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Unprecedented demand for remote visual inspection equipment

Posted: Tuesday 6th May 2008

Ashtead Technology Rentals has experienced such a surge in demand from businesses wanting to hire advanced remote visual inspection equipment that it has spent more than £250,000 over the last year expanding its fleet.

The iPEK Rovver® 125 and 225 Crawler Inspection Systems have proved to be two of the most popular items hired out by the rental specialists for use in a wide variety of applications, including the investigation of pipes, chambers and drains. One recent example saw the use of a Rovver® to safely study the internal condition of the 4,400 year-old Silbury Hill in Wiltshire, after Ashtead Technology Rentals was contacted by English Heritage.

As a result of such assignments, the company has expanded its fleet by purchasing many new systems and updating its existing stock.

Ashtead’s General Manager James Carlyle, said: “We have experienced an amazing demand for the Rovver®, so much so that we have had to make a significant investment in our fleet of instruments. They were literally flying off the shelves.

“The Rovver® is an extremely robust and versatile piece of equipment and has proved to be one of the most popular instruments we have ever hired out; this investment will help serve this increase in demand.”

The Rovver® 125 can be used in pipes with diameters from 125mm to 450mm, while its ‘big brother’ Rovver 225® is designed specifically to investigate pipe work between 300mm to 1200mm.

Video footage of the Rovver® in action at Silbury Hill can be found at

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