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RF System Lab is proud to welcome two new sales consultants to our team of borescope experts.   The non-destructive testing industry is growing rapidly, increasing the demand for a low-cost, high-quality video borescope.  Our expanded sales team will allow us to continue to exceed customer expectations by remaining a world-wide leader in remote visual inspection.

Chad Parker joined RF System Lab as a Sales Consultant.  He works with the entire RF System Lab team to find cost effective solutions to a diverse array of remote visual inspection (RVI) issues in multiple industries.  Since graduating from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Communications, he has worked in sales, focusing on the medical device industry.  Chad enjoys traveling, golfing, and spending time with family.

Extra Tidbit: If you’re ever in the Traverse City area and are looking for a great meal, Chad recommends Amical, Red Ginger, or Bubbas – we second those choices!

Zack Wessels is a Sales Consultant for RF System Lab.  He helps customers select the ideal high-quality video borescope for their specific inspection application.  Zack graduated from the University of Iowa, where he held a major in Management and minor in Spanish.  Eight years ago, he moved to Traverse City, Michigan and was most recently working in website sales and marketing.   In his spare time, Zack enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, motorcycling, Frisbee golfing, running and kayaking.

Extra Tidbit: Zack had the chance to run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain while living abroad.

We would like to welcome Chad and Zack to the team of borescope experts.  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 our website or call 855-787-6966.

J St. John returned to the RF System Lab office yesterday after a week in Dayton, Ohio for the Turbine Engine Technology Symposium (TETS). TETS took place September 8-11 at the Dayton Convention Center and focused on the newest advances in the turbine engine industry.

Representing RF System Lab onsite was borescope expert J St. John. J had the opportunity to present the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope to exhibitors and attendees. The VJ-ADV received incredible attention and interest, especially with the increased capabilities and technology available within additive manufacturing. Technology advancements, including 3D printing, has heightened the need for precise inspection of internal parts. The VJ-ADV, with its joystick-controlled 4-way articulation and ultra-thin 2.8mm insertion tube diameter, is a great fit for the industry.

J St. John also had a chance to make some great connections… and even visit with some local clients. Todd Mackey of Century Inc. Machining Heat Treatment, a fellow Traverse City based company, stopped by the RF System Lab booth to chat about the VJ-Advance that Century owns. Additionally, J had the pleasure of meeting great representatives from the following companies:

  • CD-adapco, the world’s largest independent CFD focused provider of engineering simulation software, support and services
  • Energy Research Consultants (ERC), a company that addresses the need for the application of experimental and numerical modeling tools to challenges associated with various engineering systems
  • Florida Turbine Technologies Inc., a progressive energy and aerospace company specializing in design, development, manufacture and testing of turbomachinery components and systems for aircraft engines, space propulsion and industrial gas turbines
  • Honeywell, a provider of gas turbine engines to power UAVs, Helicopters and battlefield tanks
  • Incodema 3D, whose capabilities include sheet metal stampings, metal forming, laser cutting, Microcut, photo chemical machining, wire EDM, DMLS and CNC machining to SLA, Polyjet, FDM and urethane castings
  • Lockheed Martin, a global security and aerospace company that employs about 113,000 people worldwide
  • MDS Coating Technologies Corporation, a company that designs, manufactures, and tests protective coatings for gas turbine engines used in the aerospace, commercial and defense industries
  • Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, a premier developer, integrator, and producer or manned and unmanned aircraft, space systems and advanced technologies critical to our nation’s security
  • Parametric Solutions, a “one-stop shop” for advanced technology rigs where speed, creativity and risk management are combined with aggressive determination and ownership to meet technical objectives, schedule and cost
  • Pratt & Whitney, a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, auxiliary and ground power unites, and small turbojet propulsion products
  • Spectral Energies LLC, a company that utilizes advanced technologies in optics, photonics, active sensing and numerical analysis to solve real-world problems encountered in thermal-fluid, energy, propulsion, and aerospace systems.
  • Universal Technology Corporation, who principally conducts Research and Development for customers within the government and private sectors
  • UTC Aerospace Systems, a company that designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries
  • Williams International, whose display included examples of advanced demonstrator engines developed and tested as part of the VAATE program.

J St. John thoroughly enjoyed connecting with the reps from the above companies and wanted to especially thank Spectral Energies who, being Dayton residents, helped him to find an excellent burger meal at Chappy’s Taproom and Grill.

If you were not in attendance at TETS and therefore did not get 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 888-747-6526 or visit the RF System Lab website.

Last February, Borescope Expert Jess Kuznicki presented the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope at the Great Lakes Aviation Conference & Expo in Lansing, Michigan. While exhibiting, he had the opportunity to meet numerous aviation maintenance professionals. One encounter, however, stood out above the rest: students from MIAT College of Technology noticed RF System Lab’s booth and checked out the scope. Jess struck up a conversation with the students and realized that this was a golden opportunity to get our scope in the hands of students. After speaking with their supervisor, MIAT’s National Director of Business Relations Amy Kienast, about RF System Lab’s no-cost, no-obligation demo program, the demo agreement was signed and a 3.9mm VJ-ADV was sent to MIAT. The aviation maintenance students provided RF System Lab with great feedback about their experience using the VJ-ADV in their hanger at MIAT.

MIAT, turbine, RF System Lab

MIAT Instructors and students inspect the turbine.

