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EU Gateway to Japan – Day Three / EU Gateway 日本へ – 3日目


Posted on: November 21st, 2018

Our third day in the Japanese capital Tokyo, and by now Jon & Vernon must be well versed in the Japanese business customs that they spent the weeks building up to the EU Gateway Business Mission learning.  Another full day of manning the exhibition stand in the EU Pavilion section of the Japan Home and Building Show at Tokyo Big Site, again with some pre-planned meetings along with walk-ups also very much welcome.  The day concluded with a trip the EU Embassy to hear a couple of speeches from the ambassador Patricia Flor before a networking evening for local and global business people to attend, along with EU delegates.

 

Vernon hosting a meeting on our stand, with a Japanese Translator on hand

Vernon hosting a meeting on our stand, with a Japanese Translator on hand

Vernon: “I certainly felt more at home today. I had a far greater understanding of Japanese business customs and manners, and whilst I am picking up a few words here and there having our own Japanese translator has been absolutely invaluable.  Being able to cross the language barrier really helps us because the Maxprobe range and TrapJumper are more than as they appear; there is so much thought that has gone into developing them for the market rather than just getting a product into the market.”

 

Jon: “I agree with Vernon, you could tell from the questions that were being asked by the Japanese businessmen and women who came to see us today, and the subsequent follow-up questions, that there was a great understanding of what we at Scanprobe do and why we believe we have the market leading push rod pipeline inspection system.  It certainly feels at this stage that there is a place in the Japanese market for the Maxprobe and TrapJumper.”

 

Tomorrow is the last full day for Vernon and Jon, here’s hoping they have a strong finish and come home with some great business connections!



EU Gateway to Japan – Day Two / EU Gateway 日本へ – 2日目


Posted on: November 20th, 2018

Day two in Japan, and the first day of the exhibition, this is the day everything has been building up to.  With the help of the team at the EU Gateway to Japan Business Mission, we had been able to translate some key documentation into Japanese for any delegates who would come to visit us on the stand, and this was a very welcome piece of support!  Hopefully in time we will forge a need to at least gain a basic level of language understanding as we look to expand our distribution network into Japan.

 

Armed with his bi-lingual business cards, a sharp suit and a world of enthusiasm, Vernon has spent the day (with the help of our own on-site human translator) speaking to delegates, both walk-up and pre-planned to discuss the strengths and benefits of the Maxprobe pipeline inspection camera system, and what such a product could achieve in the Japanese drainage, gas & general pipeline inspection market.

EU Gateway to Japan - Exhibition Day One

Great to get some interest on the stand in Tokyo, Japan

Vernon: “What an amazing day this has been for me.  I have worked in many different countries over the years and today has given me the same, if not greater, level of excitement.  I am learning so much about the business customs in Japan, and equally importantly for this particular venture, the market driving factors.  In truth today has just flown by.”

 

Jon: “It’s been great to see the level of attention that we’ve had on the stand today, and the pre-planned meetings that the EU Gateway team have helped to arrange have brought a lot of interest.  Already this looks like a very intriguing marketplace and I’m looking forward to seeing how things develop tomorrow.”



EU Gateway to Japan – Day One / EU Gateway 日本へ:1日目


Posted on: November 19th, 2018

This week marks the beginning of the EU Gateway Business Mission to Japan, for which Scanprobe Techniques Ltd fought off over a hundred other companies to be selected with around 40 others to represent our business to the Japanese market.

 

For EU Gateway | Business Avenues, the Construction & Building Technologies sector covers technologies and materials related to the engineering, the design, the construction, the demolition and demolition waste services, the fitting, the arrangement, the finishing of public and private buildings as well as its renovation or deconstruction/ demolition and infrastructure works (roads, airports, ports, etc.). Recent trends underline the concept of Circular Economy – low carbon materials, greater durability or reusability/ recycling and resource efficiency.  For Scanprobe in particular, being offered such a well structured platform and fantastically arranged audience of prospective businesses to present our company and products (the Maxprobe and the TrapJumper) to was an opportunity not to be missed, and has been a welcome addition to what as already been a tremendously busy 2018 activities calendar.  As this is a very exciting time for our company, we are running a daily diary with our Managing Director Jon and UK Sales Manager Vernon as they embark on this business mission….day one!

