Today remote visual inspection is becoming more and more popular throughout the world. But sometimes technicians hesitate to use inspection camera because they are not sure if they need any special training or skills to work with a borescope. However inspections with such devices in the most of cases do not require any special knowledge or skills. There are some simple rules to follow.
First of all it is necessary to determine the length and diameter of insertion probe. Then you have to choose between a rigid and a flexible insertion rod. If you need further documentation, you would need an inspection camera with a special monitor hub and recording ability.
Optical borescope lets you see the defective place or part through an eyepiece. Insert the probe carefully through the inlet and switch on the light source, and you would immediately see the desired area. Handheld LED light sources are very convenient to use. In case of a videoscope after turning on it is ready to inspect. If light intensity is too strong or too low, you can adjust it according to your needs. Press on recording button and your video will be recorded in AVI or other format onto an SD card. Keep in minds that insertion probes are rather fragile, therefore it is better to avoid excessive bending or forcing the probe.
Here is an example of using a videoscope to inspect a car engine. When a car has an interference engine and timing belt is broken, it is possible that the pistons hit valves before the engine stopped completely. After compression test, if the valves are bent they will not seal properly and the compression readings are low. Get your inspection camera and inspect through the spark plug holes, looking for impressions on the piston tops. Devices with 2 or 3 meter long probes and tip articulation are the most convenient. The flexible probe of the inspection camera lets you see the damage that may have occurred without disassembling the top part of the engine.
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Video Borescopes have long be used to inspect inside engines, gas tanks and other hard to visualize places on auto mobiles. Borescopes can be used to look into any cavity that has a large enough access point to insert the probe. So there really is not limit to the ways videoscopes can be used by mechanics or anyone working on vehicles.
We recently had our Rigel Videoscope featured on an episode of Graveyard Carz, they used the Rigel to look into rocker panels and uni-body rails of a car being restored to check for rust.
Rigel being used to inspect the body of the car
Rigel showing the rust in the body panels of the car
These videos feature the Triton with the self levelling camera head. The pipe camera head is 1.68″ in diameter and the rest of the units features the same specs listed on our website. This option is not currently advertised on the website, but just contact our resident tech specialists through the website or over the phone for more information on this version of Triton.
Geologishe Beratungen are using the camera for quality control, inspecting underground pipes that were part of their studies dealing with pollution legacy, foundation ground and hydro geology. We would like to thank them for sharing their results with us.
When looking for a Video Borescope the biggest factor to take into account is the job that needs to be done, and then the budget you have to work with. The price of a unit does not necessarily determine the quality of a product, but is a good thing to keep in mind when comparing scopes. High end scopes are going to be more expensive than economy scopes, the main reason for this is that higher end scopes tend to use higher resolution video chips in the camera heads, the better the quality of the camera, the better your inspection results will be. High quality camera chips also ensure that any light provided will be used to the best advantage of the recording device.
Scopes like our Orion II Video Borescope have a higher resolution CMOS camera chip than the Voyager Video Borescope, with more LEDs built into the tip of the scope. This means that while the specs of these scopes may appear to be similar, you will get much better image quality from the Orion. Also the more costly scopes become, the more features they tend to offer the user such as articulation, different focal ranges and structure and design of the probe. Higher quality scopes are designed for someone that is using their scopes more often and for more intricate inspections. Economy scopes are designed to be affordable options for someone who may not use their scope enough to justify a higher price tag, but who still wants the advantages gained by using videoscopes to do inspections. It’s best to talk to a representative to determine which scope will meet your needs and budget the best.
Dr. Stanley Fox, and Enrique Santoyo-Brito from Oklahoma State University contacted us looking for a videoscope to aid them in their research regarding care of young leopard lizards by adult leopard lizards in deep rock crevices in Chile. Our sales team determined the Rigel 2-way Articulating Video Borescope would be the best fit for their research, as they wanted to be able to visualize inside of rock refuges used by the Leopard Lizard, and take video and still images of the lizards inside the refuges. These refuges are located in natural rock formations with small entry points and little natural light. The Rigel was a good fit with its articulated probe and built in LED lights, to allow them to get a good look at the larger areas in the rock formations and locate the lizards. Dr. Fox shared some of his results with us, including videos and images of lizards in the deep rock crevices, and let us know he was very happy with the results he got using the Rigel Video Borescope.
