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RF System Lab has recently acquired a variety of impressive customers.  We are excited to announce the latest VJ-Advance video borescope (VJ-ADV) purchases in the aviation, engineering, and power generation industries.

Our latest customers in the aviation industry are Constant Aviation and Sikorsky. Constant Aviation, one of the fastest growing MROs in the country, took advantage of RF System Lab’s no-cost demo program when their current videoscope was out on repair. They were extremely impressed with the ergonomics and overall performance of the VJ-ADV, and when they found out about RF System Lab’s low repair costs, they outfitted each of their locations with a brand new VJ-Advance articulating video borescope.

Sikorsky, designer and builder of some of the world’s most advanced helicopters for commercial, industrial, and military use, is utilizing the VJ-Advance Video Borescope to maintain the S-97 Raider; a Light Tactical Helicopter that can reach speeds up to 220 knots. The VJ-ADV’s extreme portability was a big selling point for their rotorcraft inspection needs.

Danfoss Group Global, a leading manufacturer of valves and fluid handling components for HVAC and industrial applications, purchased two 3.9mm VJ-ADVs to trouble shoot hydraulic pumps on large bulldozers. The articulating 3.9mm VJ-ADV was the perfect tool for navigating through slim insertion points required by this application.

UGI Energy Services is a new VJ-Advance video borescope user in the power generation industry.  They discovered the VJ-ADV at the 2015 Western Turbine Users Group, where RF System Lab Senior Sales Consultant, Casey O’Tool, was exhibiting. After trying out the video borescope on their equipment, they invested in a VJ-ADV for valve and pipe inspections. The versatile VJ-Advance is a great addition to any power generation facility’s tool kit and is the ideal inspection tool for preventative and corrective maintenance efforts.

RF System Lab would like to their newest clients, as well as all other companies that became customers at the start of the second quarter.  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 their website or call 855-787-6966 to speak with one of their borescope experts about your specific internal inspection needs.

 

ASME Turbo Expo will celebrate its 60th year during its four-day exposition, taking place June 15-19, 2015 at the Palais des Congres in Montreal. Recognized as the “must-attend event for turbomachinery professionals,” ASME Turbo Expo promises a dynamic keynote session, a technical conference that sets the world standard for turbine technology events, and a premium exhibit hall packed with the latest in turbine products and services.

Joining that exhibit hall is RF System Lab, makers of the high-quality VJ-Advance articulating video borescope. Turbine maintenance experts will be able to do a live demo of the VJ-Advance at RF System Lab’s booth, #224, to test out the joy-stick controlled articulation and high-resolution, onboard image and video capture first-hand.

Zack Wessels, RF System Lab borescope expert, will be onsite in the exhibition hall to provide information about how by adding an articulating video borescope to their preventative and corrective maintenance procedures, companies can save a significant amount of money and time.

Interested parties can visit the RF System Lab booth #224 starting on Tuesday, June 16th at noon for a chance to try out the groundbreaking VJ-ADV.
You can view the 2015 ASME website here.

If you go…

Venue: Palais des Congres
Conference Dates: June 15-19, 2015
Opening Time: Exhibits open at noon on Tuesday, June 16th
Booth: #224

RF System Lab is looking forward to celebrating 60 years of the ASME Turbo Expo. For more information on RF System Lab and the VJ-Advance video borescope, visit the company website or call a borescope expert at (855) 787-6966.

One of the questions we hear most often is “But why do I need articulation?” RF System Lab is excited to announce an addition to our website that takes a detailed look at how articulation, specifically mechanical articulation, on video borescopes can greatly benefit internal inspections.

Benefits of Articulation in  Video Borescopes” provides details that help to explain different types of articulation, what applications require an articulating scope, and takes a detailed look at side view attachments (SVAs) and other accessories.

Check out the page by visiting the link above. If you have further questions about high-quality articulating videoscopes, you can contact an RF System Lab borescope expert by calling (231) 943-1171.

