe to Pocket” in an instant


Posted on: January 16th, 2017

Web Ready is WinCan’s latest initiative that allows direct connection & upload of CCTV data to WinCan Web and this capability now comes as an integral part of the Maxprobe pipe inspection system range from Scanprobe. WinCan Web is a cloud transfer & delivery tool for CCTV inspection data. This could be upload & delivery of finalised inspection data from WinCan VX or transfer of data directly from WinCan Embedded hardware. No burning, postage, hunting for lost DVD’s, software installation or worries about codec playback issues. Simply upload & publish the report to the client. Once published the client has access on any device, anytime, anywhere…. Web intelligently switches from desktop view to mobile view so project access is simply on your desk or in your pocket.

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For many years WinCan Embedded has allowed industry standard data input on site incorporated into camera system hardware. No PC or further Licences required. Data transfer was then done manually to the office based WinCan licence by USB memory stick. For some clients this lag in delivery has become an important issue. Speed from site survey to client report delivery needed improving. Adding the functionality of Web Ready to WinCan Embedded has moved things on to the next step… it’s moved online!

Web Ready allows connection to WinCan Web with remote upload from any location with Internet access. Simply complete the project in the normal way using WinCan Embedded then instead of exporting the job to USB stick simply upload to WinCan Web. The project can then be published to customer for review of Video, downloaded to office for pre delivery QA or stored in the cloud for security & peace of mind. Immediate delivery from site is now a simple integrated process.

Look out for systems supporting the Web Ready feature to ensure speedy cloud delivery direct from any location.

 

Web Ready, it’s the only way to go and currently Scanprobe are the only manufacturer to offer the ability to push survey information directly to WinCan WEB for the push camera itself!

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For more information on our Maxprobe pipe inspection system range and WinCan Web Ready please contact our Sales team on 0203 253 2001



Maxprobe Drain Camera Range


Posted on: November 29th, 2016

 

The ground breaking Maxprobe drain camera from Scanprobe is now available in 4 additional models providing a range of options to better match Customer requirements. Maxprobe systems come with a variety of camera heads to suit all different pipe sizes, the latest version is the MP44 which has an integrated locator and comes as standard on the Maxprobe, Maxprobe XL and Maxprobe 120. Its key features are:

 

  • High resolution colour camera which produces high-quality image data.
  • Camera resolution  –  600 TVL Colour
  • Super bright LED illumination
  • Low LUX sensitivity giving outstanding image quality in low light
  • Robust design
  • Self levelling camera head
  • Switchable location transmitter
  • Stainless steel construction
  • CAN bus interface – CAN (controller area network) bus is a vehicle bus standard designed to allow micro controllers and devices to communicate with each other within the unit without a host computer.

 

The standard Maxprobe System comes with a 60 metre 12mm push rod coiler with the following features:

 

  • WinCan embedded reporting software (industry standard)
  • WinCan web ready (reports can be uploaded to a WinCan dropbox via WIFI or 4G connectivity)
  • HDD 32GB – 1TB (Hard disk capacity to suit requirements)
  • Li-ion battery 9+ hours
  • WIFI enabled
  • 4G enabled
  • ICC 10.4” LCD – Daylight readable screen
  • IP64 open and closed (dust and water resistant)

 

Maxprobe drain camera system

 

The additional Maxprobe models in the range provide flexible coiler options as follows:

 

Maxprobe Micro

  • 40 metres 5mm push rod

 

Maxprobe Lite

  • 40-60 metres 12mm push rod

 

Maxprobe XL

  • 100 metres  12mm push rod

 

Maxprobe 120

  • 120 metres 14mm push rod

 

Contact the Sales team now for a no obligation quotation UK wide

 

 

 

 

 

 



New Micro Inversion Drum from Renoline


Posted on: November 29th, 2016

The new micro inversion drum from Renoline is the smallest, lightest air inversion drum on the market! Weighing in at just 15kg this lightweight and portable piece of kit is a must have for 100mm to 150mm diameter drain liners.

