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!
20 Dec 2012
I had the amazing opportunity to attend the NACE CORROSION 2012 Conference and Expo in beautiful Salt Lake City last week (March 11-15). The show was comprised of more than 5,000 industry professionals and 350+ exhibitors from around the world, so needless to say it was a busy week for the VJ- Advance video borescope from RF System Lab.
We were situated in the equipment pavilion next to some incredible NDT equipment, but even in my biased opinion, I think our 6.9mm video borescope received more than its fair share of attention. The portability of the VJ-ADV really stands out at a show like this. With such large crowds, it really was enjoyable to watch borescope veterans and novice alike respond so positively to the borescope’s ergonomic design and high quality video and picture resolution.
While most of the visual inspection scenarios I discussed didn’t require an outside diameter of less than 6.9mm, that doesn’t mean the 3.9mm video borescope was forgotten. Attendees were consistently amazed that such a small digital camera could produce such a clear image. After I explained that RF System Lab had released a 3.9mm outside diameter unit with a 3.0M length insertion tube, the ideas for potential inspections scenarios grew greatly. From heat exchangers, to seamless tubing, all the way through corrosion inspections of small internal diameter pipes, they realized the VJ- Advance 3.9mm/3.0m was a video borescope that could solve some serious problems for them.
I’d also like to say a very heartfelt thank you to two special friends from National Grid and HDR|Schiff. They were so excited about the high quality of our video borescope they were literally pulling acquaintances from across the expo center to make sure they had a chance to experience the ground breaking 4-way joystick control of the VJ- Advance video borescope for themselves. To experience all you can do with our 6.9mm or nearly 4mm borescopes, check out our website!
At RF System Lab, we are thrilled to announce that our borescope, the VJ-advance, was recently featured in the release of the Hollywood hit, “The Mechanic”. This hard hitting action film features stars Jason Statham and Ben Foster as elite assassins with a strict code and unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets. There strategic hit men require absolute perfection in their work and from their tools. As a result, we were not surprised to find out that they would like to use the RF System Lab articulating video borescope as a cutting edge piece of technology that would help them look behind walls, under doors, and into any dangerous situation where they needed an eye but couldn’t squeeze there head!
In the fall of 2009, the prop specialist from The Mechanic were searching for a tool that would work as a high end fiber optic spy camera. It appears they found exactly that when they were referred to RF System Lab. According to General Manager Sean O’Connor, “It was obvious our borescope would be perfect for the scene they described, and we thought we would love to see great technology such as our borescope in a great movie.”
This isn’t the first time RF System Labs borescope has been featured in a movie, and it certainly won’t be the last; a little insider information has it that CSI: New York, the television show is currently following the lead of Hollywood, and using this highly portable high end technology for a scene in an upcoming episode.
RF System lab was proud to participate in the 40th Turbomachinery 2011 & 27th International Pump Symposium from September 12th-15th 2011. The Symposium was held at the George R. Brown convention center in downtown Houston Texas. The show was extremely busy with plenty of potential customers who were interested in the VJ-ADV articulating video borescope. We were pleased with all the excitement centered on our new 3.9mm video borescope.
I spent some time with Mark McKind from Fusion Babbitting Co. If you have never checked out Fusion babbitting…you must check out the Fusion Babbitting website. I really enjoyed meeting the gentlemen Representing Kawasaki Power Generation. They were very intrigued with how ergonomically designed the VJ-Advance line of borescopes are … they couldn’t believe how compact, lightweight and portable the VJ-Adv borescope is when compared to other high-end video borescopes.
I was really excited to stop by the Afton Pump booth at the show. I had just received a PO from Afton for our new 3.9mm borescope on the Friday before I flew down to Houston. I wanted to thank them for their recent purchase and discuss with their engineers exactly how they used the 3.9mm articulating video borescope in their quality department to inspect the bowls in their impeller pumps so they can be 100% sure that they are free from all imperfections. There is no substitute for visual verification…that’s why video borescopes have become an indispensable tool for many Quality Control Engineers.
In all, I had a wonderful time at the Symposium meeting new customers and seeing familiar faces. I made some great contacts and would recommend this show to anyone who is interested in Turbines, Turbos, Pumps and Compressors. The next Symposium is scheduled for September 24th-27th 2012 in Houston Texas. Hope to see you there!
September 26th – 29th : I had the privilege of attending the 54th Annual ATA NDT Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a rookie in the NDT industry, it was fascinating to learn about the different types of NDT equipment available, such as Eddy Current, Ultrasonic, and Thermography. Also as a rookie, I felt like I was surrounded by some very seasoned Veterans. Three days was certainly not long enough to absorb the wealth of knowledge being offered by the many professionals at the conference. It was like “trying to drink from a fire hose.”
Our booth traffic was very heavy, and our newest 3.9 mm borescope was well received. People were certainly impressed with VJ-ADV’s picture quality for such a small diameter insertion tube. Along with the picture quality, they loved the portability (as always) and the maneuverability of the articulating tip. Of course our 6.9 mm borescope still received its share of attention. The features that most appealed to the attendees were the light weight, portability, and overall ease of use of our VJ video borescopes.
We were intrigued to find that many people attending the conference were new attendees and had not had a prior opportunity to see and learn about borescopes, including the type of video borescope features to seek when they are ready to buy a borescope.
One thing that was somewhat surprising (and nice) is that more and more people are becoming familiar with the name “RF System Lab.” We are making a strong and favorable impression on our customer base, which is quickly building our brand recognition in the RVI world. We were especially flattered to have our competitors recognize that even though our scope may not package as many functions as the very high end borescopes, what it does it does well. And the VJ-Advance is difficult to compete with pricewise with the quality features and functions it does carry.
I will look forward to attending this conference again in the future. It was a great opportunity to meet new clients, as well as learn about the different technologies available in NDT. I believe it is important as a sales consultant, to be able to advise on what technology would be best for our customer’s application.