 

On the plane to the EU Gateway Business Mission - Jon

Jon is ready to go!

On the plane to the EU Gateway Business Mission - Vernon

Vernon’s settling in with the on-board comforts!

 

 

Vernon: “Flying out Saturday evening UK time and arriving Sunday afternoon in Tokyo, there was little time to relax once we had arrived at the hotel.  There was a “Welcome & Networking Gathering” in the bar on the 30th floor of the Grand Nikko Hotel Daiba at 6pm which was a great opportunity to meet some of the other companies taking this opportunity to bring their business to Japan.  We were able to meet with the EU Gateway Communications Manager, Piero Zilio who was able to answer our questions ahead of this busy week for us, and we could share our stories and experiences so far with others making the journey across the world.  There are some very interesting people and companies joining us on this business mission, definitely feels like we are in great company here on this EU Gateway Business Mission.”

 

Vernon and Jon with Piero Zilio, Communications Manager for the EU Gateway Business Mission

Vernon and Jon with Piero Zilio, Communications Manager for the EU Gateway Business Mission

 

Jon: “Monday was a very helpful grounding experience I feel.  The morning had everyone in the ‘Ginga’ room where after a quick welcome every company had the opportunity to present an elevator pitch about themselves, and as Vernon said, some very interesting companies among us.  Once the presentations were finished, including a couple of Sector Expert Presentations, the afternoon was spent visiting Kajima Corporation Technical Research Institution (KaTRI for short!) to learn about their research and development methods, and how they themselves are helping to drive businesses and manufacturing techniques forwards.  This was a very interesting trip (and it also meant that I could leave Vernon alone to set up our stand!)  Now we are just about to have some dinner and prepare for the first day of the exhibitions and meetings tomorrow.”

 

Follow Jon & Vernon’s progress at the EU Gateway Business Mission to Japan tomorrow!

 



Maxprobe distribution extends to South Africa


Posted on: August 15th, 2018

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!



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



CCTV Drain Camera Sales Boosted By The Maxprobe


Posted on: April 29th, 2016

CCTV Drain Camera sales at Scanprobe continue to show strong growth in 2016, boosted by the award winning Maxprobe pipe inspection system which has made such a strong impact since it’s launch last year. The latest consignment of 19 Maxprobe drain camera systems have now been successfully delivered to a well known national hire company.

CCTV drain camera

The process started in June 2015 with the question to Vernon Pain, Sales Manager at Scanprobe “so what makes your camera better than everyone else’s?” The Commercial Director must have been impressed with the response and a month later Scanprobe were presenting the Maxprobe to their purchasing team. Over the next 4 months they looked at and compared our competitors’ products to the Maxprobe whilst maintaining regular communication with us and their Senior Supply Chain Manager paid a visit to our Kenley facility to inspect each area of our business.

We are pleased to announce that the Maxprobe proved to be the best product for a plant hire company who really know their business. They wanted a CCTV drain camera that is durable, easy to use, simple to maintain and can be used in inclement weather whilst giving a great return on their investment.

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At the conclusion of the deal Vernon remarked “patience paid dividends, sometimes it takes 11 months to earn a company’s business! We look forward to building a strong partnership with our new friends and being the first choice for their future needs”

If you would like to arrange a demonstration of the Maxprobe please contact our Sales Team on 0203 253 2001.

 



Scanprobe Partner With MetroRod


Posted on: March 18th, 2016

Scanprobe are pleased to have partnered with MetroRod (Surrey & Kent). Tony Jeeves, Managing Director selected the Maxprobe CCTV system after extensive testing of both the system and the new Wincan VX software.

