Tool of the Month: Digital video inspection camera

Name: Digital video inspection camera 

Cost: Starts from $85 

Available at Amazon, Hardware stores, manufacturer’s website

Intended use

An inspection camera is a multipurpose device that can be used to monitor inside the drinker lines and water systems in poultry farms. If you are concerned about biofilm in the water line, consider detecting biofilm using sensors as an advanced monitoring system.

How does it work?

To begin, raise the end of the water line. This allows you to insert the camera cable without a great deal of water flowing out but always handy to have a bucket there to catch the water. Insert the camera cable and push it forward to monitor the inside of the water line for any debris, buildup scales, and biofilm.

Using the device

Important note: Before inspecting pipes that may contain an electric charge, have them checked by a qualified electrician.

To use an inspection camera to monitor inside a drinker line or water system, follow the following steps:

  1. Connect the inspection cable to the device by pushing the cable’s key into the cable connector’s slot.
  2. Turn the cable connector counterclockwise until the cable and cable connector is securely attached.
  3. Press the power button to turn the camera on
  4. To adjust the light, press the left light button either to dim or turn off the light. Press the right light button to turn on the light and increase brightness.
  5. To flip the image, press the flip image button to flip the image horizontally or vertically.
  6. When finished, press the power button to turn the camera off, then clean and store it according to the manufacturer’s “Inspection and Maintenance” guide.
  7. If you encounter any biofilm or debris in the water line, follow the relevant protocols to clean it out. Read our previous article to get an idea of how to disrupt and clean biofilm in water lines.

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