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  • Kombi Inspection Camera At ASNT Conference

    AIT will be introducing an exciting new remote visual inspection camera for sale and rent at the annual ASNT conference October 26 - 29, 2015. The conference will be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT and AIT will be found at booth 533.

    AIT will be introducing the Kombi, a new remote visual inspection camera designed to inspect pipes, tube, heat exchangers, boilers, and other industrial lines for defects such as blockages and corrosion. The Kombi inspection camera includes two push rods on a single reel to match the balance of flexibility and "push-ability" depending on your remote visual inspection camera requirements. The push rods include a stiffer 100 meter length cable for long straighter pipe runs and the 60 meter Varioflex for applications that include multiple bends with twist and turns. The Kombi also offers a range of interchangeable camera heads that range from 16, 18, 23 and 32mm diameter.

    Kombi Inspection Camera is Designed For Industrial Applications

    The Kombi is perfect for industrial inspections in confined spaces due to the small profile and light weight design. The high resolution remote visual inspection camera also includes the ability to save video or still images, annotate inspections with text and more. AIT looks forward to showcasing the new Kombi to the non destructive test industry. Applications include:

    Heat Exchanger tubes

    The Kombi is perfect for inspection of heat exchanger tubes found at industrial facilities. Proper function heat exchangers and boilers is critical to efficient plant operation. Inspectors can use the Kombi inspection camera to check scale and rust and other deposits that that may cause blockages, cracks, warping, bulges and ultimately failure.

    Cleaning Validation

    The Kombi inspection camera is frequently used at pharmaceutical, chemical and fertilizer plants to inspect process lines for residual product that may remain after cleaning. Residual product can contaminate the following batch of product and needs to be detected.

    Small Diameter Chiller Tubes

    The Kombi's flexible push rods and small diameter camera heads are the perfect inspection camera for viewing the inside of small chiller tubes. No other inspection camera has the combination of flexibility with the ability to be pushed over long distances. These features provide the Kombi with the ability to navigate the complex twists and turns that can be found in industrial chiller tubes.

  • AIT to Exhibit New Olympus Video Borescope Rental Equipment

    The ASNT Annual Conference 2014 will provide Advanced Inspection Technologies Inc. a forum to demonstrate all the latest remote visual inspection equipment that AIT offerers for sale and rental. The newest addition to AIT’s rapidly growing pool of borescope rental equipment is the IPLEX RT video borescope. The addition of new Olympus video borescope rental equipment will ensure that AIT can meet the most demanding needs of our rental customers.

    In addition AIT will have several different types of video borescopes, pipe cameras and small diameter fiberscopes on display. AIT is the only remote visual inspection rental company that offers in-depth knowledge of remote visual inspection equipment. No other company offers such a wide variety of borescopes and inspection cameras for rent.

    Having an expert staff in the field of remote visual inspection and a wide choice of instruments available allows AIT to help our customers select the best instrument for their particular inspection. Other rental companies have little knowledge of the remote visual inspection equipment they rent and do not have a sufficient inventory properly help most inspection requirements. Instead they simply rent the same borescope regardless of the inspection

  • The New Milliscope™ Flexible Borescope Offers Interchangeable Probes and Accessories

    Advanced Inspection Technologies is pleased to announce the addition of a new borescope to their product offering. AIT now offers the Milliscope™ flexible borescope. The new borescope is an affordable and small diameter solution for remote visual inspection of the smallest area.

    The Milliscope™ flexible borescope is an affordable inspection system suitable for multiple applications. Outstanding optical clarity produces crisp images of the smallest defect. A flexible working length allows inspectors to snake around bends and corners to reach to most inaccessible areas. The new instruments are available in diameters of 1.5 and 2.5 millimeters (.059 and 0.98 in.). These small diameters allow the borescopes to fit in the tightest areas and confined spaces to perform internal inspections. The flexible borescopes are also available in lengths up to 1000 millimeters (39.3 in.).

    The Milliscope™ easily accepts a borescope video camera to allow recording of inspection results for later review and inclusion in reports. An adjustable eyepiece is focusable to allow for the most precise and clear images. The 32mm DIN eyepiece also means that the Milliscope™ flexible borescope can be adapted to any CCD camera system. The universal AMCI light post allows connection to any borescope light source with a convenient adapter. An Optional mirror sleeve allows a forward view bore scope to have a side view capability. The new borescopes also offer a Wide 55° field of view allows a wider area to be inspected in a single pass for faster and more efficient inspections

    AIT expects that the new Milliscope™ flexible borescope will be used for remote visual inspection in a variety of industries and applications. Typical industries that will find the new borescope useful include: Castings, Automotive, Manufacturing, Gun Barrel Inspections, Locksmiths, Security, Construction and Aviation.

