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The second quarter of 2015 is off to a good start for RF System Lab. We are proud to announce a group of impressive companies from a variety of industries as their latest VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) borescope customers. A few of the industries represented below include aviation, power generation, automotive, and casting.

Representing our newest customers in the aviation industry are Ryan Air and Rotortech Services.  Ryan Air, an Alaska Bush carrier that specializes in air cargo shipping, required an inspection camera for PT6 turbine inspections on fixed-wing aircraft.  They selected the portable VJ-ADV because of its ability to operate fully in rugged conditions and extremely low temperatures.  Rotortech Services, located in the much warmer Palm Beach, Florida, provides state-of-the-art maintenance and repair services to helicopters.  They took advantage of our free demo program after visiting RF System Lab’s booth at this year’s HAI Heli Expo.  Rotortech utilizes the VJ-ADV for Turbomeca Arriel inspections on Airbus rotorcraft.  The extreme portability of the AA-battery powered VJ-ADV, weighing in at less than 2lbs, was a big factor in Rotortech’s purchasing decision.

Consolidated Edison (Con Edison) is a new VJ-Advance video borescope user in the power generation industry.  Con Edison, one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the United States, was looking for a high-quality tool to complete internal transformer inspections.  The power company selected the 6.9mm diameter VJ-Advance video borescope for their routine internal RVI of their transformer generators.  Con Edison needed to complete these routine inspections with oil still present in the transformers, which is why they selected the VJ-ADV, whose sturdy insertion tube can be submerged and still articulate without issue.

We at RF System Lab are proud to have an important member of the automotive industry, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA Group).  FCA Group, an international auto group that is a merger of Fiat and Chrysler, needed a video borescope to inspect the body-side box chambers on the vehicles they manufacture.  They had been using a snap-on borescope but were looking to invest in a higher quality tool that featured precise articulation.  RF System Lab is grateful that FCA Group made the investment in the VJ-ADV to complete future inspections.

Joining our list of clients in the casting industry is Fredon Corporation.  Fredon Corporation, a company that specializes in intricate parts, assemblies, and materials, was looking for the best inspection camera for ensuring the complete removal of burrs and residual sand.  The super-slim 3.9mm VJ-ADV was able to smoothly and efficiently navigate through critical core passageways to check for any signs of FOD, which made Fredon’s purchase decision an easy one.

We would like to thank these clients, as well as all other companies that became customers at the start of the second quarter.  If you would like to demo the VJ-Advance video borescope, you can sign up for a no-cost, no-obligation demo program.  For more information on RF System Lab, please visit our website or call 855-787-6966 to speak with one of our borescope experts about your specific internal inspection needs.

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.

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.

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.