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In 2011, President Obama and Prime Minister Harper publicized the US-Canada joint declaration titled “Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness.” The US/Canada Border Conference promises to bring together local, state, provincial, and federal agencies, as well as business organizations, in a location convenient to both nations, to advance this important agenda between the United States and Canada. The central location of choice for the US/Canada Border Conference, which is coming up September 16-17, 2014, is the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan.


RF System Lab US/Canada Border Conference

US/Canada Border Conference Logo

RF System Lab’s VP of Government Programs and retired Naval Commander, Joel Riling, will be making the drive from our Traverse City, Michigan headquarters to represent our company as a sponsor for this year’s event. We are honored for the opportunity to sponsor and look forward to connecting with government and industry leaders during the conference. Attendees interested in demoing our VJ-Advance articulating video borescope and finding out more about how it greatly assists with security measures can visit Joel at the RF System Lab display table.

For more information about both the US/Canada Border Conference and the Beyond the Border declaration, visit the conference website.

Learn more about the VJ-Advance video borescope and how it enhances security efforts:
Opening Time: Conference opens 8:30am on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
Conference Dates: September 16-17, 2014
Venue: Cobo Center, Detroit, MI

We look forward to meeting with industry decision makers and providing a chance to test the VJ-Advance. If you are unable to attend the symposium don’t forget, you can still checkout the VJ-ADV articulating video borescopes on the RF System Lab website! For more information, call us toll-free at (888) 747-6526.

The Fleet Maintenance & Modernization Symposium (FMMS) 2014 is specifically designed to provide valuable information and networking opportunities for those who are involved in maintenance, refit, repair, conversion, modernization, service, and support of naval ships and craft. The theme for FMMS 2014 is “Delivering Readiness in Austere Times.”

A recent and exciting announcement regarding FMMS is that the Department of the Navy has approved government participation for FMMS 2014. This means that registration is free for all military and government personnel and participation by local government and military personnel at no cost to the government is authorized subject to local command approval.

FMMS offers attendees and exhibitors many educational “bonus” opportunities. One example is the Ship Tour, which allows interested parties a chance to gather at the Norfolk Naval Base and tour one of the amphibious ships on Monday, September 8th.

Joel Riling, RF System Lab’s VP of Government Programs and retired Naval Commander will once again be onsite exhibiting the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope at this year’s FMMS. He is looking forward to introducing fellow naval professionals involved with the maintenance and care of ships and craft to the versatile, fully-articulating VJ-ADV and showing them how it can simplify their remote visual inspections. Riling will be located at booth #F08 – make sure to stop by and test out the joystick-controlled VJ-ADV.

View the 2014 Fleet Maintenance & Modernization Symposium (FMMS) website here.

See the VJ-Advance in the Virginia Beach Convention Center during these dates and times:

Opening Time: Exhibits open 8:00 am on Monday, September 8th
Conference Dates: September 8-10, 2014
Venue: Virginia Beach Convention Center

Booth: #F08

We look forward to seeing you there! If you are unable to attend the symposium don’t forget, you can still checkout the VJ-ADV articulating video borescopes on the RF System Lab website! For more information, call us toll free at (888) 747-6526.

Fall trade show season is right around the corner, and RF System Lab has another few months packed full of shows and expos all over the USA (and even one in Canada). Since we are heavily involved in a variety of industries, we try to exhibit at shows that represent as many industries as possible so that we can create connections and stay up to date on all of the industries we serve. Therefore, we would like this blog to act as a preview for the trade shows, conference, expos, symposiums, and annual meetings that we will be attending in the month of September. We would love to meet you if you are in attendance!

Turbine Engine Tech Symposium  - September 8-11, 2014

The Turbo Engine Tech Symposium (TETS) is a biennial forum where the United States’ turbine engine community gathers to review and discuss the latest turbine engine technology advances. Over three days of technical presentations, supported by relevant hardware displays, will underscore the United States’ commitment to advance the state of the art in gas turbine engine technology.

