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WinCan reports without the PC software? Yep…


Posted on: March 18th, 2019

From the moment there was a Maxprobe, there was WinCan’s pipeline inspection software embedded into it.  Paired with their office-based software suite, drainage professionals could use the Maxprobe push-rod camera system with WinCan embedded to compile the intricate details of their pipeline survey into a clear and concise WinCan report so to summarise their findings.  The industry was very happy with how WinCan’s solution slotted into the industry, but standing still is dangerous…

 

Print or send your WinCan survey reports direct from the Maxprobe to mina, our mobile app

Print or send your WinCan survey reports direct from the Maxprobe to mina, our mobile app, available as a free download from the App Store

 

So now it is 2019, and technology continues to evolve, and WinCan’s involvement with the Maxprobe range has continued to evolve with it, as Scanprobe introduce our latest innovation – the ability to create a full WinCan pipeline inspection report directly from the Maxprobe control box, and then to share it to your mobile device and from there to the customer!  The days of being tied to your desktop computer are no more, and neither are the delays to your customer whilst you compile the data and format your report, the Maxprobe control box does all of this for you at the click of a button.  Better yet, all of this great functionality is included as standard in all new Maxprobe units – NO SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED!

 

This latest update to the Maxprobe doesn’t stop there, as, using the mina survey free mobile app, the user is also able to create their own detailed survey map with industry standard icons, on top of a Google Maps overlay and then import this into their WinCan survey report.  Once you have imported your drawing in a matter of minutes, you can send your detailed WinCan report directly to your iPhone or iPad to then share with your customer or colleagues via any file sharing application you have installed on your device.  Suddenly your WinCan report has even greater detail and provides a deeper level of understanding to all stakeholders in the pipeline inspection project, from the end customer to the surveyor, all the way to the contractor.

 

So to summarise:

- FREE full WinCan reports
- FREE app

 

Saving you:

- time

- money

- effort

 

Standing still is dangerous, so we’re making sure our feet barely touch the ground!

 



mina is here to revolutionise the pipeline inspection industry!


Posted on: February 18th, 2019

Initially released in October 2018 at the No Dig Live trade exhibition, mina was showcasing it’s built-in pipeline inspection survey drawing package but hinted at a greater level of connectivity.  That greater level is here, as with this latest update mina now boasts the ability to connect your Apple iPhone or iPad to your Maxprobe (UK, RSA & Europe) or Explorer (USA) wirelessly.  And with this comes a brand new way to interact with your customers…

 

The connection options available with mina Survey

The connection options available with mina Survey

A wireless connection between the Maxprobe/Explorer has opened the doorway to streaming live video from your pipeline inspection system to your Apple mobile device, simply through the mina app, as well as enabling the user to send full WinCan or mina survey reports to the same device, to then share by whatever means the device has.  This could be anything from a simple email client, WhatsApp, Dropbox or GoogleDrive – any form of file transfer application, as well as the built-in services on Apple mobile devices.  This latest development of mina has removed the long delays usually incurred when waiting for the survey file to be delivered back to the office, processed into a readable format and then delivered to the end customer, a process which could take days and also involves the cost of the PC software.  With mina, the pipeline inspection engineer can complete this entire process on site in a matter of minutes, delivering a full WinCan or mina survey report to the customer, being able to explain any details face-to-face and closing off the job there and then.  And this is a completely free app!  As if this wasn’t enough, mina’s live streaming functionality enables the pipeline inspection engineer the opportunity to show their end customer a live image from inside their pipework without having to take them out to the manhole itself.  For the customers who are not aware of how the pipework system works, this feature removes any confusion about exactly what the problem(s) are, or gives a visual confirmation that any problems have been corrected, all from the comfort of an iPhone or iPad screen.

 

This is not the only customer-friendly feature of mina, as the built-in drawing package also serves to help everyone involved, both customers and colleagues, to understand the complexity of the pipeline inspection survey which has been undertaken.  After all, more often than not the pipelines are not in clear view, so to be able to provide a clear digital survey drawing on site in a matter of minutes will only serve to put your customer’s minds at ease.  Better still, connecting your Apple device to your Maxprobe via the FREE mina app enables you to integrate your drawing into your WinCan or mina survey report, adding additional clarity seamlessly!

 

So why not download your free copy of mina today from the App Store and add extra detail and value to your survey!



Maxprobe Print is completely un-PC…


Posted on: February 1st, 2019

Before you ask, no, Maxprobe Print is not an ‘inappropriate joke generator’, but it is still very much “un-PC”, and is the latest development fresh out of Scanprobe Techniques for 2019 designed to save customers both time and money.  Sounds too good to be true right?

