Seven Mainline Camera Systems for Sharper Images, Broader Reach

Seven Mainline Camera Systems for Sharper Images, Broader Reach

Milwaukee Tool’s M18 Modular Pipeline Inspection System.

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For municipalities aiming to maintain their water and sewer systems with precision, investing in an advanced mainline TV camera system is non-negotiable. These systems serve as the eyes underground, enabling professionals to diagnose issues, plan maintenance and ensure infrastructure integrity. Modern advancements have enhanced these tools' capabilities, offering sharper images, longer cable lengths and increased adaptability to varying pipe sizes. Here, we spotlight some of the industry's top contenders in the realm of mainline TV camera systems.

Milwaukee Tool M18 Modular Pipeline Inspection System
Milwaukee Tool’s M18 Modular Pipeline Inspection System is built around its M18 500GB Control Hub, which powers the reels and easily swaps between the reels for added versatility. Available in 100-foot flexible, 120- and 200-foot mid-stiff, and 200- and 325-foot stiff reels, technicians can inspect 1.5- to 10-inch sewer and drainlines on one system. Each reel features a high-resolution camera, and the 1080p HD self-leveling camera head features high-intensity LEDs to optimize the light output for better visibility down the line. The push cable is built to withstand harsh conditions when navigating through cast iron, clay and PVC pipes. Technicians can digitally pan and zoom up to 4X, making it easier to narrow in on the point of interest. View, record, edit and share HD images and video recordings from the M18 wireless monitor or the free Milwaukee Pipeline Inspection app on a mobile device. 800-729-3878;

Electric Eel eCAM Ace 2 SL 
The eCAM Ace 2 SL from Electric Eel includes an extra-bright display screen, which is an important factor in the clarity and definition of viewing inspection camera images and data. A brighter screen provides better contrast and visibility of inspection, making it ideal in brightly lit environments like full and direct sunlight. It has a new location on the rear of the monitor for the battery cradle and AC/DC power input. The unit can handle both 18-volt battery (Milwaukee M18 or compatible) or 12-volt AC/DC adapter inputs. It includes an entirely new operating system and menu navigation. Other new standard features include the addition of screenshot function in JPEG format, an on/off function instead of powering up when plugged in, menus in three languages including English, French and Spanish and a keypad to reflect new functionality including a sonde function. 800-833-1212;

General Pipe Cleaners Gen-Eye X-POD Plus 
The Gen-Eye X-POD Plus sewer camera system from General Pipe Cleaners includes the Gen-Pack battery adapter, Wi-Fi transmitter and an on-screen distance counter as standard equipment. The battery adapter lets you operate the camera system for up to 12 hours in remote locations with limited access to power. Fuse-protected to safeguard your equipment investment, the battery adapter is also available separately. A battery and charger are not included. The built-in Wi-Fi transmitter lets you view and record inspections on a cellphone. And using the system’s USB port, you can also archive activity on handy flash drives. The on-screen distance counter also shows how far the camera has traveled down a line in feet or meters. Settings can be adjusted for full-size or mini-reel configurations. 800-245-6200;

MyTana PGR200
MyTana’s PGR200 push camera has the range and rigidity to inspect long laterals and small mains. The reel has a brake with adjustable drag to help manage the 200-foot pushrod as you work. A self-leveling camera head with adjustable LED illumination delivers crisp video footage and includes a built-in 512 Hz sonde. The control box mounts securely on a full swivel bracket so you can position the 12-inch daylight-readable monitor for best viewing. All-digital recording saves footage to internal storage or a USB flash drive. Operators can also stream video wirelessly to multiple devices. The rugged frame has balanced weight and anti-skid feet for easy maneuvering. 800-328-8170;

Ratech Electronics Plumber’s Helper Jr.
The Plumber’s Helper Jr. pipe inspection system from Ratech Electronics is based on a small-scale reel and comes with 100 feet of mini Gel Rod cable, a removable compact command module with 7.1-inch LCD, a built-in battery and an SD recorder for digital images and video. This mini pipe inspection system is available with a full-spectrum, 1.375-inch, self-leveling color camera; a standard color camera; or any of the company’s three micro camera heads — 5/8-, 3/4- or 1-inch diameter. 905-660-7072;

RIDGID SeeSnake Mini Pro 
The RIDGID SeeSnake Mini Pro inspection camera with TruSense Technology provides digital self-leveling without mechanical rotation, inspecting up to 200 feet of 1 1/2- to 8-inch pipe with its mid-flex push cable that can navigate hard 90-degree bends. Its 25 mm digital self-leveling camera always keeps the in-pipe image upright and, when paired with a TruSense enabled monitor, it delivers an in-pipe image with superior clarity, detail and fewer blown-out areas and sections of the pipe that are too dark to see. Digital Zoom/Pan provides the ability to focus on a single point of interest, while the TiltSense Inclinometer measures the camera’s angle and displays the degree of tilt on the monitor — giving professionals a useful indicator of the in-pipe pitch of the camera. It pairs with the RIDGIDConnect Online Business Tool for seamless customer reporting. 800-474-3443;

USA Borescopes FastCam
The FastCam from USA Borescopes is a rugged and simple sewer camera. This compact and portable inspection camera offers 130 feet of working length with the convenience of on-board picture and video recording. This system is ideal for inspecting pipes from 2 to 6 inches and the waterproof camera head can perform in depths up to 25 feet deep. The camera head also offers a standard built-in transmitting camera head with 512 Hz signal. The robust steel frame supports the 130- or 200-foot pushrod system and transports easily. 931-362-3304;


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