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Baton Rouge, LA: home to Bourbon Street, spicy jambalaya, Louisiana State University and… most importantly, the upcoming Gulf South Rotating Machinery Symposium (GSRMS). This event is taking place at the Crowne Plaza Executive Center on April 28-May 1, 2014 and RF System Lab’s VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope is going to be featured on the exhibit floor.

The Gulf South Rotating Machinery Symposium logo

The Gulf South Rotating Machinery Symposium logo

Gulf South Rotating Machinery Symposium is an event where professionals in the oil and gas industry can educate themselves and learn ways to continually improve and find advancements in the rotating machinery and compression industry. GSRMS will feature an impressive variety of tutorials and events such as breakfast with exhibitors, a golf scramble and a Crawfish Boil on Tuesday evening.

Casey O’Tool, borescope expert and sales consultant at RF System Lab, will be exhibiting at the event and providing demos of the VJ-ADV. Casey is looking forward to many events and educational opportunities at GSRMS, but above all he is excited to connect with some current and potential customers. There are also customers that he hopes to catch up with including RR Energy Services, who purchased a VJ-ADV 6.9mm/1.5m for engine and compression services and Pelstar USA, who own three of RF System Lab’s VJ-ADV 6.9mm/1.5m for rotating equipment services.

If you will be in attendance at Gulf South Rotating Machinery Symposium, stop by booth #45 to meet Casey O’Tool and let him show you how a VJ-ADV could assist with your rotating machinery and compression needs.

You can visit booth #45 at the Crowne Plaza Executive Center starting on April 28th at 7:00am and have Casey O’Tool provide expert information about the VJ-Advance video borescope; try it out onsite and experience the ease of use yourself.

View more information about Gulf South Rotating Machinery Symposium.

See the VJ-Advance in the Crowne Plaza Executive Center during these dates and times:

Opening Time: Exhibits open 7:00am on April 28th, 2014
Conference Dates: April 28-May 1, 2014
Venue: Crowne Plaza Executive Center

Booth: #45

If you are unable to attend the conference 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 VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope has made its way back to Traverse City, MI after traveling to Atlantic City, NJ on April 9-10 for GLOBALCON 2014, presented by the Association of Energy Engineers. GLOBALCON 2014 was full of thought-provoking sessions and opportunities, as well as an exhibit floor with the latest energy-saving technology…plus a meet and greet at the TUN Tavern.

Edward Thomas, RF System Lab sales consultant, was on site to demo the VJ-ADV during GLOBALCON 2014. He was also able to mix and mingle with some of the industry’s finest reliability engineers. One notable connection that Thomas made was Atlantic Power System, an energy provider that maintains large diesel engines. A perfect fit for the VJ-ADV video borescope. The VJ-ADV’s one-handed joystick articulation allows technicians to easily inspect large diesel engines, which is crucial when assessments include evaluating a path that goes through a muffler and over a baffle. Utilizing a video borescope with 360 degree articulation ensures completed inspections, with accuracy and confidence.

Another company that Thomas met at GLOBALCON 2014 was Protective Power Systems and Controls, whose booth was located across the aisle from RF System Lab’s. Protective Power Systems and Controls is a company that maintains generators for various clients. The ability to capture concise images and videos of internal generator inspections and swiftly transfer them to an SD card, features offered by the VJ-ADV, would be a great value to maintenance field technicians as well as customers.

RF System Lab values the energy industry, which is what made providing demonstrations of the VJ-ADV at GLOBALCON 2014 such a memorable experience. If you were unable to test drive the VJ-Advance video borescope at GLOBALCON 2014, we would like to offer you a free trial. To make the decision process easy, we offer the industry’s only no-cost, no-obligation demo program so you can evaluate the VJ-Advance line of video borescopes in your facility doing your inspections, before you decide to buy.

For more information about RF System Lab and the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope call us at (888) 747-6526 or visit or website www.rfsystemlab.us.

Pa-Ib, the Barnum Museum's 4,000 year old Egyptian mummy, photographed in Bridgeport, Conn. on Sept. 14th, 2006. Photo: Ned Gerard / Connecticut Post

Pa-Ib, the Barnum Museum’s 4,000+ year old Egyptian mummy, photographed in Bridgeport,
Conn. on Sept. 14th, 2006. Photo: Ned Gerard / Connecticut Post

In 1893, the P.T. Barnum Museum was established, not as a circus themed museum, but dedicated to American historical and scientific interests. Within the first decade of existence, The Barnum Museum received a mysterious 4,000 year old mummy, named Pa-Ib. The mummy has been one of the museum’s best drawing exhibits for over a hundred years. In recent years, new technology has given the scientific community new tools in discovering more about who Pa-Ib was, and what life might have been like during the time she lived.

The oldest relic in the Barnum Museum, the Egyptian mummy, Pa-Ib, was examined with an x-ray and endoscope by Quinnipiac University. The inspection was performed using a Toshiba CT scanner and an RF System Lab video borescope. Using this new technology the professors at Quinnipiac examined the mummy and were able to narrow the age of the women at death, and determine that the object once thought could be the mummified remains of a bird was, instead, mummified organs of the deceased.

