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For more than 30 years, the IADC/SPE Drilling Conference and Exhibition has proven itself as the leading drilling event in the E&P world.  SPE: The Society of Petroleum Engineers in partnership with the IADC: The International Association of Drilling Contractors, hosts several events every year, alternating annually between Europe and North America and recently expanding programming to the Middle East and Asia Pacific.  These events accelerate progress in the oil and gas industry by connecting forward-looking technical presentations to open discussion forums.  The technical program enables oil and gas professionals to see through today’s challenges and work collaboratively toward solutions that create a stronger future for an increasingly energy-driven world.  RF System Lab has attended various conferences hosted by the SPE since 2011, and 2016 marked the fourth year in attendance.

Chad Parker, one of RF System Lab’s borescope experts, was happy to enjoy the warm weather in Houston, Texas to share the groundbreaking VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope with IADC/SPE event attendees. He had the opportunity to speak with existing customers about their experience with the easy to use, handheld, fully-articulating VJ-Advance video borescope and was excited to present new customers who stopped by the booth an opportunity to get a hands-on demo of the VJ-ADV in 2.8mm, 3.9mm, and 6.9mm diameters. The VJ-ADV offers remote visual inspection capabilities to petroleum, oil, and gas professionals.

RF System Lab will be attending several conferences and exhibits around the country, so if you missed out on your hands-on demo feel free to see us at these shows:

MRO Americas – Dallas, TX: April 5-7, 2016 – Booth 3927

Cast Expo – Minneapolis, MN: April 16-19, 2016 –  Booth 1848

Electric Power – New Orleans, LA: April 18-20, 2016 – Booth 421

MOGA – Traverse City, MI: April 21, 2016 – Booth 28

Please contact one of our borescope experts directly to try the  VJ-Advance for yourself.  To make the decision process easy, we offer the industry’s only no-cost, no-obligation demo program.  Contact RF System Lab today by visiting our website or call (231) 943-1171.

RF System Lab, a leader in non-destructive testing technology, is excited to announce the arrival of the groundbreaking 6.9mm x 8M VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope.

The 6.9mm x 8M scope has all of the same features as the original, flagship 6.9mm VJ-Advance, including four-way joystick-controlled camera articulation, medical-grade camera technology, and trigger-activated image capture.  However, as indicated by the name, the 8M (8 meter) VJ-ADV offers a much longer insertion tube, allowing inspection of heat exchangers, boiler tubes, process piping, and more.

Historically, RF System Lab’s line of 6.9mm, battery operated, easy to use, articulating video borescopes have been offered in lengths of 1.5 meters (4 feet, 11 inches), 3 meters (9 feet, 10 inches), and 5 meters (16 feet, 5 inches’). Our borescope experts are thrilled to now be able to offer this, highly anticipated, in-demand 8 meter (26 feet, 3 inches) scope to new and existing customers.

Just one of the many industries that can benefit from the 8 meter borescope is the food manufacturing industry. Remote visual inspection of pipe welds is crucial to find surface flaws, cracks, porosity, unfilled craters, poorly formed beads, and misalignments; all of which could cause delays in production.  The 6.9mm x 8M video borescope saves time and money and is ideal for weld inspection because of its long reach, slender size, and articulation, allowing it to easily navigate through piping.

The versatile 6.9mm x 8M VJ-ADV articulating video borescope will quickly become a must-have tool in any engineer’s toolbox but don’t just take our word for it.  Please contact one of our borescope experts directly to try the 6.9mm x 8M VJ-Advance for yourself.  To make the decision process easy, we offer the industry’s only no-cost, no-obligation demo program.  Contact RF System Lab today by visiting our website or call (231) 943-1171.

Quality Control is king of every industry. Competition is fierce, and a company’s success is based on who can provide the best quality product at the most attractive price point. RF System Lab is all about precision and strives to provide the highest quality product on the market, so we wanted to make sure the importance of quality control is a topic that receives the attention it deserves.

Now, you can visit the RF System Lab website and read more about the importance of quality control for a variety of industries. Whether you represent aviation, automotive, oil and gas, or any other industry, having a quality control plan in place is crucial for the success of your company.

Want to discuss ways to improve your quality control plan? One of our remote visual inspection experts is available to chat about the topic of quality in detail. Give us a call at (231) 943-1171.

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.