25 Jul 2014
RF System Lab is proud to welcome new customers from the month of July in a multitude of industries. RF System Lab’s most recent client list includes companies from multiple industries, including Power Generation, Oil and Gas, Energy, Casting, and Food Processing.
One of RF System Lab’s newest customers in the Food Processing industry is MillerCoors. MillerCoors is a leading US brewing company that is a joint venture between SABMiller and Molson Coors Brewing Company. They required a high-quality borescope to complete processed piping sanitation inspections and ensure that their pipes were clean and had no leakage. With a reputation of quality products on the line, MillerCoors needed to make sure to invest in a borescope that could help them complete sanitation inspections with confidence.
Another new VJ-Advance video borescope user is National Mechanical Services. National Mechanical Services, a well-known power generation field service company specializing in generators, heavy rotating equipment and outside machinery repairs, purchased the 6.9mm – 3m VJ-Advance video borescope to assist with power generator service and repair. One notable use of the versatile 6.9mm VJ-ADV is complex stator end winding inspections to ensure that they are not melted or damaged.
RF System Lab is proud to have world leader in superalloy, aluminum and titanium investment casting, PCC Structurals, as a new customer. PCC Structurals purchased the 2.8mm VJ-ADV to take advantage of the benefits that a super-slim articulating video borescope provides. Having the ability to easily ensure that holes in casted parts were not blocked and that internal passageways did not contain any foreign object debris (FOD) after removing the casting mold is crucial to any casting business. For this reason, many casting companies struggle with rigid-style borescopes, so investing in a video borescope with 360 degree articulation and a high-resolution camera with video capabilities was an easy decision for PCC Structurals.
RF System Lab would like to extend a thank you to these new clients, as well as all additional clients not listed here. 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 (www.rfsystemlab.us) or call 855-787-6966 to speak with one of our borescope experts about your specific internal inspection needs.
23 Jul 2014
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.
09 Jul 2014
During our time exhibiting at SOFIC 2014, RF System Lab’s VP of Government Programs, Joel Riling, had the opportunity to speak with Bob of Tactical Tech TV about the VJ-Advance video borescope. Above is the footage of the segment, which mainly focuses on the VJ-Advance for military applications. Enjoy!
If you’d like to take advantage of the free demo program mentioned in the video, you can sign-up for your no-cost, no-obligation demo right here.
26 Jun 2014
Raven’s Challenge: Not Your Average Competition
Raven’s Challenge: A joint DOD/Federal and international Bomb Squad/EOD training competition where teams participate in hyper-realistic bomb scenarios.
Specifically, the North West Region Raven’s Challenge is a five day event held in Elma, Washington attended by bomb squads and military EOD personnel from several states, agencies and Canada. The 8th annual challenge, sponsored by ATF, is designed to exercise and build realistic regional inter-agency capability to respond with explosive threats and evaluate military cohesive team work and law enforcement.
According to ATF, scenarios include the detonation of a bomb on a bus with a secondary device, a Vehicle Bourne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) near a transportation node, a booby trap device in a sealed container, IED’s on critical infrastructure targets, and many more. ATF also states that the challenge runs at the same times as three other events in Huntsville, Washington DC, and Phoenix. All of the live events from the multiple challenges are sent directly to DC so that the FBI command center can analyze the data and create the “big picture” for post-challenge investigation of a national terrorist assault.
RF System Lab is honored and excited to have received an invitation to participate in this challenge. The VJ-Advance articulating video borescope is being used for challenges by the Seattle Bomb Squad to assist in their efforts investigating and defeating IED threats. Joel Riling, RF System Lab’s VP of Government Programs, is currently observing the action at the event.
Interested in learning more about how the VJ-Advance video borescope can assist with Military EOD scenarios? Check out the RF System Lab website or call 888-787-6526 for additional information.
