RF System Lab would like to welcome a variety of new clients from the month of August. The newest purchasers of the VJ-ADV include companies from multiple industries, including Food Processing, Casting, Integrated Technology, and Power Generation.
Joining our newest customers in the Food Processing industry is one of the world’s largest food companies, General Mills. The well-known brand required a high-quality borescope to complete internal inspections of pipes that guide ammonia around their factory and ensure there was no leakage. To make sure that inspections with the VJ-ADV could be performed efficiently, General Mills installed inspection points in the pipes for easy entrance. With a brand recognizable in almost every household, General Mills needed to make sure to invest in a borescope that could help them complete inspections with confidence.
Another new VJ-Advance video borescope user is Skilled Manufacturing, a Traverse City, Michigan based company that specialized in engineering design and manufacturing quality. Skilled Manufacturing had been utilizing a competitor’s video borescope, but found the repairs to be costly and frequent. Thanks to our low-cost repair service, which includes a free loaner VJ-ADV to use while your borescope is being fixed, Skilled Manufacturing was able to save time and money completing casting inspections. When you are a manufacturer of oil pans for top automotive companies, you cannot afford any downtime.
We also acquired an Integrated Technology customer this past August. Plexus Corp is known for providing electronic engineering and
manufacturing services around the globe. They recently purchased a 3.9mm VJ-ADV to internally inspect electro-machinery and circuit boards. The slim 3.9mm VJ-ADV is the perfect fit for small-space inspections, especially with joy-stick controlled four-way articulation functionality. When inspecting hard-to-reach places, a borescope with hi-res image quality and the flexibility to effortlessly navigate around corners is a must, which is why Plexus Corp selected the VJ-ADV for their inspections.
In addition, we are proud to have Florida Power & Light, an investor-owned utility company providing electric power throughout Florida, as a new customer in the Power Generation industry. Florida Power & Light required a video borescope as soon as possible when an outage occurred. RF System Lab has VJ-ADV borescopes in stock to provide next day, if needed. Therefore, when a power generation company, like Florida Power & Light, must complete immediate corrective maintenance, RF System Lab is able to fulfill that need and quickly ship out the proper borescope for the job.
We at 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 or call 855-787-6966 to speak with one of our borescope experts about your specific internal inspection needs.
08 Aug 2014
Investing in any maintenance or inspection tool for power plants is a big purchasing decision. With a high-quality video borescope, you’ll find that the value and ROI far exceed any doubt that comes with a buying decision. That is why RF System Lab’s borescope experts want to provide you with a better idea of the specific types of power plant maintenance and how investing in a video borescope can make those maintenance procedures stress-free.
Power plants must operate under reduced operation and maintenance budgets while maintaining high reliability and availability. Early detection of equipment faults such as turbine blades, gearboxes, nozzles, and diaphragms degraded by erosion, corrosion, or foreign object damage can reduce costs and downtime while maximizing availability and operating efficiency. Portable, hand-held video borescopes can handle the rigors of just about any environment and are a useful and cost-effective information source for equipment fault detection and diagnosis. This diagnosis process, better known as preventative maintenance, can help you meet plant availability goals while reducing costs.
Preventative maintenance analyzes, detects and predicts likely maintenance requirements of equipment prior to the cost, inconvenience, and stress of an unplanned outage. As part of a preventative maintenance program, video borescopes can help you preserve and enhance equipment performance and reliability by preventing failure of equipment before it occurs. With features such as image and video capability, video borescopes like RF System Lab’s VJ-Advance document important internal details and assist in preventing potential damage.
Another type of maintenance benefited by the use of a borescope is predictive or condition-based maintenance. Predictive maintenance saves time and money by identifying and fixing problems before they occur, when conditions warrant. Borescopes allow you to detect signs of machine degradation before there is damage to rotating equipment and help you determine what corrective maintenance may be required before an equipment failure occurs. With video borescopes like the VJ-Advance, it’s easy to obtain a visual record of the condition of your critical internal components. Monitoring and recording conditions over an extended period allows maintenance professionals to quickly notice differences and identify corrosion or deterioration.
