Product Focus: Mainline Sewer Inspection

Product Focus: Mainline Sewer Inspection

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Inspection Cameras

Aries Industries Mobile Pathfinder System

The Mobile Pathfinder System from Aries Industries is a lightweight, portable system for accurately inspecting mainlines that are 6 inches or larger. It includes a powerful transporter, camera and lightweight reel; these components are 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 features a WiperCam pan-and-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. 800-234-7205;


The CUES SoLID FX provides live LIDAR, sonar and CCTV for pipelines 18 inches and larger. Whether the need is for condition assessment to determine remaining useful life or obtaining accurate dimensions of bends and underground structures for rehab planning, it can handle the job. The standard sensors, including a high-definition digital video camera, 2D-LIDAR and profiling sonar can be deployed up to 3,000 feet from a Steerable MudMaster crawler or up to 5,400 feet on an SFX FLOAT. 800-327-7791;

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;

Envirosight ROVVER X

The ROVVER X sewer inspection system from Envirosight allows an operator to run inspections, view and record video, log observations, generate reports and link directly to asset management software. Twelve wheel options enable the crawler to inspect lines from 4 to 96 inches in diameter. Its six-wheel-drive with proportional steering navigates past obstacles while overlapping wheels climb offsets with ease. Powerful motors and a geared drivetrain maximize travel range. Scale up this crawler by adding side-scanning, laser-profiling and lateral launch. Users can view data from onboard sensors and assess defects on screen. Its firmware updates automatically to the latest features. The Flexspection sewer video capture platform’s three video resolution options (SD, 720p HD and 1080p HD) allow operators to change file size and resolution depending on the needs of each inspection. 866-936-8476;

EPL Solutions Gvision V7

The Gvision V7 from EPL Solutions is a ruggedized, elite camera system that can be purchased for mainline use with 200, 300 or 400 feet of stiff yet flexible pushrod or a 150-foot mini-camera. Instantly capture video recordings and snapshots with the press of a button and access them anytime within the internal storage. The tech will never have to wonder where a video was taken as geolocation information is automatically attached and displayed on recordings. Add text overlay using the camera reel or a USB keyboard. Copy recordings and snapshots on two USB flash drives at once, or share them using the Gvision app. The app allows the user to remotely control, preview and download video inspections for easy sharing. Users can capture every detail with the color camera head clearly displayed on a 10.4-inch TruView LCD screen. Add an internal battery for up to six hours of runtime. 714-453-9760;

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. Using the system’s USB port, you can also archive activity on handy flash drives. The on-screen distance counter 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;


The Scout 3-Pro PLUS from INSPECTORCAMERAS.COM is a lightweight, easy-to-carry, rugged and waterproof inspection camera. Use the 10-inch screen for better viewing and the 130-foot heavy-duty cable for longer pushes. Included is a 23 mm stainless steel camera head that self-levels with a sonde for locating. It can capture high-quality images while recording videos with sound from the built-in microphone. It has a Bluetooth keyboard for typing on the screen, secure internal storage for accessories, and a completely removable control box for limited space areas and easy cleaning. It comes with a set of skids, accessories and two chargers. 603-267-0400;

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 midflex push cable that can navigate hard 90-degree bends. Its 25 mm digital self-leveling camera keeps the in-pipe image upright and, when paired with a TruSense enabled monitor, delivers an in-pipe image with clarity, detail and fewer blown-out areas and sections of the pipe 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 a useful indicator of the pitch of the camera in-pipe. It pairs with the RIDGIDConnect Online Business Tool for seamless customer reporting. 800-474-3443;

SECON Extreme Series

Extreme Series cordless sewer mainline cameras from SECON come with two 20-volt DeWALT batteries and a charging station (Milwaukee upgrade available). An 18-volt power supply is included for plug-in operation. They have a Wi-Fi connection to view inspections in real time on personal smart devices as well as an SD card recorder (SD card included). The unit includes a 7-inch color LCD monitor, 512 Hz sonde/transmitter and a stainless steel camera head. They are available with 100 to 300 feet of push cable and are capable of viewing 3- to 12-inch pipe. 702-527-5100;

Subsite Electronics Push Camera 

When a transporter isn’t an option because of pipe size or limited access, the Subsite Electronics Push Camera allows operators to complete inspections in the most challenging conditions. Ideal for pipes from 1.5 to 12 inches, it features single conductor technology with a rigid 1/4-inch fiber pushrod covered with a durable Hytrel jacketing that allows operators to inspect up to 500 feet down the line. Additionally, the 1/4-inch-diameter single conductor cable provides added strength without weight concerns, allowing operators to complete significantly longer inspections without the cable getting twisted or warped. The 1545 camera with an in-line 512 Hz beacon allows the operator to easily locate damage and blockage in the pipe. The camera is controlled by a 1575 controller, which features a rugged, durable and reliable enclosure. 800-846-2713;

Trojan Worldwide VIS-130HDPT

The VIS-130HDPT all-in-one camera system from Trojan Worldwide includes a small pan-and-tilt 1080P high-definition camera head measuring 1 inch in diameter. The unit is encased with a 10.1-inch LCD screen, DVR recorder, controls for the camera head and a keyboard for text writing. With the included Wi-Fi capability, the user will have the ability to record audio and video directly to any Android phone or tablet, making this a versatile, compact camera. 800-392-4902;

