Monthly Archives: November 2014

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For over 20 years Mini-Cam Ltd has specialized in the manufacturing and distribution of Pipeline Inspection Systems throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.

Their growing reputation due to the high quality of their products has brought Jack Doheny Companies to join their International Dealer Network and bring the Mini-Cam PROTEUS to the United States and Canada. Jack Doheny Companies will help provide sales, equipment service, and customer support for all of North America starting in 2015.

Mini-Cam's industry knowledge, experience and customer feedback have enabled them to continuously innovate and develop leading solutions for challenging environments, producing smart, user-friendly, durable, high-quality systems at very affordable prices. Their own custom design & manufacturing facilities provide them with a quality control process of the highest order.

Jack Doheny Companies can now offer a complete range of innovative systems for every need of your pipeline inspection requirements, with room to expand and upgrade your equipment as your budget grows.


To learn more or request a demo to see what the Mini-Cam PROTEUS can do for you call us today at 888-936-4369


A Word From JDC's  Inspection Division Director

Not many people can say they work at a company that is dedicated to selling and servicing only the best equipment that money can buy.  In his 25th year of employment with Jack Doheny Companies Doug Kamienecki though can honestly say that he is one of those people:

"I am proud that from day one, I have been given the opportunity to represent only the finest, world class pipeline inspection equipment available.  Jack Doheny Companies was just awarded “Dealer of the Year” from Rapidview / IBAK North America for the 8th year in a row and we will continue to be their largest dealer for many years to come.

To help augment our lineup of pipeline inspection equipment offerings, we are extremely excited to announce our partnership with Mini-Cam, UK.  Manufacturing the Proteus brand of mainline inspection systems, the first truly portable, battery operated inspection system ever offered.  We are proud to be the distributor in all of North America."

- Doug Kamienecki, Inspection Division Director

Winterizing Your Vehicle

Winterizing your vehicle can help prepare your equipment for winter storage. Many types of equipment are damaged each year due to improper tank and water system draining required to prevent the accumulation of ice in cold weather conditions. The following overview will help you prevent ice from forming in your equipment:

1. Move your vehicle to a suitable location for draining. If you suspect ice has formed within you water system then transport to a heated area and allow the water system to warm completely before use.


2. Make sure your vehicle is turned off and open drains in all water tanks and allow tanks to empty. Remove Y-strainers at fill and water pump suction and other options if so equipped.


3. Remove quick disconnect from hand gun outlet(s).


4. Start vehicle engine and leave at idle and then engage hydraulic pump.


5. Open both high pressure ball valves on the hose reel.


6. REMOVE rodder nozzle and SECURE hose end to an adjacent hose loop so reel can rotate. Point the hose end towards the ground as ice and water may be ejected while running rodder pump


7. Turn OFF water pump.


8. Rotate Hose reel clockwise direction to expel any water in hose.


9. Drain high pressure water gun.


10. Remove drain plugs for optional debris body wash out system.


11. Open optional gate valve to water pump.


12. Locate heat exchanger in water pump suction and open valves.


The World’s First Quadcopter

Today’s Quadcopter’s are looking a lot like the U.S. military’s first attempt at creating a helicopter. George de Bothezat, a Russian American engineer and businessman, created the first helicopter that the U.S. military took seriously, leading them to giving him a contract for $20,000 in 1921.

As part of this contract, he had to “design, construct and supervise flight tests of a helicopter”. He had seven months to do this. “The machine he built was a quadcopter, 10 feet high and in the shape of a cross, each one 65 feet long, with a six-bladed rotor on either end. The engine went in the middle, with the pilot. It took much longer than seven months—it did not fly until December of 1922”.

Unfortunately, the Air service lost interest in Bothezat’s helicopter after a few years and it wasn’t until two decades later that another Russian engineer, Igor Sikorsky, designed the first helicopter that the military would actually use.



From Our Friends at VTC

This year, the Commercial UAV Show attracted over 1,500 visitors and VTC was lucky enough to be one of these attendees. On behalf of Jack Doheny Companies, VTC was there to broaden our knowledge and gather information on this captivating equipment market.


As the event went on it became clearer and clearer to us: UAV's are the future. Led by the ‘Queen Bee’ in 1935, UAVs have since come a long way and are now used for a wide range of purposes, including: ground support; peacekeeping; precision agriculture; safety inspections; service provisions. The benefits for companies are undeniable.

UAV’s are very cost effective, time efficient and very low risk, and companies could soon be reaping the benefits.  One statistic that stands out to us is that on average, satellite imagery costs $35,000 to operate, and collecting aerial data averages over a huge $90,000. UAV imagery has the potential to perform the same tasks for less than $18,000 – an attractive savings for our customers.

So if the technology and systems are all there and companies across the globe are spending millions on R&D, what is keeping this industry from success? It’s simple: a sheer lack of legislation. There has been much confusion over the rules and regulations of flying unmanned aircraft both commercially and non-commercially and it is not until early 2015 that this uncertainty will start to clear. It appears that many of the issues arise from concerns regarding privacy and flying aircraft out of the ‘line-of-sight’, but if this industry has any chance of success, these issues need to be resolved.

Flying UAV's and Drones for commercial purposes has in fact already begun in many jurisdictions. Though not yet legal in the United States, Transport Canada (Canada’s Governing body) has set out strict guidelines of when and how to fly an unmanned aircraft. To find more information on Canadian drone policy Click Here.


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Introducing UAV Rentals from Jack Doheny Companies

Jack Doheny Companies (JDC) is very excited to announce that starting in December, we will begin offering UAV rentals.  In partnership with ING Robotic Aviation, we will be offering rentals of their Responder model across the United States.

The Responder is the most reliable and flexible tool for aerial data acquisition. Advanced engineering meets functional design to provide the right information, into the right hands at the right time. So, whether you are the leading project manager of an offshore oil refinery or you are simply a farmer wanting to understand the health of your crops, Responder makes having eyes in the sky a reality.

The Responder can handle wind gusts up to 65 km/hr & frigid temperatures of -35 degrees Celsius. After all, it is made in Canada.

With its ability to unload directly from a pickup truck & its quick 3-point release system, the Responder can be deployed quickly and efficiently.

For more information, call us today or check out our new website Doheny Drones.