 

  • 15kg in weight
  • Large viewing window
  • Suitable for 100mm to 150mm diameter liners
  • Removable lid for easy installation of inversion liner or inflation hose
  • Holds 50 metres of inflation hose or 15 metres of blow-in inversion liner

 

Micro Inversion Drum from Renoline

 

See our website www.renoline.co.uk for the full range of drain lining and patch materials or contact Andy Booth on 0203 253 2001 for further details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Renoline Inversion Kit Offer


Posted on: March 16th, 2016

This Inversion Kit is the complete Renoline installation package for lining pipe diameters 100mm Ø – 150mm Ø. Why spend more when you can save on buying the complete inversion kit, everything  you need to set up for drain lining on your van.

 

£3350.00 plus VAT

 

inversion kit

 

PACK INCLUDES:

·         Impregnating Machine

·         240v Compressor

·         50mx100mm Ø Inflation Hose

·         50mx100mm Ø Superliner

·         3x20kg Open Top Kegs polyester resin)

·         5kg Accelerator

·         5kg Activator

·         2x Clamp Sets

·         2x Measuring Jugs

·         Large Funnel

·         Mixing Paddle

·         2x Buckets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like further product details please contact  Renoline sales or call 0203 253 2001.



Why MaxProbe?


Posted on: July 4th, 2015

Latest innovation.

 

For the past 3 years the Scanprobe Technical team have had meetings and put their creative and brilliant ideas together to design a CCTV drainage system that will shape the future.  From their company headquarters in Surrey, the Maxprobe was born.

 

Unlike current Units on the market, the Maxprobe offers updatable software, so your system will never be left behind with the fast pace of technology.

 

How is this going to benefit yourselves as customers you ask?

 

 

maxprobe pushrod drain system

Maxprobe Pipe Inspection System with Wincan Embedded Reporting Software as standard

The idea was born by Scanprobe’s in house research and development technical technician Alex Rose. At the start he had the idea and pushed for longevity in a system that always offer the latest software similar to a pc. This means if you require personal touches it can be done via the click of a button. Updates from Wincan V8, Wincan VX all updated as standard.

 

This also means that we don’t sit still and always look to improve the Maxprobe’s usability (with updates offered via email) you can keep up to date with the latest and most innovative software offered to the drainage community. 

 

One of the main issues to come to the design table was being able to see the picture in direct sunshine. “We’re constantly having to shield the monitor with our jackets” said Toby Green (the head of Scanprobe CCTV on-site surveying team).

With this in mind the design team at Scanprobe tested in excess of 50 LCD screens to find the most suited to the harsh conditions of the drainage world. The 10.4” sunlight-readable screen was a revelation, not only was it larger than most competitors, it offered a fantastic image when viewed in direct sunlight.

 

The next problem faced by the team was the issue of rain and snow. “It has to be waterproof to at least IP54” demanded Harry (the head of Scanprobe’s customer service dept). With this issue in mind the keypad was the first to embrace the changes required. Existing units on the market have kept the old membrane design. Which is fine for ingress protection but very slow and antiquated when typing.

 

The first option Scanprobe discussed was touch screen. Excellent in clean dry conditions but, (as we all know!) drainage is far from clean and certainly not dry. Let’s be clear having engineers taking off their gloves to touch screens in the field of drainage is completely ludicrous. Also if touch screens get wet the text/image will become unstable making the unit impractical and profitless. After much deliberation, a fully waterproof rubber qwerty keypad was decided on. This gives you the advantage of typing quickly and easily with the confidence that rain and snow won’t affect its usability.

 

After sealing the LCD screen and some other modifications, not only did the Maxprobe pass IP54 testing it was given an IP64 tested certificate.

maxprobe screens

Storage was the next hurdle. The common denominator was which device would offer the best recording facility. A lot of the discussion was based on the issues of reliability. With this in mind the team agreed a solid-state drive was the most unassailable option. So 32gb of internal storage would be offered as standard with the option to increase this to 1 terabyte. With regard to exporting data, the team decided to offer as much choice as possible. With this in mind X2 USB ports, X1 SD port, an Ethernet port and Wi-Fi was installed as standard.