Edward Thomas will be providing demos of the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope to an audience of approximately 1000 engineers, scientists, managers, and operational personnel from the the turbine engine community, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, NASA, DARPA, DOE, FAA, engine and aircraft manufacturers, material and component suppliers, and academia. Visit RF System Lab at booth #310.

(Source: TETS Website)

ASNE-FMMS – September 9-10, 2014

The Fleet Maintenance & Modernization Symposium (FMMS) 2014 is specifically designed to provide valuable information and networking opportunities for those who are involved in maintenance, refit, repair, conversion, modernization, service, and support of naval ships and craft. The theme for FMMS 2014 is “Delivering Readiness in Austere Times.”

Joel Riling, RF System Lab’s VP of Government Programs, will be at FMMS to present the VJ-ADV at booth #F08.  Riling is looking forward to showing the naval maintenance industry how the 4-way articulating VJ-ADV can assist them with their internal inspections.

(Source: ASNE)

US/Canada Border Conference – September 16-17, 2014

US/Canada Border Conference is the only major Conference fully addressing the “Beyond the Border” Declaration between the US and Canada aimed at improving economic competitiveness while advancing border security between the two countries. This conference gives attendees and exhibitors a chance to connect and network with the people responsible for implementing the Beyond the Border Action Plan, and tap into billions of dollars being invested by the US and Canadian governments for equipment, products and services over the next decade!

RF System Lab is proud to be a sponsor for this conference and will have Joel Riling on site to provide information about the VJ-ADV and how the groundbreaking video borescope can assist in border security efforts. Make sure to stop by RF System Lab’s table top display to learn more and say hello to Joel.

(source: Beyond Border)

Canadian Rail Summit – September 21-23, 2014

This year’s RSI/CMA Canadian Rail Summit 2014 is taking place in Montreal, Quebec. With Canadian National being headquartered in Montréal and their President and CEO Claude Mongeau as the keynote speaker, this will be the ideal location for rail suppliers to promote products to Canadian railroads.

The exhibit hall at RSI/CMA 2014 will feature over 120 exhibitors at the Palais des congrés. Expect to see the latest technology in the rail supply industry as new technologies are displayed and opportunities to make new connections are all around. Edward Thomas will be among those exhibitors, onsite to introduce the VJ-ADV to the railway maintenance industry. If you’re in attendance, visit booth #324 to see how the VJ-ADV makes tank car maintenance stress-free.

(Source: Railway Supply Institute)

A4A NDT Forum – September 22-25, 2014

The A4A Nondestructive Testing (NDT) Forum enables NDT professionals and industry leaders to meet each year and discuss current trends, issues and successes in NDT methodologies. The Forum draws participants from various disciplines, including equipment designers, technicians, vendors, regulatory authorities, OEMs, MROs and airline personnel.

The Forum exhibit hall features displays, including the latest NDT and related equipment, processes and services. Borescope expert Jess Kuznicki is representing RF System Lab at this conference and will be hosting a hospitality suite in addition to exhibiting at booth #14. Kuznicki is looking forward to meeting A4A NDT attendees and exhibitors and invites them to connect at his hospitality suite to learn more about the VJ-ADV after Monday and Tuesday’s scheduled programs wrap-up.

(Source: Airlines for America)

Turbo & Pump Symposium – September 23-25, 2014

Built on a history of success, the Pump/Turbo Symposia is an event you can’t afford to miss. This annual event features a world-class technical program combined with an international exhibition complete with full-size equipment and hundreds of leading companies. The Turbomachinery Laboratory sponsors two annual symposia (Turbo and Pump), held in the Fall of each year, to promote professional development, technology transfer, peer networking, and information exchange among industry professionals.

Both symposia feature lectures, tutorials, case studies, discussion groups, and short courses, as well as exhibits of the latest services and full-sized equipment. These international meetings emphasize the technology and troubleshooting that users need in today’s challenging workplace. RF System Lab’s Casey O’Tool will be among those putting emphasis on important technology by providing demos of the VJ-ADV at the symposia exhibit hall. Test out the trigger-controlled image capture and four way articulation for yourself when you stop by booth #1335.

