From the moment there was a Maxprobe, there was WinCan’s pipeline inspection software embedded into it. Paired with their office-based software suite, drainage professionals could use the Maxprobe push-rod camera system with WinCan embedded to compile the intricate details of their pipeline survey into a clear and concise WinCan report so to summarise their findings. The industry was very happy with how the WinCan software solution slotted into the industry, but standing still is dangerous…
So now it is 2019, and technology continues to evolve, and WinCan’s involvement with the Maxprobe range has continued to evolve with it, as Scanprobe introduce our latest innovation – the ability to create a full WinCan pipeline inspection report directly from the Maxprobe control box, and then to share it to your mobile device and from there to the customer! The days of being tied to your desktop computer are no more, and neither are the delays to your customer whilst you compile the data and format your report, the Maxprobe control box does all of this for you at the click of a button. Better yet, all of this great functionality is included as standard in all new Maxprobe units – NO SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED!
This latest update to the Maxprobe doesn’t stop there, as, using the mina survey free mobile app, the user is also able to create their own detailed survey map with industry standard icons, on top of a Google Maps overlay and then import this into their WinCan survey report. Once you have imported your drawing in a matter of minutes, you can send your detailed WinCan software report directly to your iPhone or iPad to then share with your customer or colleagues via any file sharing application you have installed on your device. Suddenly your WinCan report has even greater detail and provides a deeper level of understanding to all stakeholders in the pipeline inspection project, from the end customer to the surveyor, all the way to the contractor.
So to summarise:
– FREE full WinCan reports
– FREE app
Standing still is dangerous, so we’re making sure our feet barely touch the ground!
Before you ask, no, Maxprobe Print is not an ‘inappropriate joke generator’, but it is still very much “un-PC”, and is the latest development fresh out of Scanprobe Techniques for 2019 designed to save customers both time and money. Sounds too good to be true right?
Just as with the TrapJumper and our mobile application mina Survey, Maxprobe Print has been developed with the end user in mind, and looks to make their job that little bit easier. After all, it’s 2019 and we, the human race, are just as impatient as we were last year, if not more so. The news of the likes of Amazon using drones to deliver products same day has only served to heighten the consumers delivery expectations, as soon as we know we want it, we want it there and then. So why in this day of streaming TV shows and films to your mobile phone, and even taking & making phone calls on your watch, should you have to wait for a engineer to take their pipeline survey away on a USB key back to the office, for someone at a computer to process the survey amongst the rest of their workload, and then send it back to the customer? Maxprobe Print is the answer.
Once the engineer has completed their survey, using their Maxprobe Print enabled Maxprobe they can choose whether to send the survey report to their mobile device as a PDF and then share however they please to their customer or colleagues. This can be via any sharing application that, in this example, the engineer has on their mobile device, so this could be WhatsApp, Dropbox, Google Drive, or simply their email application or send to a wireless printer. From here to their customer or colleagues in a matter of minutes, Maxprobe Print cuts out the middle man and speeds up the entire process, whilst also making storage of their report even easier and less likely to live on the customer’s kitchen table or in a stuffy filing cabinet.
Empowering the engineer to deliver the pipeline inspection survey to the customer whilst still on site is just one of the benefits of Maxprobe Print, as we haven’t mentioned the survey reporting packages on the Maxprobe. Seasoned Maxprobe users will know that the WinCan survey reporting platform has been embedded into the system since 2015, but still requiring the user to purchase the office software from WinCan in order to process the WinCan survey before distributing. What the development of Maxprobe Print delivers is the ability to create a full WinCan report without the need for a PC or any additional software, not only saving time as mentioned above, but also saving money too. But for those who currently enjoy the WinCan embedded experience using their PC, fear not, as this function is still very much a feature of the Maxprobe range.
How Maxprobe Print works is also incredibly simple and helpful for the engineer, as should they choose to send the report back to their mobile device before sending to their customer, the report is stored within the mina app. Using the survey map drawing function (did we mention this is also free?) within the mina app adds even more value to your packaged up report, as once you have generated a quick but detailed survey map, you can send this drawing to the Maxprobe, and Maxprobe Print will package it up with your survey report before sending this to your mobile device. Your WinCan or mina report will now have your drawing embedded within it, and coupled with your detailed report it will near on eliminate any confusion about the survey that has been completed.
