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RF System Lab Director of Sales and Marketing, Duncan White, had an excellent experience at our first-ever Railway Maintenance trade show, the RSI/CMA 2014 Canadian Rail Summit. The show took place at the Palais Des Congres in Montreal, Quebec from September 21-23, 2014.

Canadian Rail Summit Logo

RSI/CMA 2014 Canadian Rail Summit

Duncan was able to gain a lot of knowledge about the Railcar maintenance industry and chat with many industry professionals about the best ways that video borescopes, such as the groundbreaking VJ-Advance, could be utilized when working with Railcars. One of our current contacts, WATCO, informed us that video borescopes are extremely useful in tank car weld inspections, which are completed by drilling through tank car jackets and inserting the video borescope to complete the inspection. Without a non-destructive testing tool, maintenance professionals have to remove the entire outer jacket, which can be extremely time-consuming and costly.

Other VJ-Advance video borescope uses that sparked interest in attendees included the potential for looking at the backside of railcar wheels for manufacturer number and checking castings in the manufacturing process. These applications are made easy with the VJ-Advance’s joystick-controlled, four-way articulation and variable LED lighting.

All in all, The Canadian Railway Summit was a great show. The location was perfect; there was a good flow of attendees in the exhibit hall, and Duncan was able to learn a great deal more about the Railcar industry.

If you could not make it to the RSI/CMA 2014 Canadian Railway Summit and missed a chance to test out the VJ-ADV, you can still try one out at your own facility! RF System Lab offers a no cost, no demo program, which you can sign up for right here. To find out more about the free borescope demo or to chat with a borescope expert, you can call the RF System Lab office at (231) 943-1171 or visit the RF System Lab website.

Video borescopes have many different applications; including the Railway industry. For the first time, RF System Lab is breaking into the rail car maintenance industry, specifically tank car maintenance, by attending the RSI/CMA 2014 Canadian Rail Summit.  This year’s Canadian Rail Summit is taking place at the Palais Des Congres in Montreal, Quebec from September 21-23, 2014.

Summit highlights include:

  • A keynote speech from CN President and CEO Claude Mongeau, who will provide attendees a fresh insight into the current state and future Canadian rail industry
  • An exhibit featuring over 120 exhibitors and the newest technology in the rail supply industry
  • A chance to connect with other industry professionals – the conference even has its own hashtag: #rsicma2014
Canadian Rail Summit Logo

RSI/CMA 2014 Canadian Rail Summit

RF System Lab Director of Sales and Marketing, Duncan White, will be on the exhibit floor educating attendees on how borescopes can greatly assist with tank car inspections. RF System Lab’s VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope, with insertion tube diameters of 2.8mm, 3.9mm or 6.9mm, is perfect for inspecting hard-to-reach areas that the naked eye cannot observe. That, in combination with its extreme portability and joystick-controlled, 360-degree articulation, makes it the ideal remote visual inspection tool for internal weld inspections of tank car jackets.

If you’re interested in learning more about video borescope inspections and testing out the remarkable VJ-ADV video borescope for yourself, stop by booth #324 and meet with Duncan for more information.

For more information about the RSI/CMA 2014 Canadian Railway Summit, visit the conference website.

Learn more about the VJ-ADV and how it assists with tank car inspections:

Opening Time: Exhibits open at 4:00pm on Sun., Sept. 21 and again at 9:00am on Mon., Sept. 22
Conference Dates: September 21-23, 2014
Venue: Palais Des Congres, Montreal, Quebec

We look forward to providing a chance for railway industry professionals to test the VJ-Advance. If you are unable to attend the symposium don’t forget, you can still checkout the VJ-ADV articulating video borescopes on the RF System Lab website! For more information, call us toll-free at (888) 747-6526.

Fall trade show season is right around the corner, and RF System Lab has another few months packed full of shows and expos all over the USA (and even one in Canada). Since we are heavily involved in a variety of industries, we try to exhibit at shows that represent as many industries as possible so that we can create connections and stay up to date on all of the industries we serve. Therefore, we would like this blog to act as a preview for the trade shows, conference, expos, symposiums, and annual meetings that we will be attending in the month of September. We would love to meet you if you are in attendance!

Turbine Engine Tech Symposium  - September 8-11, 2014

The Turbo Engine Tech Symposium (TETS) is a biennial forum where the United States’ turbine engine community gathers to review and discuss the latest turbine engine technology advances. Over three days of technical presentations, supported by relevant hardware displays, will underscore the United States’ commitment to advance the state of the art in gas turbine engine technology.