(Source: Turbomachinery/ Pump Symposia)


If you are unable to make it to any of these shows, we hope to see you at one of the other trade shows we are attending. Check out a full list of where you can try out the VJ-ADV on the RF System Lab website. If you would simply like to speak to one of our borescope experts about demoing the VJ-ADV for free at your own facility, sign-up for our no cost, no obligation demo program or call 888-747-6526 for more information.

RF System Lab is proud to be a part of many different industry memberships. Industry memberships and associations allow us to stay up to date on upcoming annual meetings and conferences offered to members, as well as stay connected with the many industries we serve.

Army Aviation Association of America LogoBecause of this, we decided to feature memberships that we are a part of on the RF System Lab Inside Scope blog. Last month we gave you the top reasons to be a part of NBAA. This month, we’d like to discuss the benefits of joining the Army Aviation Association of America (better known as “Quad-A” or AAAA).

AAAA’s mission is simple: “Supporting the Army Aviation Soldier and Family.” The association provides many opportunities to show support and fulfill that mission through their membership benefits. RF System Lab falls under their “Industry Membership” category, so this blog will focus on the benefits offered from that specific type of membership.

According to the AAAA website, “The Industry Membership Program is designed to foster approved and meaningful interchange between government and industry. Corporate representatives have the opportunity to keep up to date with the changing Army Aviation community, participate in local and national meetings and to develop professional contacts critical to the corporation’s current and future programs and plans.”

Industry members also have the opportunity to participate in the many programs AAAA offers. The first of these opportunities include a subscription to Army Aviation Magazine, the official AAAA publication and the Industry Partners Directory, which gives an insight into the “who’s who” of the Army Aviation industry.

Another benefit of membership is that industry members are able to give back to those who served. AAAA provides industry members with two different ways to do this: The AAAA Scholarship Program and the AAAA Post-Career Employment Program (PCEP). The Scholarship programs give members a chance to make corporate contributions, recognized through the Corporate Matching Fund Scholarship Program that go towards scholarships and interest free loans to members of the AAAA and their family members. The PCEP offers industry members the opportunity to hire enlisted soldiers who are retiring or leaving active service to enhance their workforce. Through this program, the AAAA gives industry members access to many qualified, highly-skilled and disciplined personnel.

One of the exclusive membership benefits that we at RF System Lab find most rewarding is the AAAA Annual Forum. The Forum exclusively gives industry members the chance to exhibit and is also a great forum for networking with fellow professionals. In addition, AAAA sponsors several conferences and forums annually with more specific subject areas (Avionics, Electronics, etc.) that industry members are invited to attend.

RF System Lab is proud to be a member of AAAA and show continuous support for Soldiers and their families through AAAA activities. To read more about the industry membership benefits or to sign up for a membership yourself, you can visit the AAAA Membership benefits page.

For more information about RF System Lab, visit the RF System Lab website or call (888) 747-6526 to talk to a borescope expert.

Joel Riling, RF System Lab’s VP of Government Programs, returned from the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Expo last week and provided us with a quick recap of his experience. The ALEA Expo took place from July 16-19 at the Phoenix Convention Center located Phoenix, AZ and was geared towards companies and individuals involved with public safety aviation.

Riling, a 26 year retired Navy Pilot, provided demos of the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope at the Expo’s event hall, which allowed vendors to showcase their services and products to aviation unit decision-makers. During his time exhibiting, Riling was able to present the VJ-ADV to interested attendees and allow them to demo the video borescope onsite. He also had a chance to connect with a company that already owns a scope and hear about their experience with the articulating VJ-ADV thus far.

There was a great representative of the public safety aviation industry at the ALEA Expo. According to Riling, “ALEA Phoenix was their big show for the year. Federal, State and local Aviation Law Enforcement units from around the country were present. “

If you were unable to test out the VJ-ADV at the ALEA Expo, you can still demo the groundbreaking video borescope at your own facility. Sign up for RF System Lab’s no cost, no obligation demo program by visiting the RF System Lab website or by calling one of our borescope experts at (888) 747-6526.