Product Focus - August 2019

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Asset Management

1. InfoSense Sewer Line Rapid Assessment Tool

The Sewer Line Rapid Assessment Tool, or SL-RAT, from InfoSense can be used to screen 6- to 18-inch gravity-fed sewers for blockages. Results from over 120 million feet of screening show that 65% to 90% of pipes in the average utility do not need to be cleaned. This allows users to prioritize cleaning resources to areas that need it. With the capability to assess 10,000 to 20,000 feet per day, acoustic inspection can be a suitable preliminary screening tool. It requires no flow contact and is GPS-enabled. A full standard practice for using acoustic technology can be found in the ASTM Guide (F3220-17, Standard Practice for Prioritizing Sewer Pipe Cleaning Operations by Using Transmissive Acoustic Inspection). 704-644-1164;

2. SmartCover Systems UnderCover 2

UnderCover 2 from SmartCover Systems makes use of advanced microelectromechanical systems technology for intrusion detection and unauthorized opening of sewer manholes to combat illegal dumping, vandalism and other security issues. The MEMS technology improves the robustness of entry detection and expands the configurability of the systems at remote and hard-to-access locations for utilities, communications, nuclear facilities, border security, transportation infrastructure, military installations and others. UnderCover 2 is now an integrated function within all of SmartCover’s remote monitoring units, including leveraging Iridium satellite communications impervious to local power or cellphone outages. 760-291-1980;

3. Superior Signal smoke testing

Smoke testing from Superior Signal can effectively help find cross-connected sewer lines and other sources of surface inflow causing wet-weather sanitary sewer overflows. Smoke candles provide visible smoke to detect more faults and at a longer distance. It is a fast, easy and inexpensive way to find leaks and faults in any type of collections system, with generators available in sizes to meet any need, from 30 to 500,000 cubic feet. 800-945-8378;

4. Xylem PipeDiver

The Xylem PipeDiver is a long-distance, free-swimming condition assessment tool that operates while the pipeline remains in service, providing utility owners with an alternative to inspection methods that require shutdown or dewatering. Its flexibility allows the tool to travel through a variety of pipe configurations including butterfly valves and sharp bends and tees, and because it deploys through existing appurtenances, it can reduce cost and effort to the utility. Pipeline owners receive comprehensive data on the condition of the pipe wall. For prestressed concrete cylinder pipe, that means identifying broken prestressing wire wraps; while on metal, it identifies localized areas of corrosion. 800-537-2806;

Crawler Cameras

5. Aries Mobile Pathfinder System

The Mobile Pathfinder System from Aries Industries is a lightweight, portable system for accurately inspecting mainlines 6 inches or larger. It includes a transporter, camera and lightweight reel operated by an all-in-one remote control. The transporter comes in a variety of wheel sizes and is equipped with a rear-viewing camera and an adjustable electric lift to keep the camera centered in a range of pipe sizes. It comes with a WiperCam Pan & Tilt camera with an in-the-pipe cleaning system and field replaceable wipers. The camera has a 300-degree viewing angle and LED lighting system to capture pipe details and ensure accurate assessments. The lightweight reel has 1,000 feet of low-friction, multiconductor cable, making the system fully portable. The transporter, camera, and reel are controlled by a single, all-in-one remote control with rechargeable wireless keyboard. 800-234-7205;

6. Envirosight ROVVER X

The ROVVER X inspection crawler from Envirosight lets an operator control inspections, view and record digital video, log observations, generate reports and link directly to asset management software. All these capabilities are packed into a simple, three-piece layout, with no CCU or other components to clutter the workspace. Twelve-wheel options — plus camera lift, carriage and illumination accessories — mean it transforms in seconds to inspect any size line. The crawler is six-wheel drive with proportional steering to navigate past obstacles and has overlapping wheels to climb offsets. Powerful motors and a geared six-wheel drivetrain maximize travel range. It is built on an expandable digital backbone, with the ability to add side-scanning and laser profiling, view data from onboard sensors, automate tasks with macros and measure defects on screen. Its firmware updates automatically to the latest features. 866-936-8476;

