Call in the Crawlers for Clorox Clogs

Priscilla Johnson

Content Marketing Lead

When it comes to the dirty jobs, our Inuktun Versatrax crawlers don’t shy away. These tireless workhorses can be found regularly performing in-service municipal water and sewer line inspections to help ensure the smooth operation of the freshwater and plumbing services that we don’t give much thought… until there’s a problem.

It’s estimated that non-flushable products cost Canadian municipalities an additional 250 million dollars a year for maintenance, repair, and/or replacement of water infrastructure systems. Major players in water industry groups, utilities, and environmental non-governmental organizations have tried to demand regulations for what is flushable. Yet despite these efforts and amid enhanced protocols for sanitation, major city sewer systems are being impacted by the improper disposal of antiseptic wipes.

Fortunately, our robotic crawlers present the Beyond Current solution for inspecting municipal pipelines. Versatrax pipe inspection vehicles are often employed for Remote Visual Inspection (RVI) in sewers, storm drains and water lines to assess blockages and other obstacles as well as general pipeline integrity.

Take the Inuktun Versatrax 150™, for example. This advanced pipe inspection system provides detailed, easily interpretable video footage of real-time conditions, allowing asset owners to confidently make repair or replacement plans as needed. Unique to the industry, the tethered crawler can travel up to a kilometer, or 3,300 feet, in a single run. Its versatile form can easily enter manholes or access points as small as 150 millimeters, or six inches. Take a peek of where this inspection robot has been here. When remote handling or retrieval is warranted, Eddyfi Technologies offers a manipulator tool to lend a hand. If the job calls for more data, IM3™ (Inuktun Multi-Mission Modular) technology can accommodate a range of sensors. Speak with one of our experts about your specific requirements.

Check out our recommendations and guidelines for sanitizing your Inuktun robot after a dirty job here, and remember not to flush those wipes! Subscribe to our YouTube channel and join our NDT experts during Eddyfi Technologies’ YouTube Live coffee breaks where we discuss a broad range of topics, including Inuktun robots for water main inspections, each week.

Nobody could have predicted what has occurred in 2020. Who knew Clorox wipes would be impossible to keep on grocery shelves and eventually lead to a major sewer line problem? We’re keen to offer part of the solution with our robotic crawlers for municipal pipeline inspection.

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