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RF System Lab’s Video Borescopes for the Casting Industry series continues this week; starting with residue reduction. We’ve previously provided insight on coating inspections, weld inspections, and slag inspections, and also want to provide a short metal casting process recap:

Metal casting, the process of pouring metal in molten form into a mold to create a casted part, is used in a variety of applications; from art to industrial parts. Because of the need for complete precision during the entire casting process, quality control is a must. Only through a visual inspection of the internal passageways can professionals be absolutely sure that there are no defects or foreign object debris (FOD) that could cause problems down the road.

Overview of residue:
Residue is, put simply, unwanted material left behind during the casting process. Residue can be made of liquid non-metallic components, which are an outcome of alloying and oxidation. For this reason, the reduction of residue is a must; it can quickly contaminate any liquids flowing through internal passageways.

Contamination is obviously something that any company works extremely hard to avoid. Video borescopes are an ideal tool for internally inspecting critical passageways and other parts of casted materials to check for residue of any kind. Videoscopes have time-stamped camera and video capture functions, which gives quality control technicians the ability to document the exact location, date, and time of the residue discovered. Quality Checks with a video borescope greatly reduce the quantity of new metallic residue components and give companies confidence that their finished casted parts are free of foreign object debris (FOD).

The next edition of our Video Borescopes for the Casting Industry series will be on the blog soon! In the meantime, you can find out more about how the VJ-Advance video borescope is the perfect tool for reducing residue in casted parts by visiting the RF System Lab website or by calling (231) 943-1171.

One of the first questions we receive when someone is inquiring about the VJ-Advance video borescope is “What’s the price of this tool, anyways?”

That is why we set out to answer that question via RF System Lab website. Now, curious readers can learn more about the cost of borescopes on our aptly titled page: “What is the Cost of a Borescope?

Spoiler: there is no single answer. With so many different types of inspection tools falling under the category of “borescope” –  from rigid scopes all the way to video borescopes, there is not one single price point to provide.

Nonetheless, find out the true cost of a borescope by checking out our newest website addition or by calling (231) 943-1171 to speak to one of our borescope experts directly.

RF System Lab, maker of the groundbreaking VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope, is proud to announce new VJ-ADV customers in a multitude of industries.  Our newest customers include companies from the aviation, manufacturing, automotive, and weaponry industries.

We are excited to add the following companies to our roster of satisfied customers for the first month of 2015.

Embraer Logo

Embraer Logo

One of our customers representing the aviation industry is Embraer.  Embraer is a Brazilian aerospace conglomerate that provides aeronautical services and produces military, executive, commercial, and agricultural aircraft.  Embraer is using the 3.9mm diameter VJ-ADV for turbine inspections; one of the most popular uses for the articulating inspection camera. We are proud to have one of the biggest names is aviation as one of our first customers in the New Year.

Valiant Machine & Tool

Valiant Machine & Tool logo

From the Automotive Industry, Valiant Machine & Tool is another company that purchased a VJ-ADV in the month of January.  Valiant Machine & Tool, a Tier 1 Automotive supplier, required an inspection camera for internally inspecting small oil passageways on engines.  They selected the VJ-ADV video borescope for its extremely thin diameter and 360 articulation; perfect for easily navigating small passageways.

 

Kopetz Manufacturing

Kopetz Manufacturing Logo

We are looking forward to returning to The Chem Show this year, especially after meeting one of our newest clients, Kopetz Manufacturing, at the 2013 show.  Kopetz Manufacturing, a custom plate fabrication facility, is using the VJ-ADV to perform quality checks to confirm the internal quality of tubing.  Kopetz Manufacturing creates products using high-grade alloys, so it is imperative that their final products are also of the highest quality.  The VJ-ADV internally inspects the tubing to ensure that are no traces of FOD or cracks.  The VJ-ADV easily illuminates the inside of the tubing with its variable LED lighting and makes quality checks stress-free.

Northstar Aerospace

Northstar Aerospace Logo

Another new VJ-ADV videoscope user, representing the Aerospace industry, is North Star Aerospace.  All equipment used for testing purposes within Northstar Aerospace must meet stringent requirements.  The VJ-ADV exceeded all of the requirements and was an easy decision based upon the ease of use, price point, and customer service offered. We are glad that the articulating VJ-ADV is an addition to the testing equipment used by a company that strives to provide service beyond expectations.

 

ATK logo

ATK logo

ATK, a global leader in the defense and weaponry industries, is a company that RF System Lab is proud to have as one of last month’s customers.  ATK is using the VJ-ADV for weapon barrel inspections.  They required a portable, reliable unit to internally inspect weapons in the field.  The handheld VJ-ADV, which runs on standard AA batteries and weighs in at only 23oz, was the perfect fit.

We at RF System Lab would like to extend a thank you to its first clients in 2015, as well as all additional 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.

What is a Borescope?

Ever wondered what the difference is between a fiberscope and videoscope? Wanted to know how borescopes have evolved over the years?

RF System Lab is excited to announce that our website now holds a key to the answers to those questions, as well as the one we hear the most often: “What is a borescope?”

This page covers the evolution of the borescope – from rigid scopes to videoscopes, as well as provides a detailed explanation of each borescope category. Looking for pros and cons to fiberscopes? Look no further than the RF System Lab website.

If you still have questions about borescopes that the “What is a Borescope?” web page doesn’t cover, please feel free to call one of our Borescope Experts at (231) 943-1171. We’re happy to help!

The third post of our series of Video Borescopes for the Casting Industry provides a look at the slag reduction process. In case you missed it in our posts on coating inspections and weld inspections, here is a quick recap on the metal casting process.

Metal casting, the process of pouring metal in molten form into a mold to create a casted part, is used in a variety of applications; from art to industrial parts. Because of the need for complete precision during the entire casting process, quality control is a must. Only through a visual inspection of the internal passageways can professionals be absolutely sure that there are no defects or foreign object debris (FOD) that could cause problems down the road.

Overview of slag:

Slag can be defined as refuse produced as a result of melting nonferrous material(s?) that have a high melting point. In the casting process, slag is infamous for being the residue left behind in the melting process of metals.

The reduction of slag on casted parts is extremely important. Refuse of any size can lead to parts not fitting together properly, which would result in restarting the casting process for those parts all over again. Slag, which can also fall under the definition of FOD, can mean partial blockages in internal passageways, residual scratches, and other surface impurities.  Inspectors can greatly reduce the occurrence of slag by making sure RVI of all casting is part of the casting company’s quality assurance procedure. Video borescopes, such as the VJ-Advance articulating video borescope, have camera and video capabilities that are able to document internal slag findings, allowing you to prevent future slag formation.

The fourth part of our Video Borescopes for the Casting Industry series will be posted soon! In the meantime, you can find out more about how the VJ-Advance video borescope is the perfect tool for seeking out slag residue by visiting the RF System Lab website or by calling (231) 943-1171.


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