There are many applications where borescopes are important and even critical. Borescopes are used every day by automotive technicians to inspect automotive components. The most important components such as fuel nozzles, hydraulic components and systems, welded tubing, engine cylinders, valve seats are all inspected using borescopes or fiberscopes. The borescope allows the mechanic to inspect defects inside the part that otherwise would remain undetected, causing a potential failure down the road. Without borescopes technicians often use invasive testing or disassembling which is both costly and time consuming. Borescopes and video borescopes (videoscopes) pay for themselves by detecting problems and improving overall quality.
What is the difference between borescopes and video borescopes (videoscopes)? The main difference is that videoscopes transmit video or still images from the camera in the probe tip to the recording and imaging hub, while optical borescopes use optical relay system or glass fiber bundle, and they are mainly used for eye only inspection.
Auto and diesel engine mechanics often use borescopes and videoscopes to inspect cylinders, piston crowns, valves and valve seats. This often prevents costly and time consuming tear down.
Flexible videoscopes with articulation are very useful. Technicians observe hard-to-reach places and record images or video for further analysis and to in order to the best method of repair in difficult cases.
Articulated videoscopes are often used to inspect gear boxes and cylinder blocks. The insertion probe is water-, oil-, gas-, and diesel-proof and efficient enough for everyday inspections.
Many videoscopes have a durable stainless steel braided probe and super bright LED light source incorporated in the camera tip. Technicians choose steel braided videoscopes for long-term work of the videoscope because of sharp edges and metal parts.
Today modern videoscopes have high resolution monitors which permit to see very small details in the inspected area. LED light sources provide good illumination in completely dark conditions. To achieve the best results mechanics use videoscopes with the most powerful LED bulbs.