Plenty of Action at Inaugural WEQ Fair

Live product demos provide up-close look at latest technologies.
Plenty of Action at Inaugural WEQ Fair
Rodney King (right), inventor of the Kei Cart all-terrain inspection camera attachment, shows a WEQ Fair attendee how the product adds stability to an Envirosight VeriSight inspection camera.

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The 2016 WEQ Fair at Wisconsin State Fair Park in Milwaukee, Sept. 12-13, gave attendees the opportunity to not only see dozens of new products, but also test them out in real-world applications.

“Seeing all these different options and actually getting my hands on them is a big opportunity,” says Ben Smith of Marvel Sewer and Drain of Minneapolis.  “I’m like a kid in a candy store looking at all this stuff.”

For Smith, who walked the fairgrounds with his wife and two young children, WEQ is an opportunity to stay on the cutting edge of drain cleaning technology and discover ways to diversify his service offerings. Smith has owned his company for five years, and despite an extremely competitive urban market, sees room for growth.

“I’m just getting into pipe patching, and am considering lining, so being able to see how those systems work and talk with the people that actually designed them is huge,” he says.

I’m just a one-man operation, so any equipment purchase I make is a big investment. That’s why I research and really try to do my homework.

Product demos included pipe-lining systems, small cart jetters and cutting nozzles, as well as multistep operations, such as Perma-Liner’s Perma-Lateral with Tear-A-Way process and one-man shows like Rodney King’s Kei Carts attachment that adds an all-terrain element to inspection cameras. For King, the fair is an opportunity to get his product in front of the people who use it.

“This is a new product on the market, so the best thing I can do is just let people know it’s out there,” he says. “It’s about letting people know that there’s a better way.”

King’s product attaches an Envirosight VeriSight inspection camera, widening the axle for greater stability and adding all-terrain tires. He says it’s an ideal product for plumbers and drain cleaners who need to roll their camera over rough terrain. King had his carts on display in the Picote Solutions booth, a longtime industry supplier and product distributor.

“When you’re working with a $25,000 camera, the last thing you want to do is hit a rock or rut with the wheel and tip it over,” he says. “Being at a show like this is great for me because it lets people try my product out and see the difference for themselves.”



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