Lateral Launcher with Rear-Viewing Camera Performs Mainline, Lateral Inspections

Lateral Launcher with Rear-Viewing Camera Performs Mainline, Lateral Inspections

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The self-propelled Lamp II lateral and mainline probe with rear-viewing camera from CUES is designed to perform lateral and mainline inspections in one pass.

“There are a lot of situations where you cannot access the lateral because there’s no cleanout at the home or the business, so the conventional push system will not work,” says Paul Stenzler, CUES sales VP. “You have to achieve access from the mainline.”

Able to travel up to 1,500 feet, the inspection system is designed for use in 6- to 24-inch mainlines and 3- to 8-inch laterals. The front-mounted mainline camera offers 10:1 digital zoom and 40:1 optical digital zoom. Capable of simultaneous pan, tilt and zoom, the front-mounted color camera features automatic centering. Its mounting assembly articulates to facilitate invert entry. The lateral camera with internal sonde also includes a built-in auto-upright feature that keeps the image stabilized at all times.

A rear-view camera option helps simplify the retrieval process and adds precision to lateral inspections.

“The operator can now achieve a high-resolution view to the front or rear of the launcher,” Stenzler says. “When you stop to launch, the zoom camera is looking back, monitoring the lateral camera insertion. The rear-view camera significantly simplifies the retrieval process.”

The lateral camera is available with 120-150 feet of fiberglass or 80-100 feet of stainless steel push cable and can negotiate 45- and 90-degree bends. The lateral camera also can be quickly removed, enabling the inspection system to be used as a mainline transporter with front-mounted pan, tilt and zoom camera only.

“It’s extremely durable and very compact,” Stenzler says of the unit, which includes four sets of single-point, quick-removal wheels. Optional high-traction, steel-based wheels are available for PVC and grease-filled pipes. 800/327-7791;; Expo booth 8066.


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