Edward Thomas will be providing demos of the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope to an audience of approximately 1000 engineers, scientists, managers, and operational personnel from the the turbine engine community, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, NASA, DARPA, DOE, FAA, engine and aircraft manufacturers, material and component suppliers, and academia. Visit RF System Lab at booth #310.

(Source: TETS Website)

ASNE-FMMS – September 9-10, 2014

The Fleet Maintenance & Modernization Symposium (FMMS) 2014 is specifically designed to provide valuable information and networking opportunities for those who are involved in maintenance, refit, repair, conversion, modernization, service, and support of naval ships and craft. The theme for FMMS 2014 is “Delivering Readiness in Austere Times.”

Joel Riling, RF System Lab’s VP of Government Programs, will be at FMMS to present the VJ-ADV at booth #F08.  Riling is looking forward to showing the naval maintenance industry how the 4-way articulating VJ-ADV can assist them with their internal inspections.

(Source: ASNE)

US/Canada Border Conference – September 16-17, 2014

US/Canada Border Conference is the only major Conference fully addressing the “Beyond the Border” Declaration between the US and Canada aimed at improving economic competitiveness while advancing border security between the two countries. This conference gives attendees and exhibitors a chance to connect and network with the people responsible for implementing the Beyond the Border Action Plan, and tap into billions of dollars being invested by the US and Canadian governments for equipment, products and services over the next decade!

RF System Lab is proud to be a sponsor for this conference and will have Joel Riling on site to provide information about the VJ-ADV and how the groundbreaking video borescope can assist in border security efforts. Make sure to stop by RF System Lab’s table top display to learn more and say hello to Joel.

(source: Beyond Border)

Canadian Rail Summit – September 21-23, 2014

This year’s RSI/CMA Canadian Rail Summit 2014 is taking place in Montreal, Quebec. With Canadian National being headquartered in Montréal and their President and CEO Claude Mongeau as the keynote speaker, this will be the ideal location for rail suppliers to promote products to Canadian railroads.

The exhibit hall at RSI/CMA 2014 will feature over 120 exhibitors at the Palais des congrés. Expect to see the latest technology in the rail supply industry as new technologies are displayed and opportunities to make new connections are all around. Edward Thomas will be among those exhibitors, onsite to introduce the VJ-ADV to the railway maintenance industry. If you’re in attendance, visit booth #324 to see how the VJ-ADV makes tank car maintenance stress-free.

(Source: Railway Supply Institute)

A4A NDT Forum – September 22-25, 2014

The A4A Nondestructive Testing (NDT) Forum enables NDT professionals and industry leaders to meet each year and discuss current trends, issues and successes in NDT methodologies. The Forum draws participants from various disciplines, including equipment designers, technicians, vendors, regulatory authorities, OEMs, MROs and airline personnel.

The Forum exhibit hall features displays, including the latest NDT and related equipment, processes and services. Borescope expert Jess Kuznicki is representing RF System Lab at this conference and will be hosting a hospitality suite in addition to exhibiting at booth #14. Kuznicki is looking forward to meeting A4A NDT attendees and exhibitors and invites them to connect at his hospitality suite to learn more about the VJ-ADV after Monday and Tuesday’s scheduled programs wrap-up.

(Source: Airlines for America)

Turbo & Pump Symposium – September 23-25, 2014

Built on a history of success, the Pump/Turbo Symposia is an event you can’t afford to miss. This annual event features a world-class technical program combined with an international exhibition complete with full-size equipment and hundreds of leading companies. The Turbomachinery Laboratory sponsors two annual symposia (Turbo and Pump), held in the Fall of each year, to promote professional development, technology transfer, peer networking, and information exchange among industry professionals.

Both symposia feature lectures, tutorials, case studies, discussion groups, and short courses, as well as exhibits of the latest services and full-sized equipment. These international meetings emphasize the technology and troubleshooting that users need in today’s challenging workplace. RF System Lab’s Casey O’Tool will be among those putting emphasis on important technology by providing demos of the VJ-ADV at the symposia exhibit hall. Test out the trigger-controlled image capture and four way articulation for yourself when you stop by booth #1335.

(Source: Turbomachinery/ Pump Symposia)


If you are unable to make it to any of these shows, we hope to see you at one of the other trade shows we are attending. Check out a full list of where you can try out the VJ-ADV on the RF System Lab website. If you would simply like to speak to one of our borescope experts about demoing the VJ-ADV for free at your own facility, sign-up for our no cost, no obligation demo program or call 888-747-6526 for more information.