MIAT College of Technology, located in Canton, Michigan, offers a variety of degree programs. The students that demoed the VJ-ADV video borescope were working towards their Aviation Maintenance Technology Associates Degree. Through this program, the students learn the advanced precision skills necessary to become FAA Certificated Airframe and Power Plant Technicians. A few of the precision technical skills MIAT graduates master during training include gear systems and operation, composite structure fabrication, avionics and advanced electrical systems, and high performance piston and turbine engines.

The high performance turbine engines were what the students were most excited to perform inspections on with the VJ-ADV. However, they were going to have to wait a few days. When the scope first arrived at the MIAT campus, Amy Kienast was on the verge of heading out of town for a week, so she told the students that she was going to lock the VJ-ADV in her office until she was back to supervise. The students, after begging her to reconsider and then realizing that was not getting them very far, offered a compromise.

“They were so eager to demo the scope that they settled for pouring over the instruction manual as a compromise. They wanted to know the VJ-ADV inside and out – the students studied that instruction manual from top to bottom before they eventually had the video borescope in their hands. They really wanted to know every aspect they could,” explained Kienast.

Students at MIAT use the VJ-ADV to inspect a turbine engine

Students at MIAT use the VJ-ADV to inspect a turbine engine

Once Kienast was back in the office, the students immediately got to work utilizing the VJ-ADV for performing inspections on the combustor of their Pratt & Whitney JT9 turbine engine; as well as an APU Honeywell for a 747. The borescope was used on the Pratt & Whitney JT9 to inspect the fuel nozzles in the combustor, the cooling passages, and the nozzle that guides the hot gas underneath the turbine blades. With the VJ-ADV, MIAT students were able to see where the nozzle had started stress rupturing from too much heat, causing some cracks to propagate from that area onto the combustion. When inspecting the APU Honeywell, students inserted the VJ-ADV directly into the combustor, which allowed them to easily observe the engine’s internal conditions.

Joe Zugschwert, the instructor leading the remote visual inspections, said that “compared to the older borescope we normally use, the definition and video display on the VJ-ADV is extremely impressive. Another major upgrade that the VJ-ADV offered is that there is much more maneuverability when you are able to hold the borescope with just one hand. That benefit left our other hand free to use the controls to select options for camera and video capture, as well as gave us the flexibility of use our free hand to easily guide the insertion tube into the entry points, an important feature to have.”

Zugschwert also mentioned that with video borescopes they’ve used the in the past, classified as “snap-on videoscopes,” the fiber optics are a lot larger, so it’s much harder to get into tighter spots. The VJ-ADV works well for getting into small spots, and the screen is large enough to clearly view the area being inspected.

Additional reactions provided by students Jason Carpenter, Aaron Foster, and Charles Birewirth were as follows:

- The quality and definition of the camera was exceptional in observing the fuel nozzles and turbine nozzles with their multiple cooling holes.”

- The clarity of the screen combined with the ease of thumb controlled brightness adjustments was extremely beneficial in finding a large stress crack in the cooling ring.

- Dust built up was discovered on the lens; however, the cleaning kit accompanying the borescope worked very well.

The student’s wrapped up their review of the VJ-ADV by stating: “Thank you for the use of this wonderful unit as it is a perfect tool for aviation inspections.”

RF System Lab is glad that they were able to provide the students of MIAT’s aviation program a chance to demo a high-end articulating video borescope. RF System Lab is a supporter of continued education and a believer in the importance of providing students with the same tools that they will be utilizing in their future careers such as the VJ-ADV video borescope. Enhancing hands-on experiences like the ones offered at MIAT’s aviation program is extremely important to the future of the aviation maintenance industry.

If you would like to learn more about RF System Lab’s no-cost, no-obligation demo program, visit the RF System Lab website or contact one of our sales consultants at 888-747-6526.

On April 30th and May 1st, you will find RF System Lab’s VP of Government Programs, Joel Riling, at the NDIA Global EOD Conference and Exhibition in Fort Walton Beach, FL. The conference is taking place at the Emerald Coast Convention Center, and this year’s theme is “Preserving Hard-won Gains; Building Capability and Sustaining Capacity”.

The event website states that the Global EOD conference strives to “facilitate contact and cooperation between industry and the EOD community with the goal of ensuring EOD forces have access to the ideas and technologies that originate in our nation’s industrial and academic base.” With keynote speakers Colonel Dean Meinert, USA and Mr. Thomas Dee, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy in addition to a conference full of events geared towards industry and EOD professionals, that goal seems very attainable.

NDIA Global EOD Conference

The logo for NDIA, who is putting on the Global EOD Conference.

Joel Riling and colleague Leland Browning, both retired military officers, will be exhibiting on behalf of RF System Lab at the Global EOD Conference. Riling will be onsite to provide demos of the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope as well as videoscope information to attendees. Having attended this conference in years past, Riling is looking forward to returning and notes that the Global EOD conference is a great fit for the VJ-ADV. “The ultra-lightweight and portable remote visual inspection system offers technicians world class imagery and intuitive operation.  A fast growing favorite at conferences I’ve attended, the VJ-ADV exceeds expectations at an affordable cost,” comments Riling.

Joel Riling is excited about networking with EOD and industry professionals and showing them how they can benefit from the VJ-ADV. Visit him and demo the ground-breaking VJ-ADV at booth #307 starting at 9:00am on Wednesday, April 30th at the Global EOD Conference.

You can view the Global EOD Conference website here.

See the VJ-Advance in the Emerald Coast Convention Center during these dates and times:

Opening Time: Exhibits open 9:00am on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014.
Conference Dates: April 30th-May 1st, 2014
Venue: Emerald Coast Convention Center

Booth: #307

We look forward to seeing you there! If you are unable to attend the conference 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.