7. Forbest Products FB215

The FB215 crawler inspection camera from Forbest Products is suitable for 6- to 16-inch pipe and comes with a waterproof crawler with three types of wheels on the six-wheel-drive system and double motors that can turn left or right with the creeping speed of 20 to 66 feet per minute. The waterproof, pan-and-tilt, high-resolution color camera head’s focus can be adjusted with the high-brightness LED lights. It carries 500 feet of cable and includes a meter counter and universal wheels with braking function. The heavy-duty, waterproof control box includes a 10-inch LCD color screen with USB and built-in SD card to record photos and videos. Typing and editing are available. 877-369-1199;

8. Pearpoint flexitrax P550c

The flexitrax P550c from Pearpoint is designed around simplicity of operation. Ready to use in 30 seconds from powering on, it requires minimal training to operate, letting the technician concentrate on pipe inspection. A large, 12.1-inch, high-definition, daylight-visible screen combined with full-size keyboard and dedicated function keys guide the survey process, making the system faster and easier to use. Built in is a high-capacity internal lithium-ion battery, providing power for up to a full day’s typical usage, and 128 GB of solid-state memory, sufficient for over 90 hours’ video recording. This portable and modular crawler system can be customized for the inspection of a vast range of pipes in all locations. It can be readily transported and easily wheeled onto site, allowing the technician to reach access points beyond the range of their vehicle. 800-688-8094;

Laser Profiling Equipment

9. RauschUSA KS135 Scan

The KS135 Scan from RauschUSA has two laser diodes integrated into a mainline TV camera head that projects lasers onto the pipe wall. It is designed to perform three tasks in one complete system: CCTV inspection, crack measurement and laser profiling. It is a full camera connected to the L135 steerable tractor. No lengthy, manual field calibration is necessary — simply place the profiler in the pipe and begin instantly. As it travels through the pipeline, it performs conventional CCTV inspection while taking accurate joint and crack measurements using the integrated laser diodes. On the return trip to the manhole, the rotating camera head analyzes the pipe profile via spinning laser technology. All data is instantly and accurately generated on site using the POSM software. There is no third-party analysis involved, thus providing immediate and reliable evaluation of the pipe right on site. It can be used in pipes 6 to 48 inches. 717-709-1005;

Mainline TV Camera Systems

10. CPI Products Universal Roller Skids

Universal Roller Skids from CPI Products fit most push cameras and are designed to improve performance and protection in pipes from 3 to 16 inches in diameter. According to the manufacturer, using a plastic roller skid can protect a push camera from debris inside pipes and keep the lens from impacting pipe walls. A properly sized and fitted roller skid also keeps the camera centered for an improved image. 413-443-0925;

11. EasyCAM M5200

The M5200 sewer camera from EasyCAM is owner serviceable and only 12 inches tall and 27 inches wide. The camera head width is only 1 3/8 inches, which allows it to perform easily in 2-, 3- and 4-inch pipe. A robust fiberglass core allows the heavy-duty, midsize push cable to push through underground turns with ease. It offers 10- to 12-hour battery life and a Wi-Fi feature, which lets images be viewed on a tablet by the customer in the comforts of their home. The Wi-Fi also allows recorded videos to be uploaded with a couple clicks to any Dropbox or YouTube channel. Weighing only 38 pounds, this 200-foot sewer camera is available with a repair kit, allowing the technician to make field repairs. 239-260-2056;

12. Electric Eel eCAM Ace 2 SL

A self-leveling color camera is standard on the eCAM Ace 2 SL from Electric Eel. The stainless-steel-housed, 1.68-inch-diameter, self-leveling color camera allows the operator to always have a clear, right-side-up view of the pipeline, providing a user-friendly way to inspect 3- to 10-inch pipelines for maintenance or troubleshooting. It comes with a 120-volt AC power supply or optional rechargeable battery pack, and a sapphire lens with 20-LED light ring and high-resolution CCD element. Its flexible camera spring helps navigate 3-inch P-traps, while its auto iris adjusts lighting automatically. It comes with an impact-resistant light ring cover, industry standard 512 Hz sonde, 5.4-inch LCD monitor with AR film for optimal viewing and 200 feet of braided fiberglass premium 1/2-inch pushrod. 800-833-1212;

