Last Pumper & Cleaner Expo in Louisville features a wide range of new products for cleaning contractors
The 31st Annual Pumper & Cleaner Environmental Expo International closed a four-year run in Louisville with 3,644 companies, cities and utilities represented and 8,286 total attendees. The Expo moves to Indianapolis for 2012, running Feb. 27 to March 1 at the Indiana Convention Center.
The 2011 Expo offered a full slate of educational seminars spread over three days and included 477 exhibits of new and familiar products and technologies. Here is a sampling of the new offerings on display for pipe cleaning, maintenance and repair and industrial high-pressure cleaning contractors:
The CS-10 digital monitor from RIDGID offers simple, full feature digital recording with a one-touch feature that lets users record both still images and video. The unit provides video and image playback and auto-log recording, which compresses files to help save memory on the USB thumb drive where inspections are stored.
The monitor comes with SeeSnake HQ software, a PC-based program that allows images and video of an inspection to be imported and stored on a computer for easy media sharing through PDF reports, DVD burning, or uploading to the RIDGIDConnect online business tool. The 12.1-inch monitor with enhanced daylight readability lets contractors clearly view and diagnose line blockages with SeeSnake cameras. The unit comes with a USB thumb drive and an 18-volt lithium ion battery. 800/769-7743; www.ridgid.com.
The Cnt-r-KUT stainless steel waterjet tools from Arthur Products have flexible vanes that keep the tool centered in the pipe for effective cleaning. The Basic series has three jet nozzle configurations and three trimmable vanes for custom fit. The Elite series (shown) uses chain or cable flails attached to a single rotor and a body with six trimmable guide vanes. 800/322-0510; www.arthurproducts.com.
Convertible blasting system
The 225 Series high-pressure waterjetting systems from NLB Corp. are built around the company’s Model 225 convertible pump with quick-change, inline fluid end design and fewer parts for increased efficiency and simpler maintenance. A simple conversion kit allows it to operate at pressures between 8,000 to 40,000 psi.
Internal gearing eliminates pulleys and belts, substantially reducing the pump’s overall footprint. The forged steel crankshaft is mounted in heavy-duty bearings. Drive pinion output shafts on both sides allow for opposite-hand drive. The trailered unit comes with four-wheel electronic brakes, full DOT lighting package, and heavy-duty axles. All operating controls, including the pressure compensating bypass valve and pressure gauge with snubber, are mounted on a separate accessory manifold for additional protection. Power rating range from 200 to 300 hp. 248/624-5555; www.nlbcorp.com.
Compact press tool
The ROPRESS compact battery-powered press tool from Rothenberger USA is designed for pressing copper fittings, enabling contractors to reduce installation and repair time. The tool is designed to be light and fast, and its linear design allows it to access hard-to-reach places. The tool is powered by an 18-volt lithium-ion battery and weighs 8 pounds. It offers an estimated 100 cycles per charge with a 3-amp battery and 50 cycles with a 1.3-amp battery. 815/387-9777; www.rothenberger-usa.com.
The Optimum HDD push camera system from Hathorn Corp. lets users record inspections directly to a built-in hard drive or a USB memory stick. The system makes it easy to transfer media between multiple drives or computers. The unit includes a 320 GB hard drive, 8.4-inch industrial monitor, weatherproof plastic case, multiple USB ports, removable mounting post, click-touch buttons, and spill-proof keyboard. It also has an onscreen footage counter, 512 Hz sonde, removable control box, two-hour battery, and self-leveling camera. 905/886-2835; www.hathorncorp.com.
Grundowinch hydrostatic constant-tension winches from TT Technologies are designed for variable conditions in below-grade work. All models have protective cable storage and are available with an air-cooled diesel or gasoline engine and an adjustable boom system. These portable units are suited for applications including pipe bursting, sliplining, pipe pulling, underground cable pulling and swage lining.
Constant tension means any cable slack is immediately sensed and quickly taken up automatically. Permanent documentation of the pull is available in an optional chart recorder that prints out a copy of the job’s tensions. Firm anchoring is achieved with prop legs in front and extended angled legs with cutting feet in the rear. Stow-away wheel chocks are included. 630/851-8200; www.tttechnologies.com.
Drain cleaner formulation
Maximizer DT Pro from Statewide Supply is an environmentally friendly drain cleaner used to remove organic material from drains, septic tanks and grease traps. Its blend of natural bacteria and enzymes biodegrades organic buildup without soap or chemicals in residential, commercial and industrial applications. The product requires no pre-mixing. Stabilizers keep it from becoming active until it is put into the waste stream, where the bacteria and enzymes breakdown the waste and convert it into carbon dioxide, water and mineral ash. 800/553-5573; www.statewidesupply.com.
