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Videoscopes vs. Fiberscopes

Understanding the Difference between Video Borescopes and Fiberscopes

Optical technology has  greatly revolutionized the way industries carry out repair operations especially when it comes to complicated or heavy machinery. Fiberscopes and videoscopes allow workers accessing or viewing otherwise hidden niches or joints in their hardware. This in turn saves them the time and money that they would have  spent in arduous disassembly procedures.


What’s the Difference? 

Both  devices are designed as optical tools. But how do you determine which device or unit will benefit you the most? It is important that you figure out what you will use your optical device for before you settle on any. Some of the most obvious differences between a videoscope and fiberscope are as follows:


The fibers in fiberscopes are very thin. The fact that they are made of glass doesn’t help matters either. In other words, they can easily be damaged if not handled properly. There is also a way for you to find out when your fiberscope has been damaged. Any damage will be exhibited as black dots, and you will also experience a decrease in the quality of the projected image. The presence of fiber optic strands is also the reason of limited articulation capability spanning no more than 90 degrees.

Videoscopes, on the other hand, are far more shock resistant than fiberscopes. This means that they can be easily bent, folded and maneuvered without damaging them. This is also why they have articulating capability that is far superior to fiberscopes so much  that a user can bend the tip of his device backwards if he needs to.

Image Resolution

Fiberscopes come with a video image display system attached. However, the displayed  image will be indirect. In other words, the projection will be from the fiber optic bundle that actually captures the original image. Also, since fiberscopes are made by the fiber optic technology, they may be prone to exhibit black dots or broken pixels. This might seem like a minor difference between the two but any difference in image quality should be seen as a major one.

Unlike a fiberscope, a videoscope consists of a miniature video camera attached to the distal end of the insertion tube. The camera is designed to capture a digital image. The captured video signal is then carried through the insertion probe to the waiting video display unit. 

Impact on your Health

A fiberscope user suffers from a significant and continuous effort when looking into eyepiece of fiberscope. This may negatively affect user’s vision.

However a videoscope visualizes image either on built-in screen with high resolution, or on additional larger PC or TV monitor. Modern TFT or LCD screens care of your eyesight and help you to work more efficiently.

Cost of Repair

If your fiber optic probe is damaged enough to render it useless, you might have to rebuild the entire unit. Generally, the cost of such a repair job is over 50% of what you originally got the device for. Needless to say it will be anything but cheap. A videoscope is designed as a modular unit and can be disassembled into individual parts. The parts include a battery, probe cable and probe tip amongst others. Each of these can be replaced without the owner having to replace or rebuild the entire unit.

Well there you have it. The pros and cons between these two revolutionary devices should help you to determine which one to choose for your own specific needs.

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