Wheaton, Il.— RJN GROUP, INC and MTA Messtechnik announced a broad partnership that strengthens RJN’s water and wastewater pipeline condition assessment services while expanding Austria-based MTA’s growth in North America. This new partnership will spark innovations in the pressure pipe condition assessment market by leveraging RJN’s condition assessment expertise and maximizing the features of the inventive MTA pipe inspection tools.
“Today’s announced partnership with MTA positions RJN to offer our clients a highly effective and budget-friendly pressure pipe inspection technology.” said Jeff Plymale, RJN’s President and CEO.
MTA Pipe-Inspector is a cable-less technology producing complete optical and acoustic inspection of pressure pipelines—PCCP, PVC, or DI/CI—without interrupting services or operations. Due to its forward-thinking design, Pipe-Inspector travels easily through pipes with 90° bends, inspects long pipe reaches, and accesses hard-to-reach pipelines, producing video, temperature, and pressure readings.
As the ‘aging infrastructure’ dialog continues for North American infrastructure owners and operators, effective condition assessment tools like Pipe-Inspector offer advanced capabilities to promote sound maintenance and capital planning decision-making. As highlighted in the recent Utah State University study, between 2012 and early 2018 overall water main break rates increased by 27%. Even more concerning is the increase in break rates of cast iron and asbestos cement pipe, more than 40% over a 6-year period; cast iron and asbestos cement pipe make up 41% of the installed water mains in the US and Canada. The RJN/MTA partnership will offer confidence for infrastructure owners in meeting the demands of the ongoing ‘aging infrastructure’ issue.