Drain inspection cameras capable for toughest trenchless projects

With a range of products in the ROTHENBERGER offering, RICO offers various types of cameras to support the trenchless industry.

Founded in 1978, RICO initially developed technologies for inspecting welds on pipes, laser distance measuring devices and cameras for nuclear power plants. RICO later focused on TV inspection of pipes and sewers.

In 1990, the company was sold to the ROTHENBERGER Group, Kelkheim, and in 1994 it merged with EAB, Kleinwalsertal, and later with RICO, Kempten. This created a rapidly developing and globally active company.

Today, ROTHENBERGER occupies a special position compared to its competitors, which is due to its flexibility and responsiveness, share management and the financial strength resulting from its membership of the Group.

With its dedicated sewer inspection cameras, RICO offers solutions designed for some of the toughest conditions and applications.

“These cameras have many standard features such as LED lighting, self-leveling camera heads, pan and tilt capabilities and high-resolution video recording capabilities,” says Trent Carter, Managing Director of ROTHENBERGER Australia and New Zealand.

“In addition, RICO offers a range of inspection systems that include monitors, recorders and other accessories used in conjunction with the cameras.”

RICO's cameras help operators quickly identify problems such as cracks and blockages and make informed decisions about the best course of action.

“This ultimately saves time and money while improving the overall quality of customer service,” says Carter.

In their wide range of industrial applications, RICO cameras are often used in the inspection of industrial and commercial pipes to visually check the condition of pipes and identify damage that may require repairs or maintenance. The crawler camera in particular is designed to traverse larger diameter pipelines.

These cameras are often used for longer inspection runs in larger diameter pipes and can easily navigate bends and curves.

“RICO crawler cameras typically have standard features such as the ability to pan, tilt and zoom the camera, and may also include laser scanning capabilities to capture 3D information about the inside of the pipe,” says Carter.

“Both RICO push and crawler cameras can capture high-quality video and images of the inside of the pipe and can be used to detect defects such as cracks, corrosion or blockages.

“However, the choice between a push camera and a crawler camera depends on the specific requirements of the inspection, such as the size and configuration of the pipe, the length of the inspection path and the desired level of detail and accuracy.”

Another effective aspect of RICO’s arsenal is laser scanning.

Laser scanning is another useful tool for trenchless operators when inspecting drain pipes as it allows the capture of 3D information about the interior of the pipe.

Laser scanning on RICO cameras can efficiently measure the distance to points on the pipe surface, creating a detailed 3D point cloud of the pipe interior.

This 3D information can be used to detect defects such as cracks or corrosion on the pipe surface that may not be visible to the naked eye or with traditional video inspection methods.

The 3D model can also be used to determine the location and size of defects, which in turn can be helpful in planning repairs or replacing the pipe.

“Overall, the use of a RICO camera with laser scanning capability can contribute to more accurate and detailed inspection of pipes, potentially leading to more efficient and effective maintenance and repair efforts,” says Carter.

“As a member of the ROTHENBERGER Group, RICO receives financial support and support from our company in the development of the latest technologies.”

This article appeared in the June issue of Trenchless Australasia.

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