The NEW Rail/Truck Tanker Inspection System

For years Industrial Inspection Systems from Zistos have helped increase worker safety and reduce inspection costs by keeping workers out of confined and difficult to reach spaces. With the addition of our new Rail/Truck Tanker Inspection System, inspectors can now perform a safe, visual inspection of the interior of a tanker from outside the tank. The worker can now check for hygienic conditions, foreign objects, cracks, and corrosion without the need to enter the tank and perform a confined space entry.

The system (IAD-TIPZ-6) has a uniquely configured, telescoping pole that can pan 180 degrees in both directions and attaches to a tanker hatch, allowing you to view all areas of the car interior. Also included in the system is a self-illuminating, 10X optical zoom camera and a body-worn, 5.6” LCD display with DVR capability.

All Zistos systems are weatherproof, durable, lightweight, compact, battery-operated, portable, and made in the USA. Thousands of Zistos systems are relied upon around the world, including systems with many U.S. and foreign military/government agencies.

The bottom line is that a Zistos portable video inspection system not only increases safety by keeping workers out of potentially hazardous environments, but also can significantly reduce confined space inspection costs by increasing efficiency, requiring less equipment, and shorter on-scene time.

For more information about Zistos portable video inspection systems, visit our website www.zistos.com, or call us at (631) 434-1370.

Reduce Costs and Increase Safety of Maintenance Operations in a Confined Space

Overview
Power generation and industrial process involve supporting equipment and materials that are located within a confined space. Confined spaces are inherently dangerous and unfortunately, many confined space industrial accidents have resulted in the death and injury of workers. There are regulations and safety mandates in place that do increase the safety and reduce the risks of confined space entries. These regulations improve safety, but they can also increase the cost and complexity of a confined space entry operation. Zistos Corporation has come up with a solution that both increases the safety and reduces the cost of many maintenance-repair operations that involve confined spaces.

The First Step of a Maintenance/Repair Operation
In almost every instance, maintenance and repair operations start out by making a visual assessment of operating conditions, environment and equipment.  This allows the process to move forward with the knowledge of what, if any, problems exist and how to try to remedy the condition.

The Capabilities and Benefits of Remote Video Inspection
A remote video inspection tool such as the Industrial Zoom Pole Camera from Zistos Corporation, allows the worker to make this visual assessment safely outside of the confined space – without the need for entry. The camera system allows the operator to insert the camera into the confined space envelope and view/record the area and equipment for problems using a variety of different camera technologies, such as zoom, low light and even thermal imaging.

This tool has the benefit of increasing worker safety, while simultaneously reducing the complexity and cost of the operation. This remote visual assessment made from outside of the space, not only alerts the worker to the status of equipment/environment in the space, it also increases awareness of any unknown hazards that may be present in the confined space prior to entry. If upon completion of the inspection phase it is determined that there are no obvious problems that require attention, the worker does not even need to enter the space and a confined space entry operation is avoided.

Cost Analysis
In one application, a cost analysis conducted on the use of this video inspection tool yielded a complete return on investment after less than 40 hours of use.   The resultant reduction of operating costs was accomplished by decreasing the number of confined space entry operations.  When confined space entries were deemed necessary, the time spent by workers in the confined space was also reduced. The amount of time spent in a confined space can also be directly correlated to operating costs. This analysis did not even factor in any consideration to reduction of on the job injury or disability claims from confined space accidents.

Summary
The benefits of using a remote inspection tool such as the Zistos video inspection product to keep workers out of confined or dangerous spaces makes sense on every level. The tools facilitate the sound practice of exposing a worker to a potentially hazardous environment only when the need for and safety of entry are confirmed following a visual assessment. The use of this approach benefits both the bottom line of an operation and helps insure the safety and wellbeing of the primary asset of any industrial concern – their employees.

For more information or to schedule a hands-on demonstration of any Zistos system, please visit www.zistos.com or call (631) 434-1370.