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To find out more regarding the Maxprobe CCTV system please call us on 0203 253 2001 or click here for technical specification.

 



Thames Water invest in ‘intuitive’ Maxprobes


Posted on: March 7th, 2016

After extensive and rigorous trials of numerous market leading drainage CCTV inspection systems, Scanprobe is proud to announce Thames Water has now chosen and taken delivery of 16 Maxprobe drain line inspection systems.

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A representative of the field service waste division of Thames Water stated that the Maxprobe was “by far the most intuitive and professional system on the market” and the WinCan software interface is the most “user friendly” system he has used. He also stated that he is looking forward to using the live reporting feature.

Thames Water Maxprobe

 

The Maxprobe is now Wincan VX ready. IP64 rated with a 9hr+ LI-On  battery, 10.4 inch day light readable screen and 60 meters of rod which will genuinely push 60 metres along with a myriad of advanced features. An unique feature of the Maxprobe is the ability to have the latest software updates on a regular basis, which means that the Maxprobe will always be working with the most modern software technology, where other manufactures systems software will only be current for a limited time.

Jon Barry, MD of Scanprobe Techniques Ltd, said: “The Team at Scanprobe is proud to be associated with one of the main water companies in the United Kingdom and we are sure that the Maxprobe can only be an asset and enhancement to Thames Water’s  drainage divisions.”

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For further advice and information on any of the Scanprobe products please contact Scanprobe at sales@scanprobe.com or call 02032532001.



Scanprobe Underlines Importance of WinCan Embedded Software In Development Strategy


Posted on: November 5th, 2015

FUTURE-PROOFING MARKET DEMAND WITH WINCAN EMBEDDED

With constantly increasing demand in the pipe-based utility industries for consistent and standardised reporting of pipeline inspection surveys it is no surprise that CCTV equipment manufacturers have long sought and worked closely with reporting software developers to obtain a survey reporting system that is effectively ‘universally’ recognised.wincan embedded

One such CCTV systems manufacturer is Scanprobe Techniques Ltd, based in Kenley, Surrey, UK. Specialising in the design, manufacture and assembly of CCTV inspection systems, this independent company was established in the UK in 1985 and is now under the leadership of Jon Barry who is carrying on the family tradition in the industry. In addition to the CCTV market Scanprobe also manufactures and resells the RENOLINE Drain Lining System.

 

REPORTING SOFTWARE

For many years, like many other CCTV systems manufacturers, Scanprobe developed and installed its own reporting software on its survey camera systems. In recent years however, the market, both domestically (particularly in the UK Water Industry) and internationally has increasingly been seeking survey options that utilise a reporting system that will generate information for engineers in a format that can be digitally transferred and integrated into exiting reporting systems. This would negate the need to ‘double handle’ data, changing field results from one reporting data set to another and into a standard recognisable defect format, which could then be utilised to quickly and easily compare results from one survey to the next to highlight changes and deterioration in their pipe networks.

One of the most popular and widely used reporting systems currently available globally is WinCan. This is particularly true of the UK water sector which uses the system almost exclusively, but also in many other countries across the globe, where WinCan reporting software is fast becoming the industry standard. Many parts of the world use the standard defect catalogues, developed by WRc in the UK, this being the format upon which the WinCan reporting system is based.

However, with the explosion in field use of portable devices such as Smart Phones, Phablets and Tablets and the huge expansion of these types of technologies used as part of the control systems and data recording package now being offered by CCTV inspection systems manufactures, WinCan looked to develop a new software package that could be run in conjunction with different manufacturers’ reporting systems to provide a base data set that was transferrable and which would run ‘behind the scene’ during a pipeline survey to make the report creation much quicker and simpler. Scanprobe has been one of the leaders in efforts to develop a new software system with WinCan, known as WinCan Embedded, which has been developed for just this purpose.