13. General Pipe Cleaners Gen-Eye USB

The Gen-Eye USB video inspection system from General Pipe Cleaners records videos and photos on USB flash drives. The command module has a USB port to store video or still images up to 128 GB total capacity; a 10.5-inch LCD color monitor for crisp, clear pictures; a full-size, waterproof keyboard for on-screen titling, footage counter, date and time stamp, and voice-over microphone. All are safely contained in a heavy-duty Pelican case that weighs 12 pounds. Three models are offered: the Gen-Eye USB; the USB-W with Wi-Fi inside to record inspections on your smartphone or tablet; and the USB-P premium inspection system that includes all the features of the USB, plus a sunlight-readable screen and a four-hour battery for remote operation, as well as the Wi-Fi transmitter. 800-245-6200;

14. Hathorn Cleaner Wi-Fi Doc

The Cleaner Wi-Fi Doc from Hathorn allows users to transmit wireless video to a tablet or phone in high definition. Simply download the Hathorn app, connect to the Wi-Fi stream and begin recording or taking pictures. Once finished recording, the technician can easily send videos via Messenger, email, AirDrop, YouTube or Facebook. The Wi-Fi reels come in three sizes and are available with multiple cameras and rod diameters. 905-604-7040;

15. Perma-Liner Industries drain/pipe inspection camera system

Perma-Liner Industries offers a drain/pipe inspection camera system with either a 130-, 165- or 197-foot cable length option and a diameter of 1/4 inch on each cable. The 7-inch monitor offers LCD color with universal installation brackets, a push record button, SD card slot and rechargeable battery that lasts up to five hours per charge. The camera head is made of 304 stainless steel, measures 1 1/2 by 3 1/4 inches, and features a view angle of 120 feet, focal distance of 5 to 47 inches, 1/3-inch Sony CCD, 480 TV lines sensor and self-leveling feature. The camera head is waterproof up to a maximum of 65 1/2 feet underwater. The inspection camera boasts two roller skids: a mini skid with a diameter of 2 3/4 inches and another universal skid with a diameter of 4 3/4 to 6 inches. The camera system is a lightweight design at approximately 25 1/2 pounds. 866-336-2568;

16. RapidView IBAK North America MicroLite Pushrod System

The MicroLite Pushrod System from RapidView IBAK North America is a lightweight, small-diameter push system with a durable steel frame construction that delivers a high-quality image for all contractors and plumbers. Fitted with 100 feet of push cable, powerful LED lighting and an auto-uprighting camera, it is designed to inspect pipelines 2 to 4 inches in diameter. The entire system is powered by rechargeable batteries and is equipped with the positionable MicroLite Command Console, which includes a 10-inch touch-screen monitor, full Windows operating system, two USB connections and recording software. 800-656-4225;

17. Ratech Electronics Elite SD/USB Wi-Fi

The Elite SD/USB Wi-Fi pipeline inspection camera system from Ratech Electronics records pipe inspections wirelessly to an iOS or Android device and takes live video and digital still photos that can immediately be uploaded to YouTube. A smartphone app allows video to be streamed wirelessly. The Wi-Fi interface is available on any current Ratech Electronics products or existing Ratech Electronics systems in the field and is available with a sun-readable, 10-inch LCD monitor and either a self-leveling camera, small ultramicro camera or pan-and-tilt push camera. A built-in battery is optional. Users can also record to a USB stick or SD card if Wi-Fi isn’t required. Systems come in cable lengths from 100 to 400 feet. 800-461-9200;

18. RIDGID SeeSnake with TruSense

Connecting to RIDGID SeeSnake CSx series Wi-Fi enabled monitors, TruSense conveys information about the in-pipe environment, eliminating common challenges faced by diagnostic professionals. For example, the high dynamic range image sensor expands the camera’s dynamic range, allowing a greater ratio of bright and dark areas to be displayed in the same image at the same time. This means fewer blown-out areas and sections of pipe that are too dark to see. In addition, the camera lets the user choose between fixed or self-leveling camera options. TruSense also includes an integrated TiltSense feature that reports back the pitch of the camera in-pipe. This on-camera inclinometer helps contractors accurately identify and diagnose problems underground. 800-769-7743;