We said Maxprobe Print has been developed to save customers both time and money, and we weren’t lying!
That’s right, we’re successfully through to the awards ceremony for the Thames Valley Business and Community Awards 2019, as we compete with other companies for the title of SME of the Year!
The excitement and “non-stop” theme to 2018 continues as a this very welcome email landed in our inbox this morning from the Thames Valley Awards team, advising us that we had made the shortlist for the awards night, which had been whittled down from well over 300 nominees to under 150 across thirteen different categories. In the SME of the Year category we face strong competition from twenty other companies across a wide range of industries in the Thames Valley catchment area, including IT support, solicitors, a HR firm and a sash window refurbishment company to name just a handful, so this goes to show that there is a lot of excitement and pride surrounding the work being carried out in this area of the country.
Christian Briggs, former head of internal affairs at Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce is again part of the judging panel and said: “Judging this year’s awards will be tough. Every entry is of a very high standard and each one is unique which makes the decision harder. I’m very proud of the quality of businesses that we have in this region and these awards give them the true recognition that they deserve.”
This is Scanprobe Techniques’ first involvement with the Thames Valley Business & Community Awards, and for us to make the shortlist really caps off a fantastic 2018 for the company which has seen us expand & strengthen our global distribution network, successfully launch some new and exciting products (including our first ever mobile app!) and really grow as a company. With even more exciting developments planned for 2019, lets hope that our year gets off to the best possible start at the Thames Valley Business & Community Awards! Wish us luck…
Our third day in the Japanese capital Tokyo, and by now Jon & Vernon must be well versed in the Japanese business customs that they spent the weeks building up to the EU Gateway Business Mission learning. Another full day of manning the exhibition stand in the EU Pavilion section of the Japan Home and Building Show at Tokyo Big Site, again with some pre-planned meetings along with walk-ups also very much welcome. The day concluded with a trip the EU Embassy to hear a couple of speeches from the ambassador Patricia Flor before a networking evening for local and global business people to attend, along with EU delegates.
Vernon: “I certainly felt more at home today. I had a far greater understanding of Japanese business customs and manners, and whilst I am picking up a few words here and there having our own Japanese translator has been absolutely invaluable. Being able to cross the language barrier really helps us because the Maxprobe range and TrapJumper are more than as they appear; there is so much thought that has gone into developing them for the market rather than just getting a product into the market.”
Jon: “I agree with Vernon, you could tell from the questions that were being asked by the Japanese businessmen and women who came to see us today, and the subsequent follow-up questions, that there was a great understanding of what we at Scanprobe do and why we believe we have the market leading push rod pipeline inspection system. It certainly feels at this stage that there is a place in the Japanese market for the Maxprobe and TrapJumper.”
Tomorrow is the last full day for Vernon and Jon, here’s hoping they have a strong finish and come home with some great business connections!
Day two in Japan, and the first day of the exhibition, this is the day everything has been building up to. With the help of the team at the EU Gateway to Japan Business Mission, we had been able to translate some key documentation into Japanese for any delegates who would come to visit us on the stand, and this was a very welcome piece of support! Hopefully in time we will forge a need to at least gain a basic level of language understanding as we look to expand our distribution network into Japan.
Armed with his bi-lingual business cards, a sharp suit and a world of enthusiasm, Vernon has spent the day (with the help of our own on-site human translator) speaking to delegates, both walk-up and pre-planned to discuss the strengths and benefits of the Maxprobe pipeline inspection camera system, and what such a product could achieve in the Japanese drainage, gas & general pipeline inspection market.
Vernon: “What an amazing day this has been for me. I have worked in many different countries over the years and today has given me the same, if not greater, level of excitement. I am learning so much about the business customs in Japan, and equally importantly for this particular venture, the market driving factors. In truth today has just flown by.”
Jon: “It’s been great to see the level of attention that we’ve had on the stand today, and the pre-planned meetings that the EU Gateway team have helped to arrange have brought a lot of interest. Already this looks like a very intriguing marketplace and I’m looking forward to seeing how things develop tomorrow.”