Last month, Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) was named champion of the college division at the 2015 Aerospace Maintenance Competition. Along with the glory, prizes, and bragging rights that come with that victory, SLCC was also given a VJ-Advance video borescope, compliments of RF System Lab.

We at RF System Lab are strong believers in hands-on education, which is why we are ecstatic that we had the opportunity to donate a VJ-Advance articulating video borescope to a deserving school. We had the chance to speak with Jaime Horning, Assistant Professor & AMT Advisor at the Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) program at SLCC, about their AMT program, SLCC’s approach to hands-on learning, and how the VJ-Advance will impact their curriculum.

SLCC’s Aviation Maintenance Program has been around for approximately 30 years at the current facility, located in West Salt Lake City, Utah.  This phenomenal facility gives students a lot of hands-on, real-world experience, as well as the opportunity to complete the program for their Airframe and Powerplant certificate.  Additionally, many elective courses are available, allowing students to enter the field above entry-level.

A breakdown of SLCC’s program is as follow: Lectures take place in a classroom environment with some minimal hands on such as drafting and wiring.  There are three lab arenas used for several hands-on tasks.  The first arena is for reciprocating engine teardown and overhaul, magneto overhaul and carburetor overhaul along with other required tasks per SLCC’s CFR 147 Curriculum.  The second arena is for composite repair, sheet metal fabrication, and painting.   The third arena is a turbine engine teardown lab.  SLCC also has a hanger that houses various aircraft that the students work on to gain hands-on experience on actual aircraft.

While SLCC currently uses several different types of borescopes to perform turbine engine inspections and reciprocating cylinder inspections in power plant courses, the addition of the VJ-Advance video borescope will help to strengthen SLCC’s NDT coursework.

“The VJ-Advance video borescope is, hands down, the easiest borescope to use and the image clarity is remarkable.  It is an asset to be able to take pictures during the inspection and use the images from the flash drive to present during lecture,” explained Jaime Horning.

Horning went on to state that the addition of the VJ-Advance will change the course of SLCC’s AMT program, exposing students to the exact equipment that they will be using in the field.  He added that because AMT students at SLCC will have been trained using equipment like the VJ-Advance, employers will not have to not spend time and resources to train entry level A&P’s on how to use specific equipment; a benefit for both parties.

“The students at Salt Lake Community College Aviation Maintenance program are excited that they have a new tool to use,” Horning stated.  “Especially knowing that they are up to date with current equipment and that when they get out in the world of aviation they are well-prepared due to the equipment they’re exposed to and the quality of instruction they receive at SLCC.”

One of the most attractive features of SLCC’s AMT Program is the emphasis on hands-on learning with current technology.  SLCC understands that hands-on training is a key element to what future AMTs will do in their craft as a professional aircraft mechanic.  The program’s goal is for students to be employable and to excel in their career in the aviation maintenance industry.  That is why, especially with the way the aviation industry is moving to more advanced technology, it is crucial for SLCC’s program to stay up to date with the most current information and technology.

“It is so vital to allow students to practice what they learn in the classroom.  We all take pride in what we do in the world of aviation,” acknowledged Horning.

RF System Lab is excited for the future of SLCC’s aviation maintenance students and is looking forward to learning how the addition of the VJ-Advance video borescope to their AMT program helped to impact their professional development.

Schools interested in learning more about how the VJ-Advance video borescope can assist their aviation programs can visit the RF System Lab website to learn about the no-cost, no-obligation demo program.  For more information about RF System Lab and the articulating VJ-Advance, call one of RF System Lab’s borescope experts at 888-747-6526.

SLCC’s Aviation Maintenance Program has been around for approximately 30 years at the current facility, located in West Salt Lake City, Utah. This phenomenal facility gives students a lot of hands-on, real-world experience, as well as the opportunity to complete the program for their Airframe and Powerplant certificate. Additionally, many elective courses are available, allowing students to enter the field above entry-level.

