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RF System Lab Sales Consultant, Casey O’Tool, had only positive things to say about his experience as an exhibitor at this year’s Western Turbine Users, Inc. conference. The conference took place last month in Palm Springs, California. Highlights from this year’s Western Turbine, Inc. conference included technical presentations by industry experts on various environmental, operations and maintenance issues surrounding operations of gas turbine fired power plants and informative technical breakout sessions.

One of Casey O’Tool’s favorite featured events was the “History of Flight” themed reception on Monday evening, which took place at the Palm Springs Air Museum. O’Tool was extremely impressed with the entertainment and layout of the event, noting “they really went all out. The conference coordinators rented out the entire museum for this reception… we ate our dinners, which were delicious, in the hanger! It was definitely an experience I’ll remember.”

In addition to enjoying the History of Flight reception and the friendly and inviting conference atmosphere, O’Tool told us that best experiences he had at the Western Turbine Users, Inc. conference were all through connections that he was able to make. O’Tool got the chance to catch up with RF System Lab client Component Repair Technologies, Inc., who was also exhibiting at the show. Their representative told O’Tool that they were extremely happy with their VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) 3.9mm video borescope. Component Repair Technologies is expecting to save thousands of dollars by making the switch from an expensive high-end unit to the affordable, feature-rich, VJ-ADV.

Another connection that O’Tool values having made is with Nalco, an Ecolab company. They are a leader in water treatment processes and purification. During the conference, O’Tool received an invitation to a dinner party that Nalco put on at the Blue Coyote Bar & Grill; a southwestern restaurant in downtown Palm Springs. While attending that dinner party, he was able to meet some great representatives from NAES, an independent service provider for the power generation industry.

The Western Turbine Users, Inc. conference clearly brings together many influential representatives in the gas turbine and inspection industry. According to O’Tool, “This conference is a really good fit for us. I would recommend attending to anyone in the gas turbine inspection or electric generation inspection industry. I’m already looking forward to being present in 2015!”

If you were unable to test drive the VJ-ADV at the Western Turbine Users, Inc. conference, we would like to offer you a free trial. To make the decision process easy, we offer the industry’s only no-cost, no-obligation demo program so you can evaluate the VJ-ADV line of video borescopes in your facility doing your inspections, before you decide to buy.

For more information about RF System Lab and the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope call us at (231) 943-1171 or visit or website www.rfsystemlab.us.

If you are an IA or AP technician in the aviation industry, a good-performing, high-quality borescope is essential to your job. Whether your specialty is turbines, recips, airframes or avionics, you need a quality borescope in your toolkit that you can rely on.

Borescopes are used in all facets of the aviation industry, from helicopters to military fighter jets. There’s a reason for that: borescopes are able to inspect confined areas where you cannot easily see to ensure safe and reliable operation of aircraft parts including turbines, airframes, winglets, landing gear, and other confined space areas.

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An aviation maintenance technician using RF System Lab’s VJ-ADV on a turbine engine.

Turbine Inspections

One of the essential uses of articulating borescopes is for turbine engine inspection. Turbine engines have many internal rotating sections, as well as combustion chambers, that can be inspected with an articulating video borescope. Borescopes, which can enter directly through an injector nozzle or access port and require no engine disassembly, are able to internally inspect these blades for corrosion, wear, or imperfections such as cracks, which can occur if the compressor section gets too hot. Utilizing a borescope to inspect and maintain any engine helps to ensure that the aircraft is airworthy.

Helicopter-specific Turbine Inspections

Turbine engines in helicopters, or rotorcraft, are located near the main rotor blades, so in order to perform any maintenance on them, professionals usually have to climb scaffolding or a ladder; this is where the features of articulating borescopes, such as RF System Lab’s VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope, are extremely beneficial. The VJ-ADV’s compact, portable design and on demand power (the VJ-ADV video borescope simply requires AA batteries – no need to wait for it to charge or make sure there is an electrical outlet nearby), helicopter turbine inspections are completed with ease. In addition, the super-slim 2.8mm VJ-ADV video borescope is a great fit for Main Rotor Gearbox (MRGB) inspections. The thin diameter insertion tube easily allows technicians to check for cracks developed in the welding area between the shaft and bevel gear, ensuring that the MRGB is in working order, and no leaks will occur.

Additional Uses & Staying Safe

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Finfrock Aviation inspects a recip style engine with the VJ-ADV

In addition to turbine inspections, borescopes have many other aviation-related uses.  As quoted by RF System Lab’s General Manager, Sean O’Connor: “Applications include inspecting airframes, flap tracks, wiring harnesses, and landing gear.” Additionally, borescopes are used in corrosion inspections.” In fact, a borescope can be used on just about any piece of aviation equipment. Borescopes range in size, for instance: the VJ-ADV comes in 2.8mm, 3.9mm and 6.9mm diameters, so finding a size to fit an access port is easily managed.

However, just because a borescope is able to inspect many different parts of an aircraft does not mean that some areas should not be approached with caution. “Special care should be taken when using a borescope to inspect fuel tanks, with proper grounding being very important,” notes O’Connor. “Aside from fuel tanks, as long as the scope is liquid proof and resistant to the common fluids found in various aircraft systems, a borescope can safely be used anywhere.”  Borescope technicians that are approved to sign off on annual inspections certifying airworthiness will have the proper Inspector Authorization (IA) Certification, but making sure to be properly educated on safety precautions when doing any inspection is extremely important.