This week marks the beginning of the EU Gateway Business Mission to Japan, for which Scanprobe Techniques Ltd fought off over a hundred other companies to be selected with around 40 others to represent our business to the Japanese market.
For EU Gateway | Business Avenues, the Construction & Building Technologies sector covers technologies and materials related to the engineering, the design, the construction, the demolition and demolition waste services, the fitting, the arrangement, the finishing of public and private buildings as well as its renovation or deconstruction/ demolition and infrastructure works (roads, airports, ports, etc.). Recent trends underline the concept of Circular Economy – low carbon materials, greater durability or reusability/ recycling and resource efficiency. For Scanprobe in particular, being offered such a well structured platform and fantastically arranged audience of prospective businesses to present our company and products (the Maxprobe and the TrapJumper) to was an opportunity not to be missed, and has been a welcome addition to what as already been a tremendously busy 2018 activities calendar. As this is a very exciting time for our company, we are running a daily diary with our Managing Director Jon and UK Sales Manager Vernon as they embark on this business mission….day one!
Vernon: “Flying out Saturday evening UK time and arriving Sunday afternoon in Tokyo, there was little time to relax once we had arrived at the hotel. There was a “Welcome & Networking Gathering” in the bar on the 30th floor of the Grand Nikko Hotel Daiba at 6pm which was a great opportunity to meet some of the other companies taking this opportunity to bring their business to Japan. We were able to meet with the EU Gateway Communications Manager, Piero Zilio who was able to answer our questions ahead of this busy week for us, and we could share our stories and experiences so far with others making the journey across the world. There are some very interesting people and companies joining us on this business mission, definitely feels like we are in great company here on this EU Gateway Business Mission.”
Jon: “Monday was a very helpful grounding experience I feel. The morning had everyone in the ‘Ginga’ room where after a quick welcome every company had the opportunity to present an elevator pitch about themselves, and as Vernon said, some very interesting companies among us. Once the presentations were finished, including a couple of Sector Expert Presentations, the afternoon was spent visiting Kajima Corporation Technical Research Institution (KaTRI for short!) to learn about their research and development methods, and how they themselves are helping to drive businesses and manufacturing techniques forwards. This was a very interesting trip (and it also meant that I could leave Vernon alone to set up our stand!) Now we are just about to have some dinner and prepare for the first day of the exhibitions and meetings tomorrow.”
Follow Jon & Vernon’s progress at the EU Gateway Business Mission to Japan tomorrow!
Scanprobe Techniques are delighted to announce our new distribution partnership with one of the leading distributors, repair facilities and rental agent for CCTV push rod camera and crawler camera systems for pipeline inspection solutions in South Africa, Octopus Electronics to distribute our flagship model push-rod camera, the Maxprobe. This new distribution partnership marks the company’s first venture into Africa, and Scanprobe are excited at the opportunities that this partnership with a company with over 20 years’ experience in the industry presents.
Jon Barry, Managing Director of Scanprobe Techniques, says of the new distribution partnership:
“This partnership speaks volumes about the strength and the direction of Scanprobe Techniques Ltd as a business. The fact that we are now actively expanding our distribution network into Africa, with all the opportunities that this will bring shows you we are going in the right direction. From meeting with Trevor I could see immediately that he is a driven man and he is pushing to make Octopus Electronics the place to go to for push-rod CCTV systems, and we firmly believe that the Maxprobe is a fantastic product to help him achieve this.”
UK Sales Manager Vernon Pain was key in identifying Octopus Electronics as a potential distribution partner, and he was equally optimistic:
“Having spoken at great lengths with Trevor about the South African drainage market I am certain that the Maxprobe will be a great fit into their markets. It is built not just to put an image on a screen but to handle the abrasive materials and surfaces we come across, and also to make the lives of the drainage engineer as easy as possible. This is not just any old push-rod camera system!”
Vernon will be supporting Octopus Electronics on their stand at PlumbDrain Africa 2018 in Johannesburg from Wednesday 15th September to Friday 18th September, so if you are over for the show make sure to visit them in Hall 6, Stand F17!