Last February, Borescope Expert Jess Kuznicki presented the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope at the Great Lakes Aviation Conference & Expo in Lansing, Michigan. While exhibiting, he had the opportunity to meet numerous aviation maintenance professionals. One encounter, however, stood out above the rest: students from MIAT College of Technology noticed RF System Lab’s booth and checked out the scope. Jess struck up a conversation with the students and realized that this was a golden opportunity to get our scope in the hands of students. After speaking with their supervisor, MIAT’s National Director of Business Relations Amy Kienast, about RF System Lab’s no-cost, no-obligation demo program, the demo agreement was signed and a 3.9mm VJ-ADV was sent to MIAT. The aviation maintenance students provided RF System Lab with great feedback about their experience using the VJ-ADV in their hanger at MIAT.
MIAT College of Technology, located in Canton, Michigan, offers a variety of degree programs. The students that demoed the VJ-ADV video borescope were working towards their Aviation Maintenance Technology Associates Degree. Through this program, the students learn the advanced precision skills necessary to become FAA Certificated Airframe and Power Plant Technicians. A few of the precision technical skills MIAT graduates master during training include gear systems and operation, composite structure fabrication, avionics and advanced electrical systems, and high performance piston and turbine engines.
The high performance turbine engines were what the students were most excited to perform inspections on with the VJ-ADV. However, they were going to have to wait a few days. When the scope first arrived at the MIAT campus, Amy Kienast was on the verge of heading out of town for a week, so she told the students that she was going to lock the VJ-ADV in her office until she was back to supervise. The students, after begging her to reconsider and then realizing that was not getting them very far, offered a compromise.
“They were so eager to demo the scope that they settled for pouring over the instruction manual as a compromise. They wanted to know the VJ-ADV inside and out – the students studied that instruction manual from top to bottom before they eventually had the video borescope in their hands. They really wanted to know every aspect they could,” explained Kienast.
Once Kienast was back in the office, the students immediately got to work utilizing the VJ-ADV for performing inspections on the combustor of their Pratt & Whitney JT9 turbine engine; as well as an APU Honeywell for a 747. The borescope was used on the Pratt & Whitney JT9 to inspect the fuel nozzles in the combustor, the cooling passages, and the nozzle that guides the hot gas underneath the turbine blades. With the VJ-ADV, MIAT students were able to see where the nozzle had started stress rupturing from too much heat, causing some cracks to propagate from that area onto the combustion. When inspecting the APU Honeywell, students inserted the VJ-ADV directly into the combustor, which allowed them to easily observe the engine’s internal conditions.
Joe Zugschwert, the instructor leading the remote visual inspections, said that “compared to the older borescope we normally use, the definition and video display on the VJ-ADV is extremely impressive. Another major upgrade that the VJ-ADV offered is that there is much more maneuverability when you are able to hold the borescope with just one hand. That benefit left our other hand free to use the controls to select options for camera and video capture, as well as gave us the flexibility of use our free hand to easily guide the insertion tube into the entry points, an important feature to have.”
Zugschwert also mentioned that with video borescopes they’ve used the in the past, classified as “snap-on videoscopes,” the fiber optics are a lot larger, so it’s much harder to get into tighter spots. The VJ-ADV works well for getting into small spots, and the screen is large enough to clearly view the area being inspected.
Additional reactions provided by students Jason Carpenter, Aaron Foster, and Charles Birewirth were as follows:
- The quality and definition of the camera was exceptional in observing the fuel nozzles and turbine nozzles with their multiple cooling holes.”
- The clarity of the screen combined with the ease of thumb controlled brightness adjustments was extremely beneficial in finding a large stress crack in the cooling ring.
- Dust built up was discovered on the lens; however, the cleaning kit accompanying the borescope worked very well.
The student’s wrapped up their review of the VJ-ADV by stating: “Thank you for the use of this wonderful unit as it is a perfect tool for aviation inspections.”
RF System Lab is glad that they were able to provide the students of MIAT’s aviation program a chance to demo a high-end articulating video borescope. RF System Lab is a supporter of continued education and a believer in the importance of providing students with the same tools that they will be utilizing in their future careers such as the VJ-ADV video borescope. Enhancing hands-on experiences like the ones offered at MIAT’s aviation program is extremely important to the future of the aviation maintenance industry.