100-hour Inspections

Another important reason borescopes are crucial to aircraft inspections: they allow maintenance professionals to complete 100-hour FAA inspections, necessary for the majority of aircrafts, with confidence.  100-hour inspections require photographic evidence of internal aircraft structures, which are easily captured by an articulating video borescope such as the VJ-ADV. Without a high-quality borescope to provide documentation, Maintenance professionals could put their license and reputation on the line.

Remote Visual Inspection (RVI) anywhere within an aircraft maintenance facility, or on a flight line, is not a problem with the VJ-Advance video borescope because it is battery powered, completely portable, and lightweight. For more information on the impressive VJ-Advance line of joystick-controlled, fully-articulating video borescopes, or to find out how you can demo the VJ-Advance video borescope for free at your own facility, visit the RF System Lab website or call (888) 747-6526 to speak to a borescope expert regarding your exact inspection needs.

The Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Expo is coming up on July 16-19 and RF System Lab’s VP of Government Programs, Joel Riling, is looking forward to exhibiting for the first time. The expo, taking place at the Phoenix Convention Center located Phoenix, AZ, promises to set the standard for excellence in the public safety aviation.

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ALEA Expo 2014 Official Logo

The ALEA expo website offers a glimpse into courses offered at the event, which include “Unlocking the Power of your Safety Program” and “Why Flight Simulation?”. Fixed-Wing Operations, Water Survival, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and Helicopter Rescue Tactics are only a few of the trainings offered at the expo. In addition, there will be an impressive exhibitor hall onsite, allowing vendors to showcase their services and products to aviation decision-makers.

Joel Riling, a 26 year, retired Navy Pilot, will be onsite at the conference to present the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope. When asked about the expo, Riling replied “This conference will be an excellent fit for the VJ-ADV. I am looking forward to meeting with public safety pilots, tactical flight officers and technicians to show them our affordable high-quality video borescope. Many public safety aviation professionals have already realized significant savings and are currently using the VJ-Advance for their inspections.”

The VJ-ADV is used in a variety of inspection scenarios, including turbine and airframe. The groundbreaking video borescope offers a combination of high-end optics, portability, and features unique to the world of remote visual inspection, which makes it an ideal choice for the military aviation industry. You can see for yourself how inspections with the VJ-ADV are accurate and efficient by testing it out firsthand at the ALEA Expo.

Don’t miss your chance to meet Joel Riling at the RF System Lab booth #715 starting on Wednesday, July 16th for a chance to demo the VJ-ADV video borescope.

You can view the ALEA Expo website here.

See the VJ-Advance in the Phoenix Convention Center during these dates and times:
Opening Time: Exhibits open 5:00pm on Wed, July 16th
Conference Dates: July 16-18, 2014
Venue: Phoenix Convention Center
Booth: #715

We look forward to seeing you there! If you are unable to attend the conference don’t forget, you can still demo the VJ-ADV for free at your own facility! For more information, call us toll free at (888) 747-6526

In January RF System Lab announced the arrival of the 2.8mm VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope.  Now, we would like to provide an update regarding the different industries that are utilizing the super slim 2.8mm VJ-ADV, as well as detail what makes this video borescope such a necessity in those industries.

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The super-slim 2.8mm insertion tube.

The 2.8mm has all the same features as the original 6.9mm VJ-ADV, including four-way joystick-controlled camera articulation, medical grade camera technology, and trigger activated image capture.  However, as indicated by the name, the 2.8mm VJ-ADV offers a much slimmer insertion tube diameter, allowing inspection of much tighter spaces.

Our borescope experts gave the inside scoop on which industries are finding the 2.8mm to be the perfect fit.

The aerospace industry’s use of the 2.8mm VJ-ADV to complete casting inspections was an application noted in several instances.  Internal Foreign Object Debris (FOD) detection is crucial, especially for integral parts such as the small cord oil passageways in the casting that surround the turbine engine. The 2.8mm video borescope is ideal for casting inspection because of its slender size and smaller bending radius, allowing it to easily navigate through tight corners and small tubing to detect corrosion or FOD.

The small casting passageways are extremely expensive to replace. Because of this, companies in the Aviation and Aerospace industry use borescopes like the 2.8mm VJ-ADV to perform preventive avionics maintenance to ensure that the welding is fully sealed and that there are no ruptures or leakage in the joints of the casting.  Conducting an inspection, prior to installing the casting, instills confidence that future inspections are passed and that the integrity of all parts that make up the casting is upheld.

Another notable industry in which to 2.8mm has been popular is 3D printing and other electronic inspections.  3D printers are becoming standard in many industries, and making sure the 3D printer you are using to create parts is in full working order, as well as inspecting the finished printed parts, is a must.  The 2.8mm seamlessly fits through small openings and guides effortlessly through compact inner workings of electronics and the products they create.  Uses of the VJ-ADV within the electronic industry have included solder paste inspections, circuit board inspections and different methods of preventative maintenance.

In addition to those industries, the 2.8mm VJ-ADV has been used for inspections that fall into the “Other” category. These “Other” inspections range from inspecting the inside of golf club heads to looking inside 300 year old violins.

The versatile 2.8mm articulating video borescope has become a top-seller in the industries above and in many others that require a sub-4mm borescope such as oil and gas, chemical processing and manufacturing.  But don’t just take our word for it.  Please contact us directly to try the 2.8mm VJ-ADV for yourself.  To make the decision process easy, we offer the industry’s only no-cost, no-obligation demo program so you can evaluate the new 2.8mm video borescope in your facility doing your inspections, before you decide to buy.  Contact RF System Lab today by visiting our website or call us toll free at (888) 747-6526, and see what you’ve been missing.