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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
RF System Lab is counting down the days until the Aerospace Maintenance Competition, taking place at the 2015 MRO Americas: April 14-16, 2015 in Miami, FL. We’re proud to be a sponsor of the event, but what we’re looking forward to the most is 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 were extremely impressed with their replies, and wanted to showcase a few of the schools competing on the RF System Lab blog.
The first of these schools is South Seattle College, a school that has two teams competing in this year’s AMC. Below are answers from both teams, Association of Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM) Team 1 and AWAM Team 2. These teams are made up of the following individuals: Maxim Zuev, Michael Clyde, Agnes Choung, Renae Muniz, Kevin Barrett, ‘Troy’ (Yeshi) Qui, Brian Louderback, Cedric EBROTTIE, Mark Brutke, Michael Cooke, Anthony Clark, Miles Craw. Elise R. Levi, Secretary of AWAM Chapter 19 and A&P Student at South Seattle College, was our contact at the school and was kind enough to interview students competing for us.
We selected a few answers to each of the questions asked to share below:
Question 1 (Q1) : How many years have you been competing in the Aerospace Maintenance Competition?
Answer 1 (A1): “This will be the first year I will be competing in the Aerospace Maintenance Competition, and the second in our school’s history. We are always looking for more opportunities to gain experience and test our knowledge outside of the school environment. Through training for this competition we have been introduced to various aviation maintenance related products used in the field that we would have otherwise not been able to test, putting us a step closer to working out in the field.” –Mark Brutke
A2: ‘’This is my first year competing in the aerospace maintenance competition. I decided to compete because I knew this would be an amazing opportunity for me to make friends among aviation enthusiasts and show what My Team and South Seattle College AMT program are made of.’’- Tony Clark
A3: ‘’I competed last year, this year I’m a student coach/project manager.’’ –Jennifer Lasher
Q2: If you have attended previously, did you have any memorable experiences?
A1: ‘’Yes, last year it was very exciting to come together with so many other professionals and students and to get an idea what the future holds for me.’’ –Jennifer Lesher
Q3: If you have not previously attended, what made you decide to participate in this year’s competition?
A1: ‘’Having the opportunity to get more hand-on on Aviation stuff, and enlarging my professional network for my future career in aviation.’’- Cedric EBROTTIE
A2: ‘’The supplementary training and opportunity to learn aspects of aviation maintenance that I have not yet covered in school sounded like a good opportunity to further my education.’’ –Michael Clyde
Q4: Which skill-based challenges are you looking forward to the most at this year’s competition?
A1: ‘’JT8-15 Pressure Ratio Bleed Control.’’ – Brian
A2: ‘’The events are mostly in my areas of interest but I look forward most to showing how hard my team and I have worked to perfect our skills at safety wire, power distribution troubleshoot, Charles Taylor exam, and weight and balance.’’ –Tony Clark
A3: “Im looking forward in building a strong and well controlled skill set under a pressurized environment such as being timed and evaluated by a team of judges. I can also relate this to license testing. “ –Maxim Zuev
Q5: Tell us a bit about your school’s aviation and aerospace maintenance program.
A1: ‘’For being almost at the end of my program, the strength of the school is the instructors. Having five different instructors throughout my program, their specific backgrounds in Aviation helps me have a wider view in the aviation field. From the military to commercial and from general aviation to the cargo company.’’ – Cedric EBROTTIE
A2: ‘’Our school and instructors do an excellent job with limited resources to provide us with everything we need to succeed as aircraft mechanics, except our own enthusiasm and drive.’’ –Tony Clark
A3: “It is Two-year program which has a long history. We even have a hanger at Boeing field to keep airplanes. Our instructors have varied backgrounds, which helps us understand the fields of aviation.’’ -Agnes Choung
Q6: 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?
A1: “The VJ-Advance video borescope would be a vast improvement over the borescopes our school has currently. We have used these devices to inspect compressor blades in turbojet engines for damage, but their effectiveness has been limited because honestly aren’t very good. With a better, professional-quality borescope, I’m sure we would find many more uses for it.’’ –Mark Brutke
A2: ‘’Thank you RF System Lab for donating the VJ-Advance borescope for the school division winner of the AMC. If my team from South Seattle College wins our division that boroscope will be amazing for our powerplant class this coming year.’’ –Tony Clark
A3: ‘’It would be very helpful because we need one with a small head that can go into a J52.’’ –Brian
A4: ‘’Winning the borescope would be most excellent, as our school’s current borescope situation is less than desirable.’’ –Michael Clyde
Last but not least… final remarks:
‘’Thank you to everyone else from South Seattle College, our families and community (including but not limited to Alaska Airlines and Boeing) who have made it possible for us to compete this year and helped us to hone our training. ‘’ -Tony Clark
‘’I’m looking forward to experiencing and learning new stuff in at the AMC competition, and especially to WIN.’’ – Cedric EBROTTIE
RF System Lab would like to thank South Seattle 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!