Vivax-Metrotech vCamMX-2

The vCamMX-2 from Vivax-Metrotech is a portable all-in-one camera to inspect pipes between 1 1/2 and 4 inches. The control module’s 8-inch daylight-viewable LCD screen shows the distance of deployed pushrod as well as the current time and date. Recordings are made in MP4 video and pictures in JPEG format directly to a USB thumb drive, then instantly backed up to an SD card. The internal microphone allows audio commentary over recorded video. The pushrod is traceable with the use of an external locator transmitter and is available in 100 or 150 feet. The 512 Hz frequency sonde is standard equipment. It comes with two interchangeable camera heads. The smaller D18-MX camera is fixed position and 0.70 inch in diameter, and the D26-MX is self-leveling and 1 inch in diameter. 800-446-3392;

Inspection Camera Accessories

CPI Products URS1

Often inspection cameras get down a pipe and start pushing debris, which obstructs the camera lens, or they just cannot reach the problem. The URS1 roller skid from CPI Products moves the camera off the bottom of the pipe and centers it for an improved image. The wheels reduce friction and enable the camera to also go farther down the pipe. The legs automatically extend to keep it centered, and when the retrieval rope is pulled, it reduces the size of the URS1, making it easier to retrieve. Optional LED scuba lights increase visibility. 413-443-0925;

Cua Claws crawler wheels

Crawler wheels from Cua Claws can help improve footage in wet, slippery PVC or other plastic pipe. The wheels have a tungsten carbide furnace brazed to the wheel. An extended range of modes is available that can be retrofitted to the customer’s crawler. The company also offers a service to apply its carbide to crawler wheels. Some wheels are stainless steel and cannot be processed so Cua Claws has a line of replacement wheels of exact fit in mild steel so the grit can be applied. This way the customer can harvest the savings to re-grit instead of replacing the wheels when necessary. 714-697-8697;

InfoSense SL-RAT 

The Sewer Line Rapid Assessment Tool, or SL-RAT, from InfoSense is an acoustic inspection technology used to screen for blockages in small-diameter gravity sewers. It is a highly portable on-site assessment tool that utilizes transmissive acoustics to safely provide a very fast and low-cost understanding of blockage conditions. Hundreds of utilities around the world utilize the SL-RAT to rapidly screen collections systems and better deploy costly cleaning and CCTV resources. This technology offers real-time blockage assessments in 3 minutes or less with no flow contact. 704-930-0145;

Milwaukee Tool M18 Wireless Monitor 

Part of Milwaukee Tool’s Modular Pipeline Inspection System, the M18 Wireless Monitor delivers clear, sharp viewing of sewer drainlines. Equipped with an 8-inch, daylight-readable screen, the monitor is optimized for use outdoors on a roof or in a dimly lit basement. With the ability to zoom up to 4X, users can get a better focus on the point of interest inside the pipe. Drain-cleaning technicians can easily replay saved videos, trim video lengths and add labels or audio directly on the monitor to show their clients. With a wireless range of 200 feet from the camera reel, it is easier than ever to show findings in real time. It is water-resistant and protects from other job site elements. 800-729-3878;

TruGrit Traction wheels

Whether you are looking for traction in newly installed liner that you don’t want to shred up, or you need an aggressive wheel to cut through heavy grease, TruGrit Traction wheels make it happen. Two types of wheel are available — the TruGrit, which uses a blend of flexible polymer and steel carbide grit to provide added traction in all pipe types and conditions, never getting dull, only getting better with wear; and the TruGrit Steel, a solid steel wheel with an exterior finish of aggressive carbide grit to maximize traction in heavy grease and debris. With innovative hub adapters, one universal wheel will fit multiple OEMs, including Aries, CUES, Envirosight, IBAK, Rausch, Subsite and Schwalm. 407-900-1091;

Mapping Software

RapidView IBAK North America IKAS Evolution

IKAS Evolution sewer analysis software from RapidView IBAK North America is capable of PACP, LACP and MACP data interface, adaptable to modern sewer inspection standards, and customizable to the specific user’s workflow. It is available in four base bundles with over two dozen extension options including: full digital HD resolution, laser measurement and LaserScan continuous profile analysis. One module included in all four bundles is a powerful tool called 3D GeoSense. Compatible with all RapidView cameras (excluding AxialCam 2.0), each camera has an option to install a sensor that tracks the movement as it travels through the pipe. This allows it to capture distance, position and depth accurately and efficiently. 800-656-4225;

WinCan Enterprise

WinCan Enterprise helps managers keep track of progress on different sewer projects directly from the cloud. Supporting an enterprise approach to work-order management, it gives users high-level control of project data for an entire sewer system. They can quickly break down inspection results with rating metrics and observation data, and when they are ready, all the details and raw media from individual inspections are available at the click of a button. Job maps give management teams the ability to oversee all projects currently in progress, with color-coded results that give insight into system health. Users can drill down into inspections directly from these map views or switch to a Kanban-style inspection manager to assign or move projects through their life cycle. 877-626-8386;

Smoke Blower

Superior Signal smoke generator

Smoke generators from Superior Signal locate sources of surface inflow resulting in wet-weather sanitary sewer overflows. A fast, inexpensive and easy way to find leaks and faults in collections systems, smoke candles provide visible smoke to detect more faults at longer distances and come in sizes to meet any need. Smoke candles, blowers and fluid systems for smoke-testing are available. 800-945-8378;


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