Boroscopes (aka Borescopes)
are useful and valuable NDT tools in any industry where remote visual inspections are essential. Traditional, non-video techniques for tracking an object, do not work as well within the environment a boroscope typically encounters. Using these devices you can get clear visual access to many hard-to-reach places without a complete tear-down of the components.
There are two main types of boroscopes - rigid and flexible.
You can get flexible ones with two way and four way tip articulation, as well as devices without tip articulation.
Fiberscopes and optical rigid borescopes
at one time were very popular. Nowadays video boroscopes are the most demanded types of inspection devices in NDT, making up the largest segment in the market. They have similar principle construction as fiberscopes, but instead of a fragile fiber optic image bundle, they have incorporated a micro camera chip into the tip of the insertion probe. This camera then transmits the picture to base screen and provides colorful, sharp and hi-resolution images.
Video boroscope tests are preferred over optical one tests because videoscope allows the inspector large viewing areas, the ability to access more distant spaces and better recognizable details. Using a video system also helps to avoid inspector eye fatigue. Also, video boroscopes allow inspectors to capture inspection process as photos or as a video file, to keep as records or share with others.
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With lengths ranging from 5 cm to 300 meters, and diameters from 0.37mm to a few inches, it should not be hard to find a scope to fit any job. Also, there is a wide selection of inspection tools with and without tip articulation and camera rotation for even more viewing options.
Boroscopes have many varied applications in NDT. These tools are in demand by aircraft mechanics that use them for ongoing maintenance of engine turbines, compressors, and fuel elements. Auto and diesel mechanics prefer to use video inspection systems for inspecting cylinders, pistons, and valves and also for control of painting quality of internal cavities of the body frame. Plumbers and builders prefer to invest in boroscope cameras that allow them easy access into pipes, HVAC ducts, and areas between walls, etc.
Virtually any nondestructive or remote inspection need can be met with a suitable boroscope. With many types and styles available the right scope for the job can make any inspection process more precise.