 

The Wi-Fi offers the concept of emailing complete surveys direct to the client via a cloud for them to download to their PC. This is something Scanprobe is working closely with Win-can over and hope to release this shortly.

 

 

Welcome to the world of Maxprobe! With its Futureproof capabilities, stunning range of embedded surveying software and truly next generation style and feel, buying the Maxprobe is just the start. Come on the technical journey with us and the Maxprobe will be the last camera you will need to purchase.

 



Rat Blocker – Environmentally Friendly Rat Prevention System For Drains & Sewers


Posted on: June 11th, 2015
Rat Blocker

Rat Blocker

The Rat Blocker is an environmentally friendly system designed specifically to prevent rats from entering houses and commercial buildings through the drainage system and sewer pipes. By installing the Rat Blocker, the pipes are also protected from damage caused by rats. Rats that are already inside the drainage pipes or sewer system can get out without a problem but cannot return into the system. The system will also prevent frogs from entering the pipework.

 

Renoline will be stocking Rat Blockers in all sizes up to 250 mm – also for lined pipes and back flow preventers. They are produced from Marine Grade Stainless Steel AISI 316 and have gone through thorough testing and EU-approval. Furthermore it is patented worldwide and as can be seen from the following video it is very straightforward to install – it takes longer to remove the lid to the well than it does to actually install the Rat Blocker.

 

 

Every year thousands of hotels, restaurants, canteens and cafés are closed due to rat problems resulting in loss of money and reputation. This could be avoided by installing a Rat Blocker and furthermore rats are a source of water contamination and spread diseases. This is an inexpensive and environmentally friendly way of preventing rat attacks which in 95 % of cases originate from the sewers. This is also a way of reducing the use of poison which according to a UK study 75 % of rats are now resistant to.

Fitting the Rat Blocker into a conical well

Attach the telescopic arm and fit the Rat Blocker into a conical well

 

If you would like to order the Rat Blocker please contact Andy at Renoline on 0203 253 2001



High Quality Pipe Inspection Images Captured By The Maxprobe


Posted on: May 11th, 2015

 

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Maxprobe Pipe Inspection System with Wincan Embedded Reporting Software as standard

When purchasing a new CCTV drain camera a top consideration will be, does the unit capture high quality pipe inspection images? The Maxprobe from Scanprobe has an impressive specification and the picture quality is further enhanced while on site with the day light readable 10 inch screen which allows clear viewing during periods of bright sunlight . The Maxprobe camera unit delivers the following industry leading statistics:

 

Video Statistics:

Resolution = 720 x 576

Frames per Second = 25

Bitrate = 1500 kbps (average – will vary depending on movement and amount of colour) Video Encoder = H264 MPEG-4(part 10 -avc1)

* This video encoder provides highly efficient encoding so you obtain a better quality video for a smaller file size.

* This encoder gives more fluent and better quality playback than older encoders.

* Includes a modern encoding mechanism supported by most video players.

 

Display Statistics:

Size = 10.4″

Resolution = SVGA (800 x 600)

Number of Colours = 262k

DPI = 96 dpi (seems to be the statistic that smartphone/tablet/laptop manufacturers like to use and defines the pixels per inch)

* Large viewing area for videos on the Maxprobe, 86% of available screen real estate used to display video on recording and playback

 

Below are some recent examples of very high quality images captured directly by the Maxprobe:

High Quality Pipe Inspection Images

Badly fitting supersleeve pipework with shingle coming through from ground

High Quality Pipe Inspection images

Severe open/offset joint in 100mm clay pipe

High Quality Pipe Inspection Images

Supersleeve pipe with what looks like a hole made in the back of the pipe

High Quality Pipe inspection Images

150mm deformed pitch fibre pipe

High Quality Pipe Inspection Images

Broken supersleeve pipe 100mm diameter with fibrous root showing

High Quality Pipe Inspection Images

Severe offset on a slight bend

If you would like more information regarding the Maxprobe Pipe Inspection System please contact us on 0203 253 2001 or email us at sales@scanprobe.com

 

 



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