Thursday 12 August 2010

Drain inspection

With autumn just around the corner, thoughts turn to blocked drains caused by leaves and heavy rain, resulting in an increased demand for versatile and reliable equipment to undertake Remote Visual Inspection (RVI) of pipes and drains.

Pipes and drains come in all shapes and sizes, presenting a wide range of physical challenges to inspection equipment, and instrumentation specialist Ashtead Technology has developed one of the most comprehensive hire fleets of RVI instrumentation in Britain, covering every drainage inspection need.

Designed specifically to investigate pipes and tunnels ranging from 300mm to 1200mm in diameter, the iPEK Rovver 225 Crawler Inspection System is one of the most advanced instruments of its kind. It features a camera and lighting unit that can be remotely raised and lowered to ensure optimum viewing conditions in any investigation and is powered by two 40 watt motors driving all six wheels. The 225 is also fully operational even when submersed in up to 10 metres of water and is supplied with a DVD Recorder so that colour footage can be studied both during and after inspection work.

Also available is the smaller iPEK Rovver 125 which can be used in pipes with diameters from 150mm to 450mm. This system has proved highly popular for drain inspection because of its durability and low maintenance requirement.

A comprehensive range of pushrods and video pipeline inspection systems are also available for hire direct from Ashtead Technology to help provide a complete solution for any drainage inspection needs. In addition, GPR utility locators and personal gas detectors for confined space entry are available for hire during inspection work.

Alan Hasson, Ashtead Technology’s General Manager, said: “Not only can we provide the most comprehensive range of rental instruments, but we can also match this with a high level of support and technical expertise.

“Our fleet of iPEK crawlers and Pushrod inspection systems are extremely reliable and versatile and can be used in even the most demanding drains and pipelines. Hiring such instrumentation also avoids the excessive capital costs associated with purchase.”

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