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The next topic for our Video Borescopes for the Casting Industry blog series is form inspections. We’ve previously provided blog posts covering residue reduction, coating inspections, weld inspections, and slag inspections. In case you didn’t get a chance to view those posts, here is a recap on the metal casting process:

Metal casting, the process of pouring metal in molten form into a mold to create a casted part, is used in a variety of applications; from art to industrial parts. Because of the need for complete precision during the entire casting process, quality control is a must. Only through a visual inspection of the internal passageways can professionals be absolutely sure that there are no defects or foreign object debris (FOD) that could cause problems down the road.

Overview of Casting Forms

The casting form is literally the end product of the casting process. The form created by casting must be created exactly as it was intended. Any defects such as cracks, blockage in passageways, or foreign object debris (FOD) in the form of slag or burrs can greatly affect the integrity of the form.

Using video borescopes for remote visual inspections of all parts of a casted form can help to identify defects and check to see if forms are free of FOD. Quality control professionals can confirm that your casting form measured up to your exact specifications with an ergonomic borescope like our VJ-Advance, which can inspect even the smallest areas to ensure complete and accurate formation. Having the ability to inspect confined areas is a must, since many forms have extremely small internal passageways that must be clear of FOD and free of cracks.

We have two more posts in our Video Borescopes for the Casting Industry series to look out for! In the meantime, you can find out more about how the VJ-Advance video borescope is the perfect tool for inspecting all components of casted forms by visiting the RF System Lab website or by calling (231) 943-1171.

RF System Lab’s Video Borescopes for the Casting Industry series continues this week; starting with residue reduction. We’ve previously provided insight on coating inspections, weld inspections, and slag inspections, and also want to provide a short metal casting process recap:

Metal casting, the process of pouring metal in molten form into a mold to create a casted part, is used in a variety of applications; from art to industrial parts. Because of the need for complete precision during the entire casting process, quality control is a must. Only through a visual inspection of the internal passageways can professionals be absolutely sure that there are no defects or foreign object debris (FOD) that could cause problems down the road.

Overview of residue:
Residue is, put simply, unwanted material left behind during the casting process. Residue can be made of liquid non-metallic components, which are an outcome of alloying and oxidation. For this reason, the reduction of residue is a must; it can quickly contaminate any liquids flowing through internal passageways.

Contamination is obviously something that any company works extremely hard to avoid. Video borescopes are an ideal tool for internally inspecting critical passageways and other parts of casted materials to check for residue of any kind. Videoscopes have time-stamped camera and video capture functions, which gives quality control technicians the ability to document the exact location, date, and time of the residue discovered. Quality Checks with a video borescope greatly reduce the quantity of new metallic residue components and give companies confidence that their finished casted parts are free of foreign object debris (FOD).

The next edition of our Video Borescopes for the Casting Industry series will be on the blog soon! In the meantime, you can find out more about how the VJ-Advance video borescope is the perfect tool for reducing residue in casted parts by visiting the RF System Lab website or by calling (231) 943-1171.

Earlier this week, the Traverse City Ticker – an essential local news source to Northern Michigan residents – had a top story worth sharing with aviation enthusiasts. Naturally, we were excited and wanted to share the details on the RF System Lab blog.

According to the Ticker, the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum will host an exhibit commemorating secret naval training and testing that occurred in Northern Michigan during WWII. Lake Michigan was chosen because it was the only U.S.-landlocked body of water large enough to accommodate the ships.

From 1942 to 1945 the USS Wolverine and the USS Sable, aircraft carriers converted from passenger ships, were stationed in Lake Michigan. They were used for secret training of sailors and pilots to avoid spies from Japan that were placed in the Pacific.

The Ticker was able to speak with Amanda Wetzel, assistant lighthouse director, about her efforts to bring this exhibit to Traverse City.  As stated in the original article “Last October, Wetzel began talking to veterans who served on and locals who remember seeing the ships. Since then, she says she’s ‘uncovered a lot of the story that didn’t receive the press it deserved, that there was an aircraft carrier stationed here in Grand Traverse Bay in the 1940s.’”

In addition to the secret ships, the U.S. Navy also tested top secret equipment, which included technology similar to current day unmanned aerial vehicles; which were guided by rotary style phones as they took off from the local Cherry Capital Airport.

During WWII, Navy personnel were frequently seen in Traverse City, but training and testing were hardly ever topics overheard in everyday conversation. “The belief was loose lips sink ships,” says Wetzel. “You didn’t talk about it. They truly believed spies were everywhere.” Wetzel told the Ticker that more than 17,000 men were trained on the carriers.

Attractions at the exhibit will include documents, photos and various artifacts of the era, as well as remarks by former President George H. Bush, who trained on the Sable. There will also be a gala honoring past and present navy and coast guard personnel at the Park Place Hotel.

To view the original article about this exciting event coming to our hometown, visit the Traverse City Ticker.

Image via JasonGillman.com

At the beginning of next month, RF System Lab borescope experts Casey O’Tool and Jess Kuznicki will trade the frigid temperatures of Traverse City, Michigan, for the warmer weather in Orlando, Florida, to attend HAI’s Heli-Expo 2015.  This year will be our fourth year at Heli-Expo, which is taking place from March 2-5, 2015,  at the Orange County Convention Center.

Heli-Expo is the world’s largest helicopter show, and the conference website boasts that it features over 1 million square feet of exhibit and meeting space.  Additionally, the trade show promises over 700 exhibits, 60+ helicopters, and an audience of around 20,000 helicopter industry professionals.

We are looking forward to returning as one of those 700+ exhibitors.  Casey O’Tool and Jess Kuznicki will be presenting the VJ-Advance articulating video borescope to aviation professionals looking to add a high-quality inspection camera to their arsenal.  The VJ-Advance has become a favorite with top names in aviation, especially the 3.9mm diameter borescope, which is the perfect fit for Pratt & Whitney engines.

Interested attendees can stop by booth #2518 for an opportunity to test out the VJ-Advance video borescope and experience the ease of joystick-controlled articulation.  Casey O’Tool and Jess Kuznicki will be available to answer any questions about remote visual inspection for helicopters and to provide details about how the VJ-Advance is a must-have addition to any quality control and maintenance program.

Visit the Heli-Expo website for more information about this year’s show.

We are excited to exhibit again this year at booth #2518.  If aviation maintenance professionals are unable to attend the conference, but still want to test out the VJ-Advance, they can take advantage of RF System Lab’s no cost, no obligation demo offer. 

We at RF System Lab have exciting news to share! We are proud and extremely excited to announce that we will be sponsoring the Aerospace Maintenance Competition, occurring during MRO Americas 2015. The competition and conference take place April 14-16 in Miami, FL.

In addition to sponsoring this skill-based maintenance competition, we will be giving away a VJ-Advance video borescope to the winning college team! We are proud to be a part of such an important event and to be able to provide the winning school with an inspection camera that will greatly assist with their aviation maintenance training.

We will be providing much more information about the Aerospace Maintenance Competition, but in the meantime, enjoy this short video about our involvement and the video borescope being donated!


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