Video nozzle helps cleaning crews see what they’re up against

Video nozzle helps cleaning crews see what they’re up against
JetScan video nozzle from Envirosight

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The JetScan video nozzle from Envirosight attaches to any 3/4- or 1 1/2-inch jetter hose, delivering high-definition video of buried pipe without tying up an expensive TV truck and crew. Using pressurized water to advance down lines, the video nozzle enables operators to quickly determine what cleaning tools to use, what obstructions and hazards exist and whether cleaning was ultimately successful.

Designed for use in 8- to 24-inch pipe (15 inch and up with optional roller extensions), the self-leveling camera captures 1,280 by 720 pixel video in MPEG format on an onboard memory card that can be removed for viewing on an iPad or other SDHC-compatible device. Twin LED lamps ensure bright video footage.

“If you’re a municipal manager and you’re sending out a crew to clean lines, this is going to be your go-to tool,” says Andy Wicker, southeastern regional manager at Envirosight. “It’s very simple for operators — even those who’ve never used video equipment. You can put it in anybody’s hands and they’ll have valuable footage in minutes.”

Intended as a quick, easy alternative to CCTV crawlers, the video nozzle provides a less expensive way to help operators prepare to clean pipe, identify potential hazards such as cross bores and collapses, and document the results of a cleaning. The nozzle accepts flows to 80 gpm and pressures to 2,500 psi, generating 130 pounds of thrust, which can be reduced by replacing two, three or four of the six nozzles with supplied plugs.

Wicker says simplicity is a key feature of the video nozzle that eliminates problematic wires or wireless signals and is priced similarly to a push camera. Recording begins with a press of a button at the top of the unit, is confirmed by the button flashing, and is stopped by pressing the button a second time.

“Jetter nozzles travel somewhat faster and more erratically than CCTV crawlers,” he says. “But with JetScan’s HD resolution and bright illumination, you don’t miss anything. And what’s more, you can use the controls on your jetter reel to vary JetScan’s speed and determine how far it is into a pipe.”

The self-contained video system, whose nozzle and sled were developed in conjunction with StoneAge, requires little maintenance — only cleaning after use and pressurization. It runs up to four hours on rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and stores up to eight hours of video. 866/936-8476;


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