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mechanic shops which want to go that route, plus it will fit a lot of the engines like the PT6.”

The new TTSVS.6 videoscopes were introduced last December, and cost $4.299 for the -1 and $4,999 for the -3. For the low-cost, small videoscope, Flexbar of Islandia, NY has come out with the 4.5mm “Flex-Bore II Micro Diameter Videoborescope.” This comes with a 3.5” detachable wireless LCD recordable monitor and an SD card slot to allow photographs and recording video. The videoscope costs $395. The somewhat larger 9mm diameter “Flex-Bore Small Diameter Videoborescope” comes with a 2.4” LCD wireless monitor for $295.

Advanced Computerization

Another rapidly changing technology is the expansion of computerization of the industry, particularly the use of SD cards to record, store and transmit the findings of the borescopes. Virtually all video/borescopes today have the ability to record their findings directly into a computer or onto SD cards which can then be downloaded onto computers. Andre Rebelo with Extech Global noted that the company has now added a computer program that serves as a complementary element to its borescopes to allow real time wireless transmission of inspection data to be viewed by interested parties in remote locations. The new computer package, BRD10, is a complementary element to Extech videoscopes such as the low-cost BR200/250 or upper range HDV600 series, Rebelo said. The BRD10 is a video receiver that allows images from the videoscopes to be transmitted to a remote computer up to a distance of 10 meters. This allows it to be viewed by a second party nearby using a laptop or PC in the workplace. The images can then be transmitted in real time to other computers, “functioning the a way a webcam would, except that instead of someone’s face on the camera, you have whatever it is you want to be looking at (inside the engine). That’s a great capability,” he said. “Any service that is able to share video through a webcam is able to use this capability for sharing borescope inspections.” This is particularly advantageous for training purposes, “or if you have high end leadership at another location, but who need to be involved in the inspection, whether for failure analysis or quality control,” he said. “It’s one thing to go in with a borescope and take photos or capture videos, but it’s another thing to be able to involve other participants who may have a different perspective in real time and can look at it, and to have that interaction, to watch that video and ask questions about what they are seeing.” The BRD10 was introduced last summer, and cost only $129.99,

he said. The BRD10 supports the BR20/250 series videoscopes “which came out in 2009, and took off like wildfire.” Priced at $300 to $350, these had a narrow-diameter probe, from 9mm to 17mm. Extech has since come out with a range of probes with varying diameters, including a 4.5mm probe, that are interchangeable with the two videoscopes.

The BRD10 can also be used with Extec Instrument’s higher end HDV600 series videoscopes with greater capabilities, but at a higher price, from $1,599 to $3,499 depending on the capabilities desired by the customer, Rebelo said. The HDV600 series was introduced in September 2011 and provides four high definition videoscopes of varying capabilities. The four range from the HDV610 videoscope with 5.5mm flexible probe to the 6mm probe HDV640W with wireless handset and articulating probes. The wireless transmitter allows transmissions up to 100 ft. from the probe to the monitor.

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Rebelo noted that while the more expensive HDV600 series

borescopes are not particularly required for training, the engine manufacturers often prescribe the use of specific borescopes in their maintenance specifications. “So we do see compliance concerns coming from the manufacturers.”

Continuing Technology And, of course, there is simply the expansion and improvement of tried and true systems. GE Measurements & Control’s well-established XL GO videoscope kit has been enhanced as the new XL GO+. The new videoscope is not so much a change in the form factor, but more of a change in a lot of the features plus some of the alpha code, according to Melissa Stancato, product manager. “XL Go+ represents a major redesign and advancement of the portable video borescope segment. Taken together, the features give unsurpassed utility to video borescope inspectors – we’ve coined the term XpertSuite to describe the advances. Practically the only thing it shares with the XL Go is the shape,” she said. The first of these is the video XpertLight, which produces 60

percent more light, improving the image quality and likelihood of a thorough inspection, she said. It also improves performance in larger area applications, Stancato said.

Along with XpertLight is XpertBright , providing readable LCDs for maximum readability in strong outdoor lighting, harsh factory lighting or snowy environments. This feature uses transflective technology, which means the brighter the atmosphere, the brighter the screen.

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