The mummy was donated to the Barnum Museum in 1896 by P.T. Barnum’s second wife, Nancy Fish Barnum. The circus entrepreneur had contended the mummy was an Egyptian priest who served the pagan deity 2,500 years ago.

We here at RF System Lab are very proud to know that our flagship product, the VJ-Advance video borescope, played a role in uncovering historical mysteries.

Watch the video and try to spot the VJ-Advance video borescope!

Even if you aren’t planning on inspecting a mummy, we would still like to extend a free trial to use the VJ-Advance at your facility – for free! Call us at (888) 747-6526 or email info@rfsystemlab.us for more information on your free VJ-Advance video borescope trial.

In some industries, a video borescope could be considered a “nice to have” instrument. “Nice to have” instruments are those that, while they may make the task at hand easier or faster, are not absolutely essential. A well-trained technician can still get the job done without a “nice to have” instrument, but it usually means investing more time or a few bloody knuckles in the process. At RF System Lab, we do about 30 tradeshows a year, across a wide range of industries, and we meet a lot of people at these shows who come to our booth thinking that a borescope is a “nice to have” instrument (by the time they leave our booth, they aren’t so sure).

Not so in the aviation business. For anyone working in the aviation maintenance industry, a good borescope is a “need a have” instrument. Without one, an AMT simply cannot do the inspections that are required to keep an aircraft flying. For every turbine engine, in fact, borescope inspections are called out as a specific – and critical – part of a routine inspection. Why? We can think of a few reasons:

1. Time. Inspecting the internal components of a turbine with a borescope takes a fraction of the time it would take to remove all and reassemble all the covers, shrouds, hoses and lines that one would have to get through to obtain the same visual condition assessment.

2. Money. The only time an aircraft makes money is when it is in the air. If it is not in the air, it is costing money. Anything that helps get the airplane repaired or through a required inspection faster is helping those aircraft stay profitable.

3. Safety. The price of an engine failure when an aircraft is in flight is simply too high. Any instrument or tool that, through its proper use, helps to ensure the safety of crew and cargo while en route through the air is, by definition, a “need to have”.

Are there other industries in which a borescope is a “need to have” and not just a “nice to have”? Power generation comes to mind as another obvious one, and for a lot of the same reasons as the aviation industry. While the term “power generation” is pretty broad and could encompass a wide range of activities and different types of equipment, somewhere in that process there is likely to be a turbine being rapidly spun by fast-moving steam. Does this sound a lot like an aircraft turbine? That’s because, when it comes right down to it, there isn’t that much difference between a turbine that is used to propel an aircraft through the sky and a turbine that is anchored to the ground providing power to a city. (Ok, turbines used to power a city may be little bigger than turbines used to power aircraft, but otherwise . . .)

Can you tell guess which of these turbines is used for power generation and which is used for aircraft propulsion?

turbine_1              turbine_2

What other applications or industries “need to have” a borescope? From our experience, these include automotive manufacturing, metal casting of high-end components, natural gas compressor maintenance, heat exchanger inspections, and corrosion inspections for high-value equipment, among many others.

The bottom line: As borescope technology continues to improve, and the equipment and processes that are employed in modern manufacturing become increasingly complex, the number technicians – across every industry – who come to view a modern borescope as a “need to have” instrument will steadily march upward. If you haven’t yet crossed the line between “nice to have” and “need to have”, give us a call. We’ll let you try one of our scopes for a few weeks and see if that brings you over to the good side. However be forewarned: Once you try it, you won’t want to send it back!

The team at RF System Lab would like to give a big shout-out to the team at Design World for focusing their November Product Showcase video on the VJ-Advance articulating video borescope!

Design World, part of WTWH Media, is a premier source for the latest news on products and trends in high-tech industrial industries. Focusing on everything from test and measurement equipment, motion control equipment, general manufacturing, and robotics, Design World helps capture the industrial manufacturing communities as a whole, but at the same time is very specific within their many channels.

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RF System Lab offers an industry first no-cost, no-obligation demo program for qualified users, and in this case, media partners. We sent our flagship, 6.9mm VJ-Advance to Design World for them to checkout and assured them like almost everyone else, once our borescope got in their hands; they would understand the benefits of this highly portable, fully functioning video borescope.

The VJ-Advance was designed with a few key features that were must-haves. The unit needed to be operable with just one hand; this was accomplished by designing a pistol-grip style handle. The unit needed to be highly intuitive and easy to use, while still providing features needed by engineers and technicians. RF System Lab accomplished this with the placement of buttons and an easy to use, four-way articulating tip controlled by joystick.

The VJ-Advance is one of the few joystick-controlled video borescopes that has virtually no lag with tip articulation and movement. This is because of the mechanically driven movement, rather than servo motors that cause a slight delay or lag in articulation. Confident and accurate inspections can be easily achieved with the VJ-Advance because of this.

Design World did a fantastic job highlighting these features and many more. We cannot thank the team enough for the video and more so, the time they put into promoting the VJ-Advance!

Thanks Design World Team!

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