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.
21 Dec 2012
I had a wonderful experience at the Regional Airline Association Convention in Minneapolis, MN. This was RF System Lab‘s first time attending and exhibiting our VJ- ADV Video Borescope at this convention, and we will certainly be attending again next year. The convention had a very diverse range of attendee’s and exhibitors, from the big companies like Pratt & Whitney and Bombardier to many single location exhibitors.
I was fortunate enough to attend several of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sponsored symposiums on a wide range of subjects including in-flight safety, overall airline operations, and aviation maintenance. One of my favorite things about attending any type of convention is the opportunity to learn so much, and I feel like in the aviation industry, there is always something new to learn.
We had hundreds of people stop by the booth and check out both the 3.9mm outside diameter and the 6.9mm outside diameter. Whether it was an Airline Execute, a Director of Maintenance, and Line Maintenance Manager, or someone in a Quality Control Department on the aviation production side, the positive response is really overwhelming. People rave about the ergonomic pistol grip design, the seamless 4 way articulation through the joystick control, and the extreme portability. I always enjoy hearing, “My first video borescope rolled around in a big suitcase. I CAN’T BELIEVE HOW LIGHT THIS IS!”. The Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) folks constantly told me how great the VJ-ADV would work on their PT6 and other high end turbine engine inspections.
One of my favorite parts of the Regional Airline Association tradeshow was passion the people had for aviation. I heard more than once, not only do I work with in this type of capacity for the aviation industry, but airplanes are my hobby. I own this type of plane, and always thought a high end borescope would be out of my budget. Particularly when the pilots were referring to their personal reciprocating engines, they told me the 6.9mm outside diameter would be more than small enough to complete their inspections.
20 Dec 2012
RF System Lab showcased the VJ-Advance Video Borescope at the IADC/SPE Drilling Conference and Exhibition 2012. This year it was hosted in beautiful San Diego at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center. Remote visual inspection was not a hot topic at this particular show, but it was still well received.
One of the first questions from everyone’s mouth who visited our booth was, “How long can the insertion tube get?” Likely because the main focus of this show was for down-hole projects. Many of the applications at a show like this take place thousands of feet underground. The answer is, with our scope the most length you will require for a typical application in drilling, is about 1.5 meters which is our shortest length. In the oil and gas industry, our 6.9mm borescope is most commonly used to inspect mud motors, stators and pc pumps before they’re put to down-hole work. In this case, it would definitely be a preventative maintenance tool. A Professional Quality Control person in this industry can use our tool to inspect the inside of this equipment and determine approximately how many hours of operation are left on the equipment. With this equipment, a breakdown at thousands of feet underground can cost thousands of dollars.
This was one of the smaller exhibitions that we’ve attended, but there were a very large number of attendee’s searching for ways to make their operations more effective and more efficient. Our booth stood out among the others because no one else had the type of products we had. Because of the large number of speakers at the conference, the exhibitors had a good chance to mingle and share ideas and technologies as well.
The staff at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center were very attentive and helpful. RF System Lab had a very successful exhibition and will hopefully return to this show in the future. If you would like to learn more about how your company can utilize our 6.9mm borescope, click for more information about the 6.9 MM video borescope!
The introduction of RF System lab’s new VJ-Advance Video Borescope as a must have RVI tool for the US Military continues following high level interest in this new borescope technology at the 2011 F-16/Proven Aircraft Worldwide Review.
The VJ-Advance Video Borescope is used by all branches of the Armed Services and the opportunity to demonstrate its capabilities to both US and Foreign Military customers made for a successful show. Military and commercial representatives from multiple nations were able to see how the full featured fully articulating VJ-Advance 6.9mm borescope borescope and the new 3.9mm video borescope provides exceptional portability, ease of use and amazing affordability. A great deal of interest was expressed for Foreign Military Sales (FMS).
RF System lab Military Sales is effectively expanding maintenance applications for military units. Changing paradigms from the traditional remote visual inspection (RVI) use of borescopes for primarily turbine inspection, the VJ-Advance makes RVI more accessible to Airframe, Life support, Corrosion Control, Avionics and other maintenance personnel, because of the easy to use format and affordability. Specific applications where our borescope has been used are helicopter and jet engine maintenance work. The list of potential uses for the VJ-Advance expands as manufacturers seek RVI technology to accomplish nondestructive inspections (NDI) in the production of Carbon Fiber Fuel Probes and hard to inspect wiring bundles. Weighing only 23 oz. the VJ-Advance Video Borescope stores photos, videos and audio for easy download, as well as, instant viewing on the built in LCD display.
Make sure you visit the RF System lab display at most major military trade shows and see for yourself the amazing value of the VJ-Advance Video Borescope. The next scheduled show is the DOD Maintenance Symposium in Fort Worth, Nov 14-17.