The MS11 mid-sized video inspection system from MyTana Mfg. Co. is a lightweight (46-pound) one-piece system with built-in 6.4-inch LCD monitor and optional digital recording. It is designed for 3- and 4-inch lines and carries 150 feet of flexible mid-sized pushrod. The locatable camera head includes a 512 Hz transmitter. The 1.5-inch-diameter stainless steel camera head has sapphire windows for high strength. Variable light control allows inspection of different pipe materials and conditions. 800/328-8170; www.mytana.com.
The Maverick hot-water cure system for CIPP lining from Perma-Liner Industries lets users cure newly installed liners in less than one hour. It extends working time significantly when using 100 percent epoxy resin and enables crews to work year-round. The compact, easily transportable system includes a cart-mounted control system, inversion head, cap, air hose, heating hose, heat tube and reel, and relief control. 866/336-2568; www.perma-liner.com.
The Rovver X steerable 6-wheel-drive camera crawler from Envirosight provides extended crawl range (up to 1,650 feet) in a simplified three-piece system with a touchscreen control pendant. The pendant captures days’ worth of MPEG video and JPEG still images and lets users upload observations directly to WinCan software.
Twin multifunction joysticks simplify operation and macros automate everyday inspection routines. The crawler and pendant connect directly to the video cable reel without a control unit, making the system highly portable and simplifying setup. The system also includes a detachable remote-operated camera lift, three onboard cameras, an integrated sensor package (sonde, dual lasers, inclination and roll) and concurrent control for all camera, reel and crawler functions. 973/252-6700; www.envirosight.com.
High-pressure tank cleaners
Aquamat automatic tank cleaners from Hammelmann remove deposits including hardened materials from inner tank walls at pressures up to 21,750 psi. A wide range of nozzle arms in various lengths and shapes enable the tools to suit numerous applications and tank sizes. Units can be fitted with one or two arms.
The nozzle arms rotate from the reaction force of the waterjets at each end. This rotational motion is transferred through a built-in drive and reduction gear that rotates the cleaner around its vertical axis. By rotating on two axes, the waterjets can reach all parts of the tank interior. 937/859-8777; www.hammelmann.com.
ClogChopper cutting blades from General Pipe Cleaners are multifunction tools with six self-sharpening blades that break through encrusted debris, root masses, scale, crystallized urine, and other stoppages without damaging the pipe. The spherical design lets the tools maneuver around tight ends and traps to clean metal, plastic and clay pipes thoroughly. The tools can be used to clean stacks, downspouts and mainlines as well as drainpipes. The tools come in a variety of sizes and connector options for General and other major brands of cable machines. 800/245-6200; www.drainbrain.com.
The PROvision Touch camera from Spartan Tool has a viewable resolution the company says is four times higher than for conventional cameras and includes a full touchscreen keyboard. Users can clearly see information on the 15-inch ATM-style screen even in bright sunlight.
The 1.375-inch-diameter self-leveling color camera head can inspect pipes up to 6 inches. The system comes fully self-contained with 100 feet of reel-mounted pushrod in a wheeled case with extendable handle. Inspections are recorded directly to a standard thumb drive. 800/435-3866; www.spartantool.com.
The V24 pipe bursting pulling unit from TRIC Tools is designed to deliver high pulling power in a cost-effective package for trenchless sewer lateral replacement. The inline puller has no wheels, and runs on 2,000 to 3,000 psi hydraulics to replace pipes 6 inches and under. It can run as an auxiliary attachment to a backhoe or similar machine. An optional 3,000 psi high-flow power pack is available. 888/883-8742; www.trictools.com.
Tulip Cutter tools from ENZ USA are designed for cleaning vent pipes, drains and other smaller-diameter piping. The self-sharpening tools have a short length dimension that lets them handle tight bends. Outside diameters range from 7/8 inch to 3 1/2 inches. They can be adapted to the cable of the user’s choice. 630/692-7880; www.enzusainc.com.
Digital push camera
The P340 flexiprobe system from Pearpoint includes zoom and pan to focus on problem areas. Users can rotate images for easier interpretation. Pictures and video are stored in portable USB or Compact Flash memory. The high-resolution compact stainless steel camera has ultrabright LEDs for clear viewing even when submerged in water. The controller displays color footage in digital quality on an ultrabright 8-inch TFT screen.
A single key press starts recording of video that is automatically time- and date-stamped and logged against the current job. Still pictures can be captured, inspected and filed at any point during the inspection at the touch of one key. Audio can be tied to the recordings with an optional microphone headset. Each system comes with a universal brush skid set that allows the 1-inch camera to be used in pipes up to 4 inches and the 2-inch camera to be used in pipes up to 6 inches. 800/688-8094; www.radiodetection.com.
Fire flow tester
The FireFlowPro system from Hurco Technologies lets communities use wireless technology to evaluate the condition of water distribution systems, collecting pressure data to determine fire flow capability and water main C-factors. It uses GPS coordinates to identify hydrants and valves used in testing and maintenance procedures. A built-in camera captures images of fire hydrants to make reports more meaningful. Meshing technology allows transmitters to pass pressure data from one sensor to another and finally to a data-collection handheld computer. 800/888-1436; www.gethurco.com.