Working with manufacturers’ own reporting software a fully licenced version of WinCan Embedded creates true WinCan raw data which can be captured in real time at the time of survey. This is then later imported to a desktop WinCan or uploaded to the new WinCan WEB cloud storage system for creation and delivery of a finalised report directly from site.

Highlighting this potential Colin Morgan General Manager at Scanprobe said: “Unlike most CCTV system developers and manufacturers, Scanprobe offers a contracting division in which we have five survey vans equipped with our new MaxProbe system, which carries the WinCan Embedded software. We have noticed since starting to use the new software that productivity has improved significantly.”

Asked to explain this Colin continued: “Previously the process involved completing the site survey and returning the information to me at head office where the report was created by adding defect codes etc. to the base data, often over a period of several days or weeks (given my other responsibilities), before presenting the final report to the client. Now with WinCan Embedded the majority of this work is done on site by the CCTV operators during the survey. The operators then pass back the raw WinCan data, videos and pictures on a memory stick or similar and the report can be finalised and further recommendations added in a matter of hours, if not less, on WinCan in the office, the total time-frame depending very much on the sophistication of the report required by the client.”

In closing Colin said: “What is so effective about using the WinCan Embedded in this way is that we can provide a wide range of reports from a simple printout with a video to a full blown in depth analysis of the pipeline with recommendations for further investigation or remedial works in a much shorter time than previously possible. This makes decision making at the client end much more rapid and cost effective and makes our time in the field far more productive. In short I have my life back!”

 

WHY WINCAN EMBEDDED?

A question asked of Jon Barry, Managing Director at Scanprobe Ltd as to why the company has chosen to follow the WinCan Embedded option on some of its product lines engendered a broad response. He said: “Having looked at the market and seeing the Water Companies across the UK using only WinCan as their reporting requirement we at Scanprobe are looking to use this as a standard.”

For many years the Scanprobe systems have been utilised by companies at what might be termed the ‘domestic end’ of the CCTV market. But the company offers CCTV survey systems that can be very efficiently and cost effectively when utilised in networks and at diameters that UK and other International Water Companies and authorities operate in but which currently do not widely use Scanprobe systems. Jon noted that: “By introducing the WinCan Embedded option, Scanprobe now offers surveyors at all levels, and particularly the ‘domestic end’ of the market, the opportunity to produce reports to a standard that in the past they have not been able to provide thereby excluding them from some significant market areas. With a WinCan Embedded system on-board this is no longer the case and so should open up new markets to them. This could be advantageous not only for the survey companies but also the clients as competition increases for the survey work.”

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Maxprobe Pipe Inspection System with Wincan Embedded Reporting Software as standard

Jon went on to say: “To start with our Maxprobe system carries the software but we will be rolling it out onto other kit including our crawler systems over time to offer its use across several systems and capabilities. This will allow operators not currently able to offer WinCan reporting based services to parts the industry to look at doing so.” Scanprobe has designed its own interface so as to keep its commercial identity whilst being able to communicate with the WinCan embedded software in a manner that is useable by the surveyor. Anyone using existing WinCan software but using a competitor’s cameras can also now buy Scanprobe with WinCan Embedded and can still use the WinCan system they already hold. This means they are no longer beholden to any specific CCTV manufacturer and now have an option to use a broader spectrum of CCTV systems.

In closing Jon said: “This is a significant step forward for Scanprobe as we can now offer reports that meet the industry standard requirements in all areas. The Maxprobe also has the most up-to-date software for communicating to WinCan using a powerful processor that has been designed to make it future proof against updates on WinCan. This has allowed us to ‘leap-frog’ many of our competitor systems. For example, if WinCan Embedded needs to send reports to the new centralised WinCan Web ‘cloud’ storage system wirelessly it will be able to do so. Where we believe we are also ahead of many, if not all, of our competitors in that the WinCan Embedded software will not be offered as a costly add-on to the existing reporting software but will be issued as standard on our new CCTV kit as it is introduced across our camera range. We think this puts our systems well ahead of the game.”

 

 



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