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Our final topic for the Video Borescopes for the Casting Industry blog series is critical passageway inspections. Other blog posts in the metal casting series covered residue inspections, coating inspections, weld inspections, slag inspections, form inspections, and burr reduction. In case you missed 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 Critical Passageways:

Critical Passageways are exactly what they sound like passageways or tubes within a casted part that are critical to the function of that part. Many times, especially in the chemical processing or food and beverage industries, these passageways have chemicals or other fluids flowing through them. Those liquids must arrive at their destination in a condition that is just as pure as before they were sent through the critical passageways. Therefore, critical passageways must be 100% free of debris, residue, or other FOD that can result in mold or contamination.

Video Borescopes with a super-slim diameter are the ideal tool for internally inspecting critical passageways. High-quality articulating videoscopes allow QC professionals to snake an insertion tube into casted passageways to check for residue; without having to take anything apart. This saves both time and money, is an excellent way to confirm the condition of passageways, and helps make sure that parts are ready for the production line.

This post concludes our Video Borescopes for the Casting Industry series. Check out our past metal casting blog posts by clicking the links above. 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 888-747-6526.

This week’s topic for RF System Lab’s Video Borescopes for the Casting Industry blog series is burr reduction. Our previous blog posts have covered residue reduction, coating inspections, weld inspections, slag inspections, and form 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 Burr:

Burr is a kind of residue that is leftover after the part has been casted, cut, or drilled. Specifically, it is a rough edge or area that remains after those processes. Any debris or rough edges that remain in the casted form affect the integrity of the part and must be removed. However, many passageways, where burrs are located, are extremely thin and hard to inspect without the proper tool.

This is where video borescopes come into play. Super-slim articulating video borescopes are the perfect tool for navigating around tight corners and inspecting small passageways to ensure that they are clear of burrs. Metal Casting quality inspectors can use videoscopes to confidently confirm that casted forms are free of residue and are cut or drilled exactly as required.

We have one last post 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.

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.

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.

This post continues our series of “Video Borescopes for the Casting Industry” with a look into a different kind of inspection. In case you missed our last piece, 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.

In our first post of the series, we covered video borescopes for coating inspections. This post is going to take a more detailed look into weld inspections.

Overview of welding:

The process of welding is, put plainly, to join two casted parts together. While welding sounds simple, welding precision is crucial. Broken casted parts are not unusual given the brittle nature of most cast iron.  However, any missteps or overlooked defects can result in disaster and may mean that the part is unusable; causing the entire casting process to start completely over. Welding is an important solution to this issue since it is sometimes used to repair defects discovered after a piece has been casted.

Video borescopes, like the VJ-Advance articulating video borescope, allow maintenance technicians to internally check that the weld is free of gaps and is fully penetrated. Medical-grade quality cameras offered on high-quality videoscopes provide the opportunity to take crisp images documenting the integrity of the weld, which allow casting professionals to feel confident that their parts are free of defects. Completing remote visual inspections with a video borescope helps assist professionals in making sure that welds are intact, and parts do not need recasting.

We will post the next part of our Video Borescopes for the Casting Industry series soon! In the meantime, you can find out more about how the VJ-Advance video borescope is the perfect tool for weld inspections by visiting the RF System Lab website or by calling (231) 943-1171.