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Joel Riling, RF System Lab’s VP of Government Programs, along with colleagues Eddie Griffiths and Leland Browning, returned from IABTI (International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators) New Technology Exposition and Exhibitor Show in Reno earlier this month. The event was extremely well attended by bomb technicians and EOD technicians from around the world, who showed great interest in RF System Lab’s VJ-Advance Video Borescope.

Riling reported, “Military EOD, Federal, State and local units were impressed by the portability, ease of use and image quality of the VJ-Advance.”

There were many memorable experiences including training sessions, an open exhibit hall, and the Annual ITC banquet, but one that stands above those in Riling’s mind is both a rare and exciting occurrence: an on-site borescope sale. The Massachusetts Port Authority, which owns and operates three airports—Boston Logan International Airport, Hanscom Field, and Worcester Regional Airport, became a new customer at the event, selecting the nonconductive version of the 6.9mm/1.5m VJ-Advance video borescope.

If you were unable to attend the conference don’t forget, you can still checkout the VJ-ADV articulating video borescopes on the RF System Lab website! For more information, or to learn more about our free demo unit, call us toll free at (231) 943-1171.

Raven’s Challenge: Not Your Average Competition

Raven’s Challenge: A joint DOD/Federal and international Bomb Squad/EOD training competition where teams participate in hyper-realistic bomb scenarios.

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Raven’s Challenge competitors get ready for the competition.

Specifically, the North West Region Raven’s Challenge is a five day event held in Elma, Washington attended by bomb squads and military EOD personnel from several states, agencies and Canada. The 8th annual challenge, sponsored by ATF, is designed to exercise and build realistic regional inter-agency capability to respond with explosive threats and evaluate military cohesive team work and law enforcement.

According to ATF, scenarios include the detonation of a bomb on a bus with a secondary device, a Vehicle Bourne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) near a transportation node, a booby trap device in a sealed container, IED’s on critical infrastructure targets, and many more. ATF also states that the challenge runs at the same times as three other events in Huntsville, Washington DC, and Phoenix. All of the live events from the multiple challenges are sent directly to DC so that the FBI command center  can analyze the data and create the “big picture” for post-challenge investigation of a national terrorist assault.

Royal Canadian Navy -Bomb Disposal - borescope

Bomb Disposal equipment from the Royal Canadian Navy

RF System Lab is honored and excited to have received an invitation to participate in this challenge. The VJ-Advance articulating video borescope is being used for challenges by the Seattle Bomb Squad to assist in their efforts investigating and defeating IED threats. Joel Riling, RF System Lab’s VP of Government Programs, is currently observing the action at the event.

Interested in learning more about how the VJ-Advance video borescope can assist with Military EOD scenarios? Check out the RF System Lab website or call 888-787-6526 for additional information.

In January RF System Lab announced the arrival of the 2.8mm VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope.  Now, we would like to provide an update regarding the different industries that are utilizing the super slim 2.8mm VJ-ADV, as well as detail what makes this video borescope such a necessity in those industries.

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The super-slim 2.8mm insertion tube.

The 2.8mm has all the same features as the original 6.9mm VJ-ADV, including four-way joystick-controlled camera articulation, medical grade camera technology, and trigger activated image capture.  However, as indicated by the name, the 2.8mm VJ-ADV offers a much slimmer insertion tube diameter, allowing inspection of much tighter spaces.

Our borescope experts gave the inside scoop on which industries are finding the 2.8mm to be the perfect fit.

The aerospace industry’s use of the 2.8mm VJ-ADV to complete casting inspections was an application noted in several instances.  Internal Foreign Object Debris (FOD) detection is crucial, especially for integral parts such as the small cord oil passageways in the casting that surround the turbine engine. The 2.8mm video borescope is ideal for casting inspection because of its slender size and smaller bending radius, allowing it to easily navigate through tight corners and small tubing to detect corrosion or FOD.

The small casting passageways are extremely expensive to replace. Because of this, companies in the Aviation and Aerospace industry use borescopes like the 2.8mm VJ-ADV to perform preventive avionics maintenance to ensure that the welding is fully sealed and that there are no ruptures or leakage in the joints of the casting.  Conducting an inspection, prior to installing the casting, instills confidence that future inspections are passed and that the integrity of all parts that make up the casting is upheld.

Another notable industry in which to 2.8mm has been popular is 3D printing and other electronic inspections.  3D printers are becoming standard in many industries, and making sure the 3D printer you are using to create parts is in full working order, as well as inspecting the finished printed parts, is a must.  The 2.8mm seamlessly fits through small openings and guides effortlessly through compact inner workings of electronics and the products they create.  Uses of the VJ-ADV within the electronic industry have included solder paste inspections, circuit board inspections and different methods of preventative maintenance.

In addition to those industries, the 2.8mm VJ-ADV has been used for inspections that fall into the “Other” category. These “Other” inspections range from inspecting the inside of golf club heads to looking inside 300 year old violins.

The versatile 2.8mm articulating video borescope has become a top-seller in the industries above and in many others that require a sub-4mm borescope such as oil and gas, chemical processing and manufacturing.  But don’t just take our word for it.  Please contact us directly to try the 2.8mm VJ-ADV for yourself.  To make the decision process easy, we offer the industry’s only no-cost, no-obligation demo program so you can evaluate the new 2.8mm video borescope in your facility doing your inspections, before you decide to buy.  Contact RF System Lab today by visiting our website or call us toll free at (888) 747-6526, and see what you’ve been missing.

