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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 sure that there are no defects or foreign object debris (FOD) that could cause problems down the road. That is why using a video borescope during the casting process, and final inspection can save companies time and money.

Video borescopes are utilized for a significant amount of inspections during the casting process. Over the next few weeks, RF System Lab is going to provide an in-depth look into how videoscopes like the VJ-Advance articulating video borescope instill confidence in numerous casting quality checks.

We’re starting off this blog series with coating inspections.

Once a part is casted, it sometimes needs a secondary polishing, which is completed by precise methods such as electropolishing. These secondary polishings, made of thin films of material, finish off rough passageways and add protection to the surface of parts. This procedure is crucial for many industrial uses – especially when the parts are being used for food and drug industries, where a smooth surface free of FOD is essential in order to keep the final products clean and pure.

That being said, internally inspecting coated parts is a must in order to confidently confirm that they are free of burrs, cracks, drippage, and even corrosion further down the line. Video borescopes with extremely thin insertion tube diameters, like the 2.8mm VJ-Advance video borescope, are the ideal tool to inspect these coatings. Videoscopes enable NDT professionals to easily observe and take high-resolution photographic evidence of the internal condition of parts, which is a necessity when confirming condition. Quality checks with a video borescope greatly reduce the risk of defects in the coating of a casted part, which also reduces overall expenses by preventing contamination and cracking in coating.

Be on the lookout for the next segment of our Video Borescopes for the Casting Industry series! In the meantime, you can find out more about how the VJ-Advance video borescope is the perfect tool for inspecting the coating on casted parts by visiting the RF System Lab website or by calling 888-747-6526.

Galveston, Texas is a nice, warm place to visit this time of year. RF System Lab’s borescope expert, Zack Wessels, was able to take a walk on the beach on his way to exhibit at the 2015 API Inspection Summit. The summit took place January 26- 29, 2015 at the Galveston Island Convention Center. This year’s conference focused on asset integrity through corrosion management, inspection, and engineering technology and brought together petroleum experts for three days of exhibits and presentations.

Zack had a great experience while presenting the VJ-Advance articulating video borescope. Not only did he get a chance to network with other exhibitors and learn more about their resources, he was able to connect with current and potential clients, and even got to catch the keynote speech by John Felmy, Chief Economist of API.

Despite the drop in price for petroleum, attendees and vendors were extremely optimistic and still showed a great interest in the VJ-Advance video borescope for internal inspections — especially in combination with access panels. These suction-like panels allow maintenance professionals to permanent and easily gain closer access to internal parts that are being inspected. They’re a great compliment to the VJ-Advance, which easily snakes through those panels to complete remote visual inspection and confirm the existence of corrosion of other defects.

The API Inspection Summit was a well-done show and RF System Lab was glad to have been a part of it. If you were unable to attend the summit and test out the VJ-Advance video borescope, you can still demo the VJ-Advance onsite at your own facility. Learn how to take advantage of our no-cost, no-obligation demo program by visiting the RF System Lab website. 

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