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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.

What is a Borescope?

Ever wondered what the difference is between a fiberscope and videoscope? Wanted to know how borescopes have evolved over the years?

RF System Lab is excited to announce that our website now holds a key to the answers to those questions, as well as the one we hear the most often: “What is a borescope?”

This page covers the evolution of the borescope – from rigid scopes to videoscopes, as well as provides a detailed explanation of each borescope category. Looking for pros and cons to fiberscopes? Look no further than the RF System Lab website.

If you still have questions about borescopes that the “What is a Borescope?” web page doesn’t cover, please feel free to call one of our Borescope Experts at (231) 943-1171. We’re happy to help!

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 sure that there are no defects or foreign object debris (FOD) that could cause problems down the road. That is why using a video borescope during the casting process, and final inspection can save companies time and money.

Video borescopes are utilized for a significant amount of inspections during the casting process. Over the next few weeks, RF System Lab is going to provide an in-depth look into how videoscopes like the VJ-Advance articulating video borescope instill confidence in numerous casting quality checks.

We’re starting off this blog series with coating inspections.

Once a part is casted, it sometimes needs a secondary polishing, which is completed by precise methods such as electropolishing. These secondary polishings, made of thin films of material, finish off rough passageways and add protection to the surface of parts. This procedure is crucial for many industrial uses – especially when the parts are being used for food and drug industries, where a smooth surface free of FOD is essential in order to keep the final products clean and pure.

That being said, internally inspecting coated parts is a must in order to confidently confirm that they are free of burrs, cracks, drippage, and even corrosion further down the line. Video borescopes with extremely thin insertion tube diameters, like the 2.8mm VJ-Advance video borescope, are the ideal tool to inspect these coatings. Videoscopes enable NDT professionals to easily observe and take high-resolution photographic evidence of the internal condition of parts, which is a necessity when confirming condition. Quality checks with a video borescope greatly reduce the risk of defects in the coating of a casted part, which also reduces overall expenses by preventing contamination and cracking in coating.

Be on the lookout for the next segment of our Video Borescopes for the Casting Industry series! In the meantime, you can find out more about how the VJ-Advance video borescope is the perfect tool for inspecting the coating on casted parts by visiting the RF System Lab website or by calling 888-747-6526.

Some of the most important features companies look for when investing in a high-quality video borescope are portability and a reliable, long-lasting power source. RF System Lab, a worldwide leader in remote visual inspection technology, introduces the VJ-Advance video borescope; an extremely portable, high-end inspection camera that runs on standard AA batteries.

The VJ-Advance video borescope from RF System Lab is compact in size and weighs in at only 23oz, making it ergonomic and extremely lightweight. Lower-quality borescopes are bulky and, in some cases, require access to an electrical outlet to operate. The VJ-Advance is easily transported and while a direct AC-110 power adapter comes with the VJ-Advance for non-stop, continuous power, the video borescope’s main power source is standard AA batteries.

There are numerous benefits to owning an inspection tool that operates on standard AA batteries. One notable benefit is that running on AA batteries means that there is no downtime waiting for the borescope to recharge. If the VJ-Advance’s AA batteries die, the user simply needs to take out the old batteries, replace them with new ones, and the VJ-Advance is ready for use. This immediate, on-demand power option is one of the many things that sets RF System Lab apart from other video borescope providers.

Most video borescopes come with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which means that while the scope’s battery is charging, there is downtime where it cannot be used for inspections – something that can be detrimental if there is an immediate inspection need.  If the charger is lost and needs to be reordered, technicians may have to wait a week or more to complete an inspection. With the VJ-Advance articulating video borescope, you never have to worry about wasting time while waiting for any part to charge or for replacement battery accessories to arrive. The VJ-Advance is ready for use whenever it is needed.

Large lithium-ion batteries, which are the primary source of power for many borescopes on the market, are not easily transported. While AA batteries are legal on airplanes, lithium-ion batteries must have less than 25 grams of lithium content per battery in checked baggage and are not allowed in carry-on baggage per the FAA. This makes traveling with borescopes that require rechargeable lithium-ion batteries extremely difficult. The lightweight VJ-Advance video borescope not only comes with a carry case that holds all accessories, but is easily transported because of the widely-accepted AA power source.

Companies interested in seeing firsthand how portable and user-friendly the AA battery powered VJ-Advance video borescope is for internal inspections are invited to sign up for RF System Lab’s no-cost, no-obligation demo program. Visit the RF System Lab website or call (888)747-6526 to speak with a video borescope expert.

RF System Lab had a memorable experience exhibiting at the NBAA Annual Conference for the third year in a row. Borescope expert and seasoned RF System Lab sales consultant Jess Kuznicki recently returned from the show, which took place in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center. The NBAA Annual Conference is the fourth largest tradeshow in the USA, so there was plenty to see and experience.

Despite the gigantic tradeshow hall, Jess was able to reconnect with many current customers and the RF System Lab booth was a popular stop. Many of the companies and individuals who came by to check out the versatile VJ-Advance video borescope informed Jess that the RF System Lab booth was on their “must-see” list. Visitors were impressed with the joy-stick controlled, four-way articulating insertion tubes, which come in a variety of sizes: 2.8mm, 3.9mm, and 6.9mm. One of the most popular insertion tube diameters for turbine inspections, a popular application in the aviation industry, is the 3.9mm diameter VJ-Advance. This insertion tube diameter fits perfectly in Pratt & Whitney guide tubes, making PT6 engine inspections stress-free.

When he was not connecting with current and potential customers at the RF System Lab booth, Jess enjoyed getting to listen in on speeches and presentations by industry leaders and had a great time networking at a social event at the Yard House.

Many attendees had the chance to test the VJ-Advance at NBAA, but even if you were not in attendance 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 888-747-6526 or visit the RF System Lab website.