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VISUALISING WORKS IN THE SMALLER BORE PIPELINE MARKET

Posted: Friday 17th July 2020

Normal 0 false false false false FI X-NONE X-NONE Just one year ago Picote Solutions launched its latest high-speed pipeline cleaning system on to the drainage market, the Mini Cleaner.

Aimed at the domestic drainage and plumbing markets in particular, the Picote Mini Cleaner is the company’s first machine specifically designed for cleaning and cutting operations through P-traps and multiple bends in the DN32 to DN75 (1¼” to 3”) range. With typical waste pipes being as small as 32 mm (1¼”) diameter in many countries, this machine offers the ideal solution for pipeline cleaning.

As with other Picote machine designs the Mini Cleaner has a flexible two-part shaft with a rotating inner core to which the cleaning heads are attached and a stationary outer casing that ensures the operator’s hands do not make contact with rotating parts during the cleaning operation, which improves operator safety and flexibility compared with other typical cleaning machines currently on the market. The new highly flexible spring outer casing is revolutionary and has changed the plumbing market. The spring casing is also durable, flame, abrasion and chemically resistant with a high continuous service temperature.

Designed for high speed descaling, reinstatements and blockage removal, the Mini Cleaner also has the flexibility to handle multiple 90o bends even in the smaller diameter pipes. Furthermore, safety has been a core aspect of the design with the unit boasting as standard a Safety Clutch, 16 m (50 ft) of 8 mm (⅓”) rotating shaft housed inside the specialised outer casing and a shielded foot pedal control that allows the operator to start and stop the machine without the need to remove a hand from the shaft during operation.

The company’s Mini Miller system is a well-established workhorse in the pipeline cleaning, cutting and liner reopening market and works in pipelines from DN50 to DN 150 (2” to 6”) diameter.

Both units can also be utilised for application of the Picote Brush Coating System for pipeline rehabilitation.

Working with Picote’s specialist cutting tooling the systems have established a reputation with contractors for efficiency and speed on site.

Feedback from contractors both globally and in Finland, where Picote Oy offers major contracting services, showed a demand for both systems to have the capability to observe the operations in action without the need to utilise a separate CCTV system, possibly requiring a second access point for camera usage.

This has led to the development of an integrated CCTV capability for both machines which will eliminate the need for a secondary CCTV system to be used during cleaning, cutting or brush coating operations.

Therefore, Picote has recently launched upgraded versions of the two machines known as the Picote Mini Miller+C and the Picote Mini Cleaner+C.

The camera systems comprise a full colour camera mounted on 30 m (98 ft) of umbilical which will enable all operations to be observed fully. On both Millers the colour self-levelling camera also carries an integrated 512 hz sonde to enable the unit to be tracked and the pipeline mapped as and when necessary.

The Picote Mini Cleaner+C utilises a slightly smaller colour camera to enable negotiation of the smaller diameter pipes in which the system generally operates, including DN50 ‘P’ Traps and bends.

Commenting on the development of the camera systems for the two Picote systems, Richard Swan, Director of Technical Client Services at Picote Solutions said: “Working together with contractor clients and in-house contractors in Finland has long meant that innovations for our systems come from those working at the sharp end of the industry. Their feedback is invaluable as it enables us to not only make the best machine available but also to meet the needs of our end-users in the most efficient and effective way. The fact that we have a contracting company in Finland and operations in UK and USA also means that we have extensive international test facilities and expert knowledge to ensure that the changes and innovations we make to the product lines are tested thoroughly before they hit the global market.”




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