The camera system of Maxprobe is an evolving unit that changes every now and then. When initially launched in 2015, this unit had a standard camera head in comparison to the standard of today. Since January 2017, the camera head was upgraded to a 44mm self-leveler, with integral Sonde inside the camera that offers traceability up to 4 meters deep. The Sonde itself is encapsulated in the main camera body for compact design and product robustness, instead of being potted in bulky connectors or exposed to damage in a spring behind the camera head.
Currently, two frequencies are being offered – 512Hz (which has improved results in cast iron pipes) and 33KHz, a UK standard. To trace this equipment, a C-scope MXL4 is recommended as these offer the best results.
Now, a Controller Area Network BUS system is being tested, which will control many inspection and operational functions, permitting Scanprobe to explore 3D pipe mapping and scanning via, for instance, pipeline probe rods. Scanprobe is also invested in coming up with its own software, as it has realized that premium drainage organizations are moving more into software technology when conducting an inspection survey, and are now demanding a technology level that the industry is yet to see.
Software enterprises like WinCan provide surveying packages that may include every type of mapping and tracking information. With the introduction of 4G into the Maxprobe box, every survey may be carried out on-site and sent directly to the office or client via WinCan web. Scanprobe was the one to pioneer the first camera inspection system to include WinCan web and is now enjoying brilliant reviews on this cutting-edge technology. However, Scanprobe feels that this is just the beginning. It sees the future of surveying, where every pipe will be laid out on a map in 3D with every information (length, material, and size) tagged next to every run, offering water authorities a detailed layout of their waste systems. Once the information has been collected from around the country, a national waste grid system may be established. This is some way off, but the objective of Scanprobe is to offer the tools in which this may be accomplished.
Scanprobe is continuously offering the needs of its customers, and the future of Maxprobe looks awesome. Scanprobe will be pushing the boundaries of tracing, inspection, mapping software coupled with durability and reliability over the coming years, so watch this space.