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RF System Lab Blog: The inside scope

Next week’s Border Security Expo is bringing together high-level decision-makers from all over the world to discuss the most pressing topics involved with border enforcement. The expo, which takes place April 21-22nd at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, AZ, offers panel sessions, keynote speeches from Vice Admiral Charles W. Ray, Phil Landfried, Daniel Ragsdale, and Ronald D. Vitiello, as well as an exhibit hall packed with the latest advancements in border security.

As stated by Jayson P. Ahem, Principal, The Chertoff Group and Former Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, “Border Security Expo is an important world class event that is the premier border security conference in the world.”

RF System Lab’s VP of Government Programs, Joel Riling, will be exhibiting on behalf of RF System Lab. He will be onsite to provide demonstrations and give information about the line of ergonomic VJ-Advance articulating video borescopes. The VJ-Advance, which is currently being used by every branch in the military, is an excellent tool for bomb squads and EOD professionals to have on hand; especially where border security is involved. With poly-coated insertion tubes as tiny as 2.8mm, the joystick-controlled VJ-Advance can fit in extremely small areas; allowing border security professionals to internally inspect suspicious areas with confidence.

Interested parties can stop by the RF System Lab Booth #1118 in the Border Security Expo exhibit hall for more information. If you’re unable to attend this expo, check-out future shows that RF System Lab will be attending on the RF System Lab website.

If you go…

Border Security Expo

Dates: April 21-22, 2015

Venue: Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, AZ

Exhibits Open: 

RF System Lab Booth #: 1118

Next week, two Power-Generation shows take place in the Midwest: Reliable Plant and Electric Power. RF System Lab is excited to be exhibiting among renowned companies from all over the world at both of these shows; showcasing the VJ-Advance video borescope to power-gen professionals.

Reliable Plant, which offers attendees the ability to gain insight in multiple areas of industrial lubrication, oil analysis and reliability, is taking place at the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland, OH on April 21-23, 2015.  The conference offers workshops, learning sessions, networking nights, and an exhibit hall packed with the latest technologies in power generation. Chad Parker, RF System Lab Sales Consultant, will be representing us at booth #822. He will be showing maintenance and reliability experts how the VJ-Advance articulating video borescope is an ideal tool for preventative and corrective maintenance.

Meanwhile, Electric Power will be taking place April 21-23, 2015 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. This will be RF System Lab’s second year at Electric Power, which promises to bring together more power generators in one place than any other conference & exhibition. Jess Kuznicki, RF System Lab borescope expert, will be presenting the VJ-Advance video borescope to power professionals at booth #346. Interested attendees can test out the ergonomic VJ-Advance and learn more about how adding internal inspections to a quality check-list can save their company time and money by helping to avoid unplanned outages.

We’re looking forward to exhibiting at both Reliable Plant and Electric Power. If you’ll be at either of these shows, make sure to stop by the RF System Lab booth to learn more about enhancing your preventative and corrective maintenance efforts with remote visual inspection.

If you go…

Reliable Plant

Venue: Cleveland Convention Center

Dates: April 21-23, 2015

Exhibits Open: Tues, April 21 at 9:30am

RF System Lab Booth #: 822

 

Electric Power

Venue: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Dates: April 21-23, 2015

Exhibits Open: Tues, April 21 at 11:00am

RF System Lab Booth #: 346

Only four days until the Aerospace Maintenance Competition, taking place at the 2015 MRO Americas: April 14-16, 2015 in Miami, FL. As we’ve told you previously, we’re giving away a VJ-Advance articulating video borescope to the winning team in the school category.

We reached out to the schools competing with a goal of getting to know more about their schools, the members of their team, and what they’re looking forward to at this year’s Aerospace Maintenance Competition. We previously posted the responses from South Seattle College, and today we are excited to feature the team from Indian Hills Community College on the RF System Lab blog.

The Indian Hills Community College team members include George Allen Francis, Nicolas Daniel Alexander, Leo Brian Fox, Niccolo James Darr, Leonard Yarita, Joshua Mykel kruse, and Brent Thomas LeClere. Their coach is Terry Dunkin, Assistant Coach is Dan Brauhn and the Team Leader is George Allen Francis, a student at the college.

We’ve shared their answers to our questions below:

Question 1 (Q1) : How many years have you been competing in the Aerospace Maintenance Competition?

Answer (A): This is the second year that Indian Hills Community College has participated in AMC. This competition creates excitement and initiative with our students and support from organization supporting our participation.

