A videoscope is a borescope with a video camera at the tip of an insertion probe and a monitor to visualize the inspection. The tip contains also generally LED light source. The insertion probe contains electrical wires and special steel wires to control the tip if the device is articulated. A videoscope is an inspection tool with a flexible optical tube to insert into bores, pipes, holes and cavities for visual inspection. Nowadays they are used more often than optical rigid borescopes and fiberscopes.
The videoscopes are classified according to the following important specifications: presence of articulation, diameter of probe, working length, field of view (FOV), direction of view (DOV) and minimal focus distance. Articulation is a feature of tip bending with the help of a knob or a ring. The diameter of probe is usually between 4-10 mm. The working length is the length of the probe. The field of view is the viewing area. It is a measure of how much of the visual field is taken up by the image. The direction of view is the direction the axis of view. The minimal focus distance for the borescope is the minimum effective focusing distance.
Flexible videoscope tips may be bent back and forth using a control in the handpiece, which allows changes to view angle. A two-way articulated tip can be manipulated and implies single plane of articulation. A four-way articulated tip can be manipulated in two plane articulation.
Often articulated videoscopes include stainless steel or even tungsten braiding of insertion tube, which guards electrical wiring and control wires from damage. Tungsten braiding is twice more durable than steel braiding and often used in premium systems.
Today customers are offered with a wide range of videoscopes from simple ones with PVC covered flexible probes to highly efficient ones with stereo measuring ability, four-way articulation, a number of sensors, tungsten sheathing and high resolution video cameras.
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.
Medit Inc is excited to launch a New 4mm video borescope, the version of our very popular Rigel articulating video borescope. We’ve tested a fresh backed sample already and found its quality is quite impressive for this price range. We are going to offer it to our customers in the next couple weeks. The braided stainless steel probe will feature 2 way articulation and is gas, diesel, oil, and water proof. The new smaller diameter probe, measured at 4mm, with built in LED lights, is an affordable option for inspecting small hard to reach places, such as in engines. This probe will offer the same clear colour display as the 5.5mm Rigel, as well as the same portability and ease of operation. This sturdy affordable scope will be a great addition to Medit’s Standard Line of videoscopes. Stay tuned for this scope to be made available for purchase in our online store.
Scuba cylinders need to be visually inspected a minimum of once a year, and often times more frequently depending on the use of the cylinder. These inspections are done to ensure the ongoing safe use of these cylinders. Scuba divers rely on them completely when diving, and therefore they need to be maintained excellently. Scuba cylinders come in various sizes and hold air at pressures up to 300 bars. Medit’s Heron Articulated Rigid Videoscope offers a perfect solution for visually inspecting the inside of scuba cylinders that would normally be inspected using hand held dental mirrors and independent light sources. This articulating scope can be used to visually detect and record corrosion, pitting, and irregularities inside the cylinder, and make the inspections of these cylinders more efficient. The articulating tip of this Rigid Video Borescope allows all angles to be inspected fully with the touch of a button rather than maneuvering the cylinder, the 180° articulation allows for the scope to effectively look directly back along the probe during inspections, this is especially important when checking the necks of the cyclinders.The video capture allows provides a great way to record results visually to share with other or just keep as records. The Heron Rigid Articulating Videoscope has built in LED lights to provide illumination for bright and clear image capture.
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