 

Maxprobe Print empowers the engineer & speeds up the customer service

Maxprobe Print empowers the engineer & speeds up the customer service

Just as with the TrapJumper and our mobile application mina Survey, Maxprobe Print has been developed with the end user in mind, and looks to make their job that little bit easier.  After all, it’s 2019 and we, the human race, are just as impatient as we were last year, if not more so.  The news of the likes of Amazon using drones to deliver products same day has only served to heighten the consumers delivery expectations, as soon as we know we want it, we want it there and then.  So why in this day of streaming TV shows and films to your mobile phone, and even taking & making phone calls on your watch, should you have to wait for a engineer to take their pipeline survey away on a USB key back to the office, for someone at a computer to process the survey amongst the rest of their workload, and then send it back to the customer?  Maxprobe Print is the answer.

 

Once the engineer has completed their survey, using their Maxprobe Print enabled Maxprobe they can choose whether to send the survey report to their mobile device as a PDF and then share however they please to their customer or colleagues.  This can be via any sharing application that, in this example, the engineer has on their mobile device, so this could be WhatsApp, Dropbox, Google Drive, or simply their email application or send to a wireless printer.  From here to their customer or colleagues in a matter of minutes, Maxprobe Print cuts out the middle man and speeds up the entire process, whilst also making storage of their report even easier and less likely to live on the customer’s kitchen table or in a stuffy filing cabinet.

 

Maxprobe Print removes the need for a computer in order to process survey reports

Maxprobe Print removes the need for a computer in order to process survey reports

Empowering the engineer to deliver the pipeline inspection survey to the customer whilst still on site is just one of the benefits of Maxprobe Print, as we haven’t mentioned the survey reporting packages on the Maxprobe.  Seasoned Maxprobe users will know that the WinCan survey reporting platform has been embedded into the system since 2015, but still requiring the user to purchase the office software from WinCan in order to process the WinCan survey before distributing.  What the development of Maxprobe Print delivers is the ability to create a full WinCan report without the need for a PC or any additional software, not only saving time as mentioned above, but also saving money too.  But for those who currently enjoy the WinCan embedded experience using their PC, fear not, as this function is still very much a feature of the Maxprobe range.

 

How Maxprobe Print works is also incredibly simple and helpful for the engineer, as should they choose to send the report back to their mobile device before sending to their customer, the report is stored within the mina app.  Using the survey map drawing function (did we mention this is also free?) within the mina app adds even more value to your packaged up report, as once you have generated a quick but detailed survey map, you can send this drawing to the Maxprobe, and Maxprobe Print will package it up with your survey report before sending this to your mobile device.  Your WinCan or mina report will now have your drawing embedded within it, and coupled with your detailed report it will near on eliminate any confusion about the survey that has been completed.

 

We said Maxprobe Print has been developed to save customers both time and money, and we weren’t lying!



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



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.”

 

 



The new Maxprobe Pipe Inspection System in operation at Westminster site


Posted on: March 27th, 2015

The new Maxprobe Pipe Inspection System was in operation at a site in Westminster this week where it was used to locate a broken pipe which was then repaired with 100mm diameter lining.

Maxprobe in operation at Westminster site

Maxprobe in operation at Westminster site

If you would like to find out more about our new Maxprobe drain camera with embedded Wincan software please visit our website www.maxprobe.co.uk or contact us at sales@scanprobe.com.

 



Scanprobe Opt For WinCan Embedded Reporting Software


Posted on: March 9th, 2015

Having already launched their new Maxprobe Pipe Inspection System with Wincan Embedded reporting software included, Scanprobe are now looking to use Wincan Embedded as a standard offering across their CCTV drain camera range.

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Maxprobe Pipe Inspection System with Wincan Embedded Reporting Software as standard

Jon Barry, Managing Director at Scanprobe Techniques Ltd commented: “Having looked at the market and seeing the Water Companies in the UK using only WinCan as its reporting requirement we at Scanprobe are now looking to use this as a standard. To start with our Maxprobe system will carry the software but we will be rolling it out onto other kit 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 ‘talk’ to the WinCan embedded software in a manner that is useable by the surveyor. Anyone using existing software WinCan but using competitor’s cameras can 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 kit. This is a significant step forward for Scanprobe as we can now offer reports that meet the industry requirements in all areas. The Maxprobe also has the most up-to-date software for talking to WinCan using a powerful processor that has been designed to make it future proof against updates on WinCan such as if WinCan embedded needs to send reports to a centralised ‘cloud’ wirelessly it will be able to do so. We think this puts our system ahead of the game on this one.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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