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RF System Lab Blog: The inside scope

The Society of Petroleum Engineers hosts several events every year to encourage innovation and advancement within the industry. RF System Lab has attended various conferences hosted by the SPE since 2011, and 2015 marked the third year in attendance at the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.

Jess Kuznicki, one of RF System Lab’s  Borescope Experts, was there to share the groundbreaking VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope with attendees. He offered those who stopped by the booth an opportunity to get a hands-on demo of the VJ-ADV in 2.8mm, 3.9mm, and 6.9mm diameters. The VJ-ADV offers remote visual inspection capabilities to petroleum, oil, and gas professionals.

RF System Lab will be attending several conferences and exhibits around the country, so if you missed out on your hands-on demo feel free to see us at these shows in October, or visit www.rfsystemlab.us to learn more about our no-cost, no-rep demo!

AEROCON – Houston, TX. October 12- 14. Booth 949.

Automotive Testing – Novi, MI. October 19-22. Booth 8044.

ASNT Annual Conference – Salt Lake City, UT. October 25-28. Booth 218.

The Quality Show – Rosemont, IL. October 26-29. Booth 518.

RF System Lab has recently acquired a variety of impressive customers.  We are excited to announce the latest VJ-Advance video borescope (VJ-ADV) purchases in the aviation, engineering, and power generation industries.

Our latest customers in the aviation industry are Constant Aviation and Sikorsky. Constant Aviation, one of the fastest growing MROs in the country, took advantage of RF System Lab’s no-cost demo program when their current videoscope was out on repair. They were extremely impressed with the ergonomics and overall performance of the VJ-ADV, and when they found out about RF System Lab’s low repair costs, they outfitted each of their locations with a brand new VJ-Advance articulating video borescope.

Sikorsky, designer and builder of some of the world’s most advanced helicopters for commercial, industrial, and military use, is utilizing the VJ-Advance Video Borescope to maintain the S-97 Raider; a Light Tactical Helicopter that can reach speeds up to 220 knots. The VJ-ADV’s extreme portability was a big selling point for their rotorcraft inspection needs.

Danfoss Group Global, a leading manufacturer of valves and fluid handling components for HVAC and industrial applications, purchased two 3.9mm VJ-ADVs to trouble shoot hydraulic pumps on large bulldozers. The articulating 3.9mm VJ-ADV was the perfect tool for navigating through slim insertion points required by this application.

UGI Energy Services is a new VJ-Advance video borescope user in the power generation industry.  They discovered the VJ-ADV at the 2015 Western Turbine Users Group, where RF System Lab Senior Sales Consultant, Casey O’Tool, was exhibiting. After trying out the video borescope on their equipment, they invested in a VJ-ADV for valve and pipe inspections. The versatile VJ-Advance is a great addition to any power generation facility’s tool kit and is the ideal inspection tool for preventative and corrective maintenance efforts.

RF System Lab would like to their newest clients, as well as all other companies that became customers at the start of the second quarter.  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 their website or call 855-787-6966 to speak with one of their borescope experts about your specific internal inspection needs.

 

ASME Turbo Expo will celebrate its 60th year during its four-day exposition, taking place June 15-19, 2015 at the Palais des Congres in Montreal. Recognized as the “must-attend event for turbomachinery professionals,” ASME Turbo Expo promises a dynamic keynote session, a technical conference that sets the world standard for turbine technology events, and a premium exhibit hall packed with the latest in turbine products and services.

Joining that exhibit hall is RF System Lab, makers of the high-quality VJ-Advance articulating video borescope. Turbine maintenance experts will be able to do a live demo of the VJ-Advance at RF System Lab’s booth, #224, to test out the joy-stick controlled articulation and high-resolution, onboard image and video capture first-hand.

Zack Wessels, RF System Lab borescope expert, will be onsite in the exhibition hall to provide information about how by adding an articulating video borescope to their preventative and corrective maintenance procedures, companies can save a significant amount of money and time.

Interested parties can visit the RF System Lab booth #224 starting on Tuesday, June 16th at noon for a chance to try out the groundbreaking VJ-ADV.
You can view the 2015 ASME website here.

If you go…

Venue: Palais des Congres
Conference Dates: June 15-19, 2015
Opening Time: Exhibits open at noon on Tuesday, June 16th
Booth: #224

RF System Lab is looking forward to celebrating 60 years of the ASME Turbo Expo. For more information on RF System Lab and the VJ-Advance video borescope, visit the company website or call a borescope expert at (855) 787-6966.

One of the questions we hear most often is “But why do I need articulation?” RF System Lab is excited to announce an addition to our website that takes a detailed look at how articulation, specifically mechanical articulation, on video borescopes can greatly benefit internal inspections.

Benefits of Articulation in  Video Borescopes” provides details that help to explain different types of articulation, what applications require an articulating scope, and takes a detailed look at side view attachments (SVAs) and other accessories.

Check out the page by visiting the link above. If you have further questions about high-quality articulating videoscopes, you can contact an RF System Lab borescope expert by calling (231) 943-1171.

The second quarter of 2015 is off to a good start for RF System Lab. We are proud to announce a group of impressive companies from a variety of industries as their latest VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) borescope customers. A few of the industries represented below include aviation, power generation, automotive, and casting.

Representing our newest customers in the aviation industry are Ryan Air and Rotortech Services.  Ryan Air, an Alaska Bush carrier that specializes in air cargo shipping, required an inspection camera for PT6 turbine inspections on fixed-wing aircraft.  They selected the portable VJ-ADV because of its ability to operate fully in rugged conditions and extremely low temperatures.  Rotortech Services, located in the much warmer Palm Beach, Florida, provides state-of-the-art maintenance and repair services to helicopters.  They took advantage of our free demo program after visiting RF System Lab’s booth at this year’s HAI Heli Expo.  Rotortech utilizes the VJ-ADV for Turbomeca Arriel inspections on Airbus rotorcraft.  The extreme portability of the AA-battery powered VJ-ADV, weighing in at less than 2lbs, was a big factor in Rotortech’s purchasing decision.

Consolidated Edison (Con Edison) is a new VJ-Advance video borescope user in the power generation industry.  Con Edison, one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the United States, was looking for a high-quality tool to complete internal transformer inspections.  The power company selected the 6.9mm diameter VJ-Advance video borescope for their routine internal RVI of their transformer generators.  Con Edison needed to complete these routine inspections with oil still present in the transformers, which is why they selected the VJ-ADV, whose sturdy insertion tube can be submerged and still articulate without issue.

We at RF System Lab are proud to have an important member of the automotive industry, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA Group).  FCA Group, an international auto group that is a merger of Fiat and Chrysler, needed a video borescope to inspect the body-side box chambers on the vehicles they manufacture.  They had been using a snap-on borescope but were looking to invest in a higher quality tool that featured precise articulation.  RF System Lab is grateful that FCA Group made the investment in the VJ-ADV to complete future inspections.

Joining our list of clients in the casting industry is Fredon Corporation.  Fredon Corporation, a company that specializes in intricate parts, assemblies, and materials, was looking for the best inspection camera for ensuring the complete removal of burrs and residual sand.  The super-slim 3.9mm VJ-ADV was able to smoothly and efficiently navigate through critical core passageways to check for any signs of FOD, which made Fredon’s purchase decision an easy one.

We would like to thank these clients, as well as all other companies that became customers at the start of the second quarter.  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.


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