Reduce Costs and Increase Safety of Maintenance Operations in a Confined Space

Overview
The first stage of any maintenance repair operation is a visual assessment of equipment and conditions. There are many instances where these maintenance and repair operations involve equipment and environments that are within a confined space. Confined space entries can be dangerous and have regulations and safety mandates that increase the safety, but also increase the cost and complexity of the operation. By using remote video inspection tools from Zistos Corporation, the number of confined space entries can be reduced and in some cases eliminated entirely. By utilizing these tools it is possible to both increase the safety of an operation, while at the same time reduce the overall maintenance costs to facilitate.

The First Step of a Maintenance/Repair Operation
In almost every instance, maintenance and repair operations start out by making a visual assessment of operating conditions, environment and equipment. The objective of this initial step is to accomplish the following;

  • help assess the status of the area,
  • to determine the nature of a problem,
  • establish a starting point for troubleshooting/repair process,
  • to predetermine what tools or replacement parts may be necessary to complete a repair.

In addition, the initial assessment is necessary to help insure the safety of workers involved by allowing them to identify any potential hazards in the area (such as leaking high pressure lines or arcing electrical connections), that could pose a hazard to those working in proximity.

Dangers of Confined Space Entry
A space is generally recognized to be a “Confined Space” if it:

  • has limited or restricted means of entry or exit;
  • is large enough for a person to enter to perform tasks;
  • is not designed or configured for continuous occupancy;
  • has the potential for a significant hazard to be present.

Examples of these spaces are underground vaults, tanks, storage bins, pits and diked areas, storage vessels, silos and other similar areas. Confined spaces are inherently dangerous and unfortunately, many confined space industrial accidents have resulted in the death and injury of workers

As a result of these dangers, OSHA has strict regulations and procedures that must be followed when an individual must enter a confined space. These procedures are intended to reduce the risk of injury to an individual that must enter the space, but the increase in safety comes at a cost. They require additional manpower, equipment, training and administrative considerations to be safe and compliant with regulations for confined space entry.

The Capabilities and Benefits of Remote Video Inspection
A remote video inspection tool such as the Industrial Zoom Pole Camera from Zistos Corporation, allows the worker to make this visual assessment safely outside of the confined space without the need for entry. The camera system allows the operator to insert the camera into the confined space envelope and view/record the area and equipment for problems using a variety of different camera technologies, such as zoom, low light and even thermal imaging.

Cost Analysis
This required first step involving a visual assessment of conditions can be completed outside of the confined space. This has the benefit of increasing the safety and reducing the complexity and cost of the operation. If upon completion of the inspection phase it is determined that there are no obvious problems that require attention, the worker does not even need to enter the space.

In one application a cost analysis conducted on the use of this video inspection tool had a complete return on investment after less than 40 hours of use. This analysis did not even factor in any consideration to reduction of on the job injury or disability claims from confined space accidents.

Summary
The benefits of using a remote inspection tool such as the Zistos video inspection product to keep workers out of confined or dangerous spaces makes sense on every level. The tools facilitate the sound practice of exposing a worker to a potentially hazardous environment only when the need and safety of entry are confirmed following a visual assessment. The use of this approach benefits both the bottom line of an operation and helps insure the safety and well-being of the primary asset of any industrial concern – their employees.

For more information or to schedule a hands-on demonstration of any Zistos system, please visit www.zistos.com or call (631) 434-1370.

True Zoom That Shows a CLEAR Picture

Learn The Differences of a Better Camera

One of the many unique options for the Zistos Pole Camera System is our zoom camera.
We offer two models: WPC-2.5Z – a color zoom, white light illuminated camera and the WPC-2.5ZIR, a color/BW, low light camera with infrared illumination. Both of these cameras feature a true optical 10X zoom capability.

Unlike many cameras on the market that offer digital zoom capability, the Zistos optical zoom does not lose resolution as the magnification increases. Digital zoom functions lose resolution and image quality as you increase the magnification. Both of the zoom cameras are submersible in water.

Please watch the accompanying video to learn more about this unique camera system from Zistos and how it can assist many types of video inspection/surveillance applications including Industrial, Law Enforcement, Rescue, and Security.

For more information or to schedule a hands-on demonstration of any Zistos system, please visit www.zistos.com or call (631) 434-1370.