Last February, Borescope Expert Jess Kuznicki presented the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope at the Great Lakes Aviation Conference & Expo in Lansing, Michigan. While exhibiting, he had the opportunity to meet numerous aviation maintenance professionals. One encounter, however, stood out above the rest: students from MIAT College of Technology noticed RF System Lab’s booth and checked out the scope. Jess struck up a conversation with the students and realized that this was a golden opportunity to get our scope in the hands of students. After speaking with their supervisor, MIAT’s National Director of Business Relations Amy Kienast, about RF System Lab’s no-cost, no-obligation demo program, the demo agreement was signed and a 3.9mm VJ-ADV was sent to MIAT. The aviation maintenance students provided RF System Lab with great feedback about their experience using the VJ-ADV in their hanger at MIAT.

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MIAT Instructors and students inspect the turbine.

MIAT College of Technology, located in Canton, Michigan, offers a variety of degree programs. The students that demoed the VJ-ADV video borescope were working towards their Aviation Maintenance Technology Associates Degree. Through this program, the students learn the advanced precision skills necessary to become FAA Certificated Airframe and Power Plant Technicians. A few of the precision technical skills MIAT graduates master during training include gear systems and operation, composite structure fabrication, avionics and advanced electrical systems, and high performance piston and turbine engines.

The high performance turbine engines were what the students were most excited to perform inspections on with the VJ-ADV. However, they were going to have to wait a few days. When the scope first arrived at the MIAT campus, Amy Kienast was on the verge of heading out of town for a week, so she told the students that she was going to lock the VJ-ADV in her office until she was back to supervise. The students, after begging her to reconsider and then realizing that was not getting them very far, offered a compromise.

“They were so eager to demo the scope that they settled for pouring over the instruction manual as a compromise. They wanted to know the VJ-ADV inside and out – the students studied that instruction manual from top to bottom before they eventually had the video borescope in their hands. They really wanted to know every aspect they could,” explained Kienast.

Students at MIAT use the VJ-ADV to inspect a turbine engine

Students at MIAT use the VJ-ADV to inspect a turbine engine

Once Kienast was back in the office, the students immediately got to work utilizing the VJ-ADV for performing inspections on the combustor of their Pratt & Whitney JT9 turbine engine; as well as an APU Honeywell for a 747. The borescope was used on the Pratt & Whitney JT9 to inspect the fuel nozzles in the combustor, the cooling passages, and the nozzle that guides the hot gas underneath the turbine blades. With the VJ-ADV, MIAT students were able to see where the nozzle had started stress rupturing from too much heat, causing some cracks to propagate from that area onto the combustion. When inspecting the APU Honeywell, students inserted the VJ-ADV directly into the combustor, which allowed them to easily observe the engine’s internal conditions.

Joe Zugschwert, the instructor leading the remote visual inspections, said that “compared to the older borescope we normally use, the definition and video display on the VJ-ADV is extremely impressive. Another major upgrade that the VJ-ADV offered is that there is much more maneuverability when you are able to hold the borescope with just one hand. That benefit left our other hand free to use the controls to select options for camera and video capture, as well as gave us the flexibility of use our free hand to easily guide the insertion tube into the entry points, an important feature to have.”

Zugschwert also mentioned that with video borescopes they’ve used the in the past, classified as “snap-on videoscopes,” the fiber optics are a lot larger, so it’s much harder to get into tighter spots. The VJ-ADV works well for getting into small spots, and the screen is large enough to clearly view the area being inspected.

Additional reactions provided by students Jason Carpenter, Aaron Foster, and Charles Birewirth were as follows:

- The quality and definition of the camera was exceptional in observing the fuel nozzles and turbine nozzles with their multiple cooling holes.”

- The clarity of the screen combined with the ease of thumb controlled brightness adjustments was extremely beneficial in finding a large stress crack in the cooling ring.

- Dust built up was discovered on the lens; however, the cleaning kit accompanying the borescope worked very well.

The student’s wrapped up their review of the VJ-ADV by stating: “Thank you for the use of this wonderful unit as it is a perfect tool for aviation inspections.”

RF System Lab is glad that they were able to provide the students of MIAT’s aviation program a chance to demo a high-end articulating video borescope. RF System Lab is a supporter of continued education and a believer in the importance of providing students with the same tools that they will be utilizing in their future careers such as the VJ-ADV video borescope. Enhancing hands-on experiences like the ones offered at MIAT’s aviation program is extremely important to the future of the aviation maintenance industry.

If you would like to learn more about RF System Lab’s no-cost, no-obligation demo program, visit the RF System Lab website or contact one of our sales consultants at 888-747-6526.

Quality Digest Live, which runs every Friday, recently featured the VJ-Advance video borescope on their “Tech Corner” segment and gave a great review.

Quality Digest Live VJ-Advance video borescopeCheck out the video above to watch the Tech Corner segment and hear their thoughts on the VJ-Advance.

A huge thank you to Quality Digest for taking the time to review our product – we’re glad you enjoyed your demo!

Interested in trying the scope out for yourself? If you’d like to demo the VJ-Advance video borescope, you can sign up for your no-cost, no-obligation demo offer by visiting the RF System Lab website or by calling 888-747-6526.


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