Compact and Versatile Video Inspection System

Compact and Versatile Video Inspection System
Boone Greenly, a product manager with MyTana, explains the features of the MS11-NG midsize video inspection camera to a 2016 WWETT Show attendee. The camera allows the user to record or upload an inspection to a personal device, while built-in Wi-Fi allows multiple viewers, as inspection video can be viewed wirelessly at up to 100 feet away. (Photo by Craig Mandli)

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Often, the business that succeeds is the one that can offer the most to its customers. That means not only streamlining operations, but also diversifying service offerings — in essence, offering more with less. That idea was on full display in the MyTana Mfg. Company booth and its MS11-NG midsize video inspection camera at the 2016 Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show.

The MS11-NG can be used to inspect 3- to 4-inch lines with up to 150 feet of range. According to MyTana President Jock Donaldson, the camera is not only a fit for sewer and drain cleaners, but its lightweight portability also gives plumbers and septic pumpers needing an affordable system for septic drainline inspection a viable option.

“That’s why I feel that this camera is such a great fit for this crowd,” he says. “It’s a product that fits both a private contractor or municipality equally well, or allows a contractor to diversify services. It has the capability of allowing a drain cleaner to perform municipal sewer inspections, or a septic pumper to also do plumbing jobs. It’s one of our most versatile products.”

The camera allows the user to record or upload an inspection using the MyTana viewer app, available for iPhone, iPad and Android. Built-in Wi-Fi allows multiple viewers, as inspection video can be viewed wirelessly up to 100 feet away. The user can also save the job video, upload it to YouTube and email either the video link or still photos to the customer for viewing within minutes.

“Almost everyone has a phone or some other portable device that can receive files,” Donaldson says. “With this system, the customer can review the video or photos in the comfort of their own living room nearly as the inspection is happening. There’s very little delay.”

It has a 1 1/2-inch color self-leveling camera head, with an “Ice Ball” protective covering that is a field-replaceable and translucent polycarbonate light ring cover built into the camera head. A built-in 512 Hz transmitter allows the technician to locate during the inspection. The camera’s daylight-readable 6.4-inch monitor includes an on-screen footage counter. The unit can be powered with either household electric current or an onboard battery with two-hour life. Media connects through RCA jacks on the front of the unit.

“The self-leveling feature is very popular, especially for customers watching the video, as it keeps the image consistently upright,” Donaldson says. “We also stand behind the product, and do all after-sales service and warranty repairs in-house.”
MyTana is a longtime WWETT Show exhibitor and Donaldson considers it a “must-attend” for companies looking to get their products in front of the wastewater industry. The company launched the MS11-NG four years ago, but only recently added Wi-Fi capability — a feature that he says is already proving popular.

“Certainly having the ability to wirelessly send the video to an unconnected device is a huge benefit,” he says. “We believe that we’ve taken a product that was already very strong and desirable, and made it even better. The feedback we’ve received has been overwhelmingly positive.”

Donaldson says his company is already at work on several innovations to present at the 2017 WWETT Show. He says as portable devices continue to offer more, his company needs to work hard to keep up.

“The technology is changing so fast every day,” he says. “You really have to keep on top of it or you’ll miss something. We intend on staying on the cutting edge.” 800/328-8170; www.mytana.com.



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