Heli-Expo 2015 took place in sunny Orlando, Florida last week. The event, which ran March 2-5 at the Orange County Convention Center, brought rotorcraft experts from around the globe to enjoy technical sessions, an awards dinner, and a packed exhibit hall.
Casey O’Tool and Jess Kuznicki, RF System Lab Sales Consultants, were onsite presenting the VJ-Advance articulating video borescope at booth #2518. O’Tool remarked that the exhibit hall traffic never slowed down and that this year;s turnout was, as expected, fantastic. O’Tool and Kuznicki were able to meet many new potential customers as well as say hello to a few familiar faces. Metro Aviation and Hillsborough Aviation were just a few of the current VJ-Advance customers to stop by the booth.
O’Tool and Kuznicki also had the chance to attend the HAI Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner as guests of Finnegan, the largest patent, copyright, and trademark law firm in the world. They had a great time mingling with other attendees and were grateful for a delicious meal and top notch entertainment.
RF System Lab is looking forward to seeing what Heli-Expo 2016 has in store! If you did not get the chance to visit the RF System Lab booth to test out the VJ-Advance video borescope, take a look at the other trade shows we’re attending this year!
The VJ-Advance video borescope will be traveling cross-country next week for the Western Turbine Users Inc. (WTUI) Conference, taking place in Long Beach, CA. The conference, which occurs March 15-18, 2015, consists of technical breakout sessions for the GE LM2500, LM5000, LM6000, and LMS100 lines of engines.
According to the conference website, the event will also feature technical presentations by industry experts on various environmental, operations, and maintenance issues surrounding operations of gas turbine power plants. Also offered at this year’s conference is a 25th Anniversary Celebration on Monday night, golf and tennis tournaments, and exhibits featuring the latest turbine technology.
RF System Lab is looking forward to being featured as one of those exhibits and will be providing demos of the VJ-Advance video borescope. The VJ-Advance, which is the ideal turbine inspection tool, assists maintenance experts to confirm the internal conditions of turbine engines. Remote visual inspection with high-quality video borescopes is crucial for checking for FOD, cracks in turbine blades, or corrosion. Casey O’Tool, RF System Lab Senior Sales Consultant, will be onsite to provide more information to interested turbine professionals and answer questions about borescope applications.
Stop by RF System Lab’s exhibit at booth #265 starting 9:00 am on Monday, March 16th to test the ground- breaking VJ-Advance video borescope.
To learn more about the Western Turbine Users Inc. Conference, view their event information here.
Show: Western Turbine Users Inc. (WTUI) Conference
Location: Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, CA
Dates: March 15-18, 2015
Exhibit Hall Opens: 9:00am on Monday, March 16th
Booth #: 265
The next topic for our Video Borescopes for the Casting Industry blog series is form inspections. We’ve previously provided blog posts covering residue reduction, coating inspections, weld inspections, and slag inspections. In case you didn’t get a chance to view those posts, here is a 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 Casting Forms
The casting form is literally the end product of the casting process. The form created by casting must be created exactly as it was intended. Any defects such as cracks, blockage in passageways, or foreign object debris (FOD) in the form of slag or burrs can greatly affect the integrity of the form.
Using video borescopes for remote visual inspections of all parts of a casted form can help to identify defects and check to see if forms are free of FOD. Quality control professionals can confirm that your casting form measured up to your exact specifications with an ergonomic borescope like our VJ-Advance, which can inspect even the smallest areas to ensure complete and accurate formation. Having the ability to inspect confined areas is a must, since many forms have extremely small internal passageways that must be clear of FOD and free of cracks.
We have two more posts in our Video Borescopes for the Casting Industry series to look out for! In the meantime, you can find out more about how the VJ-Advance video borescope is the perfect tool for inspecting all components of casted forms by visiting the RF System Lab website or by calling (231) 943-1171.