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Excellent borescope products need to find the right balance between portability, image quality and illumination, says Mehmet Ogreden with Karl Storz.

and videos can be easily archived on a USB stick or memory card. If needed, any country-specific keyboard can be connected via one of the four USB ports. The company has also introduced its new VITOM 25 system, placed like an endoscope inside of the object but is attached to a mechanical holding system above the object and used as an EXOscope. This system offers outstanding depth of field and magnification for highest image display quality in Full HD 1920 x 1080p, Ogreden said. Additional advantages include minimal space requirements and high flexibility. The system allows fatigue-free working via the monitor and provides generous

freedom of motion. The resulting increased effectiveness and convenience renders this solution particularly attractive. When compared to complex and expensive microscopes, the VITOM® 25 is also a particularly inexpensive alternative. He added that the VITOM® 25 “has already proven itself as an alternative to in-light cameras, loupes or inspection microscopes in various application areas, such as in semiconductor technology, electrical engineering, materials inspection, and the packaging industry.” Shayne Gallo of Borescopes R Us noted that his company is now a distributor and customer support center for Karl Storz products, to include fiberscopes and videoscopes, in13 states within the United States. He stated that Karl Storz have high end scopes with measuring capabilities, while Borescopes R Us videoscopes do not have measuring capabilities. The company also represents the IT Concepts product line, to include the iRis, iTool and XTC video systems.

A new light-weight (1.5 lbs) palm-sized videoscope with either 4mm or 6mm probes was introduced by Orangeburg, NY-based Olympus last December.

The videoscope “is highly mobile for taking out into the field, yet

retains the same high quality imagery of the larger IPLEX models,” according to Frank LaFleur, Olympus Product Manager, Remote Visual Inspection and High Speed Video—The Americas. The UltraLite does have a smaller 3.7 inch LCD monitor than other IPLEX models, although it has very bright, very clear with daylight view “so you can get out on the wings, get out into the field and take a look at what you need to see,” he said. “Otherwise, it has the same cameras, the insertion tubes, everything that you’ve come to expect with the LT, the LX, and the FX as far as durability and quality.”

LaFleur said that Olympus has taken the “superior high end options and interchangeable tips from the LT, the LX, and the FX and put that into a much more mobile platform.” The scope still has the flexibility with a direct view and side view tips and comes with a 6mm or 4mm insertion tube with near and far focus. “That kind of flexibility is where the UltralLite really comes into play. This is very helpful at the smaller airports and service centers,” he said.

The new UltraLite was introduced last December. Price depends on the insertion tubes (4mm or 6mm, with 2m to 3.5m lengths). “We’ve been able to pass along a lot of savings, starting from $18,000 up to about $22,000, with a multitude of accessories and all the interchangeable tips available to customize the scope to your application,” he said Buffalo, NY-based Titan Tool Supply has come out with a light- weight, low-cost, 5.7mm videoscope that fits in one hand with the articulation done by movement of the thumb, according to Titan President Frank Menza. The company is producing two versions, the one-meter length TTSVS.6-1 and the three-meter length TTSVS.6-3.

Both versions have their own internal four built-in LED lights with automatic white balance enhanced imagery and dimmer control, and a 65o field of view, he said. Images can be down- loaded to a one Gb SD card that can be inserted into any computer for up-loading, and it comes with a separate audio/video cable “that you can plug into a larger monitor,” he said. The hand- held monitor has a high-resolution 3.5” LCD screen. “It’s an inexpensive unit to bring the inspection to a greater economies of people. There are video scopes that are up to $10,000. We decided to bring something in for the smaller aviation

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