Borescope Uses – Violin, Mummy & Horse Trachea Inspections
Common Borescope Uses – Non-destructive Testing (NDT) and Remote Visual Inspection (RVI)
Anyone familiar with non-destructive testing (NDT) in general, and remote visual inspection (RVI) in particular, is well-versed in the typical applications for video borescopes: aircraft turbine engines, land-based turbines for power generation, heat exchangers, gear boxes, reciprocating engines, etc. But one of the great things about being in the borescope business is that we get to learn about so many different industries and applications beyond the well-known uses mentioned above.
When you think about it, a borescope can be used on pretty much anything that has a small access port – as small as 2.8mm in diameter! When a technician or researcher wants to see the inner workings of any machine, piece of equipment or even a static item, a good borescope allows this visual examination.
Unique Borescope Uses – Egyption Mummy Inspection
So, what are some of the rather unique applications that we’ve come across in our 5-plus years of selling borescopes? First, there was the university researcher who used our borescope to view the inside of an Egyptian mummy. Apparently, X-rays and CT scans could only get him so far in his understanding of the hows and whys of this particular mummy, so our scope allowed him to actually get his eyes inside, without causing any internal or external damage to the specimen.
Finding Violin Artisan Signatures Using a Borescope
Then there was the high-end auction house that needed our scope to visually verify the authenticity of an antique violin by photographing the signature of the artisan who crafted the instrument. For some reason, this artisan had the habit of signing an interior surface of the violin before it was fully assembled, and in such a location that it was not in the direct line of external sight. The articulation feature of our borescope allowed the auctioneer appraiser a straight ahead view, and one simple press of the image capture button saved the proof of origin for posterity.
Horse Trachea Inspection Using the VJ-Advance Borescope
Finally, there was the horse trader. In this case, a trader of premium, thoroughbred race horses. Among the many determinants of whether a certain horse is going to be great race horse is the air flow capacity of the components that make up the horse’s trachea. The only way to see if there are any problems in this area is to look. That’s what this horse trader did, using an articulating borescope. Not only did our borescope allow a visual confirmation of the horse’s trachea, but the pictures that were captured could be used to show the prospective buyer of that horse what exactly they were buying.
There are obviously countless other applications for modern borescope technology. If you build, operate, maintain, repair, or otherwise work on most any type of machinery, equipment or mechanical process, you might want to consider the ways in which a good video borescope could make your life easier.
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