Corrective maintenance is best-defined as taking action to fix an issue that has occurred. Emergencies happen, no matter what measures you take to prevent them. The key is to be prepared, which is easy with a video borescope. When there is a noticeable deterioration in machine condition, remote visual inspection of turbines, compressors, gearboxes, generators, boiler lubes, lubrication, or fuel lines is an essential diagnostic tool in troubleshooting equipment faults. Including a borescope as part of troubleshooting and diagnostics strategy can help you meet plant availability goals and reduce downtime and outages.
Some power generation maintenance professionals may point out that much of their internal inspection related corrective maintenance is outsourced, so justifying the cost of a video borescope is not always easy. However, purchasing a high-quality video borescope to utilize during planned preventative maintenance, confidently ensuring that your plant is exceeding industry regulation and even day-to-day troubleshooting, is a smart long-term investment. Frankly, you want your components to last as long as possible and perform efficiently. A video borescope can make sure that they do that.
Having a video borescope onsite to perform preventative and predictive maintenance saves hours of tear down, troubleshooting, outages and can even help to avoid performing corrective maintenance, easily allowing you to see wear or damage to equipment and stay ahead of the game. Corrective maintenance may mean that your machines are down for days, or even weeks while special parts are ordered, or third parties come in when available. An investment in a borescope will help keep you ahead of the damage game and ahead of repairs, allowing you to preorder parts and drastically decrease downtime.
This is just a glimpse into the numerous ways video borescopes are a crucial addition to power plant maintenance plans and procedures. For a more detailed explanation on using video borescopes for your specific application, contact one of RF System Lab’s borescope experts at (888) 747-6526.
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.
13 Jun 2014
RF System Lab is proud to welcome new customers in a multitude of industries. RF System Lab’s customer list includes companies from industries such as aviation, power generation, oil and gas, chemical processing, manufacturing, and more.
One of the newest customers in the Aviation and Aerospace Maintenance Industry is Rolls-Royce. Rolls-Royce, the world’s second-largest maker of aircraft engines, was looking for a tool to inspect the inside of casting cavities, integral parts of the turbine engine. They required a borescope that was both durable and flexible, which made the VJ-Advance video borescope, with its 360 degree joystick-controlled articulating distal tip and flexible insertion tube, a perfect fit.
Representing the Oil and Gas Industry, Schlumberger is another company among VJ-Advance video borescope purchasers. Schlumberger, the world’s largest oilfield services company, required a low-cost, high-quality borescope to assist them in providing maintenance services to the petroleum industry. RF System Lab’s VJ-Advance, which is battery-operated and completely portable, is an essential addition to their toolkit.
Another new VJ-Advance video borescope user is Nike, Inc. Nike, one of the world’s largest suppliers of athletic shoes, apparel, and a major manufacturer of sporting goods, purchased the super-slim 2.8mm VJ-Advance video borescope to inspect the heads of their line of golf clubs using remote visual inspection (RVI).
Additionally, RF System Lab is excited to have a major power generation company, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, as a new customer. Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems provides responsive and proactive service solutions for power providers throughout the Americas. They will be using the VJ-Advance video borescope to assist them in those efforts.
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 or call 855-787-6966.
21 Dec 2012
The AWEA Wind Power tradeshow in Atlanta Georgia was overwhelming due to the vast number of exhibitors and attendees. RF System lab was proud to become a member of AWEA (American Wind Energy Association) and participate at the Expo. We decided to attend after having recent success in the Wind Turbine industry.
The release of the VJ-ADV 3.9mm 1.5meter and VJ-ADV 3.9mm 3.0meter 4-way joystick controlled articulating video borescopes has kicked the door wide open for us in the wind turbine inspection service industry. The manual direct drive articulation of the VJ-Advance and light weight portable, ergonomic pistol grip design makes this a perfect choice for Gearbox and Generator inspections.
RF System Lab and the VJ-Advance line of video borescopes have become known as the Top performing low cost alternative to the Olympus and GE (Everest) lines of borescopes. Our unique articulation design eliminates the delay or lag time associated with when you move the joystick to when the head of the scope actually articulates. This gives feedback on the whether the head of the scope is restricted or is free to be articulated. This user friendly feature is very handy when getting in and out of the bearings to inspect the race.
Everyone at the tradeshow was impressed with our No Cost, No Obligation demo trial program that allows me to directly ship a scope to the interested potential customer so he can test and evaluate it in the type of equipment they most often inspect. If you have some EOW (end of warranty) inspections coming up, that is a great opportunity to take advantage of our demo program.