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Introducing The Inside Scope Borescope Blog

Today we are proud to announce the creation and launch of The Inside Scope Borescope Blog by the team at RF System Lab.

Welcome to our blog!! We are happy you are here, and we hope to keep you coming back for the latest news in Remote Visual Inspection (RVI) in general and video borescopes in particular.

For those of you that are new to RF System Lab, here is more about us:

RF System Lab is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacturing of articulating video borescopes. Our primary goals are to provide consistently strong customer service along with state-of-the-art borescopes that save our clients time and money, while increasing safety, efficiency and quality. Our customers typically focus on non-destructive testing (NDT) or the repair and maintenance of complex machinery and equipment.

Our flagship product is the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope. The VJ-ADV is the borescope of choice for hundreds of companies across many industries, including aviation/aerospace, oil & gas, power generation, manufacturing, and more.

RF System Lab’s North American headquarters is located in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan.

RF System Lab Exhibits at Nearly 40 Industry Events Each Year, and Will Update You on the Who, What and Where of These Events Throughout the Year

The RF System Lab team is constantly on the road exhibiting at a diverse range of trade shows. The Inside Scope blog will be a running resource to let you know where we are headed, what is happening while we are there, and post-show recaps and discussions.

The Inside Scope Blog will Review Industry News

The blog-writing team at RF System Lab will be keeping an eye on developing news that affects borescope users and the companies they work for. For instance, Space X had to delay a recent flight to do one more round of borescope inspections.

We will Talk About Borescopes and Their Many Uses

We will also profile some of the less common borescope uses we have encountered. For instance, see our post on Horse Trachea Borescope inspections (and more!)

Thank you for stopping by to learn about The Inside Scope Blog. Be social with us. We have made it easy to share stories with the major social networks. We also welcome your comments. Let us know what you are thinking, and let us start a conversation.

RF System Lab attended the 2012 AA&S Conference (Aircraft Airworthiness & Sustainment Conference) exhibiting the new VJ-Advance Video Borescope.  The conference was attended by Aircraft Structural Integrity experts from around the world, representing the military and civilian aerospace industry.  Major manufacturers of NDT technology and related fields presented their products during this outstanding venue.

The VJ-Advance Fully Articulating Video Borescope manufactured by RF System Lab received great praise as a high quality full featured borescope at a fraction of the price when compared to the GE and Olympus products at the show.  The VJ-ADV 3.9mm video borescope stood out as the most easy to use, lightweight and portable scope, perfectly suited for all airframe inspection requirements.  With photo, video and audio capture capability, documenting inspections and sharing downloads is as easy as the VJ-Adv is on the bottom line.  Military and civilian industry leaders value quality at a competitive price and RF System Lab has delivered with the new VJ-Advance Video Borescope available in a 3.9mm and 6.9mm diameter insertion tube with lengths ranging from 1.5 meters to 5.0 meters.

Great show, great opportunities, great contacts.  The VJ-ADV will be the top selling airframe/corrosion/FOD scope on the market. If you want to learn more about how you can utilize the VJ-Advance in your Aviation applications click on borescope.

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.

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.

Overall, I would have to say it was an incredibly successful trade show for RF System Lab and the VJ-ADV Video Borescope.  I’m already looking forward to next year.

I just got back from the Cygnus Aviation Expo in Las Vegas. The show was held at the Las Vegas convention center and it hosted aviation maintenance attendees as well as Ground Support Equipment.   The show was great! We met so many great people from all over the U.S. and throughout the world.

This was our first time attending this particular expo and with the introduction of our 3.9mm borescope it was perfect timing to start talking video borescopes with the aviation industry. The feedback we received on the scope was incredible. People couldn’t believe how lightweight and easy our VJ-ADV was to use. Some attendees that had never used a borescope before were able to pick up the VJ-ADV and start doing an inspection.

On the flip side we also had attendees that had been working with borescopes for years and had never seen the VJ-Advance. The feedback from these users was that they had never seen a scope with that kind of picture quality that wasn’t the size of a suitcase.

Our 3.9mm video borescope is great for the aviation industry because it allows users to complete inspections quickly and easily without having to lug around a large archaic borescope. Not only are we smaller and lightweight but we offer an incredible price. If you want to learn more about our new version of the 4mm borescope please click on borescope


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