Sunday, June 23, 2024

Pipa Launches Flowrider Lite™

Claimed to be the water industry’s first HYBRID system that can be used as a pushrod inspection tool

The Flowrider Lite™ is claimed to be the water industry’s first HYBRID system that can be used as a pushrod inspection tool, or alternatively PIPA designed Hydrochutes can be attached for long range pipe inspections of up to 275 m using the water flow.

The camera package is designed to be a universal survey tool for pipe inspection on water main sizes 4 in (100 mm) diameter and above, with a second camera system included for inspection of large diameter water pipes.

Applications to the water sector

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• Pressurised water pipe condition assessment tool

• Pipe material and lining validation

• Location of pipe defects, blockages and buried valves

• Investigate the source of dirty water prior to customer complaints (DWI)

• Asset management budget validation device (zonal studies)

• Identify illegal connections (NRW)

• Accurate leak location in all pipe materials

• Mains tracing

Camera entry points

The Flowrider Lite™ system is designed for safe use on through bore style fire hydrants and many other valves and pressure fittings installed directly on top of a water mains.

PIPA has developed water pipe inspection technology that includes a pressure rated camera, ultra-bright COB lights and a hydrophone sensor tethered to a 275 m semi-rigid rodding to give the operator live video and recorded audio data during an inspection. The system enters a pipeline via fittings as small as 2 in (50 mm) diameter. The camera and cable are fully chlorinated during insertion. The system works on a live basis, with no interruptions to the customer’s water supply.

The technology is the latest live main inspection system on the market being fully battery powered and only requires a 2-man team for its implementation.

PIPA Representative Fabio Orlandi said: “The Flowrider Lite system is what the industry has been waiting for, a complete system package that is simple to use and covers a wide range of pipe sizes. It is portable, quick to set up and is a great system for all water company leakage teams and contractors can add to their tool box!”

PIPA has developed what is claimed to be the widest range of pressurised pipe inspection products commercially available in the world, and has worked with the majority of the UK water utility companies and a wide range of clients overseas.

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