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The 2016 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference takes place March 1-3 in Fort Worth Texas.  This conference brings together exploration and production professionals and emphasizes advancements in worldwide drilling operations that address problematic challenges and deliver improved performance.

RF System Lab borescope expert Chad Parker is looking forward to attending this leading drilling event to showcase the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) articulating video borescope.  The VJ-ADV is easy to use with joy-stick controlled articulation and high-resolution, on-board image and video capture. Chad will be onsite in booth 424 to answer questions, provide information and hands-on live demonstrations with 2.8mm, 3.9mm, and 6.9mm diameter scopes.  The VJ Advance offers versatile, remote visual inspection capabilities to petroleum, and oil and gas professionals.

The IADC/SPE is comprised of two organizations.  The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) is dedicated to enhancing the interests of oil and gas and geothermal drilling contractors. Members of the IADC own most of the world’s land and offshore drilling units and drill the vast majority of the wells that produce the planet’s oil and gas. The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is a not-for-profit organization whose members engage in energy resources development and production.

Conference Chairperson Bill Ambrose stated “The technical, keynote, and plenary sessions will each provide insights to navigate the current low commodity price environment of our business. The distinguished speakers in our plenary session will explore the theme of “Out with the Old, in with the New” to share ideas about how we will need to adapt and evolve our technologies and practices. Topics will include well efficiency, capital deployment, and new technologies to extract energy sources. Our keynote speakers will bring perspectives from within our industry, as well as from other industries, to address the critical issues we face today.” For more information about the IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, visit their website. RF System lab will be attending many tradeshows throughout the year with live demonstrations.

If you can’t meet Chad at the show but are interested in reviewing all of the features of the VJ-Advance for yourself, contact us about our no-cost, no-obligation demo program by visiting our website or call today: 231-943-1171.

RF System Lab Sales Consultant and borescope expert, Jess Kuznicki, returns from The Quality Show 2015 with a glowing review. Since some of the key industry markets at the show included fabrication, pharmaceutical, aerospace and aviation, and energy production, naturally, we were in attendance.

The Quality Show allows attendees to stay up-to-date on the latest advances in quality control tools and techniques, discover potentially-overlooked maintenance solutions, and to listen to several speakers covering topics of key issues in quality solutions.

A tradeshow that draws exhibitors from a wide variety of major industries, The Quality Show 2015 set up the RF System Lab booth for a high volume of visitors. Attendees were able to see the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope in-person and even request an on-site demo of the borescope.

When RF System Lab’s Jess Kuznicki was asked if we should go back next year, he highly recommended it. When one of our consultants who has talked all-things borescopes for the last five years suggests we go back, we’d be crazy not to.

If couldn’t meet Jess at the show and are interested in reviewing all of the features of the VJ-Advance for yourself, contact us about our no-cost, no-obligation demo program, or call us today at 888-747-6526.

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.

2,300+ exhibitors is an impressive number. Combine that with an attendee count of around 100,000, and you’ve got the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), which took place last week at NRG Park in Houston, TX. Despite the turmoil that the Oil and Gas industry has been facing as of late, OTC 2015 was as well-attended as ever.

RF System Lab snagged a booth in this sold-out exhibit hall and had a great experience. While the show’s main focus is offshore drilling, there were plenty of land-based oil and gas companies present, which allowed RF System Lab’s Senior Sales Consultant, Casey O’Tool, to present the VJ-Advance articulating video borescope to maintenance professionals involved in all aspects of the petroleum industry. The lightweight, portable VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope, which runs on standard AA batteries, is a great tool for both onshore and offshore maintenance needs. Weighing in at less than two pounds, the VJ-ADV is easily transported to offshore rigs for remote visual inspection (RVI) of welds and other internal parts. The VJ-ADV’s high-resolution image capture allows maintenance professionals to confidently confirm that internal areas are free of cracks and corrosion and that welds are properly sealed.

With a show of this size, it’s nearly impossible to see everyone you’d like to, but O’Tool managed to catch up with current customers and make many new connections while exhibiting at OTC. “It was a good chance to check out some of the newest technologies available for offshore rigs, and also a prime opportunity to discuss the importance of video borescopes in oil and gas maintenance. Condition based equipment maintenance (CBM) is huge right now; using NDT methods to extend time between equipment overhauls is an efficient way to save time and money,” said O’Tool. “OTC gave me the opportunity to speak with like-minded professionals about the importance of minimizing downtime and having the proper resources to allow them to do so.”

RF System Lab would like to offer maintenance professionals in the oil and gas industry, as well as a variety of other industries, the chance to try out the VJ-Advance video borescope at their own facilities. Learn more about our no cost, no obligation demo program to see how the VJ-ADV can maximize efficiency and minimize downtime by visiting the RF System Lab website.

RF System Lab would like to announce new clients from the month of March.  The newest owners of the VJ-Advance video borescope (VJ-ADV) come from multiple industries, including automotive, aviation, and oil & gas.

One of our newest customers in the aviation industry is Island Helicopters.  This Hawaiian rotorcraft company offers both a Kauai Grand Tour and an exclusive Jurassic Falls (made famous by the Jurassic Park movies) tour.  Because their helicopters must make multiple trips each day with civilians on board, they must ensure that all parts are in top-notch condition.  The need for quality checks done with complete confidence is why Island Helicopters chose the VJ-ADV as their inspection tool.  With its lightweight portability and easy-to-use joystick-controlled articulation, the VJ-ADV was an obvious choice for making sure passengers are safe on their scenic tours.

Another VJ-Advance video borescope user is ExxonMobil, the world’s largest publicly traded international oil & gas company.  ExxonMobil was searching for a video borescope that was portable and easy to use for compressor inspections.  The hand-held VJ-ADV, weighing less than 2lbs, met all of the company’s requirements.  The VJ-ADV’s ergonomic pistol-grip design makes it the ideal tool for companies that value stress-free and efficient internal inspections.

RF System Lab acquired another aviation customer in March: AeroMaritime.  AeroMaritime is a Rolls-Royce Authorized Maintenance Repair & Overhaul Center.  The company also performs Pratt & Whitney PW200 series field service, making the VJ-ADV an excellent tool for their inspection needs.  The four-way articulating 3.9 VJ-ADV fits seamlessly with Pratt & Whitney guide tube, which greatly assists with MRO inspections.

We are proud to have Harley Davidson, a major American motorcycle company, as a new customer in the automotive industry.  Harley Davidson is utilizing the VJ-ADV for engine inspections.  More specifically, the motorcycle company is troubleshooting problems by filming injectors while engines are running in different start-up conditions.  The VJ-ADV’s 360 articulation, slim insertion tube diameters, and on-board video recording capabilities – offered at an affordable price point – were big factors in the purchasing decision.

We at RF System Lab would like to thank these new clients, as well as many additional clients not listed here.  Companies interested in demoing the VJ-Advance video borescope can sign up for our no-cost, no-obligation demo program.  For more information on RF System Lab, please visit our company website or call 888-747-6526 to speak with one of our borescope experts.


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