  • Flexible Borescope Design Offers Interchangeable Probes

    borescope, bore scope. boroscope, flexible borescope, fiber borescopeAdvanced Inspection Technologies is pleased to announce the addition of a new borescope to their product offering. AIT now offers the Milliscope™ flexible borescope. The new borescope is an affordable and small diameter solution for remote visual inspection of the smallest area.

    The Milliscope™ flexible borescope is an affordable inspection system suitable for multiple applications. Outstanding optical clarity produces crisp images of the smallest defect. A flexible working length allows inspectors to snake around bends and corners to reach to most inaccessible areas.

    The new instruments are available in diameters of 1.5 and 2.5 millimeters (.059 and 0.98 in.). These small diameters allow the borescopes to fit in the tightest areas and confined spaces to perform internal inspections. The flexible borescopes are also available in lengths up to 1000 millimeters (39.3 in.). Continue reading

  • Borescope Inspection Of Large Cavities

    A large cavity usually requires a large amount of light to successfully conduct a remote visual inspection with a rigid borescope. This simply requires the largest possible borescope. If the borescope can be rigid it will be a simple matter to focus at therequired distances.

    If the borescope needs to be smaller due to access limitations, multiple access points should be investigated. Tools can be made to deliver a smaller scope to defined points within the cavity. Auxiliary lighting probes can be produced to help deliver light in addition to the light from the borescope probe.

    If a semi-rigid borescope is desired for durability, a tip focusing scope can focus at multiple distances. Another advantage of a tip focus scope is the brightness can be better than an equivalent rigid scope. If the access is restricted only in one dimension, probes can be built to take advantage of the space available to maximize illumination. In the case of a slit access, the probe can be built with tubes placed adjacent to carry more lighting fibers and higher resolution image optics.

  • Remote Visual Inspection of Cooling Tower Circulating Water Pump

    Borescope Circulating Water Pump at a Fosill Power Plant Borescope Inspection Services Are Available For Fossil Power Plants

     

    Circulating water pumps deliver cooling water to equipment that condenses the steam coming from a turbine. This is an extremely important component for a fossil power plant that operates a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG). The internal workings of a circulating water pump needs to be operating at peak efficiency. It is possible for internal supports or baffles to break off and damage the impeller or reduce the efficiency of the pump. Remote visual inspection tools can be used to locate these problems.

    These massive pumps can be remotely inspected with a videoscope to check for internal condition. A videoscope can be inserted through borescope plugs on the sides of the pump and snaked to remote internal locations to view the condition of internal components and check for broken or loose parts, bad welds and other deficiencies. An 8.0 mm diameter videoscope that is 3 to 5 meters in length works best for this inspection. A guide tube such as Dekoron is helpful to assist the flexible videoscope working length to the areas that need inspection. With proper videoscope equipment and a trained inspector this inspection procedure can be quickly accomplished. The Videoscope inspection results can be recorded and help engineers determine if there are any internal problems with the circulating water pump so they can ensure maximum efficiency.Circulating Water Pump Showing Borescope Access and Inspection Points

  • Remote Visual Inspection At Boiling Water Reactors

    Remote Visual Inspection (RVI) equipment such as videoscopes, video borescopes, pipe inspection cameras and remotely operated vehicles (ROV) can be used for a variety of inspection requirements during outages at Nuclear Power Plants. Here are some examples of inspections that can be performed remotely using videoscopes, video borescopes, ROV's and pipe inspection cameras. Foreign Object Search and Retrieval is another common function performed during outages.

    Foreign Object Retrieval or Foreign Material Exclusion (FME) utilizes equipment such as videoscopes, video borescopes, pipe inspection cameras and a range of foreign object retriaval tools to locate and remove items from plant system. Foreign Objects, loose parts and other material may become trapped inside piping, turbines, cavities, fuel pool and other difficult to reach areas. Areas that are common to remotely inspect during a plant outage ate Boiling water reactors include: Continue reading

  • Remote Visual Inspection Applications At Refineries

    Oil refineries have multiple inspection requirements that videoscopes, video borescopes and pipe inspection cameras can perform. Refineries have many critical components that need to be functioning at peak performance and the only way to inspect some of these areas is with the use of remote visual inspection equipment.