19. Trojan Worldwide C100-512SL

The C100-512SL self-leveling color camera system from Trojan Worldwide is a lightweight, easy-to-operate system designed for 1 1/2- to 4-inch lines. It has a 1-inch, self-leveling waterproof color camera head with adjustable LED lights. The 512 Hz sonde transmitter is built into the spring of the camera, which allows more flexibility when maneuvering around sharp turns, and also creates a stronger signal for locating. The system has a 115-foot durable pushrod and a built-in footage counter. The display screen is a 7-inch LCD with DVR, with SD card recording and a built-in microphone for voice recording. The built-in battery offers seven hours’ runtime and has an AC adapter for charging or direct power. Also included is the SD card, USB adapter for the SD card, protective visor, two skids and a waterproof case for the entire system to fit in for easy transportation. 800-392-4902;

20. Vivax-Metrotech vCam-6 HD

The vCam-6 HD inspection system from Vivax-Metrotech includes features such as text writer, voice-over, locatable sonde and traceable pushrod as standard equipment. The standard reel is available with 200, 300 or 400 feet of pushrod and choices of 1.3- or 1.8-inch self-leveling HD camera. The system includes a daylight-viewable control module with a 9.7-inch HD LCD monitor, distance counter and internal rechargeable batteries with five-plus hours’ battery life. Video recording and JPG format pictures can be saved to the internal 1 TB hard drive. The control module has built-in Wi-Fi to stream live video and snapshots to smartphone apps or directly to a computer for recording to the hard drive. 800-446-3392;

21. Wohler USA VIS 700

The VIS 700 HD inspection system from Wohler USA provides flexible features needed for a variety of inspection applications. It offers razor-sharp, HD images; zoom; a focus function via joystick for precise inspection; and the ability to stream live images and video via wireless LAN. It comes with a removable touch-screen monitor with adjustable handgrip; automatic screen rotation; on-screen keyboard for notes; a voice-over recording option; an easy-to-clean, removable pushrod; and variable pan-and-tilt speed via joystick. 978-750-9876;

Recording/Archiving/Data Device

22. Sensoray Model 4031

The Sensoray embeddable HD mini stand-alone DVR Model 4031 is an ultracompact video capture device optimized for embedding in OEM systems. It is capable of capturing analog HD and SD video (AHD, HD-TVI, HD-CVI, NTSC, PAL) with resolutions up to 1080 pixels over up to 1,000 feet of coaxial cable. It records to a micro SD card and includes mic or stereo line audio inputs and a clock/calendar with battery backup. It captures JPEG snapshots without video interruption, with real-time video overlay of date and time, and a customizable user interface. 503-684-8005;


23. CUES GraniteNet

GraniteNet condition assessment software for the public works industry from CUES is asset based, which enables the software to easily interface with other asset-based software products such as Esri ArcGIS mapping systems and asset management systems to include Cityworks, Infor, IBM Maximo and others. Intuitive and easy to use, data and video can now be accessed via a web portal. 800-327-7791;

24. POSM Software

POSM Software comes preloaded with an accurate and robust solution that addresses cross bores in a way that reduces risk, maximizes accuracy and verifies actions. The management tools, combined with best practices, help minimize potential issues with cross bores. Tools include a bore card data manager, where POSM can import a scan of the handwritten bore card and allow the user to input this data into a searchable database. At the same time, the user can link each inspection associated to this bore card. The user simply opens the manager and fills out the fields. A location marker for GPS maps marks cross-bore locations during a pipeline inspection that makes it easy to review and plan a proper follow-up. Multiple file attachments to the same location means everything tagged as important stays attached for reference and review with the cross-bore data. 859-274-0041;

25. WinCan software

WinCan software makes it easy-to-collect, detailed, standards-compliant inspection data. It identifies trends, pinpoints hot spots, prioritizes maintenance and helps the user forecast budgets. Its broad range of reporting and data visualization tools lets the user drill down to the insight they need. It can integrate with the GIS mapping system of the user’s choice or use WinCan’s own mapping tools for increased capabilities. It works with all brands of sewer inspection technology, including crawlers, zoom cameras and push cameras, as well as all major applications of side scanning, laser profiling, manhole scanning and other emerging technologies. It also integrates with many municipal asset management applications. Add-on modules support emerging technologies like side scanning, laser, sonar and 3D visualization. 877-626-8386; 


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