A breakdown of SLCC’s program is as follows: Lectures take place in a classroom environment with some minimal hand on such as drafting and wiring.  The are three lab arenas used for several hands-on tasks.  The first arena is for Reciprocating engine teardown and overhaul, magneto overhaul, and Carburetor overhaul along with other required tasks per our CFR 147 Curriculum.  The second arena is for composite repair, sheet metal fabrication, and painting.   The third arena is our Turbine engine teardown lab.  SLCC also has a hanger that houses various aircraft that the students work on to gain hands-on experience on actual aircraft.

While SLCC currently uses several different types of borescope equipment to perform turbine engine inspections and reciprocating cylinder inspections in Powerplant courses, the addition of the VJ-Advance video borescope will help to strengthen SLCC’s NDT coursework.

“The VJ-Advance video borescope is, hands down, the simplest borescope to use and the clarity is remarkable. It is an asset to be able to take pictures during the inspection and use the images from the flash drive to present during lecture,” explained Jaime Horning.

Horning went on to state that the addition of the VJ-Advance will change the course of SLCC’s AMT program exposing students to the exact equipment that they will be using in the field. He added that because AMT students at SLCC will have been trained using equipment like the VJ-Advance, employers will not have to not spend time and resources to train entry level A&P’s on how to use specific equipment; a huge benefit for both parties.

“The students at Salt Lake Community College Aviation Maintenance program are excited that they have a new tool to use,” Horning stated. “Especially knowing that they are up to date with current equipment and that when they get out in the world of aviation they are top-notch due to the equipment they’re exposed to and the quality of instruction the receive at SLCC.”

One of the most attractive features of SLCC’s AMT Program is the emphasis on hands-on learning with current technology. SLCC understands that hands-on training is a key element to what future AMTs will do in their craft as a professional aircraft mechanic. The program’s goal is for students to be employable and to excel in their career in the aviation maintenance market. That is why, especially with the way the aviation industry is moving to more advanced technology, it is crucial for SLCC’s program to stay up to date with the most current information and technology.

“It is so vital to allow students practice what they learn in the classroom. We all take pride in what we do in the world of aviation,” acknowledged Horning.

We are excited for the future of SLCC’s aviation maintenance students and is looking forward to learning how the addition of the VJ-Advance video borescope to their AMT program helped to impact their professional development.

Schools interested in learning more about how the VJ-Advance video borescope can assist their aviation programs can visit the RF System Lab website to learn about the no-cost, no-obligation demo program. For more information about RF System Lab and the articulating VJ-Advance, call one of our borescope experts at (231) 943-1171.

The Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association (RACCA) Annual Conference took place in Scottsdale, Arizona the last week of April. Casey O’Tool, RF System Lab’s Senior Sales Consultant, was in attendance at this year’s conference for the first time and had nothing but great things to say.

While RACCA is a smaller event (with around 200 people registered), the attendees are the exact end-users that any exhibitor would want to reach. Casey O’Tool had a great experience as one of the table top exhibitors and got the opportunity to present the VJ-Advance video borescope to some extremely qualified companies, including some current customers such as Prime Turbines, Embraer, and Vector Air.

RACCA is a clear favorite among company executives. “It had a really nice ‘vacation-like’ vibe, while still offering a wide variety of informational technical sessions featuring the most pressing topics. I can see why it’s a well-liked show,” explained Casey O’Tool. Some of the big issues being covered included the Pilot Shortage and emerging issues with the next generation of aviation professionals. RACCA also threw a fun poolside barbeque one of the nights of the conference, where O’Tool had the chance to network with fellow exhibitors and attendees.

Overall, RACCA 2015 was a small-scale show that had a big impact with those in attendance. We’re looking forward to next year!

If you were unable to make this year’s RACCA and are interested in finding out more about how the VJ-Advance video borescope assists with internal inspections of aircrafts, visit the RF System Lab website or call one of our borescope experts at 888-747-6526.


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