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The 2015 Global Force Symposium and Exposition, formally known as the AUSA Winter Symposium, and the 2015 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit are taking place in two weeks. The Global Force Symposium,  occurring March 31-April 2nd, is located at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, AL while the Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit goes from March 29-April 1st at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN. Even with the overlapping dates, RF System Lab’s VP of Government Programs, Joel Riling, will be exhibiting at both events.

A bit of background on both of these events, which RF System Lab has attended for a few years in a row now and are shows we do not want to miss:

  • Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit: The entire Army Community  –  Active Duty, National Guard, Army Reserve, Department of Army Civilians, and other industry reps — gather in an exhibit hall to find solutions for the challenges aviation warfighters face around the world. The symposium also features numerous networking opportunities, 16 hours of professional development, and over 300,000 square feet of exhibits.
  • Global Force Symposium: This three-day event, hosted by the Association of the United States Army’s Institute of Land Warfare (AUSA ILW), features presentations from the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, the United States Army Materiel Command and the Office and the Assistant Secretary of the Army. The goal of the symposium is to explore the capabilities outlined in the Army Operating Concept and how the force transforms from being adaptive to driving innovation for Force 2024 and beyond. It also includes a large exhibit hall and offers exclusive exhibit-hall-only hours.

Joel Riling is looking forward to providing more information at these events about the articulating VJ-Advance video borescope, a tool that is currently being used by every branch of the military. Attendees interested in improving their quality control and learning more about remote visual inspection can stop by RF System Lab’s booth at either of these events. Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit booth #920 & Global Force Symposium booth #909.

If you go…

Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit

  • Venue: Gaylord Opryland Hotel, Nashville, TN
  • Exhibits open on Sunday, March 29th at 4:30pm
  • RF System Lab booth: #920

Global Force Symposium

  • Venue: The Von Braun Center, Huntsville, AL
  • Exhibits open on Tuesday, March 31st at 10:45am
  • RF System Lab booth #909

Find out about more of our upcoming tradeshow appearances in a variety of different industry-focused shows, conferences, and expositions at the RF System Lab website.

The 2015 MRO Americas, taking place at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, FL on April 14-16, will host the Annual Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC).  AMC is a skill-based competition where teams of certified Aircraft Maintenance Technicians, Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, international and domestic Armed Forces personnel involved in aircraft/spacecraft maintenance, and students enrolled in either FAA, EASA, CASA, or equivalently authorized schools will compete to show off their aerospace maintenance skills.

Teams of five are divided into competition categories of Commercial Aviation, General Aviation, Space, School, Military, and MRO/OEM. They then compete in a timed competition against other teams in their category by testing their knowledge and skills in 16 scheduled events that highlight the principles of the AMT and AME craft and profession.

RF System Lab is proud to be a sponsor of AMC 2015. In addition to their sponsorship, we are donating a VJ-Advance articulating video borescope to the winning team in the School category. Out of the 42 teams competing in this year’s AMC, five of those teams are made up of students working to obtain certification through aviation schools.

We are excited to be able to provide the winning students an opportunity to enhance their studies with the VJ-Advance. At RF System Lab, we understand the importance of hands-on learning and experience with tools regularly used in the aviation maintenance industry; which is why the video borescope company is thrilled to be able to provide the winning school with a VJ-Advance articulating video borescope.

Borescope expert Zack Wessels will be onsite at the competition to provide information about the VJ-Advance to interested parties. We will also have VJ-Advance video borescope demos available at booth #2943 in the MRO Americas Exhibit Hall.

More information about the Aerospace Maintenance Competition can be found at the event website. More information about RF System Lab and the VJ-Advance video borescope can be found at www.rfsystemlab.us or by calling 855-787-3091.

Our final topic for the Video Borescopes for the Casting Industry blog series is critical passageway inspections. Other blog posts in the metal casting series covered residue inspections, coating inspections, weld inspections, slag inspections, form inspections, and burr reduction. In case you missed 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 Critical Passageways:

Critical Passageways are exactly what they sound like passageways or tubes within a casted part that are critical to the function of that part. Many times, especially in the chemical processing or food and beverage industries, these passageways have chemicals or other fluids flowing through them. Those liquids must arrive at their destination in a condition that is just as pure as before they were sent through the critical passageways. Therefore, critical passageways must be 100% free of debris, residue, or other FOD that can result in mold or contamination.

Video Borescopes with a super-slim diameter are the ideal tool for internally inspecting critical passageways. High-quality articulating videoscopes allow QC professionals to snake an insertion tube into casted passageways to check for residue; without having to take anything apart. This saves both time and money, is an excellent way to confirm the condition of passageways, and helps make sure that parts are ready for the production line.

This post concludes our Video Borescopes for the Casting Industry series. Check out our past metal casting blog posts by clicking the links above. 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 888-747-6526.

Quality Control is king of every industry. Competition is fierce, and a company’s success is based on who can provide the best quality product at the most attractive price point. RF System Lab is all about precision and strives to provide the highest quality product on the market, so we wanted to make sure the importance of quality control is a topic that receives the attention it deserves.

Now, you can visit the RF System Lab website and read more about the importance of quality control for a variety of industries. Whether you represent aviation, automotive, oil and gas, or any other industry, having a quality control plan in place is crucial for the success of your company.

Want to discuss ways to improve your quality control plan? One of our remote visual inspection experts is available to chat about the topic of quality in detail. Give us a call at (231) 943-1171.

This week’s topic for RF System Lab’s Video Borescopes for the Casting Industry blog series is burr reduction. Our previous blog posts have covered residue reduction, coating inspections, weld inspections, slag inspections, and form 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 Burr:

Burr is a kind of residue that is leftover after the part has been casted, cut, or drilled. Specifically, it is a rough edge or area that remains after those processes. Any debris or rough edges that remain in the casted form affect the integrity of the part and must be removed. However, many passageways, where burrs are located, are extremely thin and hard to inspect without the proper tool.

This is where video borescopes come into play. Super-slim articulating video borescopes are the perfect tool for navigating around tight corners and inspecting small passageways to ensure that they are clear of burrs. Metal Casting quality inspectors can use videoscopes to confidently confirm that casted forms are free of residue and are cut or drilled exactly as required.

We have one last post 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.