 

Q2: Which skill-based challenges are you looking forward to the most at this year’s competition?

A: I can’t say that we truly have one event more anticipated than another, we look forward to all the challenges.

 

Q3: Tell us a bit about your school’s aviation and aerospace maintenance program.

A: Our Aviation Maintenance Program has been in operation since 1972. We are a very small school so we are able to dedicate much of our training as a one on one environment. We train our students to be very safety conscious and we promote their competitive nature. Additionally, we are very aggressive at trying new ideas and approaches and actively pursue opportunities such as the AMC presents.

 

Q4: RF System Lab is donating a VJ-Advance video borescope to the winning team in the school division. How would winning the VJ-ADV assist your program?

A: Indian Hills Community College is currently pursuing the prospects of the creation of an advanced Non Destructive Training and testing program that will train clients in the areas of Borescope inspection, Magnetic Particle, Eddy Current and Ultra Sonic methods and certifications, so the VJ-Advance would greatly assist that program.

 

RF System Lab would like to thank Indian Hills Community College for taking the time to let us learn a bit more about their school and AMC goals. We wish them good luck and are looking forward to meeting them at this year’s AMC!

With the Aerospace Maintenance Competition quickly approaching, RF System Lab is gearing up to prepare for our first year of sponsorship for this skill-based competition. We’ve talked to many of the schools competing, who are looking forward to have a chance at winning the VJ-Advance video borescope, and have connected with fellow sponsors to spread awareness about AMC.

ARSA logo

ARSA logo

One sponsor we’d like to highlight is the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA). The ARSA is a repeat sponsor of AMC and are an extremely important part of the Aviation Maintenance industry. We at RF System Lab are proud to be sponsoring AMC along with such an influential and integral association.

The ARSA produced an informational and interesting video, developed as part of the Leading Edge video series. The video was distributed to public TV stations in all 50 states and is hosted by former football coach and sports broadcaster Jimmy Johnson. This seven minute video gives a great inside look at the men and women who keep the skies safe.

You can view the video on the AVMRO website.

We look forward to co-sponsoring the Aerospace Maintenance Competition with ARSA and all the other sponsors on-board. Make sure you stop by and check out this skills competition during MRO Americas – April 14-16, 2015 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, FL.

RF System Lab is proud to announce big names in multiple industries that recently invested in the VJ-ADV. New customers include companies from industries such as aviation, power generation, railway, and chemical manufacturing.

Critical Care Medflight

Critical Care Medflight logo

The first of RF System Lab’s newest customers comes from the aviation industry. Critical Care Medflight, a certified air ambulance service provider, was sold on the VJ-ADV after an unpleasant experience with a competitor’s scope. Critical Care Medflight required a repair on their previous borescope, but when they found out that the service would cost them almost as much money as the tool itself, they decided to purchase a VJ-ADV instead. Our low-cost of ownership is just one of the reasons that Critical Care Medflight invested in the articulating VJ-ADV.

 

Sempra Energy Logo

Sempra Energy Logo

Another new VJ-Advance video borescope user is Sempra, a leader in power generation. Sempra, named one of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” by Fortune for 2015, purchased two VJ-Advance articulating video borescopes for two very different applications. The purchase included a 5m VJ-ADV, its long length made it perfect for piping inspections, and a 1.5m VJ-ADV, which will be used for inspecting cylinders on compressors.  We are grateful to be able to call this industry leader one of their new clients.

GBW Logo

GBW Logo

 

Representing the Railway industry is GBW Railcar Services. This joint-venture between Greenbrier and Watco created one of the largest independent railcar repair shop networks on the continent.  RF System Lab is proud to know that they are utilizing the VJ-ADV for their rail needs; specifically for inspecting the integrity of welds in tank car jackets. Without a high-quality inspection tool, confirming weld integrity on tank cars would require a full-removal of the jacket, leading to much more work and additional expenses.  Additionally, RF System Lab is looking forward to connecting with GBW Railcar services at Railway Interchange, taking place in Minneapolis, MN on October 4-6 of this year.

DOW Union Carbide Logo

DOW Union Carbide Logo

RF System Lab is proud to have DOW Union Carbide as a continued VJ-ADV customer. DOW had already purchased units for multiple locations, but the VJ-ADVs were used so frequently that they required additional units. DOW relies on the VJ-ADV to confidently complete quality inspections of their chemical manufacturing equipment.

We would like to thank these clients, as well as all other new 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.


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