Extend Your Reach

The common requirement for all of our customers is to see into areas that are dangerous or difficult to access. The variety of different pole types and sizes are designed to optimize the range and application of our pole camera systems. With articulating pole options from 3ft to 20ft, FlexEnd pole options from 2ft to 20ft, and Carbon Fiber FlexEnd options at 20ft, 30ft or 40ft you will be able to visually assess conditions in areas that would otherwise be difficult or hazardous.

Being that all of our Zistos camera heads and Zistos WalkAbout displays are compatible with any pole you may choose the combination of pole type, display and camera technology that best fits your application.

Our systems are used by tactical teams, rescue personnel, security personnel and industrial inspectors in many different scenarios. They can allow an operator to “see” high above or below ground – without a ladder; to covertly survey a situation in a second story window or up in an attic without putting themselves at risk; to inspect conditions inside a vault or tank without entering a confined space and search for trapped victims following a building collapse. The various pole types used in conjunction with our other video components give you the flexibility to safely extend your vision and allow you to put your eyes anywhere they need to see.

For more information, please visit www.Zistos.com or call (631) 434-1370.

Saving Money Through Safety Makes Sound Economic Sense

Zistos Industrial Inspection products increase the safety and efficiency of performing any inspection.

Zistos industrial inspection video camera systems are purpose-built to allow users to inspect elevated locations and confined spaces, safely out of harm’s way. They include two main primary capabilities:

Extended Reach Pole video camera systems can be telescoped to 20, 30 or 40 feet to allow the operator to remain safely on the ground without a ladder.

Confined Space Inspection cameras allow inspection of tanks, vaults, hoppers and other confined spaces while safely performing the operation outside them. Lightweight, durable and all weather, the system is ready to go in minutes. Continue reading

Preventable Ladder Accidents

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Zistos Inspection systems can not only help prevent injuries but can help save lives. The use of these tools not only makes the job safer and helps prevent tragic and expensive accidents but they also increase the efficiency and reduce the overhead and cost associated with performing these industrial inspection tasks.

For more information contact Zistos sales at 631.434.1370 or email: info@zistos.com

New Extended Reach Poles

Zistos is proud to introduce our new line of pole camera systems that include long poles that telescope out to 20’, 30’, and 40’. These new “Extended Reach” poles are made from carbon fiber, a material that is stronger, lighter, and more rigid than standard aluminum and fiberglass poles. The carbon fiber material offers better control and the enhanced rigidity minimizes bowing, especially when the pole is used in a horizontal orientation. A new lever locking collar mechanism used on our carbon fiber poles allows the user to quickly lock/release the telescoping sections of the pole. While some competing pole designs use only friction to keep the sections extended, our locking collars secure each section for use in a vertical position. The poles are fully compatible with our existing line of interchangeable cameras heads and body worn/portable display devices.

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Inspect and Assess Confined or Hazardous Areas Without Physical Entry

Confined spaces can be inherently dangerous; in fact, each year about 100 U.S. workers die from confined space incidents involving a wide range of hazards.  Any maintenance or repair task starts with an engineer or technician making a visual assessment of conditions of both the equipment and environment.  A Zistos Industrial Inspection System can increase efficiency and help reduce such loss of life and related injuries by providing complete visual assessment of tanks, large vessels, vaults, voids, and other confined/difficult to reach or hazardous areas without a confined space entry.

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Ready, Set, Go…Zistos Backpack Surveillance Tower A Step Above

With our security needs increasing, especially in remote places, Zistos Corporation can help you with the right application for your remote surveillance equipment needs. Our rapidly deployable surveillance systems are self-powered and offer complete vision solutions that are wireless and easily transported.

Our newest system, The Backpack Surveillance Tower (BST) is a portable, one man battery operated, wireless network surveillance system with a pan-tilt-zoom camera that is mounted on a collapsible four-meter mast. The system facilitates surveillance of a wide area from a high angle of view. The BST deploys quickly from a backpack, which allows one individual to transport it over rough or wooded terrain. The 13 ft. tower unfolds easily from storage and can be setup by a single individual.  The pole is stabilized using guy-wires and ground spikes included in the kit. Multiple BST systems can be networked together and can be monitored from a ruggedized laptop computer available with the kit and can also interface with any standard digital device – laptop, tablet, or smartphone – with Wi-Fi capability. Continue reading