The New Triton Push Camera boasts the smallest diameter camera head for a push camera offered by Fiberscope.net. One of the largest problems faced when using push cameras in smaller diameter pipes is navigating tight corners and the Triton has been designed to solve some of these problems. Check out the Video we have posted of this innovative push camera navigating small diameter gas pipelines. This unit is built to be small enough make 90° bends and move through p-traps in 2” inch pipe with little trouble. The 200ft Kevlar braided probe ensures ruggedness is not compromised for small size and maneuverability of the camera head through pipes. This water proof probe is designed for use in environments with up to 65 psi, and is safe for use in natural gas environments as well. This unit is built to stand up to wear and tear of heavy duty pipe inspections. For quality and small diameter in push cameras look no further than the Triton.
The triton also features a 10.4” inch monitor, that displays how much of the push rod has been inserted, to aid in locating the head, the head also comes with a built in 512Hz transmitter, so the head can be even more precisely located using a 512Hz locator. The base unit also allows you to record audio during inspections, as well as add text using the built in full QWERTY keyboard. More information about this new pipe camera is available on Fiberscope.net.
Video Borescopes can be very useful for inspecting many hard to reach areas, but some places that it would be handy to use a borescope to inspect such as in fuel tanks, or in walls or spaces with live wires present, you don’t want a electrical charge or spark from the borescope interacting with the environment and causing a problem. Military and law enforcement applications such as inspecting packages at customs, looking into fuel tanks, or dealing with EOD/IEDD inspections will strongly benefit from having non conductive borescopes. Military and Law enforcement personal may also have reason to be inspecting in areas they may not have time to secure, and the extra safety measures are never been a bad thing.
To solve this problem Medit carries Non Conductive Probe Covers made with a resin coating for our Iseries and Iris Proline Videoscopes. These covers will help to stop any charge from being carried by the probe, and minimize the danger when using video borescopes in hazardous environments. For more information on these probes and non-conductive options please contact our sales team directly.
One of the huge benefits of visual remote pipe inspections is being able to visualize problems, so you know exactly what to expect when going in to repair something. Underground pipes are especially susceptible to leaks and roots causing problems in hard to reach places. One problem with traditional pipe inspection equipment is while you can visualize the problem inside the pipe, it can be hard to locate the exact spot where the camera head is in the pipe to minimize the amount of time and effort involved in getting to the problem area. To solve this problem some push cameras are now being made with locators built into the camera head. The Viper S Portable Push Camera is Medit’s push camera with a built in 512 HZ sonde locator. Medit teamed up with Schonstedt to provide you with the best locator for your money. The XT512 Sonde and Camera Locator gives you the ability to precisely locate the camera head during inspections. The locator locates the the 512Hz Sonde in the camera head of the Viper and tells you the depth. This can make planning for pipe repairs run much smoother. This locator is small and lightweight making it portable and easy to use at any job site. The XT512 locator can be purchased as a full set with the Viper S, or separately to use with any camera head with a 512Hz Sonde in it. For more information on these handy units please contact our sales team at Fiberscope.net
Medit Inc, offers two versions of our very popular Viper Portable Push Camera, The “Viper” and the “Viper S”. These cameras are designed as an economical option for inspections of sewer, pipe, HVAC ducts, chimneys etc. There are a couple of key differences between the Viper and the Viper-S models. The most noticeable difference is the traceable 512 Hz sonde located in the head of the Viper S, when paired with a sonde locator this allows the head of the probe to be located through the ground, ceilings, walls etc to accurately identify the area that is currently being visualized. The Viper S also features a slightly smaller diameter camera head (23mm (0.9”) compared to the original Viper (38mm (1.5”)). Both camera heads feature color CCD camera heads with sapphire glass lens to protect from scratches, and come in 20 and 40 meter lengths. Both units are highly portable coming in at 10.5kg for the Viper S and 13kg for the Viper. Both units also come in waterproof cases with built in 7” color monitors. The Viper S is able to record video and still images to a SD card, a hard drive through the USB port, or to a TV. The Viper is able to record video and store it on a hard drive through the USB port. Over all the Viper S is a slightly lighter and updated version of the Viper with the capability of locating the camera head, both units were designed to give the best results for the price point, and to offer the rugged durability our customers have come to expect from our products. For further information about either the Viper or the Viper S units please contact the Sales Team at Fiberscope.net.