    Applications where videoscopes, video borescopes or pipe inspection cameras can be used to perform these critical inspections include: Storage Tanks, Gas Flares, Pipe Units, Cracker, Reformer, Fractional Towers, Spherical Tanks and Rail Road cars. All these areas need to be periodically check for cracking, corrosion, wear, proper alignment, pitting, cracking, corrosion, erosion, proper welding and other defects. Other common areas that need to be inspected with videoscopes, video borescopes and pipe inspection cameras may include: Reactors, Heat Exchangers, Boilers, Pressure Vessels, Pipes and Process Piping.

    Remote visual inspection equipment such as videoscopes, video borescopes and pipe inspection cameras make it possible for engineers to safely and efficiently maintain and operate oil refineries around the world.

  • How To Select the Best Rental Borescope for Your Application

    Many remote visual inspection users rely on rental borescopes to meet their periodic inspection applications. They are faced with choosing from a variety of suppliers and equipment for the best remote visual inspection equipment to use for their inspection. Typically, the most important criteria to consider are the length and diameter of the borescope or videoscope equipment to be rented. Then consider other requirements such as the need to manipulate or articulate the end of the videoscope, direction of view and image capture capability.


    Borescope Rentals

    To determine the most appropriate length borescope rental you need for your inspection is a fairly simple process:

    1. Determine what the distance the working length of the borescope rental will need to travel to reach the target inspection area.
    2. Consider the access area and keep in mind any external components that will keep the borescope at a distance from the inspection access.
    3. Can the area that needs to be inspected be access from several locations?

    The best choice is to select the shortest borescope rental equipment possible. This allows for greatest light transmission to the target and therefore the best possible borescope rental image. Just as important a shorter scope is the easiest is the easiest to use. Remember that any unused length of borescope rental equipment not only costs more but will be coiled at your feet or protruding from the inspection area and far more susceptible to damage.

    Beware misdirected advice that recommends the longest length borescope as a rule of thumb. Chances are they have never conducted a field inspection with a borescope and have only sold them over the telephone.

    To determine the most appropriate Diameter borescope rental you need for your inspection is also simple to determine:

    1. Determine what the opening of the initial access to the target inspection area.
    2. Consider the internal diameters and how they will affect the ability of the borescope rental equipment to reach the inspection area.
    3. Consider the number of twists and turns such as 90 degree bends. These will affect the ability of the borescope or videoscope to reach the target area and the instrument ability to articulate the distal end.

    The best choice is to select the largest diameter borescope rental equipment possible. This provides maximum light output, durability, ease of use and image quality.


    Other considerations to select the best possible borescope or videoscope rental equipment include:

    • What direction will you need to view with your borescope? Will you need to look straight or to the side? Different side view and forward view objectives are available to best suite your requirements.
    • Does your inspection allow for straight in access or will you need to bend around corners? A flexible fiberscope or videoscope will be needed if straight access is not achievable.
    • Define the area being inspected and what you expect the environment to be like when where you want to view. Will you have enough light at a given distance? Will the light reflect internally (polished metal surface) or will it be absorbed (combustion chambers and large vessels). Will you be close enough for proper magnification or far enough away for overall viewing?
    • Define how close the scope tip will be from the area of interest. The closer you are, the increased magnification you achieve. The depth of field of most borescopes is huge compared to many other lens systems. Most scopes stay in focus without adjustment from a couple millimeters from the tip all the way to infinity. The common working range is within 1-2mm from the tip to approx. 5"-6" away.
    • Will the remote visual inspection results need permanent documentation from digital still images or video? Ensure that the borescope or videoscope that you rent has the borescope recoding options you need for your inspection.
    • Special considerations for a borescope rental may include high temperature applications, water proof requirements and contamination from chemicals and radiation.

  • Videoscopes Successfully Inspect Cell Phone Towers

    Videoscopes Inspect Cell Towers Videoscopes Inspect Cell Towers

    Cellular towers need periodic remote visual inspection. Videoscopes or Video borescopes are used to inspect the inner structure of the towers for defects. Inspector will look carefully for corrosion, cracking, pitting, oxidation, weld penetration and general condition of the interior of the immense structures.

    Videoscopes Used For Cell Tower Inspection Videoscopes Used For Cell Tower Inspection

    Videoscopes are chosen for the remote visual inspection task because of their high resolution, portability and ability to snake in the tower structures as far as 20 feet (7.5 Meters). Inspectors need to climb the towers and insert the videoscope or video borescope inside existing weep holes. Ideally, a 6mm videoscope or video borescope works best for this application. Battery power is also a must because AC power is simply not available in the challenging locations inspectors need to work in.

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