Pushing sewer rehabilitation to the next level

IBG HydroTech is pushing the envelope, developing and manufacturing products and systems that can be customised to client needs – from single components to fully equipped vehicles.

At this year’s RO-KA-TECH fair in Germany, IBG exhibited at both a spacious indoor stand as well as an outdoor stand. Showcasing its three main areas of business – cleaning, robotics and lining systems – the company put its systems and solutions for sewer cleaning and sewer rehabilitation on display, including UV-curing solutions for partial pipe rehabilitation were shown to attendees during moderated ‘live’ outdoor demonstrations.

The simple and fast rehabilitation process of these systems is perfectly suited for demonstration, as visitors need little time and explanation to see the process from start to finish. In addition, two ready-to-build rehabilitation vehicles were also ready to engage the public’s attention, with the opportunity to inspect the vehicle in detail from both the inside and the outside.

Filling a gap in the market

IBG also unveiled new products to the public, with one particular highlight a completely redesigned self-propelled robotic system. The product has been in development since mid-2018 when IBG was approached by Jetchem Systems in the UK, with the company seeking a specialist piece of equipment to increase its hire fleet.

After some discussion, it was noted that no such type of equipment existed. Through the combined efforts of the ultra high pressure (UHP) machinery being provided by Jetchem, and by using IBG’s already proven HydroCut and eCUT milling robots as a base to build from, a unique product destined to push sewer rehabilitation to the next level was created.

This system is unique in that it does not use a mechanical tool to work on pipe obstacles and deposits. Instead, the work is carried out by a UHP water jet, which can be raised to a maximum of 2,800 bar (40,000 psi).

Through IBG’s many years of experience with hydraulic milling robot systems, an innovative but also marketable system was developed in a relatively short amount of time. The first robot of the UHP series, named UHP250, was designed for DN 250 to DN 600 pipelines; it can also be used in ovoid profiles due to its infinitely adjustable scissor lift and two side adapters.

The swivel-mounted UHP arm at the front can be exchanged by the user for a standard cutting-arm in just a few steps. For controlled and effective waterjet cutting, one rear and two front cameras have been installed on board, with the LEDs and modules upgraded with significantly more powerful versions.

The UV curing systems of the maxLight series have also been expanded. Until now, there were three different lamp trains (light chain and light source cores) for curing DN 150 to DN 1600 UV liners, but a more compact version of the reel with control system was missing.

Compact with creature comforts

The maxLight compact is a smaller UV system, specially designed for users who primarily want to work from DN 150 to DN 350, but don’t want to do it without the usual comforts such as blower control or detailed documentation of the curing process.

The cable is wound on the drum in a length of 90 m and variable switchable power levels of 250–450 W allow for the correct exposure. The integration of digital ballasts increases energy efficiency and reduces the thermal stress on the system.

These, and other changes, have contributed to a 50 per cent weight reduction when compared to the large maxLight system, allowing for complete integration into a 3.5 t truck, including power generator, blower and accessories.

IBG will be putting its new UV and robot technologies on display at No-Dig Florence, welcoming the opportunity to demonstrate its unique features.

Travelling down under

IBG will also be making an appearance No-Dig Down Under 2019 in Melbourne, Australia with Drainco Australasia, the distributor of select world-leading trenchless pipe and drainage rehabilitation products in Australia and New Zealand. Drainco services the civil drainage and plumbing sectors, as well as council and water authorities, offering rehabilitation sewer and storm water infrastructure.

At No-Dig Down Under, Drainco Australasia, in partnership with IBG Hydro-Tech, will showcase an industry-leading range of products, including IBG’s UV Patch, UV Hat, and UV CIPP Systems  at booth 72.

This article was featured in Fall Edition of Trenchless International. To view the magazine on your PC, Mac, tablet, or mobile device, click here.

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